The biggest and best hairstyles at Tokyo 2020

Naomi Osaka, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Megan Rapinoe lead the way with some bold and striking hairdos.

Olympians at the Tokyo 2020 are putting in performances that transcend sport.

But their hair game is just as strong, bold and colourful...

From Naomi Osaka and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s Japanese flag-inspired red and white, to Megan Rapinoe who is beautifully rocking a shade between pink and purple, and Dutch windsurfer Kiran Badloe's anime-inspired barnet.

There have been colours on the slides of skateboarding, the volleyball courts and even in the sweaty and punch-laden boxing rings.

Here is a look at some of the eye-catching appearances across venues at the Tokyo Olympics.


Pink and purple hair + Rapinoe = ‘Rapinkoe’

Megan Rapinoe is a strong believer in how your outward appearance can affect performance on the field of play.

“I always say, ‘Look good. Feel good. Play good.’ In that order. You have to have that for yourself,” Megan Rapinoe told US Weekly’s Stylish on her hair colour choices.

“So for me, having pink hair it’s a kind of expression of the way that I relate to beauty. When I’m on the soccer field, I want to look beautiful.”

She had a dark brown shade before sticking with a blonde look for a long time.

For Tokyo, she has stuck with a colour that has elements of a hot pink and purple, that she also had at the World Cup.

She and her hair colourist even have a name for the colour that she is currently rocking: it’s called Rapinkoe.

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Flag-inspired Naomi Osaka

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka matched her braids to the colours of her national flag.

The Japanese chose beautiful bright red and white box braids, as well as a red and white scrunchie that she used to hold her hair in a ponytail, as she lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

We have seen her in different shades of braids before, but the ones she picked for Tokyo that also matched her red Japan kit, are the boldest she has had on court in recent times.

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Hard to miss Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

The double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce changes her hair colour frequently.

We have seen the sprint star with her hair dyed in nearly all colours including the rainbow-inspired one at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

The Jamaican who runs a hair business in her home city, had hinted to in September 2020 her likely colour pick for Tokyo.

“For my hair… I'm always looking for the brightest colour. And sometimes I get [ideas] from the country that I'm in. [Japan’s flag] is white and red, “ the flag bearer of team Jamaica said.


Parade of colours in Volleyball: Ebrar Karakurt and Meryem Boz

Two-time Olympians Turkey turned the heat on defending champions China in style with their opposite hitter Ebrar Karakurt – spotting a bold bright pink hair – leading the way with 18 points.

The spiker has always been a short-haired girl and is always changing it up.

Sometimes it’s just been the plain black and dark brown, full blonde or streaks of blonde, but her favourite seems to be the hot pink that she also picked for Tokyo.

On the court against the six-time gold medallists, it was hard to miss the lanky youngster not only because of her brightly-coloured hair but also because of the massive attacks she shot.

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Her teammate Meryem Boz also picked a striking blue colour for her Olympic debut.

Colourful Kenyan volleyball

The Kenyan women’s team have also brought more colour to the volleyball courts.

It’s been an eye-catching return to the Olympic court for the East Africans with an assorted display of colourful dyed hair.

Some of the volleyballers went all out to match their mainly red outfits to the traditional red ochre donned by Maasai men on their hair, while another opted to braid her hair to match her national flag colours.

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At the opening ceremony, the Kenyans had one of the most colourful dresses inspired by their famous pastoralist tribe, the Maasais.

Leticia Bufoni and Manny Santiago take colour to the slides

Pink seems to be the popular colour for Tokyo Olympians who opted for vibrant hair colours.

Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni also took her pink to the steps and slopes at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

The hugely successful Brazilian athlete picked pink over the blonde hue she had worn in recent months.

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Peruvian star Manny Santiago also brought some sparkly colour to the street course in Tokyo with a lively blue colour to match his ever-beaming smile.

Kiran Badloe’s anime inspired barnet

Dutch windsurfer Kiran Badloe sought inspiration for his Olympic hairdo from anime character Aang from American animated TV series "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

Badloe’s hair cut includes a blue arrow pointing forward shaved on his head.

Like Aang, he hopes to be the main star when he takes to the water in Tokyo.

"This haircut is a tribute to the one and only true wind master "The Avatar, the Last Air Bender known to be alive," Badloe posted on Instagram.

“I hope the spirit of this great warrior gives me the power to sail well this week and use the wind in my [favour]. One day I dream of becoming a master of the wind myself, a true air bender."

Colour-laden boxers: Wilfred Seyi and Patrick Chinyemba

After chopping off his trademark locks, Cameroonian ring sensation Wilfred Seyi opted for red hair to match his hard-hitting punches.

The two-time Olympian nicknamed 'the Drunken Master’ showed off his new look during his middle weight preliminary bout.

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Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia sought a colourful debut at the Kokugikan boxing arena, dying his mohawked locks blonde.

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