Finding your own personal style today isn't that easy. The one place where individuality and personal style come together is in Japan. Harajuku, an area in Tokyo, is the birth place of an urban cult. It is the center stage for girls and boys to express themselves through fashion that has become internationally known. Besides the way they dress, their hairstyles, known as Harajuku hairstyles, are provocative, glamorous, trendy, and at times frightening.
This fashion style is unique in that it ranges from punk, gothic, hip hop to Anime characters. It is a mix of bright and dark in the hair as well as mix of lengths and textures. These hairstyles are always eye catching and usually extreme. They carry the hairstyle with extreme fashions to match.
No two people have the same hairstyle, which is what makes it so unique and personalized. Everyone that chooses this style has the chance to play with their hair and create a look that is truly their own. For fans of Japanese Anime, this is the perfect way not only to get into character, but to create their own characters as well.
There is no set rule in having a Harajuku haircut. The only signature characteristic that lets others know that it is Harajuku is that it is extreme, dramatic and provocative. Most looks require a razor technique to cut off chunks of hair to leave a clumpy look. Other looks are long straight cuts that are uneven and jaggedy looking.
But they all have in common the fact that there is color in the hair. And, the color must be contrasting. Bleaching hair white and then using a neon color like bright blue or red or whatever color to go with the personal style is necessary. Some choose to color the whole head, especially the girls and especially the Anime fans. Chunky streaks or multiple colors are not uncommon but rather encouraged.
The trick in getting the perfect style lies in the hair styling skills of each person. Lots of mousse, gel and hair spray is used to make it as outrageous as possible, and to keep it that way. The bigger the hair the better, that is why you'll find youths with hair sticking straight up or out no matter where you look in Tokyo and in other places of the world where this fashion urban cult has caught on.
Although there are no definite rules applied to this style of hair or dress, it seems to be agreed that the more on the edge you look, the more Harajuku you are. That may be why teens are constantly inventing new designs and styles to wear their hair in daily and in doing so, they create even more original and dazzling looks every time they step out.