Hairstyles are a means of personalising a character's appearance. They are originally chosen when first starting the game. The Solomon's General Store update on 17 July 2012 has resulted in the most convenient way to change hairstyles through the Appearance tab of the Customisation interface.
It is possible to use a dresser in the bedroom of a player-owned houses to change hairstyles and beards for free. However, the changes are rotated one-by-one at random, and the number of choices are limited by the furniture tier.
Hairstyles come in a variety of different looks, each differing based on whether the character is male or female. Players can choose from a variety of styles and facial hair to exhibit on their character.
Hairstyles are also available in a variety of colours. The primary colour affects the player's hair, facial hair and eyebrows. It also determines the colour of the edges of the buckle of Fighting boots.
Hairstyle Interface[edit | edit source]
Players can change the style and colour of their hair through the Appearance tab of the Customisation interface. Under the Hairstyles/Beards subtab, normal default hairstyles/beards are available to be activated at any point of the game. Clicking on that will bring the player to a wide list of the hairstyles/beards available, with an orange highlight indicating the player's current style. Through this interface the player may inspect other hairstyles/beards available, without having to unequip their current headgear. Just to the right of the hairstyle/beard selection list is the colour palette with available colours that can be applied to the chosen hairstyle/beard. Players are also given an option to view the hairstyle/beard through their avatar's overworld view, or chathead view as by clicking on the helm icon top-left of the avatar view. To change to one's desired hairstyle/beard, one must click on Activate just below the avatar view.
Since the opening of the Solomon's General Store, Premium hairstyles are exclusively available for purchase with RuneCoins, and have a secondary accent colour option that comes with the purchased hairstyle. This option can be activated with the half-face like icon just right of the hair selections, in which the right-half face icon and left-half face icon represents the primary colour palette and secondary colour palette respectively. Secondary hairstyle colouring is exclusive to styles purchased from the Solomon's General Store.
At the Falador hair salon speak with the hairdresser or use the right-click method and select "Hair-Cut". This will open the hairstyle interface with which players can change and select their new hairstyles. Players must unequip any headgear or head slot items that are currently equipped to open the interface.
On the far left, there is a scroll menu displaying your options of hairstyles and beards. To the right of the category menu is another scroll menu, this time displaying the styles of hair/beards you can get. To the right of the style selection menu is the colour palette. This lets you choose what colour you want your hairstyle/beard to be.
Available Default Styles[edit | edit source]
This section contains chathead screenshots of the hairstyles available for free, along with their names.
Male[edit | edit source]
Female[edit | edit source]
Premium hairstyles[edit | edit source]
Premium hairstyles are unique hairstyles that allow the player to choose two colours to accentuate the style's individuality.
Hairstyles are gender-specific. Solomon's General Store offers them based on the character's gender, male or female. One may purchase either gender's hairstyles, though there is no point in doing so because only the specified gender may activate the override. If the player switches genders with a premium hairstyle in use, it will be changed to a random, non-premium hairstyle.
These hairstyles can only be activated if the player has a male-gendered character. Premium facial hair styles are also offered for purchase by male characters.
These hairstyles can only be activated if the player has a female-gendered character. Female characters do not have facial hair.
"Unisex" hairstyles which include both a male and female variant are based on how both genders may use one hairstyle with the same name. The "matching" style may be activated if the player has either gender character. Most of these hairstyles are included in purchases of certain specific outfits or packs.
|The Professor||180||162||N/A||Now that's what I call a brainstorm.|
|Fox Hair||N/A||N/A||45,000||Cunningly crafted for stealth and style.[R 1]|
|Wolf Hair||240||216||N/A||A winter coat that's sure to have everyone howling.[R 2]|
|Ariane's Hair||800||720||N/A||This pack is inspired by the hero Ariane.[R 3]|
|Ozan's Hair||800||720||N/A||This pack is inspired by the hero Ozan.[R 4]|
|Linza's hair||800||720||N/A||This pack is inspired by the hero Linza.[R 5]|
|Owen's hair||960||864||N/A||This pack is inspired by the hero Sir Owen.[R 6]|
|Softpunk||N/A||N/A||N/A||This hairstyle is given out to players who log into RuneScape Mobile as part of the Mobile Pre-Registration Rewards.|
Discontinued premium hairstyles
These hairstyles are no longer obtainable in game.
