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...and braids it, too!

"And can I just ask, what's with the Make-Over of the Damned? I mean, the hair...!"
Xander on Dark Willow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You've just got a power boost. The reasons may vary, whether it's from going into Super Mode, your Superpowered Evil Side deciding to wake up, you finally got your hands on that MacGuffin you've been after, you Came Back Strong whatever. The point is, you're now capable of destroying the world three times over, and you can feel it.

The first thing your friend says? "Dude, nice dye job!"

Power Dyes Your Hair is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a Power Makeover that applies exclusively to hair. The degree in which this happens can vary; on the one hand, a character may only have their hair change a few shades, especially if their hair's already light to begin with. Other times, a character may go straight from having black hair to blonde or white. Often, this is a good way for a character to maintain a Secret Identity, as the change isn't permanent. Bonus Points if Power Makes Your Hair Grow. May also result from Paint It Black, if the power surge isn't a positive thing for the heroes.


Compare Locked into Strangeness, which is what happens when the color change is permanent. A subtrope of Kaleidoscope Hair, when the color change can be for any reason. An Anime Hair trope, obviously.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Super Saiyans. A Super Saiyan's hair turns bright gold and their eyes turn greennote . At one point, Chi Chi lampshades this when she sees Gohan in this form for the first time and starts berating him for dyeing his hair.
    • Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan turns his hair a mix of gold and green, although this may be a side-effect of his Restraining Bolt.
      • His alternate universe counterpart Kale's hair also turns a green tinted gold, so it's likely in the nature of the transformation
    • The Super Saiyan God's hair turns red and a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan's hair turns blue (thus its alternate name, Super Saiyan Blue).
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black's version of the above form, Super Saiyan Rosé, turns his hair soft pink.
    • And as it turns out Ultra Instinct turns the hair a shining silver
  • An example that actually predates Dragon Ball Z is Go Nagai's Shutendoji, where the main character gains golden hair after getting his ogre blood powerup (he also grows horns, by the way). By the end of the story, he has got his natural brown hair back and lost his horns.
  • In Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, Izanami, sort of formerly known as Yin, has fluorescent blue hair where once she had more standard bluish-white hair, because she is now an Apocalypse Maiden.
  • In K: Return of Kings, the Green King's hair changes from black to white when he unleashes his powers.
  • In Tenchi Muyo!, when Kagato starts draining Ryoko's energy, his hair floofs with power.
  • Inuyasha: Inverted by Inuyasha. His hair is naturally snow white due to his status as a very powerful human-youkai hybrid. During the night of the new moon, his powers disappear, leaving him almost fully human. As his powers leave, his hair turns jet black. As his powers return with the rising sun, his hair transforms back to white again.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: Emilia's hair turns white when she uses her "sacred power" abilities, which is basically Holy Magic. There doesn't seem to be much of difference between it and regular magic in the series however other than the name.
  • Buso Renkin: When a person transforms into one of the super-human Walking Wastelands known as a Victor their hair turns white (light green in the anime) and gives off an eerie glow.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Negi Springfield has his hair turn white during his Magia Erebea.
    • Mana Tatsumiya has her hair turn white when releasing her full power.
  • In Sands of Destruction, Kyrie's hair goes from blond to red when he regains his memories of being the Destruct Code and goes into super-awesome-killer mode.
    • And, of course, it goes back to his normal blond afterward.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • When Belkan knights enter Unison with their Device, their hair usually changes color to a much lighter shade. Unison with Reinforce Eins or Zwei usually results in white or pale blue hair tint, while Agito's Unison turns Zest's hair yellow and Signum's pale purple.
    • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid, Victoria's hair will glow blue when she's using her powerful lightning spells.
    • In Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, Thoma's hair becomes white when accessing his Black Knight form via Reacting with Lily (a process that is so suspiciously similar to a Unison that Reinforce Zwei is actually able to coach the two of them in its use).
