Regal Ringlets
For when the Pimped-Out Dress doesn't say it enough.

Also known as drill hair, corkscrew curls, sausage curls, and tube curls, ringlets are a hairstyle which a woman creates by wrapping her hair tightly around a vertical curling iron or rollers.

Ringlets date to ancient Rome, where they were a popular hairstyle among the aristocracy. That regal feel is still retained today, and when chosen for a character, they indicate that she is upper class or an aristocrat, or at least sees herself that way. This makes it a subtle type of Ermine Cape Effect.

The hairstyle is also time-consuming to create and difficult to maintain, indicating that the wearer is concerned with her appearance and is very feminine. It's also usually a youthful style, rarely appearing on women older than middle age.

A Sub-Trope of Expository Hairstyles. A Super Trope to Ojou Ringlets. A Sister Trope to Prim and Proper Bun.

Compare Mega Twintails (and can overlap), Girlish Pigtails. Contrast Tomboyish Ponytail.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Film — Animated 
  • Disney's version of Peter Pan has Wendy wear her hair in ringlets pulled back with a bow. While she isn't a "regal" character, the hairstyle does lend her a dignity that suits the motherly role she plays to the boys – not to mention setting her visually apart from Alice, who was also voiced by and modeled after Kathryn Beaumont.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In the 2005 film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Veruca Salt, the spoiled little rich girl, wears her hair this way.
  • In the movie Music From Another Room, Anna wears her hair like this. She is the love interest of Jude Law's character Danny, but sees herself and her family as above him since they are well educated and he works as a delivery boy.
  • In What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Jane has this hairstyle.
  • Princess Victoria and other noblewomen in The Young Victoria.
  • Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (2011).
  • Esther Coleman from Orphan wears her hair in loose ringlets, often decorated with a bow.
  • Scarlett O'Hara of Gone with the Wind sports these from time to time. America has never had an aristocracy or royalty, but the antebellum Southern gentry came pretty damn close, and it wouldn't be surprising if she chose the hairstyle deliberately.
  • Mary Pickford, who spent most of her wildly successful silent movie career playing innocent young girls and ingenues, wore her hair in long ringlets as a symbol of her innocence. The Poor Little Rich Girl and Tess of the Storm Country are just two of many, many examples. In her prime, she was known as "the girl with the curls".
    • Pickford's hair style was cited as an influence to child actress Shirley Temple, who became famous for this. She wore her hair in this style in almost all of her movies, where she was typecast as a sunshine and rainbows girly girl. One of her films was even titled Curly Top.

  • In Corsair, both Aura and Katarina Angraat have voluminous ringlet hairstyles.
  • Belinda in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock has symmetrical ringlets that fall down the back of her neck. And then one day they get cut...
  • A rare male example, Feyd-Rautha, heir apparent to Baron Harkonnen, is described as wearing his hair in ringlets in the original Dune books. The film version went with his actor, Sting's '80s Hair, however and most subsequent adaptations have followed suit.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Princess Violet from Legend of the Seeker sports these. As the name would suggest, she is very much an aristrocrat.
  • In Young Blades, Queen Anne wears her hair like this, since she's a young widow.
  • The original Rich Bitch Nellie Olson from Little House on the Prairie has hair styled into ringlets that frame her face and cascade down her shoulders with a large bow at the crown. Karin Kanzuki of Street Fighter fame is supposedly based on Nellie.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Nth Degree", Dr. Crusher styles her hair into sausage curls to play Roxanne in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Degrassi's Fiona Coyne wears her hair like this, as she is from a very wealthy family, for most of her time on the show.

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    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Elodie, the main character from Long Live the Queen, has her pink hair styled in this fashion. Fitting for the 'regal' part of this trope name, too, given her status as the Crown Princess of the land of Nova (where your job is to ensure she survives to her formal coronation as Queen).
  • While not in any real position of power herself, nor is she portrayed as being particularly concerned about keeping up appearances, Misha from Katawa Shoujo rocks this 'do throughout the game (unless you pursue her friend Shizune's path, in which case she'll cut her hair short late into it).

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Nanette Manoir of Angela Anaconda wears her long blond hair in this style, and speaks with a stereotypically "rich girl" Valley Girl accent and is a complete snob. She's very obsessed with her looks and considers herself extremely beautiful.
  • Lulu Moppet from Little Lulu.
  • The Simpsons: Taffy in the "Homer Scissorhands" subplot.
  • Eden and Catherine in Barbie in a Christmas Carol wear ringlet hair, plus one of the girls in the orphanage.
  • It's more evident on the boxart and the toys than it is in the cartoon, but this is how the Flutter Ponies' manes are in My Little Pony.
  • Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic sports this style. Her tail is one giant ringlet.
  • Darla Dimple from Cats Don't Dance wears her hair this way as part of her sugary public image. She makes great use of her electric curling chair during her Villain Song.
  • Diaspora from Winx Club has these and is a princess.
  • Rose Quartz from Steven Universe has this Up to Eleven, consisting of long, thick pink ringlets that reach all the way down to the backs of her legs.

    Real Life 
  • Many depictions of Marie Antoinette (fictional likenesses and official portraits) show her with this hairstyle.
  • Already in use while the Flavians were the emporers of Rome (69-96 AD). The women would have loads of ringlets which were piled upon her forehead, not unlike a crown. This was, naturally, only something the wealthy could afford. Experimental archaeology has determined that to achieve some styles as depicted in Roman art (and the Romans were sticklers for realism), the hair would be sewn into place with thread, possibly made from the person's own hair to ensure the thread is invisible.
  • It was quite common for the upper class and royality in Europe from the 17th century to try sport this hairstyle, either by using hot rollers or wigs depending on the fashion.