The Western world, namely the U.S., is often playing catchup when it comes to hair and beauty trends. So when we caught wind of China’s current beauty aesthetic, we wanted to give you a head’s up so you know all about it before it makes its way to the States. Thanks to a YouTube video from dear peachie, we were introduced to the term high cranial top. Apparently, high cranial top hair is on everyone’s radar in China and a few other Asian countries. Understanding it can really make a difference in your appearance, trust us. Below, we break down what the beauty aesthetic is and so much more.
What Is a High Cranial Top?
So what exactly does it mean to have a high cranial top? Let’s first define cranial top, which is simply the distance between the top of your skull and your hairline. Those with a high cranial top have an equal distance from the top of their hairline to the top of their skull and the top of their hairline to their eyebrows. This 1:1 ratio creates the appearance of a smaller face and more delicate facial structure. It also tricks others into thinking you have more voluminous hair. Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and BLACKPINK’s Jennie are a few notable celebrities who have a high cranial top.
If you don’t have this ratio, then you likely fall into the low cranial top camp. However, that is by no means a bad thing. Low cranial tops are just as stunning in their own ways. Jennie’s BLACKPINK bandmate Rosé actually has a low cranial top, along with stars like Jessica Jung and Park Min-young.
Are High Cranial Top Hairstyles for Everyone?
Yes and no. While anyone can stand to add an extra bit of volume to their strands, especially if they’re flat, not everyone looks good with a high cranial top hairstyle. Those with long face shapes should avoid the hair trend, as it will only elongate their complexion. Having a wider forehead or upper portion of your face will also be highlighted by faking a high cranial top.
That’s not to say you can’t find a way to chat some added volume. There’s always a way to do it that works best for your face shape, it just takes some trial and error.
How to Achieve a High Cranial Top Hairstyle
If you’re hoping to achieve high cranial top hair, a voluminous side part is your best bet. Side parts help cheat volume a bit better than middle parts. And if you want the world to think you have a high cranial top, you’ll always want to go with a side part. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, even slightly off-center will work.
To give off the allusion of the facial structure, you’ll want to focus on the hair at the front of your head. Take a one-inch crimping iron and crimp the sections closest to your hairline. A curling iron will do if you don’t have a crimping iron. The TikTok tutorial below details how to recreate the look and so does this YouTube tutorial.
Hair accessories like bump-up hair clips and texturizing spray also come in handy if you don’t have any of the hot tools mentioned above. A headband can add volume at the front of your head, you’ll just need to make sure you hide it well under your hair. Using these accessories will also come in handy when you decide to put your hair up in a ponytail or bun.