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Hair color is an easy visual shorthand for getting information about a character to the audience. Most often, hair color will tell you something about the character's personality, but sometimes, its meaning is far more obvious: this character has an {{Elemental Power|s}} and the [[ColorCodedElements hair color to match the element]]. Quite often, their personality will also be tied to their element and thus their hair color.

* [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] - Usually red hair, although sometimes it will be more orange. Sometimes taken to the [[FlamingHair logical extreme]]. Hair will often be short and spiky.
* [[DishingOutDirt Earth]] - Brown or green hair. More rarely, orange or yellow. Usually short hair on males, females may have longer hair. Tends to be WildHair or dreadlocks.
* [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]] - Yellow or white. Hair will often be spiky, as though hit by an electric current.
* [[MakingASplash Water]] - [[WaterIsBlue Usually a bright blue]], especially if ice is also present as light blue. Hair is usually straight and of mid length and flowing, but it can also be wavy.
** [[AnIcePerson Ice]] - Light blue or white, and of a similar style to water, though probably less flowing.
* [[BlowYouAway Air]] - White or gray. Often wavy with lots of volume. It may defy gravity. Can be [[WindIsGreen green]] in some cases.
* [[LightEmUp Light/Holy]] - White or yellow, or [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold outright gold]]. Tends towards MysticalWhiteHair when white.
* [[CastingAShadow Dark]] - Nearly always black, occasionally more purple.
* [[GreenThumb Nature/Wood/Plant]] - Green. Often messy, and decorated with leaves or [[FlowerInHerHair flowers]].
* [[HeartBeatDown Love]] - Pink or gold. Probably because the first is feminine, and the second is often considered [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold pure and innocent]]. Expect HairDecorations. Rarely, if ever, found on a male character.

This is less common in Live-Action media than in animation, video games, comic books, or manga, for obvious reasons.

Sister trope to ElementalEyeColors. Subtrope of ColorCodedElements, ColorCodedForYourConvenience, and AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance. Often overlaps with YouGottaHaveBlueHair. Compare FlamingHair, which is this trope for fire elemental users taken UpToEleven.
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!!Examples

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* The Panther Demon clan siblings in ''Manga/InuYasha'' have this: the redhead uses fire, the MysticalWhiteHair uses ice, the green-haired girl uses nature/illusions, and the blond uses lightning.
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''
** [[color:deeppink:Cure Dream]] → [[HeartBeatDown Heart]] → Pink
** [[color:orangered:Cure Rouge]] → [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] → Red
** [[color:gold:Cure Lemonade]] → [[LightEmUp Light]] → Yellow
** [[color:forestgreen:Cure Mint]] → [[GreenThumb Earth]] → Green
** [[color:blue:Cure Aqua]] → [[MakingASplash Water]] → Blue
** Meanwhile, it subverts this trope with [[color:mediumorchid:Milky Rose]] (who controls [[PetalPower blue rose petals]] but has purple hair).
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''
** Cure Blossom → [[PetalPower Cherry Blossom Petals]] → Pink
** Cure Marine → [[MakingASplash Water]] → Blue
** Cure Sunshine → [[PowerOfTheSun Sun]] → Yellow
** Cure Moonlight → [[{{Lunacy}} Moon]] → Silver
** [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Precure]] → [[CastingAShadow Darkness]] → Black
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''
** [[color:fuchsia:Cure Happy]] → [[LightEmUp Light]] + [[HeartBeatDown Heart]] → Pink
** [[color:tomato:Cure Sunny]] → [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] → Red/Orange
** [[color:gold:Cure Peace]] → [[ShockAndAwe Electricity]] → Yellow
** [[color:forestgreen:Cure March]] → [[BlowYouAway Air]] → Green
** [[color:blue:Cure Beauty]] → [[AnIcePerson Ice]] → Blue
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure''
** Cure Diamond → [[AnIcePerson Ice]] + [[MakingASplash Water]] → Blue
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has Blue Haired Sailor Mercury with the elements of [[MakingASplash Water]] and [[AnIcePerson Ice]], Blonde Sailor Venus using LightEmUp, and ocean blue haired Sailor Neptune having the power of [[MakingASplash Deep Water]].
