What is the Hime Cut, the K-Pop Hairstyle That’s Taking Over?
Ready to give the hime cut a try? Here’s why pop stars everywhere love this originally Japanese look.
The hime cut is a Japanese look that’s been trending everywhere — from the Prada runway to the girls of Haim, Twice’s Momo, and even virtually on TikTok. It looks kind of strange, but in a way, it works. The hime haircut has three major parts: a frontal fringe, cheek-length side-locks, and a long, straight back.
Where did the Hime Cut come from?
It makes total sense that it’s inspired by the princess (“Hime”) cut from Japan’s Heian period. Supposedly a coming-of-age haircut for noblewomen, the hime cut certainly rife with drama, ceremony, mystery, and flair. It’s also known as the jaw-drop haircut or the anime haircut, having been sported by a character called Yumeko Jabami in the 2017 anime Kakegurui.
While its roots are literally ancient, the hime cut continues to trend its way into Gen Z’s heart, thanks in part to its sheer strangeness. It’s also closely related — in appearance, not origin — to the mullet, which also has abruptly cut shorter sides, fringe, and a much longer back.
The hime is its refined version (fit for a noblewoman, as they say!). Together with the and the , these style revivals reveal what women look for in haircuts today: versatility, surprise, and that cool factor. The cheek-length layers are flattering, giving the illusion of a smaller, youthful face, while the longer back gives you styling options.
How to Maintain a Hime Cut
For the hime haircut, hair has to be straight. That’s the only way anyone could see the unique lines of the hairstyle. , therefore, caring for it involves a lot of moisturization and a focus on straightening. If you’re not into chemical straightening, opt for a shampoo that does it for you at home.
TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Shampoo is one option. This shampoo is specifically formulated to reinvigorate dull hair with shine and moisture with vitamin H and shea butter oil. It’s light enough for daily use but potent enough to allow your hime hair to shine through.
Another straightening hero is Sunsilk Expert-Perfect Straight Shampoo, which has Straight Lock technology that keeps hair straight as it dries. The result is a smooth, blow-dried finish, even if you barely lifted a finger.
Follow up your shampoo with a nourishing conditioner daily to replenish your locks and keep them soft throughout the day. You may also need regular trims to keep the ends clean and free from damage.
While it takes a bit of maintenance, it’s stylish, fun, and perfect if you want to exude a new edgier style. Ready to give K-pop idols’ favorite hime cut a try?