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The simplest two examples (and Kero-chan).

"Dreams are like flowers in your hair! Girls wear many of them. Adults look foolish even with one."
Mameha, Memoirs of a Geisha

Any decoration a character (almost always a young girl) wears in her hair—bands, clips, flowers, ribbons, tiaras, you name it—to make herself look younger and cuter. A grown woman wearing one looks childish, though a character with Rapunzel Hair might be able to get away with cool-looking decorations; a male character (regardless of age) wearing one looks silly (and, of course, his sexuality will be called into question), making this an Always Female Trope. (Except in Yaoi Genre, where cute young guys can wear barrettes or hair clips. Or when Real Men Wear Pink is in play.)

Mostly used in anime, if the author has Only Six Faces, but the relatively mundane setting doesn't call for the more outlandish Anime Hair or even nonstandard Hair Colors; the next best way to distinguish heads is by having the girls wear their hair up with increasingly iconic accessories. Especially prevalent if the main character has brown hair. They're also commonly paired with Girlish Pigtails.


The type of hair decoration also tells you something about her age. Double-orb hair clips and Alice bands are usually worn by preschool girls, while middle- and high-school students prefer ribbons. A particularly common decoration is a ribbon tied into a huge bow. This is more common for elementary or middle school children, and usually signals innocence.

Sometimes this overlaps with Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: you know it's a girl because she has hair decorations. Naturally, she'll be cuter.

Occasionally part of a Nice Hat, Frills of Justice, and/or Pimped-Out Dress.

Compare Pink Means Feminine, Long Hair Is Feminine.

Supertrope to Flower in Her Hair.



