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Ojou Ringlets
aka: Princess Curls
And she's supposed to be hiding her status.

An easy way to tell if a female character in Japanese media is of high social standing is to not look for a crown or an Ermine Cape, but to look at the front of her head. Specifically, look for two curled locks of hair draping the sides of her face. The rest of the hair may be straight, curly, or anything in-between, but she must have two curled locks from either the hair directly in front of or directly behind the ear, and falling in front of her shoulders rather than behind, if it is long enough. If she has these, she either is high class or acts like it.

Needless to say, this is pretty much mandatory for the Ojou. Some Elegant Gothic Lolitas also sport this hairstyle.

Also known as "drill hair", and derived from the Regal Ringlets hairstyle, popular in Roman times. For the distinctly Japanese princess' hairstyle — straight black with level bangs and ear locks — see Hime Cut.

Do not confuse them for the sideburns Orthodox Jewish men wear, called peyot (pronounced "pay-ott") (peyos, pronounced "pay-ohs," if you're Ashkenazi).

A Sub-Trope of Regal Ringlets.

Compare Mega Twintails, Quirky Curls.

Contrast Tomboyish Sidetails, Tomboyish Ponytail.


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  • It was a popular look in Lolita Fashion during The Eighties. It's fallen out of style since, but a lot of people still love it. It's really hard to do without a wig though. Rag curls can look like it.

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alternative title(s): Drill Hair; Princess Curls
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