  • More subtle example — in Yu-Gi-Oh!, when Yugi switches to Yami Yugi, lightning bolts of blonde hair extend upwards from his bangs that aren't there as regular Yugi.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Moka gains silver hair when she takes her rosario off and gains her true vampire power.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • In the anime version, Ichigo's Transformation Sequence, in addition to turning her into a Cat Girl and giving her nice Magical Girl clothes, changes her hair from dark red to pink, and the rest of the girls also have their hair colors changed to brighter shades.
    • Another example, present in both the anime and the manga, is dark-haired Aoyama Masaya transforming into the blonde Mysterious Protector Blue Knight, which is slightly odd, because as the Big Bad Deep Blue, he has black hair again; though this one has an excuse of being a part of the Red Herring designed to conceal the character's identity from the audience, not just from the characters.
  • In Ah! My Goddess, the goddess Belldandy wears special earrings to contain her power. When she takes them off, her hair goes from blonde to silver.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: After Kaneki's torture, his hair turns white coinciding directly with when he Took a Level in Badass
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo's hair turns black upon activating the Final Getsuga Tenshou.
    • Ginjou's hair turns white upon activating bankai.
    • Rukia's hair turns white upon activating bankai.
  • Slayers: Lina's Giga Slave puts a severe drain on her energy whenever she uses it and thus leaves her red hair a platinum blonde that is so light it's almost silver for a day or so after she casts it. Not to mention that time it glowed golden because the spell involved channelling the Lord of Nightmares, who replaced her soul when it backfired.
  • This tends to happen in the Pretty Cure franchise.
  • Variation: the wings of "Charcoal Feathers" in Haibane Renmei slowly turn from light charcoal grey to inky black if they become "sin bound" by doing poorly in their Redemption Quest.
  • In Mushishi, one Victim of the Week's hair is green because she's merging with a mobile, living swamp, though it turns back to normal once She Gets Better.
  • In Monochrome Factor, whenever Akira becomes a Shin, his hair turns black.
  • Akane in Kämpfer turns into a Fiery Redhead in her Kämpfer form, Shizuku's normally black hair turns white on the underside and Mikoto's hair turns white.
  • In Princess Resurrection, Hiro's hair turns white whenever he senses Hime in danger.
  • In Umi Monogatari, Kanon's hair becomes lighter and has a different shape when transformed.
  • In Shugo Chara!'s anime, all of the ? Character Changes has this happen. With some Red Eyes, Take Warning added.
  • In Witchblade, Masane's brown hair turns red when she activates the Witchblade and after being corrupted with her powers, Masane's hair changes from red to white.
    • This applies to the Cloneblade users as well. Reina has blue hair in human form that turns white with pink stripes. Shiori has brown hair in human form that turns light gray when she transforms and then lavender in her second form.
  • In Naruto, anyone who becomes the ten-tails jinchuriki has their hair bleached pure white.
  • In Fairy Tail, Wendy Marvell, whose hair is normally blue, has pink hair when she enters Dragon Force.
  • In Jojos Bizarre Adventure, powerup-related hair color changes are usually permanent and signify the character reaching a higher level of Stand power.
    • In the final arc of Part 4, Big Bad Yoshikage Kira's previously black hair turns white with black streaks when he unlocks Killer Queen Bites the Dust.
      • Also from Part 4, Yukako offers an inversion as her hair turns from raven black to pure white when her Stand, Love Deluxe, is defeated. This isn't permanent though.
    • In Part 5, after Giorno Giovanna gains his stand, his hair goes from black to blonde, permanently.
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero: When in Hero form the usually redheaded Yuna gains pink hair.
  • In Shamanic Princess, Lena's hair turns from green to blonde while Tiara's goes from orange to red when they transform.
  • Medaka Box: Medaka Kurokami's War God Mode turns her hair fluorescent pink, Altered God Mode and End God Mode turns it black, Forsaken God Mode turns it white, and Combined God Mode turns it black and white.
  • Yuu, the protagonist of Magical Angel Creamy Mami, has blue hair in her normal form, and purple hair as her pop star alter ego, Creamy Mami.
  • One Piece:
  • Takao Saito's manga The Shadowman stars a young man who was exposed to a flawed genetic experiment which gave him superhuman physical abilities after a period of time away from direct sunlight. As a side-effect, while powered-up, he has solid black skin and stark white hair.
  • In Pokémon, Mallow, Lillie, and Lana go through this in their Magical Girl episode when they transform. Mallow's hair turns pink, Lillie's turns blue and Lana's turns yellow.
  • The second series of Gravion, Gravion Zwei, it's revealed that Sandman was originally blond, and that his purple hair is a side effect of his immortality, invoked by his G Factor.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Karasu's black hair turns blond when he enters his Super Mode.
  • BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense: Maple's black hair turns blonde when she transforms into an angel.