** Sailor Uranus has white hair in the [[Manga/Sailor manga]], and air powers
** The enemy group Witches 5 had Elemental Hair, as well. Eudial used fire powers and had fiery red hair, Viluy had ice blue hair... nanites?, Tellu had green hair and used plant-based powers. Mimete is sort of the odd one out with blonde hair and charm and illusion based powers. Cyprine and Ptilol had blue and red hair respectively, but they used WonderTwinPowers.
* ''{{Negima}}'''s FieryRedHead Anya is [[PlayingWithFire literal]]. Red/orange Haired Mei Sakura uses [[PlayingWithFire fire]] as well.
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' sometimes plays this trope straight and sometimes averts it.
** On the PlayedStraight side, we've got FieryRedHead Kirche (fire affinity), ReiAyanamiExpy Tabitha (wind), Mme. Chevreuse (brown[=/=]Earth), and Miss Longueville (green[=/=]Earth).
** On the [[AvertedTrope other hand]], ShanaClone Louise, IllGirl Cattleya, and their mother Karin all have pink hair, but have different affinities (Void, Earth, and Wind, respectively).
** It's notable that the main characters who are not magic users of some kind (Seito, Siesta, Marteau, Scarron, and Jessica) all have very dark brown or black hair.
* The girls from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Hikaru the redhead (fire), Umi with long, straight blue hair (water/ice), and Fuu with slightly curly blond hair (wind).
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' does this twice: once with the Eevee brothers (the yellow-haired one having a Jolteon, the redhead a Flareon, the blue-haired one a Vaporeon, and the one with brown hair has an unevolved Eevee) and once with brothers Cilan (green hair, grass), Chili (red hair, fire), and Cress (blue hair, water).
** More than twice, actually. Many of the gym leaders have hair that corresponds with their type, either in color or shape. Lt. Surge, Volkner, and Wattson have spiky hair (for Wattson, what little hair he has), and the first two are blonde. Wattson is old, so his hair is white, although he was probably blonde in his younger days as well. Janine, the Poison Ninja leader, has dark purple hair, and her father has dark hair as well, along with Ghost-type Sabrina, Psychic Olympia and Psychic twins Tate and Liza. Fantina has light purple hair. Elesa, the Electric supermodel, has bright yellow-blonde hair, as does electric inventor Clement. Ice-type actor Brycen has light blue hair, Water-type swimmer Marlon has dark blue hair, and Water-type Wallace has blue-green hair, like sea foam. Fire-type Flannery has blazing red hair and Flying-type pilot Winona's bangs stick out from under her flight helmet and sweep to the sides, like a pair of wings.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'': the three great priestesses of Mt. Muldoon: [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Shayla]] is easily identifed as the priestess of fire, thanks to her flaming red hair. [[ChristmasCake Miz Mishtal]], who presides over water, has lavender hair. And while Afura Mann's a BrainyBrunette, her blue/sea green attire shows she controls wind.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': For all the AnimeHair that does exist, this trope is rare.
** Hitsugaya, a ChildProdigy IcePerson captain. He does, naturally, have white hair to go along with it.
** Choujirou is Yamamoto's NumberTwo of the ShockAndAwe type. He was white-haired even in his youth.
** Isane is frost-themed and has white hair, although slightly greyer in tone than Hitsugaya... like a hoar frost.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' does this often.
** Shark's hair is purple corresponding his deck is Sea-theme
** Shark's sister Rio, has light-blue and purple referencing her Ice-theme deck.
** Kaito has blonde hair matching his Light-Attribute deck.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pyro in many of the ''ComicBook/{{X-men}}'' continuities will have red, spiky hair. Storm has long, white hair that defies gravity (except for the brief period where she had a white Mohawk).
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Jack Frost from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' has snow-white hair. Guess what his powers are?
* In a similar vain to Jack, Elsa from ''Disney/Frozen'' has platinum blonde hair and similar ice-conjuring powers. Anyone who gets cursed in the heart or mind with her ice has their hair slowly turn white, like Anna.
* Rapunzel from ''Disney/Tangled'' has 70-feet of shiny golden hair that glows when she invokes its healing powers through singing a spell. These powers originated from a drop of pure golden sunlight.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Melisandre of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is strongly associated with red, and many people comment on how very red her hair is. Guess what element her god is associated with? [[labelnote: hint]] What's the last word in the series name? [[/labelnote]]
* ''EnchantedForestChronicles'': Fire witches invariably have red hair (which tends to burst into flames when they get angry enough).
