Anime Hair - Colors and Hairstyles and Their Meanings

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Unlike real life, the anime characters have colored hair and some with strange and unusual shapes. Ever wonder why anime have colored hair? What are the meanings of hair colors in anime? In this article we will see everything about the colors, hairstyles and shapes of Japanese hair.

Why are anime hairs colored?

The reasons are obvious, colored hair is much nicer than ordinary haircuts you see in real people. Another point is that the character definitely stands out from the crowd.

It is easier to remember the characters in a show with many of them by style and hair color. Especially useful for programs that are unlikely to sustain a constant viewer base.

In some anime, one of the only ways to distinguish characters is by color and hair style, but sometimes even that is not enough! Some anime have simple features and can only be differentiated by the type of hair.

The styles and hair colors distinguish the character, just with a silhouette you can know which character and which anime he belongs to. Another basic reason is simple, if some did, others copied. All of this ended up becoming a trend.

Anime hair - meanings, colors and shapes
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The origin of colored hair came from black and white

The origin of this crazy-colored hair practice in anime originated in the black and white drawings of the manga. As well? The manga pages are printed in black and white, because it was much cheaper than printing in color.

Only the manga that is popular get a precious 1, 2 or 3 page color distribution from time to time or get the colorful magazine cover. Like the mangakas they had so few opportunities to draw their characters in color, they were “hungry” for color.

In the 1970s, they experimented with the use of all possible colors in their rare color illustrations. The same character ended up appearing in different covers and editions with different colored hair.

As mangaka Miuchi Suzue and others used so many different hair colors for the same characters over a 40-year period, many readers were not sure which hair colors were common. Even anime had versions with different colored hair.

Over the years, the mangakas saw that it was more worthwhile to assign a specific color to their characters' hair. So those manga that had multiple volumes with the same character with different hair colors ceased to exist.

The origin of colored hair came from black and white

Meaning of Hair Colors in Anime

For some, colors have meanings and even represent people's characteristics and subconscious. In anime it is no different, we can find some patterns in characters that have a certain hair color.

Hair colors can also be used in some way in the plot, for example, Ichigo being bullied because of his unusual hair color. Sometimes, color is also used to indicate a little of the character's personality.

Expressing symbolism of hair colors is just an optional by-product. Achieving symbolism through color does not need to use hair. For this reason, do not interpret the personality of certain characters just by the color of their hair.

We will see in detail the meaning of each color, but if we could summarize it, we would do it as follows:

  • Black and brown - Natural color found in serious and realistic anime
  • rose - Childhood, alienation, ingenuity;
  • Purple - Can suggest a high social position;
  • Green - Funny characters, full of energy, active and personality;
  • Yellow - Highlights rarity, superiority a unique feature.
  • Red - They represent savagery, people who let themselves be carried away by emotion and passion.
  • Blue - Mysterious, mystical and distant people from the real world;

Black hair characters in anime

Black hair can refer to people who are firm, honest, determined, independent, mysterious, powerful, practical, solid, solitary and traditional. We can see this in characters like Kirito from SAO and L from Death Note.

In addition to the traditional, black hair can look powerful, cruel and macabre. Although black is a dark color, it is neutral and is also associated with positive personal characteristics. They can be deep thinkers who rarely need help.

  •  Levi Ackerman - Attack on Titan;
  • Vegeta - Dragon Ball;
  • Akeno Himejima - High School DxD;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - black

White or silver hair characters

A strange and inhuman essence involves the characters of White hair. They are so pure that they may seem unnatural. They are usually obstinate, skillful, serene, lucid, humble and narcissistic.

If the character is a woman, there is a high chance that she is magical. And if the character is a man, he can be the antihero. If the hair color is more gray / silver, then the character is likely to be calm, balanced, logical, disguised or irreverent.

  • Kaneki Ken - Tokyo Ghoul;
  • Shiro - Deadman Wonderland;
  • Ginko - Mushishi;
  • Killua - Hunter x Hunter;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - white

Pink Hair Characters in Anime

In Japan, the color pink implies youth and innocence - the youngest, cute and childish idols are often depicted with pink hair or pink accessories. It can indicate a kind, benevolent, delicate, spontaneous, feminine, childlike, naive and concerned person.

Benevolent, young, cheerful and innocent. However, ordered, accomplished and frustrated. Characters with pink hair can cause a positive change in others. Male characters with pink hair can be a little wicked.

  • Sakura Haruno - Naruto;
  • Yuno Gasai - Mirai Nikki;
  • Mirai Kuriyama - Kyoukai no Kanata;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - pink

Purple hair characters in anime

The purple-haired characters are powerful. Your goals can revolve around prestige and material possessions. The purple-haired characters are also privileged, noble, elegant, restless, intriguing, pompous and selfish.

