Neko mimi (Catgirl) hair: Would you rock it?
Behold, my new favourite thing ever: neko mimi hair (english translation: hair styled to look like cat-ears)
Like all good things in the history of the entire world ever, it’s Japanese in origin.
As Kotaku reported back in May, this trend stems from the Japanese “Catgirl” archetype.
Catgirls have been a thing for quite some time. I know this from all of the hentai manga I looked at in my late teens.
These women with cat-like features (usually ears and a tail, sometimes whiskers or more) are, as Kokaku puts it, “not some passing fancy or superficial trend. They have their roots in a long tradition of yokai or Japanese goblins, monsters, spirits, or specters. Catgirls are a modern, albeit geeky, take on both the supernatural and the oh-so cute.”
The hairstyle itself isn’t so much cat girl as it is Harajuku. A style statement – not psueduo-furryism.
It’s a little bit Otaku, a little bit Lolita and a whole lot of Kawaii. It’s probably more than that too, but I’ve effectively exhausted my entire Japanese vocabulary now so sorry.
I saw a beauty tutorial vlog for this style back in March when I did a story about Dakota Koti and the doll girls, but didn’t get a chance to bust it out until a few months ago when I attended what was supposed to be a future-themed party at the AGO.
I just found these pics yesterday, which reminded me that I wanted to write about cat-ear-hair at some point. Et voila:
I swear we weren’t being party brats — just imitating some of the gallery’s pictures. Okay, and being a little bit brattish too. You know how we do. When at an RPP, act like an RP… but funnier
I called it my Sailor Moon hair at the time. Who else hopes this catches in the west? Maybe you guys can help me start the trend. What do y’all think? LMK.