I love a shaved head as much as the next person, and perhaps a little more (I’m currently sporting a very close crop at the back & sides), so of course I have to give two thumbs up to the ハゲ (hage) hair feature in July’s Egg magazine;
Ayame & Anna Fujita rocking the hage hair – what do you think? Is baldness the final taboo left in gal fashion?
While I don’t think three pages in one magazine is wholly representative of the majority of gyaru fashion, I do think it’s really great to see gals getting a little more rebellious again! Gyaru as a fashion subculture has always been seen as incredibly spunky and somewhat anarchic in Japan, regardless of how Westerners interpret it in a non-Japanese context. I feel that for the past few seasons, with the rise of ‘blogger style’ and summer’s retro-girly florals that gyaru fashion seemed to have lost a little of it’s out-there edge but this issue of Egg, and taking a look who’s wearing what on the streets of Shibuya, has convinced me there’s still an undercurrent of girls who are fearless when it comes to fashion – provocative as it may be.
It’s pretty interesting article if you can get over Kanako and her bald head! The girls talk about reactions from people on the street (everything from saying it’s cool, to asking if they’re gay!), and it’s certainly a style that has created an impact.
I’ve seen partially shaved heads on a few international blogs over the past year or so, and I think much of it stems from the rise of alternative/grunge fashion (how can it be vintage if I remember it from the first time it was popular?!) and Brazilian-born model Alice Dellal who created a bit of a stir with her hair choices in (I think) 2009.
For the gal looking for a quick style update but unwilling to grab the clippers, I’d suggest creating a sharp section at the side of your head just above your ear, slicking back the hair and using pins to secure – easy, and no worries about regrowth!
But baldies aren’t the only ones making waves…
Various beauties on the cover of Egg magazine – gyaru have pretty much cornered the market on unnatural hair colours, and it’s a staple look.
I’m a huge fan of silver/pink look second from the left – makes me miss my lilac locks! While there’s less volume on top here, theres still a fairly uniform length, and curls for everyone present.
Something of an inspiration board that’s making me want to reach for the hair dye! Pink is popular, and I’m in awe of the blue tips. I just… wow. I’m very tempted to bleach dip my fringe and go for some cute colours this summer! Which hair style and colour would you choose? All of them?!