They can also be calm, conflicting, delicate, intelligent, intriguing, magical and mysterious. Lighter tones, tend to be more delicate, calm and prefer not to get involved in conflicts. The dark ones are conflicting and even aggressive.

  • Yato - Noragami;
  • Saeko Busujima - Highschool of the Dead;
  • Yuri Nakamura - Angel Beats;
  • Yuki Nagato - Suzumiya Haruhi;
  • Rikka Takanashi - Chunibyo;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - purple

Red or red hair characters

Characters with red hair color can be described as: passionate, adventurous, aggressive, hot-headed, seductive, aggressive and of course .. enthusiastic! They are more likely to be tsundere, because their emotions are super-explosive!

But, these characteristics are mainly for girls. For boys it is a little different. Male protagonists can be quite calm, humble and disciplined. We can mention Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail and Gaara from Naruto.

  • Gaara - Naruto;
  • Sora - No Game No Life;
  • Erza - Fairy Tail;
  • Shirayuki Hime;
  • Makise Kurisu - Steins; Gate;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - red

Blond or yellow hair characters

The typical blonde is confident, happy, naive and stubborn. Blond-haired characters are probably foreigners. (European or American). Despite the cliché, anime also place blondes as dumb, childish or selfish.

Blondes or yellow hair in anime also tend to be major troublemakers. It seems that these characters have charms and attract chaos. Blonde men in anime are generally humble and pure princes.

  • Misa Amane - Death Note;
  • Usagi Tsukibo - Sailor Moon;
  • Tsumugi Kotobuki - K-On !;
  • Usui Takumi - Maid Sama;
  • Kurapika - Hunter x Hunter;
  • Armin - Shingeki no Kyojin;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - golden, blonde

Green hair characters in anime

The green-haired characters are relaxed, reliable, enlightened, tolerant. On the other hand, they are poisonous, jealous and reckless. They can be sweet, fragile, reckless, envious, loyal, evil, protective, sensitive, tolerant and toxic.

They are like mother nature and can create a calm and healing atmosphere, but they can also do the opposite. Greens can make a bad first impression, but they will side with the protagonist.

  • Shintarou Midorima - Kuroko no Basket;
  • Zoro Roronoa - One Piece;
  • CC - Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion;
  • Amaimon - Ao on the Exorcist;
  • Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist;
  • Eto Yoshimura - Tokyo Ghoul;
  • Helbram (Nanatsu no Taizai;
  • Izuku Midoriya - Boku no Hero Academia;
  • Shintarou Midorima - Kuroko no Basket;
  • Tatsumaki - One Punch-Man;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - green

Blue hair characters in anime

Blue-haired anime characters are wise, talented, mature, intuitive and introverted. They have many hidden talents, which have yet to be discovered. They are also aware of their own emotions and the emotions of others.

The darker the blue hair, the more responsible the character feels. It is very common for blue-haired characters to have special abilities. They are beautiful, calm, confident, delicate, balanced, cold, impartial and rational characters.

  • Shino Asada - Sword Art Online;
  • Nagisa Shiota - Assassination Classroom;
  • Aoba - Dramatical Murder;
  • Rem - Re: Zero;
  • Rin Okumura - Ao on the Exorcist;
  • Tenya Iida - Boku no Hero Academia;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - blue

Brown or brown hair characters

Brown is a common color for the protagonist. Some characters with brown hair may be far from normal. The brown-haired characters are accessible, comfortable, charming, consistent, sincere and long-lasting.

It can refer to friendly, extreme, firm, honest, impulsive, moderate, neutral, practical, persistent and predictable characters. Friendship is very present in these characters, they are usually protagonists of everyday anime or school.

  • Light Yagami - Death Note;
  • Izumi Shinichi - Kiseijuu;
  • Kyon - Suzumiya Haruhi;
  • Asuna - Sword Art Online;
  • Taiga - Toradora;
  • Suzaku - Code Geass;
Meaning of hair colors in anime - brown

Anime Hair Types, Hairstyles and Shapes

Usually, the most important characters in anime have different hairstyles and hair shapes, wild tips or a cool hairstyle to stand out in the crowd or among other characters. The objective is simple, to differentiate from the others, both within the work and from other works.  

Some of the characters need to stand out from the crowd, both weird color and hair style is a very easy way to achieve this (weird clothes are also popular).

There are infinite types and shapes of hair in anime, some have become patterns and can be found in different works. Others stand out and call attention, what do you think about seeing some of them?

The hair style hime or ojousama long straight hair with a set of locks or tufts in front of each ear is simply the standard hairstyle of the common Japanese woman in the Heian period.

