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The Wookiees from Kashyyyk were a very hairy species.

"I certainly don't understand the obsession with hair the women around here seem to have."
Leia Organa[src]

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.

FunctionEdit

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The Thisspiasians' thick hair and beard protected their faces from aggressions.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[2]

Social roleEdit

"I suggest that we find you a suitable gown and gems. And perhaps a hair stylist."
"I'm a pilot. Appearances aren't important to what I do."
"That's quite apparent."
Jaina Solo and Ta'a Chume[src]
Amidala hair tending

Padmé Amidala's hair being tended to by her handmaidens

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.[4] Young Princess Leia Organa used to think the women of Alderaan had an obssession with their hair, a fixation she herself did not share.[5] 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[6], Padmé Amidala,[7] Delva Racine,[8] and Leia Organa.[9]

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.[10]

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).[9] It was considered fashionable among the Imperial officer class at the time.[11] Many Imperials had their hair cropped tightly.[12] Wookiees like Merumeru or Guanta also tended to fashion their hair into several braids that were held in place by metal fastenings.[13]

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.[14]

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,[1] while some Hutts like Marlo used live sha'rellian toops as wigs.[15]

AppearancesEdit

Wampa hair

Wampa hair sample used in the production of the films

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:

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The following is a list of sources in which hair is specifically mentioned:

I find your lack of faith disturbing

I find your lack of sources disturbing.

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