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- These products are advertised like this. However, they don't actually work like this. It takes a little longer, if it does work.
Anime and Manga
- In Ranma ½, the title character once accidentally drank a special rice porridge made from a one-of-a-kind dragon's whisker. The porridge made him grow continuously excessive amounts of hair unless his hair was tied up from the dragon's whisker or when he his gender was changed.
- Happens to Usagi in the Sailor Moon manga and Sailor Moon Crystal. Her hair is already Rapunzel Hair levels of long, but after she's revealed to be the Moon Princess, it begins to grow several feet long in few hours and she has to lock herself in her room to hack it off constantly until the effect disappears.
- Ping Pong: Applies to any character when they leave their team.
- In the Tintin comic book Land of Black Gold, Thomson and Thompson find tablets and swallow them, thinking them to be aspirin, causing them to belch soap-like bubbles continuously, and grow long hair and beards that change colour. The beards grow so fast that they have to be cut multiple times each day.
- In the first Astérix comic, Getafix creates a potion to restore lost hair, selling it to the Romans who have captured him as the Magic Potion for strength. An entire roman camp - and a small dog licking up the dregs - becomes excessively unmilitary, thus presenting a slovenly appearance to Caesar when he pulls a surprise inspection.
- One Little Lulu story focused on Mr. Moppet lamenting over the fact that he doesn't have a full head of hair anymore like he did back in his youth. This prompts Tubby to use his chemistry set to invent a hair growth formula for Mr. Moppet to use. Unfortunately, the formula works too well, so Mr. Moppet ends up having to constantly get his hair cut, so Tubby invents an antidote that reverses the effect and Mr. Moppet is bald once again.
- The main plot of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is about a beard that won't stop growing and won't stay trimmed.
- The Peanut Butter Solution: when the main character loses all of his hair by seeing ghosts, the ghosts teach him to make a magical paste that causes his hair to grow back at a supernatural rate. He eventually discovers that his new hair can be used to make magical paintbrushes. It's the same old story.
- Body Bags: The "Hair" segment features a balding middle-aged guy who receives a mystery treatment from a strange health care society. He grows a giant mane of hair overnight, but the hair just keeps growing all over his body, including on his teeth. It turns out that the "hairs" are actually parasitic wormlike aliens who need human brains for food and it's already too late for him.
- In Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble novel Hair Raising, a mad scientist attempts to develop a cosmetic formula that would cause instantaneous hair growth. He eventually succeeds, but only by using the stolen scalps of werewolves to create it. Then it works ''too'' well, and fills his house with hair when some of his invention drips into a clogged-up shower drain.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features Hair Toffee. It makes hair grow on your head (plus a mustache and a beard), which is perfect for bald people...but at the moment it's too powerful. The Oompa-Loompa who tested it wound up with hair that grows over a foot per day, constantly.
- In the Discworld short story "The Sea and Little Fishes", this is apparently the effect of Granny Weatherwax's hair restorer, if you take more than the single spoonful recommended on the bottle. The farmer who was given it was so panicked by Granny Weatherwax being nice that he tested it by giving half the bottle to the dog, and his family had to devote themselves full-time to shearing the poor animal.
- Dungeons & Dragons module EX1 Dungeonland. A fountain's water turns into randomly determined potions. One of them is Hairiness: if drunk, the drinker's hair immediately grows longer and thicker.
- Dungeons & Dragons, 1st Edition supplement Unearthed Arcana. The Hairy cantrip caused a creature's hair to immediately grow 2-12 inches.
- One of the hilarious potion recipes in Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside promised that it would grow out hair. When Same tries it, he first grows out locks that reach the floor, quickly grow longer than he is, and then escalates until he is completely wrapped in hair, gets angry and chases the resultant giant hairball away.
- When Max first transforms into a woman in Maxs' Big Bust: A Captain Nekorai Tale, her hair instantly grows from the short cut she'd had as a man to an ankle-length mane. Thanks to her magically resetting body, it regrows every time she tries to cut it to a shorter length, causing her to give up. It's eventually revealed that her hair acts as storage for her magic elemental powers. When Amber and Holly touch transformation beads, their hair also instantly grows to ankle length.