The most common types of hairstyles are ponytails that represents something common. The styles of pigtails and pigtails represents childishness generally used by tsundere. Male ponytails have a historical background in the Samurai Era.

Short hair - Female characters who have short hair are usually girl-boys who generally adopt a masculine role involving action, fighting and even science.

Short afro hair - Often used to indicate characters who are gangsters or involved in the Yakuza mafia. It's not just a stereotype, yakuza members generally liked this style in the 1980s.

Spiral hair - Drill bits - Drills

These characters have hair coils that look like a partial or complete drill, or have side strands that look like mini drill bits. These hair drills will pierce the skies! Some of these characters are:

  • Mami Tomoe - Puella Magi Madoka Magica;
  • Beatrice - Re: Zero;
  • Miharu Shimizu - Baka to Test;
  • Yamada Elf - Eromanga Sensei;
Anime hair types, hairstyles and shapes - drill - screw

Anti-Gravity Hair - Defy Gravity - Pointy

These characters exhibit an unusually vertical hairstyle that defies the laws of gravity and physics! They are quite common, they are not simple chills but works of art that use every gel in the world.

Usually these spiky hairs are used to show characters that need to look wild and cool. Some of these characters are:

  • Senku - Dr. Stone;
  • Yugi - Yugioh;
  • Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach;
  • Goku Son - Dragon Ball;
  • All Might - Boku no Hero;
Anime hair types, hairstyles and shapes - pointed

Hair with antenna - Loose thread - Ahoge

When one or two strands of hair reach the sky, it is considered a hair antenna. A single hair antenna is also known as ahoge [アホ毛], which literally means “stupid hair”, that is, naive and funny characters.

Antennae - Similar to ahoge refers to a pair of antennas, two wicks that come out of the character's fringe. Remember some characters like that? See below some characters with antenna on their heads:

  • Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist;
  • Nagisa - Clannad;
  • Saber - Fate;
  • Konata Izumi - Luck Star;
  • Meliodas - Nanatsu no Taizai;
Anime Hair Types, Hairstyles and Shapes - Ahoge - Loose Wire

Bread Hair - Odango - With 2 Buns

These characters have one or more hair buns on their heads. In Japanese it is called Odango which literally means round like the Japanese sweetie. The buns are placed approximately 45 degrees from the top of the head. It is usually associated with Chinese characters. Some characters are:

  • Tenten - Naruto;
  • Euphemia - Code Geass;
  • Usagi Tsukino - Sailor Moon;
  • Mei Chang - Fullmetal Alchemist;
  • Himiko Toga - Boku no Hero;
Anime hair types, hairstyles and shapes - paes hair

Hair with Ribbons and Bows

Generally, anime characters have one or more ribbons in their hair, either as a ribbon or to tie a ponytail, form a bow or hang them freely. Do you know any of these characters below? Some are:

  • Gasai Yuno - Mirai NIkki;
  • Suzumiya Haruhi;
  • Silica - Sword Art Online;
  • Kaguya;
  • Chitoge - Nisekoi;
Anime hair types, hairstyles and shapes - ribbons

Rapunsel Hair - Too Long

Like the famous fairy tale heroine Rapunzel, these characters have extremely long hair that grows far beyond what you would normally expect from an ordinary person - on their knees, feet or even dragging on the floor!

Long, flowing hair for men was considered a symbol of freedom and nobility. The hair exaggeratedly long lines of many characters accentuate their character of freedom and strength, giving them an aura of movement, lightness and mysticism.

  • Shiro - No Game no Life;
  • Chi - Chobits;
  • Hatsune Miku;
  • Mimi Usa - Kodomo no Jinkan;
Anime hair types, hairstyles and shapes - too long rapunzeu

Are Japanese Anime Hairs unrealistic?

For some, the spiky hair of anime characters is unrealistic, but did you know that there is a truth to all of this? Yes, some Japanese have already looked in the mirror and saw their hair defying gravity.

The Japanese are mainly descendants of the Yamato ethnic group, but many also include roots from other ethnic groups native to Japan (such as Emishi, Hayato, Kumaso, Ainu, Ryukyuan and others. Some even with English and Scottish roots.

When styled, the japanese hair it is more likely to maintain its shape for longer periods than other ethnicities. This allows many Japanese to have stylized hair thanks to its texture.

Anime Hair Types, Hairstyles and Shapes - Japanese

Hair strands that project horizontally in front of the ears and loose strands of hair that defy gravity by bending up from the top of the head, are realistic natural hair formations, some Japanese simply look in the mirror encounter these characteristics.

For this reason anime are quite different in their hair styles. As much as the Japanese need to follow a pattern, straight and black hair because of schools, those who follow alternative fashions easily manage to style their hair.

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