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When humanoid aliens in visual fiction have hair, it almost always falls into one of the following styles:

  • "Generic Humanoid" Hair—almost always included a recessed hairline to show off the rubber forehead, which on female characters meant to be attractive is usually only slightly bumpy. Also almost always assumes that Aliens Have No Eyebrows, as is frequently the case in Star Trek and in Babylon 5. If this type of alien does have eyebrows, they will be unusually shaped (probably swept-up Romulan-style). The hair can be and frequently is any color.

  • "Klingon" Hair—varies from long and thinning (Malons from Voyager) to long, full and luxuriant (Worf, Green Skinned Space Babes from TOS) to long, full and mangy or unkempt (Martok, other Klingons, Nausicaans, Kazon). Again, the hairline is recessed to show off the craggy forehead ridges. Almost always brown or black hair. May or may not come with eyebrows and/or facial hair.

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  • "Romulan/Vulcan" Hair—typical of Space Nazis and Space Communists. Varies from the near-human looking hair of Vulcans to the super-sleek-and-shiny wigs of Next Generation-era Romulans. Often comes in a bowl cut, or slicked back. Cardassian hair is an example of this. Almost always black hair. Rarely comes with facial hair, unless it is a goatee. Usually look like wigs, and often are. Ditto Aliens love this style.

  • "Wookiee" Hair—covers the entire body. Usually a rubber suit alien, but more increasingly represented by Muppets or Serkis Folk. Can be expensive to pull off well. Usually varying shades of brown.

  • "Tenctonese" Hair—bald… at least on the head. Usually accomplished by a shave or a bald cap (for example, Babylon 5's female Centauri), often with a pigment pattern or odd texture, and frequently (but not always) are complimented by enlarged craniums suggesting superior intelligence. Again, this is an alien hairstyle that does not often come with eyebrows. The Greys are entirely hairless with an enlarged cranium.

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  • Not-hair-at-all hair—if the writer (and the budget) allow for aliens who don't have hair but have something else on their heads that they wear like hair. Feathers, scales, or even flowers or vines for Plant Aliens can make for a creative physical difference.

  • "Predator" Hair—not actually hair, but bundles of head tentacles/antennae that look like dreadlocks. Usually placed on the head in the same pattern as the Klingons, back from the forehead. Most famously used on the title species of the Predator franchise. Some writers have gone so far as to posit that this hair substitute contains unique sensory organs or is a symbiotic species. Quarren from Star Wars don't count because they are generic "squidheads."

"Generic Humanoid" Hair

Comic Books
  • Jewelius Blak, the Green Lantern who trained Thall Sinestro, has a hairline so recessed it starts on the back of her head. She also has odd thin eyebrows the distal ends of which sweep up her forehead to where a human's hairline would start.

"Klingon" Hair

Film
  • Star Wars: Weequay, like Jedi master Sora Bulq, have textured dark hair and a very recessed hairline by human standards.

Live-Action TV

"Romulan/Vulcan" Hair

Live-Action TV

"Wookiee" Hair

Comic Books
  • A couple of the freedom fighters on Kossak's slave ship in Superboy (1994) are covered in hair from head to toe.
  • The Green Lantern G'nort is covered in hair, though he looks like a bipedal humanoid dog under most artists' pens. So too is "Agent Orange" Larfleeze, though his hair is shorter and his face is usually more modeled on a twisted boar/baboon combo. The two were eventually revealed to be the same species and distant relatives
  • Wanderers team member Dartalg is a bipedal hair covered alien. He shows up in Legion of Super-Heroes stories from time to time.

Film

  • Wookies from Star Wars are a bipedal species entirely covered with hair.

"Tenctonese" Hair/Aliens are Bald

Comic Books
  • A few of the Event Horizon frequenters in Superboy and the Ravers are relatively humanoid save for their odd skin tones and lack of any hair. They're all from the same planet of origin.
  • One of Kossak's slave girls in Superboy (1994) has no hair and four tentacles in place of arms, and another is a shapeshifter who can make herself appear to have hair in order to mimic someone who does but is bald naturally.
  • The natives of Stoneworld, like the Green Lanterns Aa and Kworri, look like well built human men with pale grey or dark purplish brown skin and no hair. They have no sexual dimorphism.
  • Sinestro: The noble who was the winning bid for the Korugar survivors at the slave auction had a very tall head. It's unclear if the small curly thing atop it is a hair substitute or a hat of some kind but it appears to be decorative rather than part of her biology.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): The ace pilot of Wonder Woman's Space Pirate Revolutionary crew is a bald orange skinned woman in her base state.