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  • Hild from Ah! My Goddess—the amount of decorations and ornaments in her hair are stunning, and make her look even MORE beautiful. Her daughter seems to copy this aspect of her.
  • In Aim for the Ace!, Reika has an enormous pink bow, the captain has white barrettes, and Kyoto has large orange bows holding back her terrible Princess Leia-esque buns.
  • Air Gear: Kururu's hair is absolutely littered with bobby pins, as well as a large X-barrette.
  • In Arpeggio of Blue Steel Ashigara wears a pair of hair clips in the shape of a stylised wolf, which along with her Cute Little Fangs reference her Real Life counterpart's nickname "The Hungry Wolf".
  • In Attack No. 1, the easiest way to distinguish which girl is which is by their headbands or bows. Kozue wears a yellow headband with a bow on it. Midori has a blue headband.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Several of the females wear something in their hair.
    • Hungary has her pink flower (representing Lake Balaton).
    • Taiwan has plum flower-shaped pins.
    • Seychelles uses red ribbons.
    • Belgium and the sisters Ukraine and Belarus use headbands.
    • Liechtenstein has a single blue ribbon given to her by Switzerland so people wouldn't mistake her as a boy.
    • Monaco has a big purple bow.
    • Wy has a red flower. Vietnam occasionally is drawn with flowers in her ponytail.
    • One of the almost nonexistent male examples is Norway, who uses an cross-shaped hairpin along with his Nice Hat. It's also some sort of communication device or phone, as he uses it to speak to his friend Troll and once uses it to contact his younger brother Iceland in one of his character songs.
    • Noto-sama, whose ponytail is detachable.
    • Himaruya once said of Belgium's early artwork: "She also originally had no ribbon, though Himaruya noted that the design would have been innovative as it is rare for his female characters to lack hair accessories". As well, an early draft of Liechtenstein reportedly had her ribbon replaced with a headband.
    • Several of the Nyotalia girls also wear something in their hair: Japan has a yellow chrysanthemum or pink sakura flower, America wears star-shaped barrettes, England has X-shaped pins, Canada wears maple leaf-shaped barrettes and ties her pigtails with white ribbons, Austria has round purple pins, Romano wears a headband much like Belgium's except it is pink, Spain has some kind of flower, and Korea has a red or pink bow tied around her braid.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • A subversion occurs in the manga. Sakaki thinks Chiyo looks awfully cute in a plaid bow she wears once. She desperately wants to be cute herself, but when she does an Imagine Spot about what this would look like, she realizes her fierce aura is too overpowering.
    • In the anime, when Chiyo says that her present for her 10th birthday was ribbons, Sakaki imagines Chiyo in ribbons (and a pink dress) and has her usual reaction to cute things. She also imagines herself in ribbons, to the effect described above.
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: At least once, almost every female, regardless of age, (and in certain moments, regardless of actual gender) wear some kind of hair dec, be it clips, ribbons, scrunchie, or barrette.
  • Ryuu of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! has a white headband to hold a rather long fringe back. Noting the tongue-in-cheek nature of the show, his sexuality isn't supposed to be questioned... but the fans will run with it, anyway.
  • Beyblade:
    • Mariah/Mao wears a pink hair ribbon which is tied in a way that makes it resemble cat-ears.
    • Another example is Ray, who wraps his near ankle length hair in a white cloth, making it resemble a tiger tail.
  • The titular Birdy Cephon Altera of Birdy the Mighty can be seen wearing either a hairband (the original manga and OVA) or a finned headset (the remake manga and Decode).
  • Finnian ("Finny") of Black Butler is a rare example of a male character wearing small barrette-type things in his hair. It seems to highlight his innocence, or something like that. Before you start mocking his looks, just remember he can lift and throw a 15-foot-tall marble statue several hundred feet straight up.
  • Bleach:
    • Orihime has two blue flower shaped hairclips that were a gift from her dead brother Sora. They later become a sort-of Empathic Weapon of hers. Ichigo's little sister Yuzu also wears barettes.
    • Miyako Shiba used to tie her hair with a black ribbon.
    • A rare male example features: Byakuya. Though you'd have to be suicidal (or Kenpachi) to question his fashion sense. (It's a Justified Trope in his case: these specific hair decs are a treasure of the Kuchiki family and Byakuya must use them as the leader of the clan.)
    • Some female Arrancars have either this, or Hollow masks that look like hair decs. I.e: Cirucci Thunderwitch or the girls from Harribel's fraccion
    • Post time-skip Yachiru now wears a skull and crossbones in her hair.
  • In Blue Exorcist, Rin gets a clip from Ryuji so that the former's fringe doesn't get in the way. This doesn't serve much purpose except to prove that Ryuji is a better friend to Rin than he thinks he is.
  • Almost all the girls in Candy Candy wear something in her hair. The eponymous Candy has her iconic twin red bows, Annie wears a hairbow, Eliza and Susanna prefer big bows on the back of their heads, Louisa uses blue bows, etc. Pretty much the only girls who didn't put hair decs were Patty (she uses a short bob) and Frannie (too practical to be concerned with her appearance). It becomes very important when Candy is framed by Neil and Eliza for trying to hurt Annie: Annie can't testify in her favor, but she manages to leave one of her hair ribbons to silently tell Candy that she believes in her innocence.
  • In Brave10, Isanami sports a jade headpiece that, while cute, is clearly more than for looks. It's name is the Kushimitama, and was given to Isanami by the head priest for protecting. Turns out it protects the world from her Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Bungou Stray Dogs:
    • Yosano's butterfly hair clip.
    • Kyouka and Alcott's headbands.
    • Elise's bow.
    • Tanizaki's hair clips.
    • Kouyou, Golden Demon, and Demon Snow all wear their hair in buns fastened by long pins.
    • Lucy wears a Flower in Her Hair.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura and Tomoyo (see the picture).
    • In one episode, Toya gives The Mirror card disguised as Sakura ribbons for her long hair, since even though Sakura had short hair, he could see through the disguise. The ribbons then appear on the card's artwork.
  • All the main characters from A Certain Scientific Railgun have some kind of hair decoration. But Uiharu Kazari definitely tops them all—she basically wears a bouquet for a hairband. (Her younger self apparently only wore a flower or two, but it's grown since then.)
  • Chibi Maruko-chan: When Maruko dresses up, she will often wear a ribbon tied into a bow in her hair.
  • In Cyborg 009, sole female cyborg Francoise aka 003 wears a red headband. he 2001 series shows her wearing it before she was kidnapped and forcibly cyborg-ized.
  • May Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist ties her Odango Hair with white bands and wears two white beads at the end of each of her Braids of Action.
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions:
    • Shinka has a prominent hairclip at the front
    • Rikka has a yellow ribbon on the side of her head.
    • Taken to the ridiculous extreme with Sanae Dekomori who has small weighted bags tied to her Rapunzel length Twintails, as a form of improvised bolas.that, up until now, have only worked on herself.
  • Code Geass has them on Shirley several times, out of uniform.
    • Male example: Lelouch wears a flower in his hair in one official art.
    • In Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, everyone has them in their caravan costumes, regardless of gender. Akito has a piece around his braid with jewels on it, and Leila has different jewelry around her egg-shaped buns.
    • Akito's brother Shin wears different sorts of things on his ponytail - usually a long, purple string tied into a bow. Out of uniform, he wears a large ribbon bow, like Baroque gentlemen would wear.
  • Date A Live: While almost every non-adult girl has some sort of hair decoration, Kotori has two sets for her red TwinTails. And her personality changes depending on the color. Black for the tough Commander, White for Shido's cute little sister.
  • Sayuri from DAYS has a single small braid with a bow on it.
  • Marcille from Delicious in Dungeon braids her hair and ties it up with a red bow.
  • Lala the demon girl from Devilman wears a pink butterfly bow in her hair.
  • Not even Katsuhiro Otomo is immune—Etsuko, the little girl who is the protagonist of Domu, hold back her curly hair with two clips, reminding the audience that she's only a child but one that can save them.
  • Akina of Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san! is always seen wearing a heart-shaped hair clip on the right side of her face.
  • Eureka, from Eureka Seven, always wears a hairclip on her at the beginning of the series until an accidental almost-fusion with the Scub coral causes her to lose them along with most of her hair. Renton gives her a new barrette with a flower on it at the end of the series.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Tohru is fond of wearing ribbons in her hair, as is Motoko. Kagura also wears them occasionally.
    • Male example of sorts: Ritsu. Though he DOES dress up as a girl. The two or three times we see him in male clothes, he ties his hair with a smaller ribbon.
  • Fushigi Yuugi
    • Miaka from the original series always has hair decs in any appearance with her Odango, but she usually uses pink ribbons, which play an important role in the manga.
    • In the Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden prequel, Takiko tends to wear a sole big bow ribbon.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula: Asuka wears a hairband in the earlier series, and in the later series Satsuki wears a bow on her side ponytail.
  • Up to Eleven with Miki Noda of GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class wears different hair decs every episode. At least.
  • The protagonist of Gunslinger Girl, Henrietta, normally wears a black headband.
  • Hamtaro: Laura Haruna with her 2 yellow hair clips.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Haruhi's yellow or orange ribbon. She used to change hair decs daily (as well as wearing her hair loose on Monday, and adding one tail/bun/braid/whatever for each subsequent day of the week) until Kyon remarked on it; the next day, she came to school with the yellow ribbon and much shorter hair, a look she's kept from then on. It's hinted that such was the hairstyle she used when she really met Kyon... three years ago. Haruhi's ribbon is a notable sticking point for the gender swapped version of the show—some artists make it into a Hachimaki like headband or a pair of headphones, while others just leave it as is, with the Hand Wave that he is eccentric.
    • Kyon's sister also has some.
    • Yasumi's smiley-face hairpin may be the strangest hair decoration in the series yet.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: While not her cuteness, definitely her femininity, Hinagiku's hair clip. Also shows her devotion to her parents.
    • Nagi's twin-tails also are a form of cuteness, to the point that she's been threatened twice because of them, and Saki looks decidedly unnerved when she's forced to take her place.
    • Athena uses both Ojou Ringlets and a black ribbon on her hair.
    • Izumi and Fumi use hair decorations to point out their cuteness, as well as their air-headedness.
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim: Amu always wore a light-yellow ribbon. Nei Mo Han in her first appearances sported a red hair band that just screamed '80s Hair!
  • Hidamari Sketch: Yuno's own X-shaped hair clips are her defining physical characteristics, often serving to symbolize her in the anime. Miyako was surprised to find out that they aren't hereditary. One time, when they went to the pool, Yuno wore a bathing cap, but when Sae removed it, she went back to get her clips. And at the bathhouse, when she removed them to wash her hair, Miyako put them on and got Yuno to look at her newly-X'd hair.
    • Nazuna's hairbeads, which apparently jingle.
  • Himechan No Ribon: Himeko does get a ribbon and looks cuter while wearing it.
  • Old-school manga heroine Honey Honey wears an enormous pink bow on her head.
  • Kaoru from I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying wears a simple red clip in the front.
  • Many characters, mostly male, wear them in K official art, mostly as a few clips in their bangs.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Fujiwara has a "super black" bow that seeming sticks to the front of her hair without any visible form of support. It's such an integral part of her character design (to the point that she keeps in on while wearing a bald cap) that fans have been known to joke that it's some sort of parasitic organism or Soul Jar. Her older and younger sister also have their own accessories (Toyomi having a flower clip at the end of her side plait and Moeha having a pair of bows to hold up her pigtails)