    Comic Books 
  • In Marvel Comics Generic Comic Book, The Hero's hair turned white when he got his superpowers.
  • Doctor Strange briefly turned into a long-haired blond after absorbing the power of one of Shuma-Gorath's generals. He had such an excess of power that he not only obliterated Shuma, he had to 'decompress' through a dozen dimensions, shedding power as he went, just to reach the level where he could safely return to Earth without destroying it.
  • The second Dove of Hawk and Dove has blonde hair as a civilian, which lightens to become white when she transforms into her superhero mode.
  • Samaritan of Astro City ended up with blue hair after becoming super. He can turn it white to maintain his secret identity, but it goes blue again when he starts using his power. The same thing happened to his arch-enemy Infidel, whose powers come from the same source — when Infidel gained his powers, his black hair turned green. When not using his powers, his hair is blond.
  • Many Marvel mutants, upon getting their powers at puberty, also get weird-colored hair. (Or, as in Professor X's case, they lose it entirely.)
  • Being part of the Vigil of Death Vigil dyes the person's hair white among the bonuses of gaining immortality and a personalized veilripper. The Reaper's scythe also gives its wielder an Undeathly Pallor.
  • Supreme's hair turned white when he gained his powers.
  • Relative Heroes: Damara's hair turns pink at the tips when she's consciously putting force into using her powers.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): As a civilian Tomas Byde has dusty orange hair, but as the Duke of Deception his hair glows red.
  • When Tammy Adami from C.O.V.E.N. gets a power surge from being experimented on by the Alchemist, her blonde hair turns neon violet.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Knuckles' fur turns green after he evolves Chaos Knuckles.
    • Before becoming Scourge, Evil-Sonic had blue fur just like Sonic. After exposure to the Master Emerald, his fur turned green and he gained a boost in strength and stamina. He also had a super state of his own, which turns his fur purple. This transformation occurred when Scourge used the Anarchy Beryl in his throne to transform in order to combat the combined might of Sonic, Amy Rose, Rob O' the Hedge, Silver, Shadow, Metal Sonic and Rosy the Rascal, who all decided Scourge was a legitimate threat and decided to work together.
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld: Inverted. On Earth, Amy's mother dyed their hair to hide their true heritage. When they enter Gemworld, the power within them is too strong to hide their true hair colors, which reveals their natural blonde hair. It also lengthened their hair past their shoulders.

    Fan Works 
  • Amongst the various other effects of becoming a Succubus in The Return is an instant dye job on the hair.
  • This happens to Emrys in The Wizard in the Shadows. It annoys him.
  • In the Puella Magi Madoka Magica/Yuki Yuna is a Hero crossover fic Bloom Fully on the Tall Wall, Homura ends up becoming a Hero. Like some of the other Heroes, her hair changes colours when she transforms. It turns from black to mauve.
  • In the Our Own League books, Raven's black to red ombré hair seen in modern comics is justified as supernatural. Her hair turns blood-red when she's overusing dark magic and in danger of going full-on demon.