Film

Live-Action TV

  • Tenctonese from Alien Nation are built like traditional Greys.
  • The Minbari in Babylon 5 have this is well as "Tenctonese" hairstyles: they are bald with a bony crest that the females have carved and shaped. Although, some Minbari have beards—the ones descended from Valen/Sinclair, maybe?—and obviously, Delenn grew hair after her transformation.

Not-hair-at-all hair

Comic Books
  • Superboy (1994): One of the beautiful slave girls in Kossak's harem has long rounded feather like "hair" which starts further back than a normal human hairline, continues onto her back and the backs of her arms and doesn't reach the sides of her head.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Green Lantern 2-6-8-1-7-9-5 ("Two-six") and her people have five tentacles with finned tips in place of hair.
    • Green Lantern Feska of Zarox and her people have a crest striped with black instead of hair.
    • Deeter's "hair" does not have individual strands, and despite being shaped like a human haircut is more like smooth shaped growth, plus his "mustache", and both look like they could have been popped out of a jello mold and glued to his head.
    • Medphyll of Sector 586 is from a species of one-eyed humanoid Plant Aliens who have a mass of leaf covered vines in place of hair.
  • Orange Lantern Clypta has two large smooth tentacles sprouting out the sides of her head rather than any hair.
  • Kon-El comes across an alien girl with strange branching blue stuff that looks sort of like flat bunches of grapes which grows on her wrists and ankles in addition to on top of her head.
  • Nax of the Sinestro Corps has no hair, but she does have two thin tendrils dangling from the back of her head.
  • The New52 Lobo has been seen lounging around with an alien woman whose head is covered with large light-grey tentacles with a layered texture.
  • One of Diana's space pirate revolutionaries from Wonder Woman (1987) has a bunch of mildly prehensile tube-like tentacles in place of hair, another has a large boxy lump on each side of her head which seem to be in place of ears as well as hair. One of the races seen most often on the Sangtee Empire's slave planets is a greenish blue skinned people with pointed ears and coral-like growths instead of hair.

Tabletop Games

  • Genasi from D&D 4th edition have crystals (Windsoul, Stormsoul) or fire (Firesoul) in place of hair, other are simply bald (Earthsoul, Watersoul)

Video Games

  • Argonians, the most "alien" of the playable races in The Elder Scrolls series, have just about everything but hair treated like hair. Horns, spikes (both flexible and rigid), scales, fins, feathers (particularly females), etc.
  • Mass Effect has the asari and their "hair-tentacles" (or so Joker describes them), which are basically cartilaginous crests that grow in a vaguely curvy conic direction towards the back of the asari's head. Quarian evo-suits designed for men also have a bundle of cables connected to the top of their helmets to evoke a long braid.

Film

  • Star Wars: Twi'leks (such as Bib Fortuna, or Aayla Secura) have two tentacles growing out of the back of their heads, called "lekku". A few other species have similar hair-substitutes, most notably the Togruta (such as Shaak Ti and Ahsoka Tano), who have hollow horn-like "montrals" at the top of their heads and three lekku extending downward from them. In both species, rare individuals will have four lekku instead of the normal number. The amphibians Nautolans, such as fan favorite Kit Fisto, have several tentacles for hair.

Western Animation

  • Decapodians from Futurama have bald heads, but tentacle mustaches.

"Predator" Hair/Tendrils and Cords

Comic Books
  • A handful of aliens Kon-El encounters and frees on a slaver's space ship have thin brown tentacles/antennas instead of hair.
  • Sinestro: The Yellow Lantern who gets his neck snapped by Mongul after he's freed from the Paling has a mass of cord-like things growing on his head behind his crest adorned forehead instead of hair.
  • Velosians have a sort of orangeish fringe skirting the back of their heads which is very visible against their turquoise skin. Or they did before they and their planet were destroyed by Yuga Khan. The only known survivor, Wonder Woman's elderly ally H'Elgn who was on a slave of the Sangtee Empire when Velos was destroyed, has a white fringe instead.
  • Female Ungarans have dark thin cord like things on their heads that look sort of like thin braids though some artists just can't seem to keep from drawing it like regular hair. Males, like Green Lantern Abin Sur, are generally completely hairless.

Film

  • The Na'vi have tendrils growing out of their head, but in a twist they have hair growing on top of all this over the neural cables.
  • The titular aliens of Predator have dark cords in place of hair.

Live-Action TV

  • An alien who otherwise looks nothing like Cthulhu might have tentacles, like the unnamed green-skinned Mulder and Scully analogs from the B5 spinoff Crusade, or Ka D'Argo from Farscape.

Video Games

  • The Protoss of Starcraft naturally have a long bundle of cable-like nerve cords growing out of their head like a ponytail; Dark Templar crop theirs to sever their connection to their race.

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