"I like my hairFlipping 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. Another variation is when a woman tilts her head at 45 degrees and delivers eye contact in a come hither look. 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.
Really, it is pleasant to the touch
I toss my hair a bit too much."
Really, it is pleasant to the touch
I toss my hair a bit too much."
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- Every shampoo advert ever.
- In a Coast Capital Savings (a Canadian credit union) ad, a man remarks that he's losing his hair due to the stress of dealing with banks. His wife tells him that with Coast's low fees, she's sure it'll all grow back. They enter the bank to find customers and tellers flipping their beautiful, long, luscious hair in slow motion to enchanting music.
Anime and Manga
- City Hunter: Many female characters (like Saeko or Kasumi) often flip her hair when they are feeling worried or to express calm and confidence.
- Akio from CLANNAD does it sometimes when he's feeling dramatic.
- Haruka of Free! does this whenever he gets out of the water.
- Koizumi does this in Haruhi Suzumiya right after taking down a blue giant.
- Haruhi does this herself at the end of the opening credits of her show as well in the episode "Melancholy II", rightfully indicative of her... forceful personality.
- Sesshoumaru from InuYasha tends to do this when he feels he's being forced to explain something obvious.
- Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica has this a her Character Tic. She's not used to having her hair loose instead of her braids from the first few time loops.
- In Tiger & Bunny, hair flipping◊ is one of Barnaby's many fangirl-drawing techniques.
- K's Reisi does this at times.
- In Pokémon 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.
- Doing It Right This Time: Asuka discovers that being able to do these properly is an unexpected fringe benefit to ditching her signature nerve-clip barrettes.
I should've thought of this ages ago. My old hairstyle just doesn't emphasise a dramatic gesture the same way.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The 2000 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?"
- Most people born after the '60s were likely introduced to the famous Gilda 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, from the collection Different Seasons, was titled "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption".
Red: This is the part I really like, 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.
- 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.
- Two of them in rapid succession in The Avengers (2012), 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.
- Pai Mei from Kill Bill Vol 2 did this with his beard. All the time.
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.
- 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 this scene in "Toni's Boys" Kris Munroe (Cheryl Ladd) does this right before Bob Sorenson (Bob Seagren) takes his shirt off.
- 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.
- On a 1977 episode of The Mike Douglas Show, the host was set to interview the stars of a certain new film. One of them took his seat on stage while simultaneously performing a hair flip so mighty it was very likely felt three counties away.
- The Willow Smith song and music video "Whip My Hair" is all about this.
- Sing along now! Baby, you light up my world like nobody else/The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed...
- Peanuts: Frieda whenever she talks about her "naturally curly hair."
- 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).
- This became a signature tic of Arch Kincaid about two years into his career when he shaved off all of his hair except for a thin layer by his forehead which he alternates between flipping over back to make it appear like he has more hair than he really does or over his face to give the appearance of bangs down to his chin.
- A signature taunt of WWE Diva Maryse.
- Irish indie wrestler Katey Harvey does this quite a bit as well. It's actually a Shout-Out to Maryse, of whom she's a fan.
- Finnish-Canadian wrestler Silvie Silver flips her hair quite a bit too.
- 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.
- WWE ring announcer-turned wrestler Summer Rae seems to have adopted this as part of her entrance. Maryse commented on this on Twitter, saying "Wish I'd thought of that."
- 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]
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Leaf says he tends to do this, but he probably shared that in a moment of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.
- Rufus Shinra from Final Fantasy VII, too. Cloud also does one as one of his stock gestures, which he even gets to do as a Mythology Gag in Kingdom Hearts.
- Rinoa Heartilly from Final Fantasy VIII has a casual hair flip as part of her victory pose.
- Don't you forget Kuja. Don't you dare.
- Beatrix does this too as part of her victory pose.
- Saïx does one when he first meets Sora in Kingdom Hearts II. Those blue locks of his get stuck in his cloak collar otherwise.
- Richter from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World does this as well, to summon Aqua.
- Heike Kagero does this in Super Punch-Out. As he's a kabuki-dancing boxer, he also uses his hair as a weapon in the ring.
- Raven King Naesala does this in an introductory cutscene, helping to establish how incredibly smug he is before he gets even one spoken line.
- When Prince Peasley flips his hair, he gives off a Bishie Sparkle so bright, it whites out the entire screen!
- Zaki from Live A Live does this.
- In Super Smash Bros. Melee , Link's taunt was him running his fingers through his hair.
- The narcissistic Zhong Hui in Dynasty Warriors really likes touching his hair.
- Leon Magnus in Tales of Destiny tends to flip his hair, showing his arrogance in general.
- Vergil in Devil May Cry makes it a character trait, to make him look different than his twin, Dante.
- Dante himself adopts this in 4 when entering the Dark Slayer style as a homage to the character above.
- Pokémon X and Y even did this with Bellossom in Pokemon Amie. Sometimes, your Bellossom will sway four times before finally touching its right flower on its head and moving its hand so fast that its right flower twirls fast. "So cute" indeed.
- 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.
- Vriska Serket gives her hair a good toss in the "Alterniabound" flash.
- Which one fan took to its logical conclusion...
- 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*
- Dana in Echo Chamber's Trope of the Week "Unresolved Sexual Tension''.
Dana: I could let my hair down and be all "Hair Flip! Hair Flip!" and you'd be like "Oh, that is so-super-sexy, how did I not realize."
- Tina A. in The Nostalgia Critic's Pearl Harbor episode. She is always flipping her hair, which gets her friends annoyed.
"Dawg": (getting hit by Tina' hair) Bitch, what you on?!
- 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.
- Drawn Together: 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". It happens once more a couple of seasons later as she persuades Korra to let her give her a driving lesson.
- 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.