The trendiest Korean men’s hairstyles of 2020, as seen on Park Seo-joon, Lee Dong Wook and more


By Wei Yeen Loh

The trendiest Korean men’s hairstyles of 2020, as seen on Park Seo-joon, Lee Dong Wook and more

Short hair don’t care

Earlier this year, Park Seo-joon made headlines after flaunting his short ‘do in Itaewon Class. Termed the ‘chestnut hair‘, it seems to be the shortest hairstyle he has rocked, and dare we say that he pulled it off easily.

Perfect for those who are a little more adventurous than the rest, shorter hairstyles—ranging from Caesar undercuts to crew cuts (as seen on Yoo Ah In in Chicago Typewriter)—are favoured for good reason: 1) It’s low maintenance, 2) minimal styling is required, and 3) you don’t even need a hair dryer! While Lee Seung Gi’s subtle V-shaped crop may not be for the faint-hearted, Park Bo Gum’s hairstyle in Record of Youth is the perfect example of a timeless do.

Park Seo Joon

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Lee Seung-gi

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Park Bo Gum

Korean men's hair trends park bo gum

Yoo Ah In

Korean men's hair trends yoo ah in

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Bringing back curtain bangs

Curtain bangs are taking centre stage (pun unintended) this season. While the 5:5 part (middle part in short and long variations) has proven to be a classic look, the 3:7 part seems to be a firm favourite as well this season. Exo’s Sehun and former Monsta X member Wonho have sported the former recently, while actors Lee Dong Wook and Lim Ju Hwan’s tousled ‘dos are giving us lessons on the importance of volume.

Exo’s Sehun

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Korean men's hair trends won ho

Lee Dong Wook

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Lim Ju Hwan

Korean men's hair trends lim ju hwan

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The bowl cut gets choppy

We’ve seen the bowl cut transition to the two-block cut (undercuts with a longer top) previously, but this quintessential hairdo has been reinterpreted once again with shaggy layers and longer tops. When we say long, we mean that the ends practically conceal the brows and may just poke into the peepers—think of it as thick bangs, but with an edgier crop. Kim Soo Hyun’s shorter cut in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is our favourite, while Lee Jae Wook, Ong Seong Wu and NCT and Super M’s Lucas have donned longer face-framing styles.

Kim Soo Hyun

Korean men's hair trends kim soo hyun

Lee Jae Wook

Korean men's hair trends lee jae wook

NCT and Super M’s Lucas

Korean men's hair trends lucas

Ong Seong Wu

Korean men's hair trends ong seong wu

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The longer, the better

Whether the quarantine mane or the comeback of the mullet, medium-length hairstyles have been on our radar most recently and Korean stars are all for it. Woo Do Hwan and BTS’s Jungkook showed off their 5:5 parts—albeit with longer ends—effortlessly, while Ji Chang Wook’s mullet for his role in Backstreet Rookie is proof that party-at-the-back ‘dos are here to stay. A noteworthy mention is Ryu Jun Yeol’s dedication in growing out his hair for an upcoming movie role.

BTS’s Jungkook

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Ji Chang Wook

Korean men's hair trends ji chang wook

Woo Do Hwan

Korean men's hair trends woo do hwan

Ryu Jun Yeol


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