    • Kaguya wears a red ribbon to hold up her hair and serve as a visual representation of her status as a Defrosting Ice Queen. When Kaguya (Ice) takes control during the post-culture festival arc, she removes it.
    • Kashiwagi wears a red hair clip on the left side of her head, identical to the one that her best friend Maki wore back in their freshman year.
    • Hayasaka has a blue scrunchie to hold up her side tail.
  • Tiff/Fumu from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
  • Little Witch Academia:
    • Lotte wears a purple headband.
    • Constanze wears a big, red ribbon on the back of her head.
    • Jasminka Wears light red bows at the end of her pigtails.
    • Ursula wears a light brown band at the end of her Motherly Side Plait.
    • Hannah wears a yellow ribbon to hold up her hair.
  • Lucky Star has Kagami and Tsukasa with ribbons and a bow, respectively.
  • Mazinger Z: Sayaka Yumi always wore a pink headband. It was pretty iconic.
  • In Nanaka 6/17, Nanaka wears a side ponytail with a double-orb elastic after a head trauma causes her to think she's 6 years old again.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Nanoha and Fate trade ribbons at the end of season 1. It's quite cute.
    • Hayate and Reinforce II also have matching ribbons around one lock of hair at the left temple. It's also worth mentioning that Reinforce II was literally born wearing it.
    • Hayate keeps her ribbon into her mid-20s. Seeing as how she's one of the most powerful mages in history, half ancient-artifact-superweapon, and leader of her own specialist team of tell her she can't wear it at that age.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Asuna wears a pair of bells on her Girlish Pigtails. Especially in the flashbacks.
    • Setsuna uses a hair tie to achieve her distinctive half-bangs side-tail look.
    • Chao wore Odango, while Ku Fei uses... something, to achieve spiky twin-tails. Also, Kaede Nagase, Yue Ayase, Satomi Hakase, and the Narutaki twins.
    • Although not a girl, Negi has his hair bound with a ponytail. He seems to have have abandoned this in his later appearances though. The ponytail magically comes back when he's not in Raiten Taisou mode.
  • In MÄR, Princess Snow almost always wears her iconic oversized pink bow on her head. If she isn't... there's something wrong. It's also helpful in distinguishing Snow from Koyuki, as it's eventually revealed Snow is a copy of Koyuki, who ends up merging her soul back into her at the very end.
  • Yumi and Touko from Maria-sama ga Miteru both tie their Girlish Pigtails up with ribbons. Notably, they both have them in a number of different colors and patterns and swap them out daily.
  • Maris the Chojo, a.k.a. The Supergal, a Supergirl Expy created by Rumiko Takahashi, wore a barrette shaped like the Japanese symbol for Yen, reflecting Maris' obsession with getting rich.
  • Minami-ke: Part of what makes Mako-chan such a cute girl is the hair clip in "her" hair. Proof that this trope is not limited to actual girls.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Lacus Clyne has her distinctive barrette. In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Meer Campbell has her star-shaped barrette.
  • Nabari no Ou: Raimei ties her hair up with ribbons, and Juuji wears a distinctive hair clip shaped like a shuriken. Raikou wears protective charms, ribbons, and at one point a hair bauble with hearts on it in his hair...though it's not like his sexuality wasn't already under question anyways.
  • Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion always wears her "A-10 clips", a headset that's part of the Unusual User Interface for the titular Evangelions, even when she is out of uniform. This is symbolic of just how passionate she is about her career as an Evangelion pilot, and—tragically—how little life she really has outside of it.
  • Naruto has Sakura, who wears the Konoha headband like a ribbon (and had a ribbon prior to becoming a ninja), and Ino, who exhibits a little hair slide in Shippuuden.
  • Mio from Nichijou has a pair of wooden cubes that she wears in her pigtails, which manage to stay in place despite lacking any visible form of support. They may or may not be superweapons of the Fey kingdom.
  • Ojamajo Doremi: Doremi Harukaze has a music note pin in one of her odango, but it's Hana-chan who shines in this trope from the time she's introduced. Even when her magical crystal scrunchies shatter in Dokkan, Hana has a new pair that has wing-shaped decs (she even puts a spare on Pao-chan... a male, mind you).
  • Ichigo Otohime and Morei Nekomata of Omujo! Omutsu Joshi wear hair clips in their hair corresponding to their names. Strawberries for Ichigo, and cats, two with differing expressions, for Miss Nekomata. Ichigo's are distinctive enough that the male lead, Shouta, realizes she's the one being described by someone as soon as strawberry hair clips are mentioned.
  • Also shows up in Oniisama e.... Tomoko wears a bow on her Tomboyish Ponytail, Aya has barrettes, Junko has two red ribbons, Fukiko wears a headband (and used to wear a hairbow in her youth), Miyuki uses double-orb pins and "Lady Vampanella" Hoshino wears a red bow. Normally Nanako doesn't wear anything in her hair since it's rather short, but when She Cleans Up Nicely she tends to put on twin ribbons.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
    • Renge has a giant bow on her head that makes her stand out from the rest of the girls, though it doesn't really make her cuter, just more Renge.
    • A few times in the manga, the twins wear hairpins in their hair to pull their bangs back.
  • Koboshi from Pita-Ten wears cat ear hair decorations.
    • Misha also has some cute bunny-shaped decs.
  • Pokémon: Misty's ponytail holder has baubles; Dawn not only wears a hat, but also sports three yellow triangular hair clips. And if these two let their hair grow for the next ten years then up the size of their apparel by an order of magnitude they may hope to compete with the hair dec Power Level of Sinnoh champion, Cynthia.
  • Prétear is one of the only series that gets away with having a distinctly heterosexual male character wearing a dec, though it manifests in the shape of a large, tube-shaped bead and clasps around his ponytail in back. Later, it is revealed that every Leafe Knight possesses one of these "communicator beads" to some varying degree of size and placement.
  • This trope is one of the reasons some viewers was convinced that 'Pidge' of 'Voltron Force' the dub of GoLion was really a girl, the other being 'his' friendship with the space mice.
  • Of all the characters in the Pretty Cure franchise, there's only one character who doesn't have any hair decorations as a normal person or as a Cure: Nagisa Misumi/Cure Black.
  • The Prince of Tennis: Sakuno wears flower-shaped hair clips, while An bounces from either heart-shaped or simple blue barrettes. Tomoka ties her pigtails with double-orb pins when not in school, and so does Narumi Iijyuin in the anime. An's hairpins become Chekhovs Guns in the anime-only Senbatsu arc: when she suddenly switches from her blue barrettes to the heart-shaped ones without reason, Ryoma deduces that she somehow lost them... then he finds the lost clips on the floor and discovers her link to a recent and very serious incident...
  • Project A-ko: C-ko wears daisy barrettes in her hair, which goes with her ditziness and immaturity.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Madoka Kaname spends her time in the morning choosing which ribbon she's going to wear on her hair to make herself attractive. Her friends even lampshade it. It later becomes Homura's Tragic Keepsake.
    • Mami Tomoe has a flower hairpin in her hair. It's the form her Soul Gem takes when she's transformed, and was the first thing to get crushed when Charlotte ate her alive.
    • In The Movie, Sayaka Miki has a fortissimo note-shaped hairpin when she's in magical girl form.
    • Of a less spoilery form, all the other Magical Girls have this. Homura has a hair band, Sayaka has a few hair clips, and Kyoko has a ponytail ribbon.
      • This seems to be a series tradition by now, with nearly any new magical girl possessing Hair Decorations, a Nice Hat, or both. Nagisa of Rebellion wears hair bobbles in her civilian guise, as does Yuma of Oriko. The titular character of the same series wears a sidetail in a scrunchie, and her bodyguard wears two hair clips similar to Sayaka. Kazumi mostly went for the hat option, but it still managed to cram in Yuuri's... unusual ties for her Mega Twintails and the Soujus's ponytail tie. Puella Magi Suzune Magica continues the tradition. Reportedly, this was also why Sayaka gains her now-ubiquitous fortissimo hairpin for her uniform in the Compilation Movie; Ume Aoki felt she looked a bit lacking next to the other four.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Ukyo wears a big white ribbon in her hair tied with a bow on the side, and sometimes uses a matching ribbon to tie back her sleeves. Both are traditional signs of her trade as a small restaurateur.
    • When She Cleans Up Nicely, Akane tends to add ribbons to her looks.
    • Shampoo wears Odango, which are practically the uniform of the Anime Chinese Girl, and spices them up with cute ornaments.
    • OVA character Natsume somehow wears the 15 foot ribbon she uses for her part of hiryu carimbou attack she shares with her older sister as a hair bow
  • Kurumu from Rosario + Vampire is almost never seen without her frilly tiara.
  • All of the Rozen Maiden dolls.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Kaoru has her hair ribbons. By the end of the manga she stops wearing them and has a more mature look upon becoming a mother.
    • In one omake a rescued girl tie Kenshin's hair with a bow, and a lady passing by says it suits him.
  • Common in Sakura Trick. Haruka's kerchief is the most noticeable, but Yuzu and Kotone are the only major characters without any.
  • Sailor Moon:
  • Kafuka of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei almost always wears a distinctive yellow ribbon in her hair. It's been noted that without their hair styles, most of the girls would look practically identical. In Kafuka's case, it's more like Every Girl Is Scarier With Hair Decs.
  • Serial Experiments Lain: A side-tail tied with an X-shaped knot is Lain Iwakura's probably most prominent feature.
  • Soul Eater Evans subverts the stuffing out of this trope by regularly wearing a girls' headband... and rocking the look.
  • Chika of Strawberry Marshmallow.
  • The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone of the Mysterious Island: Flone wears an exotic flower.
  • Almost everyone from Shugo Chara! with a Guardian Character has a hair decoration which transforms to show a character change. Amu Hinamori, for example, wears an X-shaped barrette which changes to match whatever Guardian she's using. The boys of the series are not immune.
  • Various Tenchi Muyo! girls get in on this. Most memorable is Sasami, with her pigtails and orb thingies.
  • Tweeny Witches:
    • Arusu wears a red barrette with a circular tip on the right side of her head and two yellow simple barrettes on the left side of her head.
    • Eva wears brown bands at the end of her Girlish Pigtails.
    • When she fought Wizard Kingdom alongside the wizards to retrieve the True Book of Spells, Atelia wore a pink black-trimmed band at the end of her hair. By the time the wizards retrieved the True Book of Spells, she replaced it with a red gold-trimmed band.
    • Credelle wears two blue black-trimmed bands at the end of her low pigtails.
    • Melissa wears brown hair ties at the end of her Girlish Pigtails.
    • Yoko wears a yellow band at the end of her Motherly Side Plait.
  • Speaking about X-shaped decorations, in Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho the main heroine wears a pair of them. For some reason, they are light enough to fly in the wind.
  • Wandering Son:
    • Nitori sometimes wears hair decorations when out as a girl. She usually wears a hair pin or headband when not wearing a wig. In fact the first article of female attire she owned was a headband.
    • Mako usually wears a headband when going out as a girl.
  • Yakitate!! Japan: Azuma's signature hair band (another male example).
  • Yo-Kai Watch: Katie wears a pink bow in her Tomboyish Ponytail. This is to show she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Yotsuba&!:
    • Yotsuba is cute enough normally, but when she adds bunny hair ties to her pigtails while dressing up for a festival, the moe is turned Up to Eleven.
    • Torako doesn't normally wear hair decorations, but after she teaches Yotsuba how to tie a "butterfly knot", Yotsuba ties one into her hair. When her friend, Asagi, comes home:
    Asagi: Oh, how cute.
  • Your Lie in April: Kaori wears a flower hairpin as part of her performance outfit.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! (the manga and the first anime), Miho has her hair tied back with a ribbon. In the manga, she is nicknamed "Ribbon" because of it.
  • Yanagi Takayama, from Glasslip, is usually seen wearing a dark red or pale yellow bow in her hair.

