Cute gothic/gal hairdo’s

Looking for a cute and easy hair-do you can do at short notice with not too much trouble? Try the double topknot, or its sister, the teased pigtail.

I’ve noticed the double topknot hairdo quite a bit, not only in Japanese gothic mags such as Kera, but also in gyaru mags like Egg, Popteen etc.

Kera Jan 11, page 14;  Egg Jan 2011, ad by Co & Lu;  Party at Trump Room


In the latest Kera, Feb 2011 (which alas, I haven’t scanned in as yet), there’s a hairdo section where a lot of creative hairstyles are shown. Three show girls with long hair with partial topknots in their hair (ie with some long hair still hanging down, like the red-haired girl above).

The ‘do is possibly inspired by Gwen Stefani’s mad topknot adventures of the 90’s and early 00’s:


I myself used to wear this back in 2003, when I last had red hair:


But the other week I was about to do this hairstyle…but decided to just tease the pigtails either side of my head, and leave them, instead of then securing into buns either side.

I then added some flowers on a hairclip I got at Grimoire in Shibuya, to finish the look.

The ‘do was easy as, it kept the hair off my neck during a very hot, humid night, and stayed in place all night. The only problem? People kept calling me Red Fraggle. Hurrumph.

But I do recommend it as a cute hairstyle for summer, as well as the double topknot ‘do mentioned above. I’ll be showing soon how you can get bigger topknots than I managed, by making your own. Long haired girlies with thick hair can naturally get big high topknots, but those of us with fine, bob-length hair struggle.  Stay tuned. 

Got any links to cute hair-do’s you like?

Kera September 2010

I’m excited to get back to Tokyo and see the latest fashion magazines, too – like Kera! The September issue that I’ve had for quite a few weeks now, was very PINK and featured Neeko on the cover.

Now, I know that largely it’s full of young 20-ish things prancing around in out-there gear, but actually, there’s quite a lot of stuff in there that’s more streetwear oriented, that people like myself can wear. I can still get fashion clues and trends by looking – I just have to have slightly tunnel vision and focus on the clothes that are *MY* style and wearable for me. Like some of these below, modelled by Ayumi and Akira (who often dresses in a style similar to my punk look).

Then there’s the street fashion to inspire. Of course, it’s often models who feature in the mag anyway, as below, but I still love to see the snaps 🙂

There’s a lot more of the colourful fruitsy and fairy kei style, as well as a LOT of sweet lolita, hime and some gal – but like I said, you look at the fashion that inspires YOU, and there’s a lot to choose from. What are your fave fashion mags, in your home country or Japan?

KERA magazine – Japanese gothic punk style. KERA iPhone app.

How could I not love this clip? It features some of my favourite KERA magazine models Re:NO, Lancer Bee and Akira, about models who are also in bands.

It also features so many of the gothic/punk labels I love, and own items from: Peace Now & Black Peace Now, Sex Pot Revenge, Algonquins, Sexy Dynamite London, Stigmata, Banana Fish (see my fave Banana Fish dress here, and a bit about the Shimokita Banana Fish store here)…. even gal label GladNews gets a look in.

Sex Pot Revenge celebrates its 10th anniversary all June, as does Banana Fish – congrats to these great labels! Although, sadly, Banana Fish on June 9th ceased trading and is no more – sob 🙁  
Back to the video.  I have the skull ring that is in the clip at 4:17 and love them (I have one in black and one in green).   I also love the coloured hair you see in the vid – pink, blue, red, purple. But onto the clip itself – you wanna see, right?


Thanks to Bite Hard blog for alerting me to this great little vid. It really takes you back to Tokyo and its fashion, when you can’t otherwise be there 🙂

And did you know, there’s even a KERA iPhone app! Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available, for when you just “have” to get a dose of gothic lolita fashion, while you’re on the way to work, school or shopping.

In older news, here’s a short vid of Aya Kamiki at a KERA magazine shoot back in 08,  (copyright is owned by GIZA Studio and KERA)


And finally, scans from June 2010 KERA (I’m not fond of the music track on it, so recommend the mute button!)


You can also find current scans of the June issues of other magazines: Egg, Loveberry, Cutie, Cawaii (from 09), Scawaii, Popteen, PopSister and Zipper, if you’re more into gal style.