- Art was shaved bald as an Easter prank in Phillip Jackson's Sequential Art. He pours a bottle of hair restorer on his dome in strip #132 and waits. No further hair appears on his head, but he does almost instantly push out a Russian czar beard. Next, in strip #133, Scarlet the squirrel-girl lost all her head fur to bubblegum. She drinks Art's bottle of hair restorer. The result is she gets her head fur back, plus triples her body fur.
- City Of Dream. Acknowledges this trope in many strips as an off-screen cure for all the fire spells misfiring. The one who prepares and sells these is owner of a The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday.
- In a Schlock Mercenary arc where Elf goes on a makeover reality show (so the company can blow it up) they use some nanites to make her "crew-mullet" grow into something a lot longer. She keeps some of the extra length.
- An old episode of The Simpsons has Homer uses a miracle hair growth product and gets a full head of hair overnight. But at the end, he loses it just as fast, leaving a hairy trail form his bed to the bathroom.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Brings an episode with a snake oil salesman (it is eel in universe) that sells one of these.
- In the beginning of The Princess and the Frog, we see Facilier offer a bald man a voodoo hair tonic; it regrows his hair, then promptly causes hair to sprout all over his face and hands as well, making him look like a werewolf.
Other Unnatural CausesPlease put examples of Power Makes Your Hair Grow and Hair Reboot on their respective pages.
- During a Capital One commercial, Alec Baldwin and the Vikings have a beard growing contest. The Viking's beard appears instantly. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cemiLAxrUvk
Anime and Manga
- Fried and Juvia from Fairy Tail both cut their hair before and after the fighting festival Arc. After the Edolas Arc, it returns to its original length for reasons unknown.
- Iwai from The Severing Crime Edge has a curse placed on her lineage causing all the females' hair to grow down to their ankles at midnight.
- In D.P. 7 David Landers' hair grows very fast as part of his White Event-inspired mutation. Every once in a while he gains about 50 pounds of muscle practically overnight, and that's when his hair grows out.
- In Asterix and Cleopatra, the henchman of the villain Artifis vows never to shave his head again until the pesky Gauls are killed. The rate at which his shaven skull becomes extremely hirsute then becomes a running gag.
- In Weapon X, Logan's rapid hair growth after they shave him for the Adamantium bonding procedure is one of the first signs that their test subject is more than he seems.
- In PS238, Franklin/The Whiz once comes into battle with unusually long hair—apparently, it (and his nails) grow really fast due to his power, and with the current situation he hasn't had time to see the school nurse about his daily (or more) trim.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The Big Bad drinks from a false Holy Grail and suffers from Rapid Aging, including having the hair on his head grow very quickly.
- Yellow Submarine. While the Beatles are in the Sea of Time they undergo Rapid Aging and their head hair (including beards and mustaches) start growing out quickly. Watch it here. Ironically, the song that accompanies the scene, "When I'm Sixty Four", starts with the line "When I get older losing my hair...".
- In The Santa Clause, rapid beard growth is one of the signs that Scott is turning into the new Santa Claus. First he complains to his doctor that it grows back in a few hours; when he shaves later, it grows back instantly, which is part of what makes him finally accept the truth. (His hair also changes to white whenever he tries to dye it.)
- In Harry Potter at one point during his childhood, Harry's aunt cut off his bangs, almost shaving him except for the part that hides his scar. It looked ridiculous, but magically grew back before Harry's next school day. Justified because, well, A Wizard Did It (albeit unknowingly).
- In the comedic fairy tale Melisande, a princess's attempt to wish for long, beautiful hair results in hair that grows rapidly and increases its rate of growth whenever it's cut.
- In one Goosebumps book, the protagonist begins growing hair on his hands and face that keeps coming back no matter how often he shaves it off. He thinks at first that it's being caused by a strange sunscreen solution that he and his friends tried out, but it turns out that it's a sign that he and his friends are reverting back to their original dog forms.
- In Emerald Prince, Julien is summoned to a magical world to stand in for the prince, but he wouldn't look the part if he's not a Long-Haired Pretty Boy, so the sorcerer who summons him uses magic to grow his hair out.
- In The Saga of Darren Shan, when Darren's been a half-vampire for long enough that his vampire cells start to convert his human cells, he wakes up one night with tons of hair all over his body. His hair had been burnt off earlier during an ordeal and it hadn't grown back properly, but this gives him his old Shonen Hair back.
