Shaved head samurai

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The Chonmage was a form of traditional hair-style worn by the samurai and other classes of old Japan. Originally, the samurai, and later townsfolk, would shave the tops of their heads as it was supposedly more comfortable to wear the kabuto helmet this way. It has also been suggested that the early samurai would gather their hair and thread it through the tehen, the hole in the top of a kabuto, in order to hold the kabuto in place. Once the top of the head had been shaven, the remaining hair, worn long, was then oiled with tsubaki camellia oil and gathered high at the back in a pony-tail like manner and tied with a string of tightly wound washi paper. The oiled hair was then folded forwards, another tie would hold this in place so it could be worn sitting over the top of the shaved pate. In , the Meiji Emperor had his topknot removed, and a more western styled haircut was adopted.

Japanese honourable hairstyle! The origin of samurai's "chonmage"

Why Did the Samurai Wear Their Hair In a "Chonmage"? | Japan Info

This extra-ordinary hairstyle is called chonmage , in which the hair above the forehead is partly shaved and the rest of the hair is tied up. Today we discuss reasons why samurai warriors have this unique hairstyle! The chonmage hairstyle was introduced in Nara era, and only samurai warriors followed that hairstyle. Therefore, chonmage was considered as a special hairstyle for the samurai warriors, but actually the hairstyle was also followed by other Japanese in that era. Many artists also portrayed the lower class with messy hair back then. Then, what is the function of chonmage? Samurai warriors use kabuto ; a helmet made of iron when fighting, and chonmage was made to keep the kabuto from falling off and to protect the head from sunlights.

Chonmage: The hair of the samurai

The chonmage is a traditional Japanese hairstyle which is usually linked to samurai and the Edo period. Traditionally, the hairstyle of chonmage features a shaved pate, and the rest of the hair is tied up in a bun. It is said that the shaven pate has an added benefit to hide various forms of male pattern baldness.
Chonmage is a characteristic hairstyle of samurai. In the eyes of modern people, such hairstyle is undoubtedly full of personality, then why does Japan have this kind of hair culture? This time let's explore the origin of chonmage. This unique hairstyle is called "mage", which was originated from the bun of nobles around Gregorian calendar