Hair Flip

"I like my hair
Really, it is pleasant to the touch
I toss my hair a bit too much."

Flipping your hair. This can vary from running your hand through your hair to brushing a few locks out of your eyes to giving your Rapunzel Hair a good toss, but it almost always conveys nearly the same things: confidence, arrogance, vanity. As such, it is a gesture most often employed by Bishounen, The Ojou or the Alpha Bitch, though kinder characters can also use it to merely accentuate their femininity or show that they're in a good mood. A bishounen's hair flip is usually accompanied with a large helping of Bishie Sparkle - females are also accompanied by Slow Motion.

Pretty much every time a woman with long hair takes off a Motorcycle helmet, especially if she's been assumed to be male until that point.

See also Shaking Her Hair Loose.


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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  

  • The Powerpuff Girls #48: In "Drama-O-Rama," Blossom does this with her ponytail, showing off for the "reality" TV show cameras that have invaded the Utonium home.


  • In Pokémon fanfic Pokemon Master many characters - mainly the female ones: Giselle, Erika, Duplica...- did it constantly (Word of God says he found the gesture cool), but the main offenders are the two main characters, Ash and Misty. Ash does it because his hair is longish and gets in his face frequently, and FieryRedhead Tsundere Misty to convey her annoyance.


  • The 1999 Charlie's Angels film has Natalie do this in order to attract the attention of a guy.
    Alex: Flip your God. Damn. Hair.
    • Alex does this in every single close up.
  • In Gilda, the titular character is asked "Are you decent?" She flips her hair back and responds "Me?" The scene turned Rita Hayworth into a pin-up girl and sex symbol.
    • Most people born after the '60s were likely introduced to the famous scene when it appeared in The Shawshank Redemption. In that film, it had a run of showings in Shawshank Prison and was wildly popular with the lonely men imprisoned. In fact, the original novella that film was based on was titled "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption."
    Red: Wait. This is the best part, where she does that shit with her hair.
  • Cameron Diaz also did it in her first movie, The Mask.
  • Gen telling the Ice Princess to "Work the hair."
  • Airplane II: The Sequel spoofs this with Elaine flipping her hair in slow motion after removing a bobby pin, even though it's so they can short out the ship's computer before crashing into the sun.
  • Cabin Fever: A passionate sex scene ends with a quick hair toss from the woman as she finishes.
  • Done by Wyldside in The Lego Movie. Except, of course that her hair is a solid peice of plastic that just rotates on her head.
  • in Eurotrip, Jenny pulls off a glorious slow motion hair flip in her she was Beautiful All Along scene on the nude beach. It causes quite a stir...
  • Many Bond girls get some hair flip action. Special mention to Denise Richards', queen of epic hair flips (see below), who pulls off one of those in her HAZMAT suit.
  • James St. James has a habit of doing this to seemingly no end in Party Monster.
  • Prince Charming's introduction in Shrek 2.
  • Two of them in rapid succession in The Avengers, by Romanov and then by Loki.
  • Lola Bunny does this several times in Space Jam, except she does it with her rabbit ears, and she does it by blowing on them. Still, it's very obviously meant to convey this trope.

     Live Action TV  

  • Charlie's Angels
    • In the Charlie's Angels TV series opening credits, Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) did one after taking off a motorcycle helmet. Watch it here, starting at 0:40.
    • The Angels were going undercover via trying out for a cheerleading squad. One of the guys hiring really hated hair flipping, so the girls told some other girls that he loved it, to increase their chances of getting on the squad.
  • In Friends, Ross' cousin Cassie (played by Denise Richards) does this, causing Chandler, Ross, and Phoebe to stand slack-jawed while Barry White plays in the background.
  • According to Ashley in Two of a Kind when a guy nods to say hi, a girl should respond with a smile and Hair Flip as Mary-Kate does. You should avoid sending your hair clip flying into the punch bowl however.
  • Summer Landsdown from Power Rangers RPM does this after removing her biker helmet in the first episode.
  • Max teaches Caroline to do this along with a confident walk after lying to the usher to sneak into a movie in the 2 Broke Girls episode "And the Hold-Up"
  • Shawn Hunter on Boy Meets World had one of those 90's curtained hairstyles that required him to constantly brush it out of his face. He got a haircut in the later seasons, though.
    • It was even the subject of a running gag in season 2, in which Shawn, much to Cory's jealousy, could repeatedly cause girls to stop and hit on him out of nowhere simply by doing a hair flip in a crowded school hallway.
  • In that one episode in which Sheldon didn't get a hair cut on time, he kept flipping his bangs back with a flick of the head with "I feel like a teenage heartthrob."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before he's forced to admit he's actually fallen for Buffy, Spike goes on a long rant about all the things he hates about her, including that "bouncing shampoo-commercial hair!" A year later when Spike admits that he actually likes this, Buffy responds by cutting her hair short.
  • Doctor Who: When the Fourth Doctor's hair gets wet down in "The Android Invasion", he gets to do a funny one.
  • Saturday Night Live: In an episode guest-hosted by Tina Fey with musical guest Justin Beiber, Fey plays a teacher with a crush on Beiber's character, who flips his hair every time the camera is on him.
  • Just about any time Alex turns his attention to Nicola Grey in The Worst Year of My Life, Again (especially if it's the first time she appears in the episode), she will be doing a hair flip.
  • Lorelai Gilmore has a rather legendary hair flip, lampshaded by Luke, who says she can get him to do pretty much anything by flipping her hair.