- The royal line of Idris in Warbreaker can grow their hair out effectively instantly, as well as being able to change its color. This does make them very hungry, though.
- In The Folk Keeper, one of Corinna's magical traits is that her hair grows two inches per night. She constantly trims it, both to prevent anyone learning about her magic and to disguise herself as a boy.
- In The Silmarillion, Luthien Tinuviel did this to her own hair, deliberately, by magic. She needed them to craft a magical cloak and rope.
Live Action TV
- Played for Laughs in Raumschiff GameStar: when the (bald) First Mate Stangl starts mutating into the Stanglnator, he suddenly "grows" not only wild blond hair, but also a pair of Cool Shades, a leather jacket, and a battle guitar.
- Subverted in an episode of Cheers. The guys have a beard growing contest over the course of a month or so; Cliff's beard doesn't grow in much during the contest, then on measuring day he comes in with a full, lush beard and wins. Then he calls Diane over for some help: he cheated by supergluing hair to his face and now he needs her to take him to the hospital to get it removed.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch:
Harvey: You know, you look good with long hair.Sabrina: Yeah, but the upkeep is a nightmare.
- One episode has Hilda mixing up some 'Hair Soup' to give her Rapunzel Hair. It also gives her some mutton chops and eventually a full beard. Sabrina unknowingly eats some at the end and gets a mustache.
- In another when Sabrina is trapped in a tower, she enchants her hair to grow long enough for Harvey to climb up.
- In The 10th Kingdom Virginia pisses off some gypsies who curse her hair to grow at a rapid rate. Even worse is that the hair can't be cut. She wakes up the next morning to find it growing up the stairs.
"I'm gonna die of long hair!"
- This is the case of Millia Rage's hair in Guilty Gear, being alive and prehensile as well. Some of her attacks make her hair grow by necessity.
- This occurs a few times in the El Goonish Shive storyline aptly titled "Hair," which concerns Tedd's attempts to understand why Nanase's hair is growing abnormally fast while she is "burnt out." A magical device designed to make hair temporarily shorter instead causes Nanase's hair to grow. A lot. To prevent the excess of hair from injuring her neck, Nanase asks Sarah to shave her head. Predictably, as soon as Nanase's head is shaved, the hair stops growing. However, the rapid hair growth wasn't done yet, as the pile of hair on the ground proceeded to explode, and give both Nanase and Sarah a bit of additional magic hair growth.
- Kili of The Dragon Doctors contracts lycanthropy and her hair has to be cut every morning, as it's down around her ankles by the end of the day. Sometimes it even grows in response to stress.
- Heavenly Nostrils: The July 16, 2012 strip shows how beholding the glory of Marigold can undo baldheadedness for Dakota.
- In Girl Genius, Agatha has hair growth troubles over this and the following page.
- The Simpsons
- When Homer went bald, Marge got God to make Homer's normal hair reappear.
- Invokes this when Homer is shaving, possibly to mock the Hair Reboot as well, Homer will have a clean chin for a few seconds before it grows again. Link for the clip here and if anyone wants the English dialog but less quality here.
- One of Cartoon Network's bumpers shows Josie And The Pussy Cats time warping through successive music eras. One of their first style hops was to the Seventies disco era. This caused Valerie's sensible hairstyle to bloom into a large Afro almost instantly. Even Valerie was surprised at this development.
- In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Mindy tries to convince SpongeBob and Patrick that they are men by giving them fake mustaches. Later, they run into tough guy Dennis, who laughs at their pathetic mustaches and show them what a real mustache looks like, by instantly growing one.
- In the actual show, Patrick also has this ability, but with more hairstyles.
- Richard from The Amazing World of Gumball, is able to grow a mustache to look tough. The minute he drops the act, it recedes right back into his face.
- Once on Futurama, Zoidberg was so traumatized he grew hair just so it could turn white.
- Mr. Barkin's beard in Kim Possible apparently grows so fast that he has to shave it 15 times a day.
- In the last episode of ''Visionaries, one of the Sun Imps has the ability to make people's hair grow rapidly.
- Happens to a crop of artificial sea otter fur that Aviva cooks up while working on a sea otter power disc for Wild Kratts.