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  • Unshaved Mouse: His wife looks just like the titular character, except for her bow. His brother is similar, except he wears an eye patch.

    Comic Books 
  • Ghost girl Talia of Brody's Ghost wears several hairclips, including one with a skull and one with a heart.
  • The Reboot version of Legion of Super-Heroes' Shrinking Violet wore a headband with a violet in it. Kinetix wore one with a Legion logo.
  • Mary Jane from Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies comics wears a red or black bow.
  • Dorothy Gale wears a large hair bow in Marvel's Oz graphic novels. Princess Ozma wears her usual flowers and diadem ensemble.
  • Spider-Man: Gwen Stacy's headband.
  • Supergirl:
    • Pre-Crisis Kara used to wear a white or red hair-band in the seventies as seen in Demon Spawn and other Supergirl stories. Later she wore white barrettes.
    • Kara's iconic -and infamous- 80's costume includes a red headband. She was in her middle twenties when she started wearing it.
  • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders: Solara wears a strange facinator that looks like a bunch of buildings carved from pink glass or plastic. Star Lily wears a tiered metal cover over her ponytail tie in addition to flowers in her hair.
  • As of Young Justice (2019) Wonder Girl Cassandra Sandsmark wears a black hairband. Her prior incarnation occasionally wore a red one, but was best known for wearing a set of goggles like a headband.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Sadness Runs Through Him COMPLETE Snowtuft Warriors AU Map, Snowtuft puts a new bird feather behind his ear everytime something monumental happens in his life.
  • The one-off character Maria, from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, is said to wear a pink headband.
  • Higher Learning: Asuka's iconic red hair clips are actually a plot point. When Shinji sank inside Leliel Asuka was scared, upset, angry and she did not know what to do. Not knowing who else talk to, she visited her teacher Kaoru seeking counsel and reassurance. She dropped her hair clips during her visit and Kaoru threw them away when he found them. A while later Kaji found them in his trash, thought wrongly he had hurt her or taken advantage of her and almost shot him.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka's relationship to with her two iconic neural hair-clips is examined at several points. She ponders that they used to be a mark of pride, but after everything what she has gone through, she doesn't know if she should be sad or happy when she wears them. Notably, she throws them in the trash when she is wracked with guilt after the incident with Unit-08, taking to temporarily use red rubber bands to set her hair instead.
  • Nobody Dies: For the first fifteen chapters, Asuka's hair is down completely, due to her mother pulling her from the Evangelion Project. Instead, her older brother Uriel wears the hair clips, like Canon!Asuka. During a spa day with Mari in chapter 16, she gains a pair of non-functional hair clips as a finishing touch, mainly a gambit by Mari to get Shinji's attention. It worked. She kept these non-functional clips for off-duty times, even after becoming Unit-02's pilot.
  • The One I Love Is: Asuka always wore her iconic red hair clips. After she went missing, Shinji wore them for a while.
  • Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy:
    • Chiara and her daisy hairclip.
    • In some original sketches Chloe had a pink-red-ish butterfly hairpin.
  • In Sugar Plums Ume wears a plectra (an ornate Asian stringed instrument pic) in a high set bun in her hair. Kiriko despite being three years older wears a cloth hairband with three cloth flowers on it, both of these items are things the two of them exchanged at gifts at a years end celebration.

    Films — Animation 
  • This is popular with the Disney Princesses. In chronological order:
    • Snow White wears blue and red headbands each with a bow on top.
    • Cinderella has a white headband with a bow on it, a silver headband, and a white crown.
    • Aurora has a black headband and tiara.
    • Ariel has a white pearl barrette, large blue bow tied into a ribbon, and tiara.
    • Belle from Beauty and the Beast has a blue ribbon and gold band
    • Jasmine from Aladdin has blue, purple and gold crowns with bands tying her hair.
    • Tiana from The Princess and the Frog has a white feather and silver, green, and gold tiaras.
    • Rapunzel has a few scenes where she wears flowers all over her carefully multi-braided Rapunzel Hair. She also owns a tiara.
    • After Elsa creates her signature blue dress in Frozen, she makes a couple snowflake decorations in her hair.
    • Anna wears a ribbon in her hair with her Coronation Day dress. She also wears ribbons and a sunflower in "Frozen Fever" and a festive piece that looks like leaves and cranberries with her Happy Holidays Dress in "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland is not a princess but wears the classic "Alice band' from the Tenniel illustrations.
  • Jane from The Book of Life, wears heart-shaped hairclips that have an arrow "piercing" them.
  • Coraline has a dragonfly.
  • Violet from The Incredibles starts to wear a headband in the middle of the first film.
  • In Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki wears a rather impressive red bow. It's a direct reference to the illustrations in the original book, where it's her most distinguishing feature.
  • Fifi, the main antagonist from the direct to DVD sequel of Open Season, "Open Season 2". Despite wearing a cute blue bow on his fluffy head, Fifi is a neurotic and slightly unhinged poodle who didn't intend to let Weenie go back to the wild with Boog and Eliot without a fight. Also he's a male.
  • Chihiro in Spirited Away has a small band to tie back her hair. Later, she replaces it with a sparkly one that Zeniba says will protect her because her friends made it for her. After leaving the spirits' world at the end, a quick sparkle shows the audience that it wasn't all just a dream.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Vanellope von Schweetz takes it Up to Eleven; she seems to have stuck roughly 40 small pieces of candy, including a peppermint disk and a gummy bear, onto her own hair. (Though Ralph says she has "dirty hair"; maybe that's what dirty hair looks like in a world where everything, including the dirt, is made of candy.) Her ponytail is tied with a licorice stick.
    • Some of the other Sugar Rush racers have candy in their hair too, though not to Vanellope's extent. Minty Zaki has a large candy wrapper tied in a bow, Snowanna Rainbeau has a spoon in her sherbet-looking Funny Afro where a hair comb would stereotypically be, and for a male example, Rancis Fluggerbutter has a peanut butter cup on the side of his head. Most notably, Candlehead has an actual lit candle on top of her head.