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], [[spoiler: then PlayedStraight,]] by Laeshana in A.L. Phillips's Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned. Despite being an [[PlayingWithFire aesh]], Laeshana has golden hair. Becomes a straight example when [[spoiler: Alaric uses the [[MacGuffin Prince's Crown]] to alter Laeshana's magical alignment, causing her to become an [[LightEmUp orah]] ]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Chandra Nalaar, a planeswalker in ''MagicTheGathering'' with fire-based power, is red-headed--however, taking this slightly more literally, her cards typically depict her hair ''actually being on fire''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The characters of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' tend to fit this: [[DishingOutDirt Venus adepts]] have brown hair, [[PlayingWithFire Mars adepts]] that aren't from the [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation Mars clan in Prox]], especially [[GoldenSunDarkDawn Tyrell]], have bright red hair, and [[MakingASplash Mercury adepts]] have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]]. Three of the five or so visible Jupiter adepts, which combine both ShockAndAwe and BlowYouAway, have the blonde or white hair associated with those motifs, but purple is more generally used as an indicator of Jupiter affinity. In addition, when Light Psynergy comes into existence at the end of Dark Dawn, it is shown to be strongly affiliated with gold. However, it seems to be averted with the [[CastingAShadow Umbra clan]]; neither of the two representatives whose hair is visible have black or purple hair.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' gives us fire user Axel with spiky red hair, lightning user Larxene with blonde hair, brown haired Lexaeus uses earth, pink haired Marluxia uses flower, and blond haired Roxas uses Light. Outside the Organization, there's the three heroes of ''Birth by Sleep'', brown haired Terra uses Earth and Darkness, blue haired Aqua uses Water and Light, and blond haired Ventus uses wind and light.
** Xemnas has gray hair to match his power of [[PowerOfTheVoid nothingness]], though considering who he was originally, the hair color may have a [[HadesShaded different cause]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' gives us Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour, which evolve into Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour. Pan/Simisage's hair is shaped like a bush, resembling the grass element. Pan/Simisear's hair is shaped like a flame, resembling the fire element. Panpour's hair resembles a water spout, and Simipour's hair has long, wavy hair, resembling the water element.
** Gym Leaders Cilan, Chilli and Cress have similar hairstyles with their respective monkeys too. Cilan has green hair shaped into a grass patch, Chilli has red hair shaped into a flame and Cress has blur hair with a wavey PeekABangs style.
* Kula Diamond from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' normally has brown hair, but [[PowerDyesYourHair it turns light blue]] when she activates her [[AnIcePerson cyrokinetic powers]]. On top of this, a few of her attacks suggest that [[PrehensileHair her hair]] actually ''becomes'' ice, or at least takes on its properties.
* ''GaiaOnline'' released an item by the name of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Elemental Hair]] to apply to the owner's avatar with choices of fire, wind (and the softer, curlier breeze), earth, ice, water, and life - if you fancy the symbolic bird's nest and nest for hair.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[http://www.zerochan.net/Bottle+Design "bottle"]] variant of [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] has hair literally made of water, usually with a goldfish swimming in it. Her normal hair is [[WaterIsBlue blue, which is probably where the idea came from]] since she had no particular association with water.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The Galilean Satellites of the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}'' have this, with Io having literal FlamingHair, Callisto (water/ice) having bright blue hair cut in a bob, Europa (wind) having long, white, {{Storm}}-esque wavy hair, and Ganymede (earth) having messy green hair.
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', there's a bit of this with the clan colors: Sarghress (red/shapeshifting (blood element)), Sharen (purple/summoning (supernatural element)), Beldrobbaen (black/flesh and darkness elements), Nal'Sarkoth (green/wood element), and so on.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Antimony has very red (bordering on pink) hair and is associated with fire magic. Indirectly {{lampshade}}d by Coyote, who calls her "fire head girl." [[spoiler:She's eventually revealed to be descended from a fire elemental.]] Marcia has green hair, and she's a [[spoiler:dryad]].
* ''Webcomic/{{MYth}}''. The Olympian siblings. Hades has black hair to parallel his power over the dark flames, Zeus has golden locks like his mother and he represents light, Poseidon has light blue hair like the water, Hestia has flaming red hair and she's the goddess of hearth, Hera has dark brown hair to show that she's more down to earth and Demeter has flaxseed colored hair as the goddess of harvest.
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