- "I certainly don't understand the obsession with hair the women around here seem to have."
- ―Leia Organa
Hair was a part of the anatomy that grew all over the body on many creatures and beings, mostly mammalian (like the Zabrak or the Bothan) and reptomammalians (like the Falleen or the Abyssin) species. Humans, the dominant sentient species in the galaxy grew hair in all manner of places except for the soles of their feet and the palms of their hands. Other species like the Wookiees were fully covered with a thick coat of hair.
Hair came in a great variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors, but usually lost its hue with old age. As it was made of a living material, all hair would grow and fall when the cells died. In younger beings, soon after the cells died, new ones grew again in the same place, making new hair. The regrowth process became less efficient with old age however, eventually leading to baldness.
Hairedness seems to have been a mammalian trait. Most mammals had hair or fur that served different functions—though like Humans, body hair could be extremely fine. Hair would notably provide thermal regulation, which was necessary on icy planets like Hoth or Toola, which was why the Wampa and Whiphid sported fur all over their bodies. Sometimes hair also had defensive functions. The Thisspiasian species would grow thick beards to deter the local cygnat bites.
Many other species (most reptavians, birds and reptiles) were normally hairless. The Hutts, for example, were typically hairless, but some would grow beards or locks due to a rare genetic mutation.
Somewhere between the two extremes lay certain reptomammals who shared the mammalian species' hairedness. Among them were the Falleen from the eponymous planet or the Abyssins from Byss. Other reptommmals like the Rodians and the Clawdites were completely hairless.
Haired species would often cut or arrange the hair on their head in a way considered aesthetically pleasing or acceptable. On Naboo, for example, the queens wore very intricate hairstyles, some of which necessitated wigs or hair extensions. Young Princess Leia Organa used to think the women of Alderaan had an obssession with their hair, a fixation she herself did not share. A popular hairstyle among Human females consisted in coiling the hair in twin buns. Throughout history, many famous women were known to sport their hair in this fashion, including Liana Merian, Padmé Amidala, Delva Racine, and Leia Organa.
Some Humans, like Andronikos Revel or Mace Windu, chose to shave the hair from their head completely. At the time of the Cold War, it was quite common in the Sith Empire military, even among female officers.
During the time of the Galactic Civil War, many male officers of the Galactic Empire would grow long sideburns (as exemplified by Moradmin Bast or Pol Treidum). It was considered fashionable among the Imperial officer class at the time. Many Imperials had their hair cropped tightly. Wookiees like Merumeru or Guanta also tended to fashion their hair into several braids that were held in place by metal fastenings.
In the Jedi Order, hairstyle was used as an indicator of status. While Padawan apprentices of the haired species would often wear short cropped hairstyles, their masters would have long hair worn tightly back to keep vision clear in action.
Non-haired species would sometimes create the illusion of hair as a fashion statement. Some Lafrarians, a race of avian humanoids from the planet Lafra, used "thickening agents" to make their head feathers appear similar to hair, while some Hutts like Marlo used live sha'rellian toops as wigs.
Hair appears in almost every Star Wars work. Hair is also referred to in virtually every Star Wars novel and many short stories and roleplaying adventures, since describing someone's hair is often used to describe a character physically to the reader.
Hair is also referred to in the following visual, or other, media:
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3: Commencement, Part 3
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 16: Nights of Anger, Part 1
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 21: Daze of Hate, Part 3
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 42: Masks
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 44: The Reaping, Part 2
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 49: Demon, Part 3
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Non-canonical appearance)
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 53 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / comic
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
- "Frozen Out!"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.34
- "Mask of Iron"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.44
- Star Wars: Republic 68: Armor
- Star Wars: Republic 72: Trackdown, Part 1
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Dark Times 2: The Path to Nowhere, Part 2
- Star Wars: Dark Times 22: Out of the Wilderness, Part 5
- "The Princess Leia Diaries"—Star Wars Tales 9
- Star Wars: Agent of the Empire 8: Hard Targets, Part 3
- "Routine"—Star Wars Tales 2
- Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire
- Star Wars: The Art of the Bad Deal (Indirect mention only)
- Han Solo at Stars' End
- Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire audio drama
- Star Wars: Empire 12: Darklighter, Part 3
- X-wing Marks the Spot
- Star Wars 3-D 2: Havoc on Hoth
- Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand
- Star Wars 95: No Zeltrons
- X-wing Rogue Squadron: The Warrior Princess
- Shadows of the Empire: Evolution
- Star Wars: Union
- Star Wars: Invasion 0: Refugees, Prologue
- Star Wars: Legacy 35: Storms, Part 2
- Star Wars: Legacy 38: Tatooine, Part 2
The following is a list of sources in which hair is specifically mentioned:
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Alien Encounters
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
- ↑ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- ↑ "The Princess Leia Diaries"—Star Wars Tales 11
- ↑ Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ "Spy Girls" - Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 7
- ↑ Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic
- ↑ The Jedi Academy Sourcebook
- ↑ Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge, chapter fifteen
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- Hair on Wikipedia