|Shadow Ariane's hair||340||306||N/A||This pack is the shadow infused outfit inspired by the hero Ariane.[R 1]|
|Shadow Ozan's hair||340||306||N/A||This pack is the shadow infused outfit inspired by the hero Ozan.[R 2]|
|Shadow Linza's hair||340||306||N/A||This pack is the shadow infused outfit inspired by the hero Linza.[R 3]|
|Shadow Owen's hair||430||387||N/A||This pack is the shadow infused outfit inspired by the hero Sir Owen.[R 4]|
|Panda Hair||240||216||46,080||Warriors of the Eastern Lands have been known to take on the aspect of a favoured animal to aid them in battle.[R 5]|
Updates[edit | edit source]
- On 13 August 2007 new hairstyles were added to the game. On the first week of its release, players could change their hair or facial hair for free.
- On 9 December 2008 even more new hairstyles - 12 female, 8 male, and 4 facial hair, were added to the game. On the first week of its release, players could change their hair or facial hair for free.
- On 10 December 2008 Jagex performed a system update to fix some graphical glitches with the new hairstyles, including one that was caused by the pigtail style and would make a female character's head rock back and forth continuously.
- On 28 April 2009 more hairstyles were added to the game, including the popular request for fringes on females.
- On 9 November 2009 seven more hairstyles were added to the game. The update also temporarily introduced a glitch that allowed a player to see other players while they were getting their hairstyle changed. It still remains active.
- On 5 July 2010, when a player was in the hairstyle preview at the Salon, if the character had dreadlocks, a clear ring would be around the middle of the face, making it look like their head was in halves. The eyes would also be white with a black dot in the middle instead of the usual black dot. This can be fixed by equipping a head gear item though it would come back by taking the equipped item off or by logging out.
- On 25 August 2010 new hairstyles were added, with 2 male hairstyles ("Punk" and "Samurai Variant") and 3 female hairstyles ("Alice Band," "Side Part Long," and "High Ponytail"). On the first week of its release, players could change their hair or facial hair for free.
- On 17 July 2012, hairstyles could now be changed through the Appearance tab of the Customisation interface without having to visit the Hairdresser in Falador.
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 30 May 2022 (Update):
- The player can no longer activate an unowned hairstyle by previewing it and activating a different, owned hairstyle through the Options menu.
- patch 9 May 2022 (Update):
- Wearing Fox Ears or similiar items no longer causes the long curtain haircut textures to stretch.
- patch 18 August 2020 (Update):
- patch 7 October 2019 (Update):
- The Mohawk haircut will now display in full whilst wearing the Revolutionary mask.
- patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
- Fixed an issue with a section of the short, full beard becoming invisible in certain circumstances.
- patch 20 July 2015 (Update):
- Premium hairstyles now apply as intended when recolouring the hairstyle.
- patch 30 March 2015 (Update):
- The mortar board head override with Dragon Variant hair will no longer cause the top portion of a player's head to disappear.
- patch 20 October 2014 (Update):
- Certain hairstyles no longer clip through spined helms on female characters.
- patch 31 March 2014 (Update):
- The player's mouth no longer hangs open while wearing Linza's female premium hairstyle.
- patch 24 June 2013 (Update):
- Avatars no longer look distorted when activating a new hairstyle in the Customisation Interface.
- patch 4 June 2013 (Update):
- Players' eyes have been realigned when wearing their hair in a falcon hair style.
- patch 30 April 2013 (Update):
- Pigtails from the pigtails and fringe hairstyle are now present on chatheads whilst wearing hats.
- patch 16 April 2013 (Update):
- The way hair works with the classic blue wizard hat and it's trimmed counterparts has been changed.
- The full mutton beard cosmetic override now shows the moustache section.
