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The hime cut (Japanese: 姫カット, IPA: [çime katːo], HEE-meh; lit. 'princess cut') is a hairstyle consisting of straight, usually cheek-length sidelocks and frontal fringe. The rest of the hair is usually worn long and straightened. The style is thought to have originated, or at least become common, in the Imperial court during the Heian period of Japanese history, when noble women would sometimes grow out their hair for their entire lives.
The hime cut appears to date back to the "amasogi" shoulder-length hairstyle of the Heian period. When a woman turned 20, the hair around her ears was cut in a ceremony called "binsogi". The combination of amasogi and binsogi produced the hime cut.
Care and maintenanceEdit
The hime cut is high maintenance for those without naturally straight hair, and requires frequent touch-ups on the sidelocks and front bangs in order to maintain its shape. Hair straightening is sometimes used to achieve the hairstyle's straight appearance, as well as straightening irons and specially formulated shampoos for straight hair. Humidity is also cited as a problem with certain hair types, as the curling caused by excess humidity can change the shape of the hair. Occasionally, hair extensions are used for the side locks in order to prevent this.
The hairstyle is frequently seen in Gothic Lolita subculture, especially the classification of elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL). Within the EGL community, the hime is considered a more elegant alternative to other styles that may require frequent curling and crimping that can permanently damage the hair.
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