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?!

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14 Responses to Rebellious Hair for Rebellious Gyaru

  1. Laura says:

    Love the pink hair!
    Didn’t know Kanako shaved her head until now.. and yes, I’m pretty shocked! :O
    Undercuts seem to be quite popular, Kyary’s is dyed – http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnfg4zSoer1qkq3emo1_500.jpg

  2. Rebecca says:

    Hi Laura!

    Don’t worry – Kanako was was just wearing a ‘bald wig’ – it was very distracting though! 😉

    I love undercuts, and Kyary is such a huge fashion icon – wow!

  3. Sami says:

    Ahhh my scheduled post for the day was on the same thing XD

  4. Ayame’s hair is really cool.
    I’m not Gyaru, but a few years back I shaved my hair off for charity (previous to that it had been halfway down my back), and people kept assuming I was a lesbian or had cancer (someone actually asked how long I had left, how rude can you get?).
    It was actually quite a freeing experience, and quite funny how people reacted sometimes.

  5. Robin CF says:

    I absolutely love this entry. Especially this:
    “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.” This is why I don’t talk about gyaru online, anymore. Either I’m talking about gyaru one-on-one or I’m not willing to take the risk that I’ll offend someone. Too often, people that don’t work to understand the Japanese view of gal style, try to have serious discussions about it.

    When Gyaru turned super-relatable starting in 2008/9, it kind of felt like it was giving the finger to its roots. What happens when a subculture built on edginess gives the finger to its foundations? It stagnates.

    I actually have the sides of my head shaved, right now. I wear wigs when going for a recognizable gyaru look, but for fun, I think the side-crop is exactly the sort of thing that makes sense for gals to explore. You know, considering all the other edgey-fashions of the world are giving it a good go, right now.

    I don’t think it will be a full-blown trend. I don’t think it will last long as a micro-trend. I do think we’ll all have interesting pictures for our grandkids, someday. XD Also, in Summer this haircut has been a real life-saver!

  6. Rebecca says:

    @ Sami – Great minds think alike! 😉

  7. Rebecca says:

    @ Alexandria – Thanks for your comment!

    Wow, it’s shocking how rude some people can be! When I was 17 I shaved off my hair, and once had stones thrown at me for being different! Well done you for doing something so fantastic for charity 🙂

    Cutting hair has always been seen as a sign of change, and I think I feel the same way about my piercings and tattoos…

  8. Rebecca says:

    @ Robin – Thanks for the great comment, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the article! Lots to think about…

    I think that when you ignore the Japanese context of gyaru culture and fashion, it becomes very flat. It’s very easy to take it at face value – the big hair, high heels, makeup – and unfortunately you just end up missing the point; it becomes all about the end result rather than the huge statement against mainstream Japanese society that it is. I think that’s one of the hazards of only experiencing culture via the internet – it very literally becomes one dimensional.

    I do agree with you about the stagnation of gal: certainly in magazines and 109, and in Western online communities too. I do consistently see girls totally killing it on the streets of Tokyo, but sadly they don’t make it any further than that!
    I do hope we’ll see a bit of a gal revolution again soon, as with any fashion subculture it needs a bit of a shake-up once in a while. 😉

    I don’t think it’ll be a widespread trend either, but it does seems to capture the spirit of fun and experimentation that gyaru has come to exemplify.

    Your hair sounds amazing by the way! 🙂

  9. Rosi says:

    Oh wow I LOVE it! The rebellion in gyaru is emerging in a new way again 😀 The hairstyles are awesome (and not only because I have my head half shaved ;D)!

  10. Rebecca says:

    @ Rosi – Thanks for your comment!

    I just took a look at your blog, and wow! You’ve got AMAZING hair! 🙂

  11. Tori says:

    LOVED THIS ♥ I could never pull off the shaved look, but I’m a definite fan of the rainbow colours!

  12. Gem says:

    Awwww, no dreadlocks 🙁 I think I’ve only ever seen one Japanese person with dreadlocks and they weren’t real ones either. Think I should move over there and spread the dready love ^ ^

    I do like the side shaved look, but would be way too scared to do that to myself.

  13. Rebecca says:

    @ Tori – I’m sure you’d look fab! 😉

  14. Rebecca says:

    @ Gem – I’ve seen a few people in Japan with dreads, tends to be more of a hippy/alternative lifestyle thing though!

    Yes, spread the dreads! 😉

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