I admit I get ranty here, but this is a big pet peeve for me, I wrote this last month but my observation still holds true.
There is this perception that gal=blonde only. God if I hear this spewed one more time in English I think my head will explode. As an experiment I spent today counting all the gals I could find that were blonde. I was in 109, spent a while walking around centaagai, I was at Hachiko twice, and I was talking to my lovely shopstaff. I found 2, 2!!! That were blonde.
Get your facts straight!
So if they’re not blonde, why are Western gyaru saying blonde = Gal? Just w-t-f!
Not only that, we have this preconception of giant hair = gal. Sure that was once the case and Agejo (for work) and Hime still prescribe to the giant hair equation. That’s two groups. Lip Service which has identified itself as Agejo, its shopstaff all have straight flat hair in long bob styles or soft wavy hair that is not big. None are blonde.
Please pay attention to street-snaps
Yes I realize blonde and big hair is a possible easy way into gal, it also is often not the most current one. Nuts has one blonde as does Jelly. The majority of gals have brown or red hair. I am not saying this to hate on blondes, I couldn’t since my hair is naturally red blonde and I was once quite blonde living in Tokyo.
I think these two concepts are rooting people to the past gyaru, which is making Western gyaru hang onto dated looks.
There’s been a hair evolution in gyaru. Short or medium non-exte hair is fine. Some even going black and none of their hair is big. Kanako’s hair is short and dark now, Romihi’s is black and flat, Nanako’s is blonde and purple and short, Rumi’s is red and yes big, Hoshiaya is often flat and her natural color, Sayako is brown and flat… the list goes on.
Yes I’ve said it several times, changing your fashion stance to Gyaru does not happen without a serious hair consideration and a possible change. I will say this again. Gals have a set color range of hair. Yes Kaoru used to have pink hair, but that was Kaoru a) she was a well established model at the time b) her look matched her style. But a giant teased blonde mess is not the fad. The bob fad from last summer is still in. Many of my staff-chans have their natural hair (not color, but no extensions). Many have straight perms, which does make your hair incredibly flat.
I admit I do like big Agejo styles once in a while, and I enjoy seeing all the Agejo girls heading to work with hair set… but it’s not all gal and they’re doing it for work. Don’t get me wrong big hair exists, but it is the not the usual. Howeverm to think typical gal hair = Agejo is just not true.
Above is a Gilfy staff-chan from their Camoflage Gilfy Osaka store in OPA.
While she is working in the most popular store in the biggest gal mall in Osaka, I know some may see her and think she’s not gal. She has very short simple hair, and while she’s tan she’s not bacon-colored and while she does have nails they’re rather short. This is really what style many of the Gilfy staff-chan are moving to and she is a big part of how different new gal hair can look. One of the 109 staff-chans has the exact same color and style of hair, too.
Rock-style is really going strong with short hair. Almost all Gilfy staff in all their stores have short hair. Glad News is about 75% short haired. A little longer than shoulder length and without exte is more common.
Nailists usually have long, but their own hair. Possibly because it’s easier to keep back while dealing with sticky substances than short hair can be.
It seems more of a trend for high school gals to take the blonde/long/curl route because it represents a total change into gal. Also since most highschools don’t allow hair dying or even curling this is a way to show off to other schoolgirls. However, as you can see from the more mature 18+ crowd in magazines and on the street that blonde/exte is not a typical route.
Concerning long hair on post-kogal girls, I’m mainly seeing the top left style in the collage with no bangs and the hair pulled all the way back
Hair is an important change into gal style, but it can be achieved several ways. Especially now there are tons of short hair icons to follow: Maya Mori from Jelly has been really owning her shorter hair style.
Her chemically straightened, beautifully highlighted bob along with another model’s no-bang bob.
Curled and teased with volume (love those contacts)
Sure long hair helps to hide a boring top or a sloping shoulder, but short hair can still be great. As a pair article to this one, I recommend bloomzy‘s new blog and her first post about hair color. :idea:
And if I got too ranty in that you are free to imagine me as this cute raging dinosaur