    Films — Live Action 

  • Children's book heroines are often associated with specific hair decorations thanks to their original illustrators:
    • Alice in Wonderland: Alice Pleasance Liddell, who thanks to the Tenniel illustrations for Through the Looking-Glass (and a little help from Disney) is famously associated with the Alice band.
    • Kiki from Kikis Delivery Service is associated with a a large, floppy bow thanks to the original Akiko Hayashi illustrations. This was a Call-Back to many classic children's book illustrations from the Edwardian era through the Roaring Twenties.
    • Princess Ozma of the Land of Oz books is usually depicted with two large poppy flowers in her hair thanks to the original John R Neil illustrations. She's also frequently depicted wearing an elaborate golden diadem marked "OZ" but that's a different trope.
  • Jerin of A Brother's Price chooses to include a blue ribbon in his braid. When he goes to court and the royal hairdressers get a turn with him, they braid beads, tiny flowers, and ribbons into it.
  • In the Charlie and Lola books and the associated television series, Lola wears blue butterfly decorations in her hair.
  • The main protagonist of Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice trilogy, a mouse girl named Audrey, always wears a pink ribbon in her hair. She ties it in such a way that "the top of her head look[s] as if it [is] sprouting".
  • Discworld:
  • In the web-novel Domina, Akane has a number of beads hanging from her ponytail. The significance of this has yet to be addressed.
  • In The Goblin Emperor, at the elven court, both sexes wear lots of hair decoration, mostly in the form of sticks, combs and jewels.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge is frequently described as wearing Alice bands and other hair ornaments not at all suited to a woman of her age. It's part of her sickly-sweet projection.
  • In Rachel Griffin, Rachel wears a black and white polka-dot hairbow. At one point, while looking at another character's memories, can only recognize herself by seeing it.

    Live Action TV 
  • On Beakman's World, all of the assistants' hair is riddled with adornments. Beakman even took a rubber band needed for an experiment right from Josie's hair once. This is a holdover from its source material, the Newspaper Comic You Can with Beakman and Jax, where the latter has a bunch of jacks stuck in her hair.
  • On Cheers, Woody Boyd's girlfriend wore a plain-colored headband that emphasized her youth and innocence in every sense of the term.
  • And you can't go without mentioning Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. That woman's hair is like a Christmas tree. Quite possibly a nod to her youthful optimism and general eccentricity.
  • At the end of the Swedish TV series Dårfinkar & dönickar, the 12-year-old main character, who's been going around dressed as a boy, reveals herself as female. In both the girly outfits we see her wearing, she has a matching bow in her hair.
  • In Doctor Who, Zoe always wears an Alice band. Miss Kelly in The Seeds Of Death goes one better, with something resembling a coffee cup attached to her ponytail.
  • Quinn Fabray on Glee seems to have a fondness for wearing cute clips and headbands along with her sundresses, contributing to her Seemingly-Wholesome '50s Girl look.
    • Rachel also has a fondness for headbands. She even wrote a song called "My Headband". It wasn't very good.
  • Plot point in GoGo Sentai Boukenger—Natsuki usually wears her hair in twin tails. But when her true identity as the last princess of Lemuria is revealed, she loses the yellow bands that hold them, and turns against the team. Once she gets her memory back and returns to normal, she starts wearing the twin tails again.
  • Blair on Gossip Girl was known for her headbands during the first two seasons, and it was even lampshaded by Serena, who ripped off one during a fight once, and Dan.
  • Would Philip from Kamen Rider Double count? He uses binder clips and bulldog clips.
  • Lizzie Mcguire
  • Guinevere from Merlin often wears flowers in her hair.
  • On the Korean dorama My Princess plucky heroine Lee Seoul always has an awesome hair clip, headband, or barrette.
  • Marian from Robin Hood often wore a curved hair pin...she used it as a dagger on a couple of occasions.
  • Emily from Skins is never without a tiny adorable bow in her hair throughout S3 (precisely co-ordinated with the rest of her outfit, including her knickers at one point when she goes skinny-dipping), except when she's pretending to be her twin sister Katie (at which point she combines their two signature styles with a giant, garish leopard-print bow).
  • Vala Mal Doran on Stargate SG-1 tended to wear her hair in a pair of tails, or at least had sparkly clips or a tiara. Compared with actress Claudia Black's neat little braid as Aeryn Sun in Farscape, the difference is impressive. It should be noted, however, that this does not make her any more innocent.
  • On Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Sarah relates a story from her youth of frequently going to a drugstore with a friend from a slightly richer family with a single dollar to buy hair clips, barrettes and other bits of pretty for the friend's long hair.
Callie, the ghost girl from the Supernatural episode "Bedtime Stories" has a bright red headband in her hair, contrasting against her Raven Hair and Ivory Skin.
  • Elizabeth from That's Just Me always wore her long hair in ponytails, pigtails, rope braids, braids, buns, ondangos...and she never forgot her headbands! Later episodes have her with short hair, so now she wears pretty headbands and barrettes to keep her bangs out of her face.
  • The Thundermans: Nora can be seen wearing hairbows in every episode.

  • Melanie Martinez's character Cry Baby from the self-titled Concept Album perpetually wears a giant bow on her head. It goes with the Subverted Innocence of the album and the retro look of the characters.
  • All Vocaloid characters wear some very cool headphones as part of their design, and many have their own signature hair decorations:
    • Rin has her signature ribbon that is almost always on her head
    • Miku uses two square hair bands to hold her twin tails. Neru uses one as well for her side pony.
    • Haku has a big black and purple Hairbow in her Ponytail
    • Kaai Yuki has two adorable red ball hairbands.

  • In Capcom's unreleased Kingpin, Trixie, the Moll of the mob boss, wears a red bow and three pink features in her hair as part of her Flapper ensemble.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Rachel Summerlyn's excellent tag team partner Jessica James is known for tying all sorts of things into her hair, such as strings with neo colored feathers attached.