    Films — Animation 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens has Susan Murphy/Ginormica, whose hair turned white after the quantonium she absorbed turned her into a giant. Notably, she retains the white hair even after having the quantonium (temporarily) taken from her body.
  • Tangled has an interesting variation, where the main character was born with her hair dyed by power of the sun. When cut, her hair loses magic powers and returns to its natural brown color. When she's invoking her powers (to heal wounds etc.) the hair glows even brighter which becomes very useful when she and her friend are trapped in an underwater cave.
  • In a case similar to above, Frozen has Elsa who was born with ice powers and has platinum blonde hair, despite having a father who is a redhead and a mother who is a brunette. Word of God states that had Elsa been born without powers, she would have been a brunette like her mother.
    • In the same case, when Anna is struck by Elsa at youth, a tendril of her hair where hit turns a pale off-white. When she was struck in the chest, thus freezing her heart, her hair starts to gradually turn silvery white over time. Her hair returns to normal when her curse is broken, with the white streak gone completely.
  • Back when he was Jackson Overland, Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians had brown hair and brown eyes. As Jack Frost, his hair is white and his eyes are blue. The actual change is shown during the flashback to when Jackson drowned in a frozen pond, and was subsequently turned into the spirit of winter by the Man in the Moon.
  • The unnamed girl's hair in Heavy Metal goes from dirty blonde to to white and even grows to her mid-back as she is revealed to be the new Taarakian.

    Films — Live Action 
  • X-Men: Apocalypse shows Storm only gaining her signature white hair when Apocalypse gives her a power upgrade.

  • In Mercedes Lackey's world of Velgarth, sufficient magic use will not only bleach a mage's hair prematurely white, it will also turn his eyes blue. This is why the Companions are gleaming white and have blue eyes.
  • In the eponymous Dragonrealm, created by Richard Knaak, people who have latent or active magical power will also have a wide silver streak in their hair corresponding to their level of ability. The streak grows larger as the person actually taps into their power. (The only given exception to this being Cade, whose hair color, for unknown reasons, fluctuates so that on any given day his hair might be all silver or it might be almost completely brown.)
  • Sort of applies in Warbreaker; royals of the tiny mountain kingdom have what is called "The Royal Locks," hair that changes color at will. (They can also grow it at will.) This power has more applications than you'd think, in a world whose magical system mostly revolves around color.
    • It also changes involuntarily in response to their emotions. When Siri is traveling to the city to marry the God-King, she's so terrified that her hair stays white the entire way.
    • When Vivenna is living on the street, her hair stays white the entire time as she's starving and can't spare the energy to make it any other color.
  • In The Vampire Diaries: The Return, the Kitsune hair shimmers red when they are using their powers.
  • In Lightning Dust, Klaus Melfton's hair turns electric yellow when he becomes the eponymous hero.
  • The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress has a Justified example in book 2 - Sven's hair was designed as a radiator to vent excess heat, so releasing her Power Limiters burns away the black hair dye she'd been using as a disguise, reverting it to its natural silver colour.
  • Journey to Chaos:
    • Kasile would be a natural brunette if not for her Royal Blood. It creates streaks of fire red.
    • Whenever a human becomes a transhuman, their hair color will shift to reflect the color of the power that changed them. Zettai's blonde becomes blood red after becoming a Bladi.
  • In The Silent War the immortal Redcloaks never show any sign of ageing past 20, except that their hair gradually turns white between 100-150. Serdra is halfway through this process, and says that the elders consider fully white hair a mark of "adulthood".

    Live-Action TV 
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after Tara dies, Willow's normally red hair turns black, as do her eyes. Conversely, when she activates all the slayers, her hair briefly goes white. Basically, she's Color-Coded for Your Convenience to indicate if she's casting good or evil magic.
  • Used as a joke in the season 5 premiere of Charmed (1998) to Hand Wave Rose McGowan dying her hair from brown to red. The show's explanation is that a potion blew up on her and turned her hair that way.
    • Phoebe's hair turns white when she is turned into a banshee and it later turns blonde when she is turned into a genie.
  • In The Flash (2014), Caitlin's hair turns white when she uses her powers.
  • The BBC's Jekyll has this as a fairly major physical difference between the meek Dr Jackman and the psychopathic superpowered Mr Hyde— Hyde's hairline is different, but is also much darker.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: the characters all have normal hair in civilian ID and it turns brightly colored when they transform.

