Important Hair Accessory

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A character (almost Always Female) gets (or removes) a hair accessory to symbolize her Character Development.

One of the most common variants involves a shy girl sweeping her bangs back under a headband, allowing us to see her full face and symbolizing her newfound self-confidence. Because girls are more attractive with self confidence.

Can also apply to hats, goggles and certain other forms of headgear. If it's removing a hairpiece that's significant, it may be accompanied by a Hair Flip.

Sub-Trope of Expository Hairstyle Change. Sister Trope to Important Haircut.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Orihime Inoue from Bleach and her hairpins, which double as Tragic Keepsakes since they werre a gift of her dead older brother. When she grows some more she uses them as lapel decorations instead.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • In episode 10, Homura lets down her braids after experiencing Madoka die or turn into a witch one too many times.
    • In the Grand Finale, Homura is seen using the recently-ascended-into-goddess-hood Madoka's hair ribbons.
    • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Devil Homura wears the same hair ribbons from Madoka, yet tainted.
  • Once Naruto becomes a member of Team 7, he stops wearing his goggles.
    • Sakura starts properly using her headband when she decides to give her fullest in her fight with Ino. Who does likewise.
  • In One Piece, all of the Straw Hat Pirates except Luffy have different outfits when they reunite after two years of separation. Among the changes related to the tops of their heads: Usopp loses his sniping goggles and replaces his hat with a clean white one; Franky shaves his pompadour into a buzz cut, though he can regenerate the pompadour at any time; Chopper now wears a thick baseball cap instead of a top hat; and Sanji's hair, which once covered his left eye, now covers his right eye instead.
  • In Spirited Away, Zeniba has Chihiro's companions make a new hair tie for her, replacing her previous one. It's still in her hair when she returns with her parents to the normal world, proving that the experience was not All Just a Dream.
  • Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa exchange hair ribbons in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha once they become friends.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya sticks with the yellow hair ribbon once she begins the SOS Brigade.
  • In Saint Beast, Judas makes a hair tie for Shin to keep his hair out of the way when he plays harp. It's important because it shows their growing bond and he never goes without it after that.
  • Pictured above: The bells that Asuna wears in her hair in Mahou Sensei Negima! were given to her by Takamichi when she was a child; it's part of why she later developed a crush on him.
  • In Orange, Naho gets a hairclip from Kakeru as payback for making him lunch everyday - she treasures it at lot, since she thinks future Naho didn't manage to get it.
  • In Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Chris Yukine initially didn't wear any hair decoration, after her Heel–Face Turn and officially joining the team, she begins to wear reddish frilly scrunchies on her hair tails. They disappear when transformed.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka has a pair of "nerve clips" that are part of the Unusual User Interface for her Humongous Mecha, which she uses as barrettes and almost never takes off to symbolise her utter devotion to her career as a pilot. It also, tragically, symbolises how little she has in her life except piloting.
  • In Codename wa Sailor V, Minako starts using a red hairbow when a boy she likes tells her it looks good on her. When the boy turns out to be an enemy and she has to fight him, she decides to keep using the bow anyway because she does like how it looks on her.

Fan Works
  • In chapter 1 of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Shinji brings Asuka her neural connector hair-clips. In chapter 2 she wears them again, but she doesn't know if she's delighted or sad because they remind her of her failures.
    Asuka leaned heavily against the thin material of her door, looking down at the red neural connectors in her hands.
  • In Doing It Right This Time, Asuka makes the important decision to stop wearing her aforementioned neural connectors as barrettes, to symbolise the fact that being an Evangelion pilot isn't all of who she is anymore. And then a few scenes later she discovers a practical advantage; a long ponytail makes it possible to do a proper Hair Flip for emphasis when making a dramatic gesture.

Film
  • A male example in America, America, which is An Immigrant's Tale of a young man's epic journey from central Turkey to the USA in the 1890s. When Stavros's ship comes within sight of Long Island, Stavros chucks his Turkish fez into the ocean, vowing to get an American-style straw boater hat. His Mrs. Robinson lover gets him one just as the ship is docking

Literature

Visual Novels
  • Komari from Little Busters! wears stars and ribbons in her hair to symbolise her wishes. At the end of the game, she gives Rin one of them to express their friendship.

Web Comics
  • Emily from Misfile wears a headband at all times to cover her widow's peak. Ash tells her she's beautiful without it, but she's not ready to give it up just yet.
  • Played with in this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip.

Western Animation
  • Violet of The Incredibles goes from hair over face to hair in headband.
  • There's a purple haired Emo Teen in Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare who sweeps her hair back so her whole face shows (although she wears tinted glasses).
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Fire Nation crown is in the form of a hair accessory. It's a spiky gold flame and gets stuck in your topknot. There is also drama surrounding an important antique hairpiece in season three, associated with Iroh's revelations about the family.
    • Flashbacks to Ozai's coronation and to the disastrous Agni Kai that changed Zuko's life, feature focus shots on the 'crown.' In fact, Ozai is carefully undetailed in the trauma memory, so that it's only by the outline of the crown (and Zuko's dialogue) you can tell who it is.
    • It's also, obviously, a big deal at Zuko's coronation. Its many differences from his father's (smaller, red robes, integrated audience, crowned by the Avatar instead of a Fire Sage) are very important, but the crown and the standing up are ritually essential and stay the same.
    • Hell, for this trope we don't even need the part where he gets crowned. The third-season adoption of a topknot and release of same before going rogue qualify. Go go Prince Ponytail!
      • Zuko's is a story told in hairstyles.


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