Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits South Korea to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
Today, we’re visiting a vibrant country that prides itself on maintaining traditional culture in a modern world. Brimming with K-Pop stars, Yasik (late night dining), and an exciting entertainment industry, South Korea is one of the fastest-growing countries economically, culturally, and socially. With its rapid-growth mentality, Korea has also become a tastemaker in skin and hair care.
Beauty Tip: The Triple-Cleanse
Korean women are known for having gorgeous complexions, and they take care to maintain it. When they get home, the first thing they do is wipe off all the makeup, dirt, and grime from the day. Then they wash their faces with a gentle cream cleanser. After that, they clean the skin again with a toner. Take a cue from this cultural skincare regimen by making sure that you clean off all makeup before going to bed every night.
Hair Trend: Heavy Bangs
Korean women, both young and old, love their bangs. This hairstyle is sported by K-pop stars and actresses (like Kim Nam-joo below), and have been a staple in Korean hair for over a decade. Bangs add a youthful look to the face, and heavy bangs will give the appearance of thick hair, especially in the front.
Image of Kim Nam-joo via DramaFever
- Check out 100 years of Korean beauty in this fascinating time-lapse video.
- When you are born in South Korea, you are exactly one year old. Meaning, they will always be listed as older than friends from other countries who were born in the same year.
- Taxis are color-coded based on level of service offered: gray or white taxis are qualified but with an inexperienced driver, and black cabs are luxury cars with experienced drivers.
- Shopping is like a marathon sport for the people of South Korea. Some stores stay open until 4 a.m.
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