To make the chonmage hairstyle, shave the hair off the top of the head. Then, brush and oil the hair into a tail. Fold the hair back and forth into a bun at the top of the head.
- Shave part of the head
A chonmage was the traditional hairstyle of adult male samurai. The traditional hairstyle has the hair shaved off of the head's pate, which means the forehead and front portion of the scalp. The modern variation of this hairstyle does not require the head to be shaved. Some men instead shave the back and sides of their head.
- Tie the hair back
Brush and oil the hair back, and tie it into a ponytail at the back of the crown of the head, which is also referred to as the vertex. This hairstyle works best for hair less than 8 inches long as the hairstyle puts great stress on the hair follicles.
- Fold the hair into a bun
Fold the pony tail back and forth into the shape of a bun. Then secure the bun with a hair tie. The bun should be contoured to the head. The bun should be tied tightly to tame the hair's volume and prevent it from looking puffy.