Traditional Korean hairstyles ranged from cute to neck-breakingly fabulous.
Here are some old and new ways to enjoy unique, chic, and adorable hairstyles with Korean tradition!
1. Daenggi Meori (댕기머리)
Daenggi Meori (댕기머리) literally means “Daenggi (pigtail ribbon)” + “Meori (hair)“.
This timeless look includes a long-braided hairstyle with a daenggi to seal the ends.
In the old days, these weren’t gender-specific, but a sign of youth or marital status. Children, bachelors, and bachelorettes sported Daenggi Meori, until their wedding day.
After marriage, Korean men switched to a top knot bun, and women wore a low bun. They both put their hair up in the past.
If the old-school Daenggi Meori style feels too much, you can try this cute half up ponytail with a daenggi ribbon!
The ribbon worn by Rosé was handmade by @maison_de_yoon.
2. Saeang Meori (새앙머리)
Saeang Meori (새앙머리) is braided hair that’s folded upward, then downward with the ends tucked under. Or you can fold the long braid up twice, and tie it with a daenggi ribbon.
I’ve honestly seen this style only in historical dramas.
Young apprentice court ladies, and royal/noble unmarried women wore Saeang Meori during the Joseon period.
Just because no one has tried this recently, doesn’t mean you can’t!
3. Jjok Meori (쪽머리)
Jjok Meori (쪽머리) is a low-braided bun with a binyeo (Korean hairpin used for fixing a chignon).
In the past, this hairstyle meant that either a girl had reached the age of 15 and had her coming-of-age ceremony, or got married (sometimes before turning 15).
Jjok Meori was decorated with a binyeo hairpin on a daily basis, and corolla or jokduri (traditional Korean coronet) for ceremonies.
Binyeo (비녀) Accessory
Binyeo is a Korean ornamental hairpin that’s perfect for fixing chignons. It’s comfortable and pretty.
There are so many charming hairpins with simple or glamorous designs!
4. Cheopji Meori (첩지머리)
Cheopji Meori (첩지머리) is a hairstyle using, you guessed it, Cheopji.
Cheopji is more than a Korean hair accessory for decorating chignons and keeping hair neat and tidy.
It also displayed one’s social status based on its design and material.
During the Joseon Dynasty, queens used gilded dragon-shaped cheopji, concubines wore gilded phoenix-shaped cheopji, and court ladies wore frog-shaped ones.
What a beautiful way to wear cheopji with a modern dress!
5. Eoyeo Meori (어여머리)
Eoyeo Meori (어여머리) is a super glam wig hairstyle, worn by court ladies and women of royal/noble houses during the Joseon Dynasty for good reason. It definitely makes you look super mean, important, and most of all, fabulous AF.
They wore a cotton jokduri (coronet) on top, and put a large wig around it, then decorated it with jade plates and hairpins inlaid with jewels.
According to actresses on historical dramas, these things are HEAVY, causing neck pain and hair loss while filming.
A single Gache (Korean braided wig pronounced gah chay) weighs 6.6 to 8.8 pounds (3-4 kg). After adding extra wigs and accessories, it’s close to 11 pounds (5 kg). There are actually historical records of people breaking their necks because of these bad boys.
Gache were considered extravagant, so they were prohibited by King Yeongjo (1694-1776), and completely disappeared during the reign of Sunjo (1790-1834). They took over a century to die out, because they look so glam that women defied the king to wear them.
Instead of risking hair loss or your life, you can perhaps try this modern Eoyeo Meori style by Jennie.
It’s a painless way to look stylish, and adorable!
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