The top knot is more than just a trendy hairstyle. This chic and sophisticated look actually has historical origins from many cultures across the globe, including Japan, Asia, Korea, China and New Zealand.
Samurai’s wore the chonmage high up to keep their helmets in place while in battle. Since warriors were traditionally members of the upper class, this hairstyle also came to symbolize nobility. Although the neatness of this look and its social significance made it desirable in old Japan, the rest of the world was slower to embrace the top knot.
In Korea, married men of the ancient Joseon Dynasty wore the sangtu which also represented nobility, and high-ranking Maori men living in indigenous New Zealand styled their hair with the tikitiki.
In Hindu cultures, a variation of the top knot, known as a sikha, is a ritualistic hairstyle tradition that men start wearing as children, shaving all of their hair with the exception of a lock on their crown, which represents their worship and devotion to God.
Who would have thought that this trendy style has such an interesting and cultural origin worn primarily by men? Nowadays, the top knot has become super popular amongst women of all social classes, and it’s become the US equivalent to the ponytail.
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