    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Blathers's little sister Celeste wears a big pink bow. (Though these would be feather decs instead of hair decs...)
    • The protagonist can also wear hair decs starting with Wild World.
  • Tooty from Banjo-Kazooie has her hair in pig-tails.
  • Coco Bandicoot from the Crash Bandicoot series wears a ribbon or a flower in her hair depending on the game.
  • Many girls in the Dept. Heaven games—particularly the girls of Riviera: The Promised Land. Each of them has a hair decoration of some sort; even Malice offers a hairband as an item drop once.
  • EarthBound:
    • Paula wears a large red ribbon in her hair. She can also equip a range of ribbon accessories.
    • The Mr. Saturns wear ribbons as well, although it's impossible to tell which ones are female and which aren't.
  • End Roll: Gardenia lost one of her hair ornaments in Dozing Forest, so Russell spends his first day in the town searching for it with Tabasa.
  • Ensemble Stars!: Apart from individual cards, many of which feature unique hair decorations, some characters consistently wear hair decorations:
    • Hinata and Yuuta can be partly identified by whether the hair clips they wear are pink or blue respectively, and very much fit the young Genki Boy trope
    • Souma uses a simple paper tie for his Samurai Ponytail
    • Mao ties his fringe back with a clip which the characters acknowledge gives him the look of being unreliable (as male characters with hairstyles like this are typically the energetic idiot type) when he is actually The Reliable One.
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has Trip use a robotic dragonfly as a hair decoration. When resting, it stays perched tucked behind her ear, and its wings look like feathers.
  • Eternal Sonata: March and Salsa have their bunny ear decorations.
  • Headbands and other headgear show up now and then in the Final Fantasy games. The most important decorations, however, don't usually show up on the character models: Those ubiquitous little Ribbons that confer immunity to Standard Status Effects (and quite a few non-standards, as well).
    • All three girls in Final Fantasy VII wear noticeable hair decorations, both in-game and in character art. Aerith's is of particular importance: her red ribbon holds the White Materia, needed for Holy.
    • Ritz from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance has a hairpin while the sequel's female protagonist Adelle has a bow.
    • Rikku's hairstylings from FFX-2. Beads and headband and braids galore! Yuna has her fair share of hair doo-dads, but Rikku's take the cake.
    • Lulu also gets in on it: she has four decorative pins, each unique and with varying levels of decoration themselves, to hold her plaits in a bun on top of her head.
    • Serah Farron, of Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 wears a pink or black jeweled hair tie to hold up her side ponytail.
    • Yoshitaka Amano laughs at the idea that this trope is Always Female:
      • Final Fantasy IV protagonist Cecil's design in Dissidia Final Fantasy, true to his Amano origins, has a headband and beads in his long, pretty hair. Not only Cecil, but almost every character has some sort of bead in his/her hair, even if they weren't there in Amano's original designs. And if by any chance they don't wear them in their head the beads will be in the character's outfit, this applies to Nomura's designs such as Tidus or Sephiroth
      • Final Fantasy VI has Edgar, with not one but two pretty blue ribbons in his hair.
      • Final Fantasy IX: Do feathers count as hair decs if they're actually growing from Kuja's scalp?
      • Caius Ballad of Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a several accessories—most noticably, his headband, but he also sports plenty of beads and feathers.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem:
      • In any of his incarnations, Prince Marth will wear a golden tiara. Similar to the one worn by Lucina, one of his descendants, as she masqueraded as "Marth"... sorta.
      • While Marth's girlfriend Caeda does not use hair decs, many of the other women in the games do: Cecil (white ribbon), Marisha (double orbs), Maria (yellow band), Minerva (gemmed band), the Pegasus sisters (headbands), Linde (headband and ponytail band), Nyna (gemmed headbands), etc.
    • Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia:
      • A certain golden circlet turns out to be vital to the plot: it belonged to Celica's Missing Mom, Liprica, and it becomes Celica's key to promote from Priestess to Princess.
      • Several other girls wear hair ornaments, too: the Pegasus sisters (again, hairbands), Faye (two red bows tying her Girlish Pigtails), Clair (metallic headband, only in the remake), Delthea (ponytail band), Genny (black band with a purple bow), Rinea (fluffy big flowers), Tatiana (diadem wit two big decorations) etc.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade:
      • Nino has a blue hairband while Ninian wear a sort-of diadem with two big white decs.
      • Don't forget Priscilla's feather clip!
      • The three Pegasus sisters (Florina, Fiora and Farina) wear slim headbands. Also, Rebecca wears a yellow band.
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, there are: Lissa (a sort-of band with button-shaped decs and holes for her Girlish Pigtails), Cordelia (small feather-shaped clips), Sumia (big feather-shaped dec and orbs for her Ojou Ringlets), Olivia (gemmed white and gold headband), Tharja (slim golden tiara), Nowi (slim forehead band), Maribelle (two huge hair ribbons for her Mega Twintails), Noire (slim headband with a feather, apparently a part of the uniform for female Archers), Lucina (golden tiara given to her by any of her prospect mothers which is stolen in the fourth CD drama and prompts the other Children to go search for it). A Build 2!Female Avatar can be given two small hair ribbons, while a Build 1!Female Avatar can wear a slim forehead band... which can also be worn by a Build 2 Male Avatar.
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • Ths Female Avatar has many prospect hairpins and headbands, and official art gives her a black band with a golden brooch.
      • Almost all the women in the army wear hair decs: hairbands, tiaras, bows, veils, ribbons, martial arts headbands, hairpins, combs and assorted ornaments.
      • Fates is also the rare game where several men wear hair ornaments, including the Male Avatar, who can optionally be given a slim forehead band.
      • There's also the Accessory Shop as part of My Castle, where the Avatar can trade jewels and food for various accessories, including hair ones, and then give them to anyone in the army, regardless of gender.
  • Doctor Judith Mossman in Half-Life 2 has a large, plain hair clip on the back of her head.
  • Tess from Jak and Daxter has a pink hairband.
  • Several of the Presents in the Katamari Damacy series act like these. Interestingly, there's no gender boundaries, so you can have the Prince or any of the male Cousins running around in pretty rainbow ribbons.
  • In The King of Fighters, many girls use pins and bows. Yuri has a red band, Athena has a red hairbow with a golden star (and later switches to a white one), Mai wears a traditional pin given to her by her late grandmother, Momoko has a big fat pink bow, Xiangfei has baubles, Kasumi wears a red band with a small plate on the front, Chizuru has a white headband and so does her sister Maki, Rose either wars bows or a small crown. A Rare Male Example also occurs. Ash Crimson and his black headband which Elisabeth keeps when he's ret goned.
  • Ribbon from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards has a bow on her hair.
  • Love Nikki - Dress Up Queen:
    • Nikki's sprite lack of any pins or ribbons, but the "Accesories" include many hats, hairclips, headbands, etc.
    • Nikki's best friend Bobo offers a triple treat — she's got bows, flowers, and barrettes that all match her outfit. This offers a contrast with Nikki's other close friend Kimi, who wears a simple black bow on the back of her head.
    • Queen Nanari has lilies woven into her blond hair, complimenting the flowers that adorn her gown.
    • Many of Nikki's female friendly rivals wear one or another kind of hair decs: Bai Jinjin has black barrettes with golden stars, Aron has purple minibands, Timi has a tiny cat-shaped pin, Toto changes hair decs every time she changes clothes, Annabel has hair bows, etc.
  • Not only do girls in the Luminous Arc series wear various kind of headgear and hair accessories, but you can also buy and equipt some of them with ribbons as armor.
  • Mega Man (Classic): Roll has a simple green ribbon bow in her hair.
  • Neptune and her sister Nepgear from the Neptunia series wear D-Pad-shaped hairclips. Nepgear has only one while her older sister wears two.
  • Lip from Panel de Pon has a blue double-orb hairclip on her ponytail and a big pink bow on top of her head.
  • The Persona series seems to like this trope.
    • The original Persona has Maki's red ribbon and Yuka's green scrunchies.
    • In Persona 3 we have Aigis with her... headband/headphone thingy (though it's because she's a robot), Maiko's scrunchies, and Yuko's hairclips.
    • The female main character in Persona 3 Portable has her XXII hair clips, which are an alternate numbering of the Fool Arcana.
    • In Persona 4 we have Nanako's ribbon hair ties, Yumi's single clip, Hanako's ribbon clips, and Margaret's and Yukiko's headbands.
    • In Persona 5, there's Ann's single clip, Makoto's hairband (which looks like a braid), Hifumi's red three-leaf clover rope knot, and Lavenza's headband with butterfly and rose ornaments. There's also two rare adult examples with Chihaya's headband and Sae's hair clips.
  • Nearly every single human Player Character in the Pokémon video games has a hat, bandana, or some head accessory. The characters from the core series all have them, and even in Pokémon X and Y, where you can customize your outfit, hats are still mandatory. In Pokémon Ranger, the player characters wear red sweatbands on their heads. Guardian signs switches this to goggles. Shadow of Almia doesn't have this for the boy, but the girl has pigtails that are held with visible pink scrunchies. Pokémon Conquest, based on feudal Japan, has these samurai-like head pieces
  • Flora, Professor Layton's adopted daughter, is never seen without her hair tied back in a dark pink ribbon.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Amy Rose wears a headband. Her younger/classic version that was used until Sonic Adventure, despite looking like she wore a headband, actually wore a handkerchief of sorts.
    • Tikal wears a tiara.
    • Blaze wears a hairband.
  • Several characters from the Soul Series (mostly of the "cute girl" variety, such as Cassandra, Talim, Amy, Xianghua, Seung Mina and Tira) wear various hair decs. While not of the "cutie" sort, Taki and Sophitia also wear them, though obviously not to the same effect. Setsuka's hair decorations are the most elaborate in the series, especially in SC III, where her hair is piled up on top of her head in a geisha/oiran style, held in place with various ornamental clips and combs.
  • Super Robot Wars NEO: Sharlie Lunoille uses hair decs.
  • In Super Smash Bros., most Pokémon can be pimped with ribbons, hats, and other head accessories to help tell them apart.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tales of the World: The three Kanonnos all have hairbands and season-appropriate attachments to complement their pink hair: a tulip (spring) for Pasca Kanonno, a coconut tree (summer) for Kanonno Earhart, and a maple leaf (autumn) for Kanonno Grassvalley.
    • Tales of Zestiria has all of the girls in the party wear some sort of hair decoration which include a flower, beads, a headband, and a ribbon.
    • Tales of Xillia has Leia wearing a headband with flowers before switching to a Nice Hat in Tales of Xillia 2 where Elize also gains a pair of ribbons for her pigtails. In both games Jude can get hair decorations as well from his school costume hairstyle that involves using hair clips on one side of his head.
  • A few female characters in Tekken. Regular users of the trope are Alisa Bosconovitch, who has a flower-like ornament (which Lars keeps as a Tragic Keepsake after her unwilling Face–Heel Turn), and both Julia and Michelle Chang, who wear headbands with feathers signaling their Native American heritage. Jun and Angel also have those (a white headband and a tiara respectively), which add a sophisticated effect.
  • Most of the very large cast of Touhou, or at least the ones without nice hats. Some of them go one better and wear both nice hats and hair decorations, like Marisa and Nitori. For some examples:
    • Nitori, Komachi, Kisume and Shinki use double-orb fasteners for their pigtails.
    • Marisa, Sakuya, and Hong Meiling all have ribbons for their braids, as does Orin for her twin braided ponytails.
    • Yukari's long, full-bodied hair is usually managed by tying the ends together with a set of ribbons.
    • Reimu, Cirno and Utsuho have a single, large ribbon centered on the back of their heads.
    • Youmu and PC-98 Alice have a smaller ribbon placed off-center of their head.
    • Suika has a large ribbon and a cube chained to her hair.
    • Mokou and Rumia have paper talismans (Ofuda) tied in their hair. Justified in Mokou's case because it seems these talismans stop her hair from burning because of her own fire spells.
    • Sanae has a Frog hairclip and a Snake decoration thing coiled around her hair. They represent the two goddesses she serves under (Suwako being the frog, and Kanako being the snake).
    • Both Reimu and Sanae wear pairs of hair tubes. It seems to be a miko thing.
    • Hatate has a pair of ribbons for her twin-tails.
    • Seiga's hairpin is notable in that it's actually a "Wall-Removing Chisel" that she can use to pass through walls.
    • Kosuzu wears two bells in her hair for each of her pigtails, relating to how her name means "little bell".
  • In World of Warcraft, female goblins have a few hairstyles with skull decs in their hair. It's pretty damn cute.