    Video Games 
  • The Hairstylist in Terraria sells you special dyes that take more vibrant colors if you're at full health, full magic, or have lots of coins. The Clothier sells clothing dyes that have the same effect on your outfit.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic has his Super Form; after collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds, he turns gold, his eyes turn red, and is basically invincible.
    • This is taken Up to Eleven in Sonic 3 & Knuckles with Hyper Sonic. Sonic's fur changes colors 14 times a second in this form, following the pattern of white, green, white, orange, white, gold, white...7th emerald color, white, green.
    • When Blaze the Cat becomes Burning Blaze via the power of the Sol Emeralds, her lavender fur turns pink.
    • Silver the Hedgehog has his white fur turn golden-yellow when he enters his own Super State. Like with Sonic, his eyes also turn red.
    • Shadow's black fur turns into a golden lemon-cream color and his eye color becomes completely ruby red. Other than that, his additional fur colors, and quill style remains unchanged.
  • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories does this with Rozalin, when she reverts back to her Overlord Zenon state.
  • In Dragon Quest VIII, when the main character builds his tension high enough, his hair becomes lighter and spiky. Not that strange considering that Akira Toriyama did the character designs. And the main character in particular looks a lot like Teen Gohan, which becomes especially obvious at max tension when his bandana comes off and the hair spikes up.
  • In the original The Last Blade, Kaede can awaken his inner powers and become more powerful, faster, and blond. He keeps that guise for the second installment of the series.
  • Blue Reflection has protagonist Hinako Shirai go from her naturally blackbrown hair to a sandy blonde when she transforms into her Reflector form.
  • The King of Fighters: when the Orochi blood of Leona Heidern takes control of her, she awakens her Superpowered Evil Side and her hair changes from blue to red.
    • A non-Orochi example is Kula Diamond, whose hair changes from a chestnut color to light blue when using her ice powers.
  • In Xenogears, Fei Wong's hair is dark but turns red when he becomes Id.
  • In Breath of Fire III, turning into a Kaiser form causes the main character's hair to turn gold and sparkle.
  • In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, getting different power ups changes Rayman's hair to the same colour as that power up.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, the Trance System has this effect on every character whose hair we can see. The heroes turn into a white-silver color despite their default. The main villain's hair turns from silver to blood-red.
    • Zidane, though, doesn't turn silver. He goes blonde to pink!
  • Both Geo and Sonia in Mega Man Star Force change hair color when they undergo EM Wave Change. Geo's brown hair gains a distinct violet tint as Mega Man, while Sonia goes from purple to blonde when she becomes Harp Note.
  • Inverted The Fancy Pants Adventures: World 3. The initial antagonist is a pirate with a rainbow-colored beard, which causes him ridicule and a coup from his ship. When the player fetches him hair dye of Norris, the pirate restores his men's support and reclaims his ship from the ninjas that invaded in his absence.
  • In Touhou: Lotus Land Story, the first boss's namesake orange hair inexplicably turns blue during her final attack.
  • In Clash of Clans, Archers go from pink-haired to purple-haired as they level up.
  • In DmC: Devil May Cry, going Devil Trigger causes Dante's hair to become bright white and his coat to blood-red (making him look more like the Dante of Devil May Cry). By the end, excessive Devil Triggering has caused his hair to become permanently white. In the original continuity, going Devil Trigger causes a full-body transformation instead (except for Nero).
  • In XCOM 2, soldiers who become psi-operatives will have their hair dyed white (and their eyes turn purple) automatically, though the soldier's customization options can revert this.
  • In the WarioWare games, when Ashley gets angry or is about to cast a spell, her hair turns from black to white.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: When Terra gets possessed by Xehanort, his hair goes from brown to silver, and his eyes from blue to gold. At first appears to be a case of Locked into Strangeness, until it gets reversed in Kingdom Hearts III when he and Sora work together to kick Xehanort's heart out.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, whenever Rean uses Spirit Unification, his hair turns from black to white, his Battle Aura is showing, and his eyes turn red.
  • Both played straight and inverted in Celeste, where both power and the lack of power dye your hair. Madeline's default hair color is brown, but when she uses an air dash her hair turns blue as a visual indicator that she can't air dash anymore until she either touches the ground or interacts with something that refreshes her air dash. In the original version of Celeste that can be found and played in-game, Madeline eventually gets a power-up that gives her a second air dash, indicated by her hair flashing green and when she acquires this power within the story, it turns her hair pink.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: When Sothis bequeaths her power to Byleth the latter's hair (and eyes) change color from their natural teal to a bright green, much like the other Children of the Goddess. Additionally those artificially implanted with a second Crest, like Edelgard and Lysithea, have their hair bleached stark white, along with other, less benign side effects.
  • Criminal Case,during the finale of Season 5, Rita's hair turns from brunette to light blue when she uses a serum that gives her superpowers to protect her friends and family from an army of superhumans.

