How to style your hair like a jrocker. If you love visual kei clothing, you’ve probably had a go at jrock hairstyles already…
You walk into a hair salon saying “Hi, I’d like an edgy visual kei hairstyle. Something like Miyavi’s will be great”. Blank stares from the stylists and you try again. “You know, Miyavi… the Japanese visual kei artist? Ex-member of Due~le~quartz? Guitar samurai?” The stylists look even more confused, and to them, it sounds like you’re saying “Watashi wa-wa-wa”. It seems like all is lost, for you are unable to achieve the same hairstyle like Miyavi, Kyo, Reita, or even Hiroto! Never fear, for this jrocker hairstyles tutorial is here to help you visual kei mooks on getting that edgy, gravity-defying hair!
Give your stylist a photo of a jrocker hairstyle for reference
Print out a picture of a visual kei hairstyle you want to emulate and show it to a hairdresser. Try to search through the internet for pictures of different jrockers. In this case, Google is your best friend! BE REALISTIC. Miyavi’s old multicoloureded mohawk may look cool, but he has an army of stylists behind him to achieve it. If you don’t trust hairstylists, cut your own hair. Sadly, I have no experience in doing so, so search for some how-to’s and make sure you have a steady hand. You can, for instance, check out the Mookychick tips for cutting your own emo hairstyles and see if they’ll get the jrocker hair effect you’re looking for. However, if you don’t want to end up looking like a pineapple head, I highly recommend going to a hairstylist.
How to maintain your jrocker hairstyle
Maintaining a jrocker hairstyle is important if you don’t want to splash money every month at a hair stylist. Right now, you’ve just returned from the salon and your hair looks great! But when you wash it or go to bed, it sucks. In order to prevent this, analyze the steps your dresser takes to achieve that good-looking mane. Look closely on how they brush it, condition it, wash it, straighten it, and style it. Then try to imitate those steps at home. Don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser for tips while they’re preparing your mane, and tell them if you’re not used to styling / using product at home.
Adding colour to your jrocker hairstyle
If you want to add some colour and variety to your hair, dye it! If your hair is dark, it’s a good idea to pre-lighten it, or the colour won’t show. If you’re dying your hair for the first time, I suggest going to a dresser, so it won’t mess up. If you’re on a budget and can’t dye it professionally, try using semi-permanent dye. That way, if you mess up, you can just remove it with a few washes. If you don’t want to dye your hair for various reasons, you can use hair extensions. They’re much cheaper and give a vibrant colour without damaging your hair. You can get clip-ons, or use hair glue.
jrocker hairstyles should be clean. Unless you already have a million groupies.
WASH. YO. HUR. Before you do ANYTHING to your hair, wash it. It should be soft and clean, not oily and fried. You can have the greatest jrocker hairstyle in the world, but no one will want to see it if it’s buried under dandruff, grease, sweat, and possibly creepy-crawlies. Not to mention the dryness and nasty odour. Hair shampoo will remove all of that dandruff, grease, sweat, and vermin as well as the dryness and odour.
How to style jrocker hairstyles – spikes
You’ll need a comb, hairspray, straightener, wax, hair extensions (optional) and hair dye (optional). You can use gel, but most gels end up hard and crusty and dry. Ech.
Before you do anything, make sure your hair is clean and pin straight, and add your extensions (if you’re using any) at this point.
To get jrocker spikes, take a section of your hair, spray some hairspray into the roots, and tease your hair near the roots to get spikes.
If you get some tangled birds-nest-thingy, gently comb it a bit without combing it out entirely.
Finally, apply wax or gel on the tips to get it spiked, and finish off with some hairspray.
How to style jrocker hairstyles – no spikes
There are other jrocker hairstyles that don’t require teasing. If you can’t backcomb your hair for various reasons, look through more pics of other VK Rockers.
There are some such as Uruha from the GazettE, Mana from Malice Mizer, and Aiji from LM.C, all of which can be created with straighteners, curlers, and (sometimes) hair bands. There are many styles to choose from, so find one that fits you.
Practice makes perfect! So keep practising, since you might not get it the first time. Don’t feel down if it doesn’t look right at first, just keep trying and look through some more jrocker hairstyles. Again, there are many to choose from, and you’ll definitely find one that fits you.
jrocker hairstyles – Match the attitude to the hair
Remember, the hair might be an important part of the visual kei style, but makeup and visual kei clothing are important as well!
Try to be original and not to copy straight from a jrocker, or it might be considered cosplay. It’s fine to cosplay, but don’t copy someone else’s style and call it your own.
And don’t you DARE think you’re more cooler, better, or more original than anyone else JUST because you have good hair. No-one likes a jerk, even if they have nice locks.