    Visual Novels 
  • Maya Fey, a young Spirit Medium from the Ace Attorney series, wears orb-shaped jewels in her hair, which could be considered her trademark, seeing how she doesn't even take them off whenever she changes out of her usual Kimono (in the games, as well as in official artworks, except for a single, rather old, picture, where the orbs are replaced by fluffy ribbons). Also, supporting character Maggey Byrde wears hairclips, which complement her cute face.
    • Kay Faraday from the Investigations spin-off wears a hair stick that's shaped like a giant key. When Edgeworth asks her how she even gets that into her ponytail, her only answer is silence followed by a "No comment."
    • Maya's little cousin, Pearl, has a cute purple hairband as a child. When she gets older, she keeps the hairband but gains a jewel in her hair just like "Mystic Maya".
  • In the Asagao Academy Normal Boots Club the female protagonist, Hana, wears a red bow.
  • In the ef visual novels, every single one of the heroines has some kind of hair dec. Miyako? Great big yellow bows. Kei? Headband. Chihiro? Hair clips. Mizuki? Little hair ribbons. Yuuko? Big fat white bow.
  • Fate/stay night: Rin Tohsaka has a bow for each of her trademark pigtails.
    • Sakura Matou has a single red ribbon that Rin gave her when they were little girls before she was taken away by the Matous, and Saber ties her hair with a blue one.
  • Tsukihime: Most of the major girls have something. Akiha has her hairband, Hisui and Kohaku have a bonnet and a big ribbon respectively. Ren has an even bigger ribbon.
  • Kanon's Ayu is never seen without her hairband; in addition to being a visual identifier, it also functions as an extremely important plot device.
  • Most girls from CLANNAD wear hair ornaments; most notable are the mirrored clips of the Fujibayashi twins, Fuko's purple ribbon and Kotomi's hair baubles.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Satoko wears a headband and Mion wears a yellow ribbon. Subverted with Hanyuu, as in-series some do believe she's wearing hair accessories however she really does have horns.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Beatrice has a rose, Lambdadelta has bows, Ange has baubles and Maria has a headband with a small crown attached to it.
  • Tokimeki Memorial:
    • Many of the girls use different kinds of hair decs. In the first game, main heroine Shiori collects them, so if you give her clips and ribbons you'll get quite the brownie points with her.
    • And in the Girl's Side versions of the games, you get brownie points with your date-guy if you wear his preferred type of (hair) accessory.
  • Yo-Jin-Bo's Hatsuhime keeps her hair tied back with a big red bow.
  • Eien no Aselia gives some ribbons to Lemuria to make her stand out more. She's the most normal looking girl among the cast after Kyouko. It also serves to differentiate her from Lesteena.
  • All of the Little Busters! girls have at least one decoration: Rin has her bell, Komari has two stars and two very long ribbons, Haruka has spherical hair bobbles on her ponytails and two clips on her fringe, Kud has a little bat-shaped clip, Kurugaya has a big yellow bow, and Mio has a pink headband. Of the Ecstasy girls, Sasami has two cat-ear-shaped bows, Kanata also has hair bobbles, and Saya has two large white ribbons. The girls also end up putting a bow in Riki's hair when they drag him into drag.
  • In True Love Junai Monogatari, the Patient Childhood Love Interest Mikae Morikawa uses a simple yellow band.
  • Chiaki Nanami from Super Danganronpa 2 has a hairclip shaped like an 8-bit spaceship, rather fittingly for the Ultimate Gamer.
  • Chigara Ashada from Sunrider has a red bow in her hair, which sometimes acts as Expressive Hair when she feels flustered. It’s not just for show, either—she and Asaga both mention that the bow can be used to shock people like a taser. In the Sunrider Academy spinoff, it’s also used to distinguish her from her twin sister Lynn.
  • The elaborate Art Nouveau-inspired uniforms of Sweet Enchantments include golden hair decorations for all of the women and Zain. Runa and Zain each wear a hair-clip behind an ear, and Zain also wears gold and purple beads in his hair; Emeril has a puffy brown and gold bow to go with her Girlish Pigtails; Liora, the boss, wears a gold circlet with a pale purple flower over one ear. When the heroine starts working in the cafe, she gets a hair clip with a gold rose design to go with her uniform.

