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An easy way to tell if a female character in Japanese media is of high social standing is not to look for the Requisite Royal Regalia, but to look at the front of her head. Specifically, look for two curled locks of hair draping the sides of her face. The rest of the hair may be straight, curly, or anything in-between, but she must have two curls from either the hair directly in front of or directly behind the ear, and falling in front of her shoulders rather than behind, if it is long enough. If she has these, she either is high class or acts like it.

Needless to say, this is common among Ojou. Some Elegant Gothic Lolitas also sport this hairstyle.

Also known as "drill hair", and derived from the Regal Ringlets hairstyle, popular in Roman times. For the distinctly Japanese princess' hairstyle — straight black with level bangs and ear locks — see Hime Cut.

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Please do not list examples unless they have two curls from either the hair directly in front of or directly behind the ear and at least one of the lifestyle or personality characteristics (royalty, Ojou, Elegant Gothic Lolita, Lady of War, or other traits). Having two ringlets only does not qualifies a hairstyle as Ojou Ringlets.

Do not confuse them for the sideburns Orthodox Jewish men wear, called peyot (pronounced "pay-ott") (peyos, pronounced "pay-ohs," if you're Ashkenazi).

A Sub-Trope of Regal Ringlets. Compare Mega Twintails and Quirky Curls.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Ame-Warashi from xxxHOLiC is a high ranking Gothic Lolita fashioned water spirit. She has Mega Twintails and two smaller ringlets in front of her ears.
  • Reika from Aim for the Ace! has multiple large ringlets in the back and two smaller curls in front of her ears, alluding to her Ojou upbringing.
  • Princess Charlotte from Berserk goes through a couple different hairstyles throughout the series, one of which has two thin curls in front of her ears.
  • Rika Shiraki from Bible Black is popular, from a wealthy family, and Student Council President. She sports long straight hair with two ringlets that in front of her ears and shoulders.
  • Binbō-gami ga!: Nadeshiko Adenokouji has a Hime Cut with four ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears. Like the main character, she's another Rich Bitch.
  • Excel Saga:
    • Elgala from the manga has two ringlets in front of her ears. When she first appears, she's actually dirt poor like the rest of the ACROSS girls, but she acts like a wealthy debutante nonetheless.
  • Montmorency in The Familiar of Zero has multiple Victorian ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears. Like most of the main cast in the series, she's a noble.
  • Ayumi Himekawa from Glass Mask has two large ringlets in front of her ears. She is the Privileged Rival of the main character.
  • Ryuuka Jihiyou from Hanaukyō Maid Tai is the next head of the fabulously wealthy and powerful Jihiyou family. She has two ringlets in front of her ears.
  • Athena (or A-Tan) from Hayate the Combat Butler has two ringlets in front of her ears and shoulders, being the main character's rich ex-girlfriend.
  • Miho from Ichinensei ni Nacchattara is the elementary school Rich Bitch and has multiple ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears.
  • B-Ko from Project A-ko is a member of a rich and influential family affecting typical Rich Bitch behavior. She wears her hair in two smaller ringlets in front of her ears.
  • Mami Tomoe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a pair of large corkscrew curls behind her ears. She's the Ojou because of her deceased family's wealth and her own class and uses a more graceful style of Gun Kata.
  • Ymir from Queen's Blade is the daughter of the Dwarf King and has multiple large ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears.
  • Juri Arisugawa from Revolutionary Girl Utena has multiple pairs of ringlets framing her face. She's part of the The Beautiful Elite and implied to be particularly refined even by Ohtori Academy standards. It's implied that she does actually use a curling iron for at least some of it as she's seen on occasion (and in the movie) with her hair straight, though her bangs remain curled even in flashbacks.
  • Hermione from Romeo X Juliet is a young noblewoman in an Arranged Marriage with Romeo. She usually has her ponytail in a ringlet as well but she always has two long ringlets that start in the front of her ears.
  • Hinaichigo from Rozen Maiden has a pair of ringlets in front of her ears. She and the rest of her sisters are lolita fashioned dolls brought to life.
  • Neo Queen Serenity and her daughter, Chibiusa, from Sailor Moon both have thin curls in front of their ears.
  • Saaya Yamabuki from Shugo Chara! has two large ringlets in front of her ears and shoulders. Although she isn't a princess, she certainly acts like she's the best thing since sliced bread. She's actually less popular than Amu, but she acts like Amu is well below her.
  • In Silver Spoon, Ayame Minamikujou wears her hair in multiple Victorian ringlets, with two of them behind her ears and in front of her shoulders. This is part of her acting like an Ojou, even though her family is totally normal. Aki wonders where she goes to get her hair done like that.
  • Martina, a minor antagonist from Slayers NEXT, is a spoiled princess with a pair of tight ringlets in front of her ears.
  • Isuzu Emi from Tenjho Tenge has four large ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears and the rest in the back. She's part of a wealthy clan whose job it is to protect the Takayanagi family.
  • The be-monocled Caterina Sforza from Trinity Blood is the Duchess of Milan and has long brown hair in multiple large ringlets, two of which start behind her ears and fall in front of her shoulders.
  • Kihel Heim from ∀ Gundam has classic-length ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears and shoulders. She comes from a rich family and is a Body Double for the Queen of the Moon, Dianna Soreil.
  • Sherry Belmont from Zatch Bell! is a young French woman from a wealthy family. She has blonde straight hair with two long ringlets in front of her ears.

