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Clockwise from top left: Killer Frost (ice), Oread (earth), Water Nymph (water), The Candlemaker (clouds)
When you have one of the Elemental Powers, what's a cool way to show it off? Why not make it your hair?

This usually overlaps with the general elemental-related tropes of Elemental Embodiment, and Elemental Shapeshifter, because if you're made of an element, and you have hair, then your hair must be made of your element. But not all elementals have hair, and the shapeshifters might not shift their hair.

Very closely tied to Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance. Sub-Trope of Elemental Hair Colors, for all cases where hair color matches Elemental Powers, and Magic Hair, for all situations where someone's hair is unusual or supernatural.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Lu Over the Wall: Lu has hair made of seawater, to match her water control powers.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Technically, Negi's hair turns into lightning because all of him turns into lightning, when he gets the ability to become an Elemental Shapeshifter of lightning with He Astrape Huper Ouranou Mega Dunamene.
  • Yaiba: Rain has water as hair, to match his Water elemental powers.

    Comic Books 
  • Firestorm (DC Comics): Firestorm's arch-nemesis, Killer Frost, has icicles for hair in her New 52 design.
  • Ms. Marvel (2014): When the electrogenic villain Kaboom uses her powers, her hair becomes a stream of electricity trailing above and behind her head. When she powers down, it becomes normal — albeit white — hair.

    Fan Works 
  • Codex Equus: Kaldr, the deer god of winter, has a mane and tail made out of blue ice.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami's Ice Golems are made of ice, but they look like Ami, a human, so they have hair. And when empowered with her Sailor Mercury transformation, they gain Ice Magic Is Water attacks.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Pathfinder: Multiple species:
    • The oreads, Uneven Hybrids of humanoids and earth elementals, inherit crystalline hair and limited Dishing Out Dirt abilities.
    • Giants:
      • Zigzagged with regular fire giants. In theory and written descriptions, they just have regular hair in various shades of copper, red and black, making them more a case of Elemental Hair Colors than anything. Official art, however, tends to forget this detail and depict them with full-on Flaming Hair instead. Mythic fire giants, however, have hair made out of lava in-universe as well as in art.
      • Storm giants mostly have normal hair colors with some sky blues and light purples mixed in, but their image in 2nd Edition's Bestiary shows a storm giant with a beard and hair made out of lightning.
    • Frosty chiselers, a type of icy fey, have beards made from moving icicles.
  • Ponyfinder: The manes and tails of ghost ponies are swirling clouds of ethereal mist.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: The water nymphs have hair that is made of flowing water. Not much is known about them other than that they can typically be found hanging about in different bodies of water, always wearing bikinis.
  • Invoked in Johnny Test by Brain Freezer, who shot himself in the face with his freeze cannon to turn his skin blue and freeze his hair into white icicles.
  • The Owl House: Darius is the head of the Abomination Coven, a coven of witches specializing in magic to summon and control homunculi made of sludge-like material. Following this, his hair appears to be made of a mini abomination as well, complete with a glowing green eye on the bun topping his head.
  • Villainous has Penumbra, whose hair is a translucent wisp of shadow.