    Visual Novels 

  • When Apricot from Apricot Cookie(s)! transforms, her hair changes to red and black.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • First Inverted. Nanase's hair went black from temporarily losing her magic.
    • Later played with, as Susan's hair turns permanently blue-black when she Awakens. Later it turns out that her hair was literally colored with power, her long hair storing up power and returning to its original natural blonde as it releases the stored power when it's needed.
  • When a magical girl's powers awaken in Sleepless Domain their hair changes color to reflect their powers. The hair color stays the same even when they're untransformed, making them easily identifiable as celebrities, and it lasts as long as they're magical girls. Tessa loses her pink hair when she gives up her powers to save Undine. Their eyes also change into the same or similar color, which is why it's unusual that Kokoro/Heartful Punch has pink hair but blue eyes. It was because she had been conceived while her mother was still a magical girl-the blue eyes come from her mother's powers.
  • Subtle; Tally from The Weave starts out with light blonde hair, but after her travel to the fairy world, it bleaches out to pure white.

    Web Animation 
  • Cheetah in DC Super Hero Girls can change between her cat-looking anthro form and her human form at will. Her natural hair color is blonde but her hair color as Cheetah is brown.

    Western Animation 
  • Danny Phantom: When he transforms into his ghost form, Danny's black hair turns white. Oddly enough (possibly due to the different circumstances of their Freak Lab Accidents), Vlad Masters' black hair was permanently turned white when he gained his powers, but his hair turns black when he transforms into his ghost form.
  • The warrior princesses in Lolirock have their hair change color when they transform. Their hair also grows several inches longer.
  • Winx Club: When transforming into Sirenix, all the girls get streaks in their hair, with the added bonus that both their hair and hair streaks also turn into completely different colors entirely once going underwater. Bloom’s hair also becomes less orange and turns a deeper shade of red in Sirenix, Bloomix and Mythix. Likewise, Aisha’s hair also gets a few shades lighter in Bloomix form.
  • Happens with a few Miraculous holders in Miraculous Ladybug; Rena Rouge's hair goes from brown with a red ombre to bright orange and white, Queen Bee gets a black streak running through her hair, King Monkey's hair goes from black and blonde to red, Pegasus' hair goes from brown to light blonde, and the dyed parts of Viperion's hair go from teal blue to aqua green.
  • Supernoobs has these.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: Felicia Hardy has blonde hair in civilian form that changes to white matching her comic book counterpart.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Using the Crystal Heart causes all ponies in the vicinity to temporarily get crystalline coats, and for some reason gives all the female cast up-dos in their manes.
    • Similarly, when the cast gets powered up from the Tree of Harmony, they get rainbow streaks in their manes.

    Real Life 
  • At an old age, your hair turns grey.


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