    Video Games 
  • Rosalia from Angelique is from a noble family and the Privileged Rival of the main character. She has two corkscrew curls in front of her ears and collarbone.
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  • Karin Kanzuki from Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a Rich Bitch and has blonde hair styled in Victorian ringlets with two of them falling in front of her shoulders.
  • Inverted with Aerith from Final Fantasy VII. While she has two tight ringlets in front of her ears, she is a flower girl from the slums and acts energetic rather than refined. It could be a nod to her being a Cetra or Ancient, which is a mystical people with special powers.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
  • Maribelle is the daughter of a Ylissian duke and an Ojou in every sense of the word. She has multiple tight ringlets, two of which start behind her ears and rest on her shoulders.
  • Sumia is a clumsy Pegasus Knight with some shades of Ojou in her personality. She has two tight ringlets in front of her ears.
  • Flavia is the West-Khan of Ylisse's neighboring country. While the rest of her hair is tightly bound in a messy ponytail, she has two thin curls in front of her ears.
  • Rose Bernstein from The King of Fighters has two large ringlets that start behind her ears and rest on her shoulders. She's the Rich Bitch daughter of Rugal Bernstein.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Reika Minazuki from Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 has straight hair with two ringlets that start at the temples of her head and fall in front of her collarbone. Her profile mentions that she's from a traditional family and attended a super elite academy.
  • Eru Daiunji from P/A Potential Ability has two tight armpit-length ringlets that start behind her ears.
  • Mitsuru of Persona 3, up until junior high, as seen in FES's flashbacks. When she was a child, she had two curled ringlets at the sides of her head. She carries this even in high school, but she keeps one loose curl instead. She is the daughter of Takeharu Kirijo, a founder of Kirijo Group, the group who owns the school where she is studying.
  • Soul Series:
  • Susie Evans from Valkyria Chronicles has two large ringlets that start behind her ears and fall in the front of her shoulders. She's the daughter of a rich tycoon and only enlisted in the war to protect her family's honor.

    Visual Novels 
  • Luviagelita Edelfelt from Fate/hollow ataraxia is a Rich Bitch and wears her hip-length hair in ringlets, with two of them in front of her ears and shoulders.

    Web Comics 
  • Megatokyo: Miho is an Elegant Gothic Lolita and wears her hair with two shoulder-length ringlets in front of her ears during the (first) whole "Cave of Evil" debacle.

    Real Life 
  • It was a popular look in Lolita Fashion during The '80s. It's fallen out of style since, but a lot of people still love it. It's really hard to do without a wig though. Rag curls can look like it.


Alternative Title(s): Drill Hair, Princess Curls

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