    Web Animation 
  • At the start of Bee and Puppycat, Bee wears a bow as part of her work uniform. It's gone when she gets home.
  • Tokyo Magic Star: Sakura wears a pink bow in her hair and Ichigo has a black ribbon.
  • RWBY:
    • Blake Belladonna wears a black bow at all times to hide her Little Bit Beastly cat ears and avoid prejudice because of them.
    • Other hair decorations include Weiss Schnee's snowflake-like hair tie, Penny Polendina's own hair bow, the Malachite Twins and their flower-like hair decs, and Pyrrha Nikos' circlet which is all that is left of her after Cinder murders her.
  • DSBT InsaniT: All of the Clothing Switches have one so far.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • This isn't uncommon to see in a lot of female characters circulating somewhere on the internet, examples include [1] and here
  • Many of the OS-tans have some sort of iconic hair ornament in most of their incarnations. In particular, the "XP"-shaped barrette of XP-tan comes to mind.
  • As of summer 2013 it's become popular on Tumblr to photoshop flower crowns onto people of either gender that you're a fan of. Examples include: the casts of Sherlock, Star Trek, Wendy Davis and the TX Democrats... To name a few.
  • Early Noob webseries episodes and comics show Catherine, Golgotha's player, wearing hair decorations: a bow-shaped barette in Season 2 and a big hairbow in the fifth comic.
  • In her review of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, The Nostalgia Chick wore cute little bows along with her usual pigtails. The fact that the review was heavy on her own brand of Nerd-Rage is probably just a coincidence.
  • The Cat, from That Guy with the Glasses, never appears on camera without her signature headband with cat ears attached.
  • Whateley Universe examples: Geomancer and Generator at Whateley Academy. They're both high school freshmen, although Generator looks like she's about eleven. Geomancer likes ribbons in her hair. Generator likes sparkly hairclips. But they've been weaponized.

    Web Videos 
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Adele Rocherster is a little girl who is into girly things, and often sports a ponytail or plaid, and so she wears various bands, ribbons and headbands. In one episode, it's clear that she and her nanny/tutor Jane were experimenting with hairstyles and hair decoration, and they are both seen wearing very nice headbands in similar style.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Wife: Simone, the manic pixie from the title, is a fan of quirky clothes and she wears various cute Hair Decorations (crocheted decorations, artificial flowers, butterfly hair clips, bands, or sea shells). Once she starts working in an office, she gradually starts wearing plain, corporate clothes and stops decorating her hair. Her husband Chance is afraid she's 'broken'.

    Western Animation 
  • Obligatory Avatar: The Last Airbender example: Toph's headband. Also, to some extent, the clips that hold Katara's hair loopies together.
    • On The Legend of Korra: Korra's hair is normally seen in an encased tri-tail style; Asami always has half of her hair pinned back with a [usually] simple hair clip; and Ikki has her little yellow hair bun thingies.
  • Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes wears a band in her hair for a ponytail, turning her into an adorable little psychopath.
  • Daphne from Scooby-Doo usually wears a headband. Velma has a hair accessory in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated as a part of her redesign.
  • Suzie (simple pink hairband), Mimi (pink hair ribbons) and Nancy (lilac baubles) in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.
  • Diana in Martin Mystery.
  • Lil of Rugrats wears a pink bow in the only lock of hair she has. She occasionally trades it with her brother Phil to pretend to be him—they can still be distinguished from each other, if you look closely, but the only real distinction is that he wears shorts under his duckie smock and hers is a dress. Lil also has longer earlobes in most episodes, and she wears pink shoes in contrasts to Phil's blue pair.
  • Both Rose (a headband) and Haley (bands in her Girlish Pigtails) have hair decorations in season 1 of American Dragon: Jake Long. With the huge art design revamp of season 2, they were removed.
  • Applies to the majority of cute female characters in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. Even Gadget's goggles may count—she certainly doesn't wear them for their practical utility. One of the main differences between her and Lahwhinie is that the latter is wearing a flower in her hair. On the other hand, Gadget is seen wearing the very same flower instead of her goggles in two other episodes.
  • A few Code Lyoko girls and women wear accessories in their hair. Sissi Delmas in Season 1 wore a headband, while in Season 4, she traded it in for a couple of hair clips. Yumi normally wears her hair down during the day, but ties it up during the night. Milly is always wearing pigtails.
  • Jazz in Danny Phantom has a headband. Considering the trope itself describes it as girls wearing it to "look younger", it is an ironic choice that Jazz would wear one when she claims she's "an adult stuck in a teen's body". Learning to embrace her childhood while she still can IS part of her Character Development.
  • On Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Miss Elaina wears a pink hair band and two pink scrunchies, while Chrissie wears a pink hairband with blue and yellow floral decorations and a second pink band to hold her ponytail. Margaret Tiger technically has fur all over her body, but she wears a yellow flower on top of her head by her left ear.
  • On The Fairly OddParents!, Trixie wears a purple headband, while Tootie wears two hairbands to keep her pigtails up.
  • Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls is almost never seen without a colorful headband of some sort, though occasionally she'll wear a bow or a flower instead.
  • Giggles and Petunia from Happy Tree Friends.
  • Hey Arnold!: The reason Helga wears her pink bow is that Arnold told her that he liked it.
  • In Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou, Lou wears a four-leaf clover in her hair, appropriately enough.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Kipo, noticing how Wolf hair blocks her eyes when she does some of her more acrobatic moves, gives her a hair clip to keep it back.
  • Little Audrey herself.
  • My Little Pony:
    • All the Ponies in My Little Pony 'n Friends had a ribbon on their tail. Megan, the Token Human, had a pink bow too, and her little sister Molly had hair baubles.
    • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack's kid sister Apple Bloom wears a big pink ribbon in her hair. Also, Princess Celestia and Luna wear status-appropriate tiaras. Some of the Gala dresses Rarity makes in "Suited For Success" include these; Rainbow Dash's comes with a laurel wreath, Rarity's comes with a tiara, and Fluttershy's includes flowers in her hair.
    • In Rescue at Midnight Castle, Bowtie had two yellow ribbons in her hair, along with her tail ribbon.
  • Pepper Ann wears a blue scrunchie in her hair for her ponytail.
  • On Peter Rabbit, Peter's little sister Cottontail wears a yellow bow on both of her ears.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Isabella wears a pink bow in most of the episodes she appears in.
    • Candace's friend Stacy usually wears a blue ribbon in her hair.
    • Creepy Child Suzy Johnson, the manipulative little sister of Candace's boyfriend Jeremy, wears two blue bows in her hair.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
  • Lillian from Ready Jet Go! wears a big pink bow in her hair.
  • Recess: Spinelli wears red bands (ribbons if the episode calls for it) in her hair for her pigtails, and Gretchen wears pink hair bands in her hair for pigtails, and has worn a pink bow on one occasion.
  • In The Simpsons, baby Maggie wears a powder-blue bow. Lisa sometimes wears a red bow for formal occasions.
  • On 6teen, Caitlin always wears a pink butterfly hair clip. This may possibly be to show that she's supposed to be the biggest girly girl in the group.
  • Molly from TaleSpin.
  • Starlee Hambrath, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward wears a headband, which is itself decked out with two small disks attached at each side, making it look somewhat like a pair of goggles.
  • True from True and the Rainbow Kingdom wears a headband with a red, blue, and yellow bow.

    Real Life 
  • Though she does not wear them often, Mallory Ervin (Miss Kentucky 2009-10) wore flowers in her hair for her official Miss America portrait.
  • Very much Truth in Television in the Victorian Era, according to this post.
    • Ribbons and bows were mainly popular with younger women for daytime; feathers and plumes of all sorts were so popular as evening accessories, especially during the 1890s and 1900s, as to be almost mandatory.
    • Advertisments and illustrations from the Edwardian Era onwards often depicted little girls wearing huge hair bows. This carried over into children's book illustrations right up until the 1920s.
  • Mélanie Laurent's page picture.
  • Varsha Vinod combines this with Badass Adorable.
  • French Pop Idol winner Julien Doré wears one as his trademark. As an walking example of Real Men Wear Pink, he more than gets away with it.
  • Former Dance Moms dancer Jojo Siwa likes wearing bows.

Alternative Title(s): Every Girl Is Cuter With Hair Decs, Hair Decoration, Hair Decs


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