Comparison and Contrast Among Bangladeshi, Japanese, and Korean Hairstyles

      Reading the article “Symbolism of Hairstyles in Korea and Japan” by Na- Young Choi, I came to know that hairstyle bears magical meanings, and it can play a significant role in presenting beauty, marital status or social status and wealth. In Bangladesh, hairstyle also bears significant role in symbolizing a person’s position.

     I became surprised to know about the significance of long hair bearing a traditional image as well as social position, because in our country Bangladesh, this concept is totally ridiculous. In our country, it is prevalent that most of the poor village girls have long hair as they do not have money to go in the parlor to have a haircut. On the other hand, the rich urban women often keep short hair. They prefer short hair style. In Bangladesh, you will never see poor married women with short hair, but it is accepted when a rich woman keeps short hair. Short hair symbolizes affluence here. Another important thing I notice is that in Japan and Korea, expensive and gorgeous hair pin symbolizes social status; conversely, in Bangladesh, the women from rich families do not use any kind of hair pin at all. They prefer to keep loose hair.

     In Bangladesh, straight hair is considered as beautiful hairstyle. Rich women also like to straighten and dye their hair in order to be beautiful. Curly hairstyle is not accepted to any woman. Keeping hair untied on the back is considered as more beautiful and fashionable style rather than binding hair with ribbons or pins. Keeping short hair is the only acceptable hairstyle for the boys in our society although some boys keep long hair.

     Although hair style doesn’t necessarily symbolize marital status in Bangladesh, the married women are seldom seen with a very short hairstyle. Also, you will never see a married woman with two flats.  Usually, school or college students wear two flats or two braids. Married women often wear one long braid laying on their back or only one ban. However, these styles are also prevalent in unmarried women.

     In Japan and Korea, people believe that hair contains a magical meaning. Similarly, in the rural area of Bangladesh, people make hair maduli (chain made of hair), and put it on their domestic animal’s neck in order to save them from evil eyesight.

     Finally, although we don’t think about hairstyle deeply, it plays an important role to display our Bangladeshi culture.

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3 Responses to Comparison and Contrast Among Bangladeshi, Japanese, and Korean Hairstyles

  1. yogeauw says:

    Yes, Papun, it is also a new information to me that the hair styles and the way they were kept by individuals signified so much in places like China , Japan, Korea. There must be many more other countries who too have historical stories and treditional belief of hair and on the way they are kept. It is just so amazing to know that just by a hair style a person’s status could be judged ans known. Hair signifies a lot.

  2. kalpana23 says:

    Hi Papun,
    Thank you very much for sharing the symbolism of hairstyles in Bangladesh. I think every country has specific meaning for specific hairstyle. Yes, of course! there will be differences in the meanings of the hairstyles depending upon the parts of the world. In Nepal too, various hairstyles represent different belief. For example, making judo in hair represents higher standard people in societies, curly hairstyle symbolizes beauty, and no doubt, straight hair also represent beauty in women.

  3. Hi Papun,
    It’s good to know about Bangladeshi concept about the hair styles. It’s true that the conception about things change from place to place. In Nepal, people also prefer long hair rather than short hair. However, Chinese prefer short hair styles. The concept do vary, but it’s really interesting to know about the conceptions of different countries. So, thanks a lot for your responce.

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