Reviving Classic Beauty: Exploring the Timeless Grace of Traditional Chinese Hairstyles

With the tradition and all aspects of Chinese culture, hairstyles play a big role. And for this reason, traditional Chinese hairstyle designs have been revived almost in every era. So, traditional hairstyles play an important role in different festivals including New Year.

However, traditional hairstylists are also somehow connected with fashion. The ancient Chinese hairstyles are gorgeous and diverse. Further, it shows the unique artistic of China that has rich content.

Here, in this article, we are going to wrap up some of the timeless elegant traditional Chinese hairstyles that you might want to explore.

Female traditional Chinese hairstyles:

Although there are many ancient historical hairstyles of hair bun, depending on the person the bun is different. Generally, the bun is categorized into two types one is a hanging bun situated at the back of the neck, and this bun is mainly found in the Warring States, Qin, and Han Dynasties.

The other type is a high bun that is located at the top of the head. It is mainly popular in the Eastern Han Dynasty, Jin, and Wei Dynasty. This hairstyle reached its peak in the Tang and Song Dynasties, with various variations that are dazzling.

Traditional Chinese hairstyles also include some different hair accessories. Here are some of the top ancient Chinese hairstyles to choose from:

#1. High Bun:

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 During the Zhou dynasty, women wore their long hair in a high bun. They wore it with Ji, and they also decorate their buns with pins, flowers, and jewellery. This will accentuate the look of the high bun.

As the hair is long, the bun looked thicker as well. Then came the half-wig period when the buns were a bit tilted. Some women tried on the wig, Di. The buns were high and titled.

#2. Ring buns:

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Rings buns were known as Jiu Huan ji and it was very popular among the noblewomen. Here the buns symbolize how the noblewomen were. The more rings, the higher the status was.

Huan means that the rings were interlocked. Ring buns were popular in the Han and Qin dynasties.

#3. Chui bun:

Chui bun
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After some decades, the women’s hairstyles changed and they wore a high bun. But this time, the women used hair pins and a lock of hair would be hanging from the skull. This was emerging from the buns and this bun was followed by both nobility and commoners and was popular in the Han Dynasty.

#4. Ji Fei Tian:

Then, women started to follow a type of bun where all the hair will be in a bun but the hair stands will be coiled instead of a bun. These coils were coiled with silver or gold accessories and will be towed over the head. These buns were famous during the Southern Dynasty.

#5. MaiJhi duo:

MaiJhi duo is one of the very popular ancient Chinese hairstyles and this hairstyle was followed by both men and women. People used to follow this hairstyle during Han Dynasty. This hairstyle might be one of the most symbolic hairstyles among all the traditional Chinese hairstyles.

The Ham and Qin dynasties followed this hairstyle with a slight modification. Here, the hair is combed into a knot, and the knot is put through a large knot that was made of silk. That is why, it would fall to the side or back of the head like a loose ponytail.

#6. Towering:

Traditional Chinese Hairstyles

Chinese hairstyles flourished during the Tang Dynasty. Women towered their high buns with wigs, cushions, and false crowns. The hair couldn’t reach far into the air, so the women used wings. The towers were tall and high. The side buns were also a big deal here. According to the towering, the women choose their ornaments for their hair.

#7. Wo Zhui Ji, or the tilted bun:

Traditional Chinese Hairstyles

In this Chinese hairstyle, all the hair would be tilted backwards. There would be bumps around the hair, but all of the bumps would be pulled back. Also, there would be several small buns on the back. Then one of the bun’s middle bun would be pulled out at the back. It would be a tilted bun at the back of the head.

#8. Tou San Lui:

Traditional Chinese Hairstyles

It is the most popular Chinese hairstyle and it is still being followed. In this hairstyle, modernization was get involved. The entire hair was divided into three sections before being combed separately. The woman took two parts from each side of the hair. And one part is also taken from the bottom.

At last, all of the hair was gathered together at the top of the head and formed a bun. Women used some hair accessories to style this bun.


What are the traditional Chinese hairstyles for women?

Ans: There have been so many hairstyles that were followed by ancient women in China. Some of them are-

  • Double bun
  • Front braided bun
  • Tagami
  • Chignon
  • Kushi Maki

What were the famous hairstyles in ancient China?

Ans: Women in ancient China kept their long hair, which was usually arranged into a beautiful hairstyle, often with wig chignons as the basis. At that time, women also used hairpins to fix their hairstyles. They often decorate their hairstyles with flowers, ornaments, and other hair accessories.


Traditional Chinese hairstyles are all about wearing bright colours, particularly red. You can leave your hair basic or add some hair accessories to style it. Traditional Chinese hairstyles might seem tough, but you need to tie the hair perfectly, it will change your look.

Also, you can consult with a specialist to get the best hairstyle. Before attempting any ancient Chinese hairstyle, you need to clean up your hair well. Here, we have provided a few traditional Chinese hairstyles that you can choose from and try!