Hair that has magical powers. May have Rapid Hair Growth
as a characteristic.
See also Prehensile Hair
and some forms of Kaleidoscope Hair
Anime and Manga
- Medusa, whose hair was snakes.
- The Biblical Samson was granted supernatural strength by God in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats, including wrestling and killing a lion with his bare hands, slaying an entire Philistine army with only a jawbone of a donkey, etc. There was a catch though: he couldn't drink any kind of alcohol and he couldn't shave his hair — if he did that, he would lose his super strength. Unfortunately, he told this to his lover Delilah, who then cut his hair and sold him to the Philistines, who stabbed out his eyes with their swords. After being blinded, Samson was brought to Gaza, imprisoned, and put to work grinding grain. Later, the Philistines leaders and common people gathered in the temple of their god Dagon, for having delivered Samson into their hands. They summon Samson in order to ridicule him, but once inside the temple, Samson asks a guard one question: can he lean on the central pillars? Soon enough the gathered Philistines realized something — hair is known for growing back...
Film - Animation
- In the Lucky Star fanfic Starbound, anyone's hair who is appointed by a Magé Stone becomes this, rising up to wrap around said stone and mount itself atop her head in order to allow it to interact with her brain and give her a sixth sense and psychokinetic powers.
- The Monkey King Sun Wukong from Journey to the West. Every strand of his hair had magical properties, able to transform into virtually any object he desired, ranging from weapons to animals to a full-body, perfect replica of himself.
- Susan Sto Helit of Discworld has hair that rearranges its style of its own accord depending on Susan's mood. It's one of the special things she has due to her being Death's adoptive granddaughter.
- In Warbreaker, the hallmark of the royal family of Idris is hair that changes color in reponse to the person's emotions (or voluntarily, with practice), and can also be grown out at will. It's hinted in the novel, and confirmed by Word of God, that this is a subconscious manifestation of the royal family's Voluntary Shapeshifting powers, and they might be able to take it further with practice.
- In The Folk Keeper, Corinna's hair is silver and grows two inches each day, requiring her to constantly cut it. When she stops cutting it, she learns that it also grants her the ability to sense her surroundings and the Power of the Last Word.
- In Harry Potter, demiguises are ape-like magical creatures able to turn invisible; their long, silky hair can be woven into an invisibility cloak. Furthermore, unicorn, veela, and thestral hair can be used as the core of a wand.
- Truska, the Cirque du Freak's obligatory Bearded Lady, can grow hair and suck it back into her body. In the prequels, it is revealed that she is some sort of sea creature that grows hair around their legs to make tails. She also fights using her hair at times.
- Subverted in Bayonetta. It appears that the title character is using her hair to make giant fists, giant feet, and giant dragons, but reading Antonio Redgrave's notes reveals that witches need a medium in order to summon these things. In theory they could use anything, but hair is the most readily available. It's not that the hair is magic, more like magic things are happening to the hair.
- Millia Rage from the Guilty Gear series. After losing her parents, she was adopted by a Assassin Syndicate, where she practiced in the art of Hi-Deigokutsuipou, or the "Six Forbidden Magics", with gave Millia's her ability to control the movement as well as alter length and shape of her hair at will. However, it couldn't do as much as it does in the game if the Syndicate hadn't also implanted a Parasite (similar to Zato-1's Eddie) in her scalp as well; in some of her endings throughout the series, when she breaks ties with the Syndicate and loses the Parasite, her hair is far shorter.
- Filia from Video Game/Skullgirls has hair with powers nearly identical to Millia's. It is implanted with a parasite that gives her the power to control her hair's length and shape. Unlike Millia, however, Fillia's parasite has a face, a voice, a personality, and an appetite.
- Midna in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Hyrule Warriors has expandable Prehensile Hair which she often forms into a hand shape for purposes such as pointing, grabbing objects (or people), and casting magic; along with a few other things. Her orange hair also seems to practically be glowing at some points, although that might just be the lighting.
- Akiha Tohno's special ability in Tsukihime is draining heat (life) out of everything she touches with her hair in its red mode.
- Lawrence Spectrum and his father Christopher Spectrum are ghosts that possess a "flame-like" hairstyle that acts as an expansion of themselves. Christopher takes the power even further by being capable of generating entire illusions and manifestations with his flame.
- Samantha Thing is another example of this, her hybrid Monster species (half futakuchi-onna) gives her everlasting long hair and the ability to freely manipulate it.
- El Goonish Shive has this. "So wait. Officially, hair does spontaneously change color?" It's a possible side effect of magical burnout.
- In the Animated Adaptation of I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie used her ponytail as a Magic Wand, pointing it towards what she wanted to magic.
- My Little Pony: The mane and tail hair of all the Little Ponies, due to the inherently magical nature of the ponies themselves. This is a plot point in the serial "The Glass Princess", in which Vain Sorceress Porcina has some of the ponies captured so that she can use their hair to mend her magic cloak.
- Lady Lovely Locks: Her hair is so magical the Big Bad keeps plotting to get it. There's a reason the Brazilian title translates as "Princess of Magical Hairs".