It’s not a secret : Asian guys enjoy dyeing their hair to stand out from the black-haired crowd. From the extreme fashion dyes for standing out to the discrete dyeing to to smooth his hair defects in society, the hair colouring market for men in comfortable in China.
Extreme dyes, a trend made in South Korea
Trendy haircut styles in China are currently launched by famous Korean K-pop singers, the KOL – Key Opinion Leaders – as we’re use to explain it in our others articles. Most of the time, each K-pop bands count at least three members with heavily bleached hair.
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A need to stand out
In a society where the entire population does have black hair and bridled dark eyes, finding your own personality and feeling unique is more complicated than in the West, where ethnic diversity is well established. Young Chinese people do feel the need to stand out. Some will copy the western appearance by dyeing hair in blond, ginger and medium brown; some will explore all the rainbow shades without timidity whereas the majority will just improve their black cast by adding some reflection : chocolate brown, darkish brown or blue-black.
No need to exaggerate : unlike Japan or South-Korea, Chinese men looking for hair dying mostly improve their colour only a half-tone lighter, as medium-brown, or ask for a light reflection. The main idea is to look neat and trendy, definitively not to become an eccentric. Conformism remains an important notion in Chinese society : merits as well as misfortunes spill over one’s social circle. Better than to please everyone, from boss to grand-ma through girlfriend and mates’ approval.
Young Chinese purchase an androgynous look
Chinese society has abounded Western models since its opening to the rest of the world. It is difficult to find one’s way between outside influences and traditional influences, but Chinese men have a tendency to coquetry and androgynous hair style that is equally pleasing to the opposite gender. The ideal Chinese man of younger generation has all the bad boy androgynous way of a Korean singer: tall and slim, hair provided with rebellious wicks, long thin nose like western folk – contrasting with the typical flat Chinese nose – and beautiful expressive eyes with long lashes.
It is not a mystery if Chinese men do not hesitate to use plastic surgery for the eyes and reshaping the nose structure, as well as buying a profusion of male beauty products. A beautiful clear skin without imperfection is a must-have in the Chinese society, without being any gender tendency.
What about wicks ?
Blond hair by Chinese guys went quite out of fashion for 2018. Those who keep peroxidise their entire hair have a real desire to look like the Caucasian model and sometimes add blue contact-lenses and skin bleaching. The actual trend is now more like Korean K-pop singers : a wild blond wick among natural dark-hair.
The wicks remain a good compromise between the desired originality and discretion, with greater ease to cover up (or cut!). In this matter, the choice is not very different from Western men who choose to use hair coloring.
Dyeing white hair, a common habit in China
If you believe that Chinese men never get white hair when growing old, you’re wrong! In fact, it is a very common habit to dye their white hair in black again, so to look younger. Having uniformly black hair does matter in the professional life to look more dynamic and serious, also in the private life to be still looking like a fit husband. That’s an interesting contrast for a society that keeps considering with great respect the old generation for their assumed wisdom.
Having white hair is then a real matter in China, both for men and women. Politics and celebrities are the first example, when the old Communist Party members all appears with glowing black hair despite an advanced age.
More and more young Chinese men ‘suffer’ from white hair appearance
Thirties Chinese men suddenly discovering their first white hairs live it as a personal drama : how to get rid of it ? The high pollution in big cities as well as nutritional deficiencies and pressure at work are the most basic reasons to the recent growing amount of young Chinese men getting white hair at an early age.
It actually exists an old Chinese treatment to avoid white hair appearance and baldness. This miraculous solution is a plant transformed into organic powder to drink as an infusion, called in Chinese He Shou Wu (literally meaning ‘black hair’, even if it does not directly change the hair colour!), which must be daily taken in a cure of three months. Its effectiveness has indeed been proven and its is used since hundred years by Chinese folk.
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