     Newspaper Comics  

  • Peanuts: Frieda whenever she talks about her "naturally curly hair."

     Professional Wrestling  

  • A signature taunt of WWE Diva Maryse.
  • Irish indie wrestler Katey Harvey does this quite a bit as well.
  • WWE wrestler Kane does this often, usually during his entrance. Although many long-haired wrestlers have done a hair flip at some point in their careers, Kane has used it on more than one occasion to respond to someone in lieu of actually saying anything (not because he was incapable of talking as he was early in his career— more likely because he didn't want to).
  • WWE ring announcer-turned wrestler Summer Rae seems to have adopted this as part of her entrance.
  • When Brooke Tessmacher previously made her entrance with her hair in a bun, she would flip it after shaking it free. Now she comes out with her hair down but the flipping remains.
  • Finnish-Canadian wrestler Silvie Silver flips her hair quite a bit too.


  • Wicked: "And this is how you toss your hair. * Toss* You can toss it like this * Toss* or toss it with your hand * Toss* or use your whole body." * TOSS*
  • As the quote above says, Leaf says he tends to do this, but he probably shared that in a moment of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.

     Video Games  

     Visual Novels  

  • Ace Attorney:
    • In Justice for All, Matt Engarde does this to reveal his scar and his true personality.
    • In Trials and Tribulations, Dahlia Hawthorne does this to be dismissive once her true personality is shown.
    • Mia Fey does this from time to time, in flashbacks, usually when about to present a particularly effective argument.
    • Winston Payne used to do this with a kind of pompadour with a receded hairline in flashbacks in Trials and Tribulations until he lost that hair in his epic freakout at losing in case 3-1. Many years later, he grew out the remaining fringe so that he could do it with the sides in Apollo Justice in what can only be interpreted as a parody of this trope.

     Web Comics  

  • Vriska Serket gives her hair a good toss in the "Alterniabound" flash.
  • Finn from Warrior U is grudgingly impressed by Darren's perfect little hair flip, but can't seem to master it himself.
    Darren:This tournament's going to be too easy! *Flick*
    Finn: I wish I could flick my hair like that... *Fwick*

     Web Original  

     Western Animation  

  • Totally Spies!: Clover demonstrates proper hair-flipping technique to a just-captured villainess on an agent.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee does this in the Beach Episode. Sparkles are involved.
  • Nick in Jimmy Neutron.
  • Justin from Total Drama Island loves this trope.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Mind Games," Ron (in Kim's body) invokes this trope, much to the annoyance of Kim (in Ron's body):
    (Body-switched Kim talks to Wade on the Kimmunicator as body-switched Ron flips his/her long auburn hair forward and back.)
    Kim (as "Ron"): Until we find Drakken and his machine, we'll just have to deal. (looks at Ron) What are you doing?
    Ron (as "Kim"): Your hair. It's so... flippy!
  • The red-haired goth kid from South Park constantly flips his huge bangs out of his eyes.
  • Princess Clara's "special" cousin Bleh does this (to shake her hair out) after removing her safety helmet. It lasts a good five seconds.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Asami seems to flaunt her voluminous raven black hair this way. First time she does it is after removing her helmet and infatuating Mako after accidentally running him over on a scooter in "A Voice in The Dark". She does it again after getting back up after overloading poor Naga and considering an alternative means of transportation in "When Extremes Meet". And odds are she'll be doing it plenty more times.
  • Cornelia of W.I.T.C.H. does it, usually to smack Caleb in the face. He's usually plucking leaves out of his mouth thanks to her powers.
  • Bob's Burgers - when the family is making a tv commercial, Tina keeps attempting a hair flip, which keeps throwing her glasses off.