14 Hairstyles You Always See on Anime Girls

by Elana
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Anime characters are notorious for their hairstyles. In fact, it is often a major topic of discussion among both anime fans and non-fans because quite frankly anime hair is awesome.

Cosplayers devote incredible chunks of time making their hair just right because it's just a significant element to any anime character.

So now we find ourselves realizing there are some fairly standard anime hairstyles, especially for female characters. It's not too hard to see why, if it works you stick with it and these hairstyles definitely work for some of our favorite characters!

So here's a look at the 14 most popular (and best!) anime hairstyles for female characters. You can definitely use this list to plan your next haircut.

1. Style: Side Swipe

Depicted here by Mari Kurihara from Prison School and Petra Ral from Attack on Titan, this hairstyle is perfect for female characters that are easily described as headstrong.
1. Style: Side Swipe
via: MAL
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2. Style: Slicked Back

Depicted here by Akebi Sasaki from Girls und Panzer and Rurichiyo Kasumiouji from Bleach, this hairstyle is perfect for that no BS attitude female character who gets things done.
2. Style: Slicked Back
via: MAL
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3. Style: Short

Depicted here by Mikoto Urabe from Mysterious Girlfriend X and Hana Midorikawa, the short hairstyle for anime girls is pretty common and often leave room for a lot of unique personality traits.
3. Style: Short
via: MAL

4. Style: Wild (& Sexy!)

Depicted here by Queen Bee from Golgo 13: Queen Bee and Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, this fiery hairstyle embodies a particular type of woman: femme fatales.
4. Style: Wild (& Sexy!)
via: MAL

5. Style: Royal

Depicted here by Aeka Jurai Masaki from Shin Tenchi Muyou! this hairstyle adds an oriental flair unparalleled in other styles for other characters.
5. Style: Royal
via: MAL

6. Style: Bald/Shaved

Depicted here by Mahoja from D.Gray-man and Kriem from Tiger & Bunny, this style is unique and not seen quite as frequently but usually stands to either propel a character's development or help them stand out significantly.
6. Style: Bald/Shaved
via: MAL

7. Style: Long

Depicted here by Ezra Scarlett, long hairstyles are almost a standard for a lead female role in most anime. Often offering a variety of character traits from femininity to a strong character to sensuality to a timid character, long hair is definitely where it's at.
7. Style: Long
via: MAL

8. Style: The Ponytail

Depicted here by Eri Ayase from Love Live! School Idol Project and Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, the ponytail is a classic must have for a character in a leading role with leadership tendencies.
8. Style: The Ponytail
via: MAL

9. Style: Twintails

Depicted here by a character anyone should know, Sailor Moon, and Mine from Akame ga Kill! Twintails are the perfect hairstyle for a badass character with a sweet side.
9. Style: Twintails
via: MAL

10. Style: Buns

Depicted here by the iconic character Chun-Li, the bun hairstyle often helps depict a very feminine side regardless of how kick ass the characters may be (or not, they're either adorable or awesome!)
10. Style: Buns
via: MAL

11. Style: Bang, Bang, you can't see.

This blinding hairstyle is depicted here by notorious badass, Olivier Mira Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Ayase Ayatsuji from Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry. This hairstyle may seem to lean on the not so practical side but that definitely doesn't seem to stop the characters who rock them. In fact these women are often strong and driven characters, as seen with these examples!
11. Style: Bang, Bang, you can't see.
via: MAL

12. Style: Ahoge

Depicted here by Lucy Yamagami from Servant x Service, the ahoge hairstyle is definitely quirky for the type of female character that's most likely to make you giggle, frequently.
12. Style: Ahoge
via: MAL

13. Style: Drills

Depicted here by Biscuit Krueger from Hunter x Hunter and Saki Tenjouin from To LOVE-Ru, this hairstyle is by far one of the most unique seen in anime on female characters. Each character seems to have a equally unique personality traits but one thing is for certain: their hair is definitely a topic of discussion.
13. Style: Drills
via: MAL

14. Style: Spikes

Depicted here by Setsuna from Needless and Kallen Stadtfeld from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, spiky hairdo's are ideal on a female character who is both girly and tough. It's not as common on female characters as it is on men, but man do these women rock it!
14. Style: Spikes
via: MAL
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