When Candy Richens won a hair makeover from Alchemy Salon in Collingwood, Australia, she knew exactly what she wanted to ask for: the hime cut. The hairstyle, which means “princess” in Japanese, has historical roots and consists of blunt frontal fringe and face-framing side pieces, with the remaining hair worn long and straight down the back.
As W explained last year, the hime cut was a common look in the Imperial court during the Heian period in Japanese history, when noblewomen would grow their hair out to extreme lengths. And now it’s returned to the trend cycle, with K-pop girl group superstars like Momo from TWICE and Lisa from Blackpink rep the style. The Haim sisters have sported hime cuts as well, as have models from the Prada’s Spring 2021 ready-to-wear collection.
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On social media, the hime cut has captured the attention of TikTok audiences for its unique shape and interesting origins. Stylist and Alchemy Salon owner Becc Snow posted Richens’ makeover on the app, where it was viewed over 415,000 times.
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Who is the hime cut for?
A hime cut is not for the faint of heart. It’s a style that requires heavy maintenance and upkeep, especially for those of us with a little curl or texture. Not to worry, though: most stylists insist that just about anyone can wear this look. Skip Fellers, owner and educator of Neon Moon Salon in Asheville, North Carolina, makes a case for the style’s versatility, “This haircut works best for anyone who likes to have fun and reinvent themselves,” says Fellers.