Show less Looking like a geisha can take hours of preparation, but the end result is worth it! A traditional geisha look first involves applying the distinctive white face makeup, penciling in eyebrows and applying eyeliner and lipstick. After the makeup, you will arrange your hair in a traditional Shimada updo hairstyle, or you can wear a wig that imitates this style.
Inside the Mind-Blowing Haircare Routine of a Modern-Day Geisha
Many of the items below are traditional Japanese dress items that were once worn by all Japanese people. Today in Modern Japan you still see many people in traditional dress particularly on festivals. This would be equivalent to wearing black tie formalwear in Western society. While many of these items are not unique to geisha society they are today uncommon to many and the names and descriptions of each item is given below.
As with many things in the geisha world the hairstyles of the geisha and maiko are ritualised. Special meaning and seasonality is attached to each hairstyle and much can be told about the girl simply by reviewing her hair. Many of the traditional hair styles work by geisha today were modern fashion in the Edo and Meiji periods. Today they are worn mainly by traditional artisans like geisha and kabuki actors. The styles take hours of waxing, teasing and construction and are designed to last many days.