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Flipping your hair. This can vary from running your hand through your hair to brushing a few locks out of your eyes to giving your Rapunzel Hair a good toss, but it almost always conveys nearly the same things: confidence, arrogance, vanity. As such, it is a gesture most often employed by Bishounen, The Ojou or the Alpha Bitch, though kinder characters can also use it to merely accentuate their femininity or show that they're in a good mood. A bishounen's hair flip is usually accompanied with a large helping of Bishie Sparkle - females are also accompanied by Slow Motion. Another variation is when a woman tilts her head at a 45 degree angle and delivers eye contact in a come hither look.


Anime and Manga

  • Akio from Clannad does it sometimes when he's feeling dramatic.
  • Koizumi does this in Haruhi Suzumiya right after taking down a blue giant.
    • Haruhi does this herself at the end of the opening credits of her show as well in the episode "Melancholy II", rightfully indicative of her... forceful personality.
  • Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica does this a lot. }}
  • Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha tends to do this when he feels he's being forced to explain something obvious.
  • In Tiger and Bunny, hair flipping is one of Barnaby's many fangirl-drawing techniques.


  • The 1999 Charlie's Angels film has Cameron Diaz's character do this in order to attract the attention of a guy.
    • Lucy Liu does this in every single close up.
  • Cameron Diaz also did it in her first movie, The Mask.
  • James St. James has a habit of doing this to seemingly no end in Party Monster.
  • Gen telling the Ice Princess to "Work the hair."
  • Pretty much every time a woman with long hair takes off a Motorcycle helmet, especially if she's been assumed to be male until that point.

Live Action TV

  • On Charlie's Angels the Angels were going undercover via trying out for a cheerleading squad. One of the guys hiring really hated hair flipping, so the girls told some other girls that he loved it, to increase their chances of getting on the squad.
  • In Friends, Ross' cousin Cassie (played by Denise Richards) does this, causing Chandler, Ross, and Phoebe to stand slack-jawed while Barry White plays in the background.
  • According to Ashley in Two of a Kind when a guy nods to say hi, a girl should respond with a smile and Hair Flip as Mary-Kate does. You should avoid sending your hair clip flying into the punch bowl however.
  • Shawn Hunter on Boy Meets World had one of those 90's curtained hairstyles that required him to constantly brush it out of his face. He got a haircut in the later seasons, though.


  • The Willow Smith song and music video "Whip My Hair" is all about this.

Newspaper Comics

  • Peanuts: Frieda whenever she talks about her "naturally curly hair."

Professional Wrestling

  • A signature taunt of WWE Diva Maryse.
  • Irish indie wrestler Katey Harvey does this quite a bit as well.
  • WWE wrestler Kane does this often, usually during his entrance. Although many long-haired wrestlers have done a hair flip at some point in their careers, Kane has used it on more than one occasion to respond to someone in lieu of actually saying anything (not because he was incapable of talking as he was early in his career-- more likely because he didn't want to).


  • Wicked: "And this is how you toss your hair. * Toss* You can toss it like this * Toss* or toss it with your hand * Toss* or use your whole body." * TOSS*
  • As the quote above says, Leaf says he tends to do this, but he probably shared that in a moment of Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny.

Video Games

Visual Novels

  • Ace Attorney: Matt Engarde does this to }}.
    • Mia Fey does this from time to time, usually when about to present a particularly effective argument.
    • Winston Payne does this on making a point in Apollo Justice. He's bald up top, but grew out the remaining fringe until he could pull it off.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

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