Created By: thecalcographer on June 10, 2014 Last Edited By: thecalcographer on June 11, 2014
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You Gotta Have Gay Hair

Lesbian couples in media will never have the same hairstyle.

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Your favourite lesbian characters have finally gotten together, but this poses a problem- how will we know which character is which now that they're BOTH "the lesbian"? Enter "You Gotta Have Gay Hair", where the two characters will have drastically different hair from one another so that you can easily tell them apart. Lesbian couples will never have hair that is the same color or length. Sometimes, but not always, one of the characters will have an expository hairstyle change to facilitate this trope. Compare with "Hair Constrast Duo", where the different hair colors signify the characters' differing world-views.


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Live-Action TV
  • Naomi and Emily of Skins, where Naomi has short, bleach-blonde hair, and Emily has long, cherry red hair and asymmetrical bangs. Also with Mini and Franky; Mini has long blonde hair, and Franky short red hair.
  • Willow and Tara of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow with short red hair, Tara with long brown hair.
  • Averted with Paige and Emily in Pretty Little Liars, who both have straight, brown hair. Played straight with Maya, who has short, curly hair. [And Alison, who has long, blonde hair]
  • Played straight with Paiage and Alex in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Paige with long blonde hair and Alex with shorter black. Played straight and averted with Fiona and Imogen; although they both have long brown hair, Fiona will wear hers curly and Imogen will wear hers straight or up, so that they are visually different.
  • Alex and Piper in Orange Is the New Black. Alex has long dark hair, Piper long blonde hair.
  • Santana and Brittany on Glee. Santana has long, dark hair, while Brittany is blonde.
  • Stef and Lena from "The Fosters". Stef has blonde, straight hair, while Lena has curly, black hair.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • June 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Why exactly do they need to have different hairstyles?
  • June 10, 2014
    thecalcographer
    I'm not sure it necessarily has a reason. I would guess it's so you can tell them apart quickly during steamier scenes.
  • June 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Example needs context, too.
  • June 11, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section formatting
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Sorted examples by media and added media section title(s).
      • Added an asterisk at the beginning of example(s) to indent them.
    • Namespaced and italicized work name(s).

    The But Im A Cheerleader and Glee examples are Zero Context Examples and need more information about how they're this trope.
  • June 11, 2014
    Koveras
    The different color variation is already covered by Hair Contrast Duo.
  • June 11, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    And if two characters have different hair but are not gay, it's a subversion?

    It's not even funny.
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ That's an aversion, not subversion.
  • June 11, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    ^Ah, right, subversion it would be if the two are gay but don't have different hair. This ykttw does vye for trope status, so there should be at least some pattern. Otherwise it's Trivia.
  • One aversion I can think of is the lesbian ghosts from Hex - I don't remember their names, but I remember they both not only had similar hairstyles (and their hair was the same color), but they both had pretty much similar wardrobe, so it was almost like watching Twincest.
  • June 11, 2014
    thecalcographer
    I would say that if the characters have different hair but are not gay, it's Hair Contrast Duo. This trope deals specifically with the idea that, unlike in a gay or straight couple, the lesbian couple very rarely has similar hair.
  • June 11, 2014
    XFllo
    Is this tropeable? I somehow doubt it.
  • It might, somehow, be related to Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss, I'm not sure.
  • June 11, 2014
    MasamiPhoenix
    This sounds like Hair Contrast Duo mixed with a bit of Sitting On Chairs. Most people in fiction have distinctly different style hair, if just to make it easier to tell them apart. I don't see how being a lesbian couple has anything to do with it. Using the Buffy example, Buffy, Cordelia, and Willow all have different hair, but aren't in a relationship with each other.
  • June 11, 2014
    WaterBlap
    The examples seem to be just lesbians with different hair colors/lengths.

    Maybe if the hairstyle was significant to one or more of the characters, then this would work better.
  • June 11, 2014
    surgoshan
    I'm pretty sure this is lesbians sitting on chairs; TV shows will often ask their performers (male or female) to have different hairstyles so they can be easily told apart when their face isn't toward the camera. Plus, hair is ridiculously malleable. So combine style with different hair colors and it's easy for an entire cast to have different haircuts. Take a look at Friends. Of the guys, Chandler was longer and chocolate brown, Joey was shorter and black, Ross was the shortest and kept it gelled. Then you had Phoebe (long, straight, and blond), Rachel (shoulder-length, framed, chocolate), and Monica (shoulder-length, black, different from both).

    In the sixth season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Emma Caulfield (Anya) had dyed her hair blond, which caused some confusion between her character and Buffy, so she ended up getting a haircut, making her hair much shorter than Sarah Michelle Gellar's.
  • June 11, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Exactly. Pick pretty much any show; most characters, regardless of their sexual orientation, will have different hairstyle to make it easier to tell them apart.

    Motion to Discard.
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ If that's the case, I think this is an Omnipresent Trope (at least when lesbians are concerned) than Chairs.

    That means we don't need to list examples.
  • June 11, 2014
    bitemytail
    ^ having different hairstyles is not a narrative device.
  • June 11, 2014
    Beacon80
    It's already covered by Distinctive Appearances.

    Motion to Discard.
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