- The full moustache cosmetic override now shows correctly.
- patch 28 January 2013 (Update):
- Ozan's hairstyle no longer causes the neck of female characters to stretch.
- patch 21 January 2013 (Update):
- Chrome goggles and the dragon hairstyle no longer cause characters jaw to disconnect in chat head view.
- patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
- Players hairstyles are no longer altered when entering and leaving a Fremennik Saga.
- patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
- Spiked ponytail haircuts on females no longer causes stretching from the face area.
- Hairstyles are now saved with customisation presets.
- patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
- The "Deactivate" option is no longer given on hairstyles in the Customisation Interface.
- patch 6 December 2011 (Update):
- Side-part long female hairstyles no longer intersect with the lord marshall cap.
- patch 1 September 2010 (Update):
- Removed some stretching when wearing a hat with the dragon hairstyle.
- patch 19 July 2010 (Update):
- patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
- Leaving Stealing Creation with headgear on shouldn't change your hairstyle anymore.
- Fixed a problem with haircuts and medium helmets.
- Resolved a long-standing issue when wearing party hats with a particular female haircut.
- patch 3 December 2009 (Update):
- Fixed a problem with some of the circus headwear and the comb-over hairstyle.
- patch 17 November 2009 (Update):
- Corrected several hat problems with the latest selection of hairstyle additions.
- Corrected a render issue for a haircut on the player creation interface.
- Fixed interactions between top hats and male haircuts.
- patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
- patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
- Fixed some clipping issues with some of the newer male hairstyles. #Graphical
- patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
- Wearing a feather headdress and having a ponytail should look a bit better.
- patch 3 March 2009 (Update):
- The hairstyles associated with the female ponytail and male fringe no longer cause issues with the snail shell helmets.
- patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
- Your eye colour will no longer change when you select the ‘curls' hairstyle.
- patch 20 January 2009 (Update):
- Several hairstyles have been adjusted to better suit the huge selection of hats that are available.
- The Robin Hood hat now works better with spiky hair styles.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The "Goatee" includes a moustache with the connecting beard (surrounding the mouth) - this is more technically a Van Dyke or a Circle Beard. A true goatee refers to hair only on the chin, thus resembling the tuft of hair that grows on the chin of goats (from which it got its name).
- The "Dali" references Salvador Dalí, who sported that moustache in his later years.
- The "Mohawk" is actually a Fauxhawk, with the "Mohawk shaved" variant being closer to a true Mohawk.
- The "Page Boy" hairstyle was actually accessible before the new update. New players could keep selecting "Random Hairstyle" from the create a character screen until they got the hair style.
- The "Full Moustache" facial hair style is actually a "Friendly Mutton Chops" style.
- The "Dragon" hairstyle is very similar to that of a Super Saiyan's hair from Dragonball Z & Dragonball GT. The "Dragon Variant" hairstyle however is also similar to a Super Saiyan 4's hairstyle (resembling Gogeta's more closely) from Dragonball GT.
- The "Blade-Trap Cut" may be based on the hairstyle of Guile from the fighting games series Street Fighter.
- The "Mos Le'Washless" style is based on the hairstyle of and bandana worn by Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the protagonists of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
- The "Evanstyle" references the popular hair studio Evanstyle in South Korea.
- The female version of the "Top Knot" hairstyle is similar (if not identical) to Ty Lee's hair from the Avatar: the Last Airbender series.
- Some hairstyles become cropped after a game of Stealing Creation, a glitch probably caused when a player is still wearing their headgear at game end. This glitch has yet to be fixed.
- There is currently a glitch in the game known as the "Bald glitch." When players rapidly equip and unequip headgear they may become bald. This does not affect game-play, but can be annoying and will not fix itself.
- There is currently and for a long time, a glitch with the female curls hair where the eyes look bigger and more distorted than any other hair.
- The shop assistant and the shopkeeper in the Lumbridge general store seem to have hair styles similar to the long swept fringe but swept the other way. This hair style is not available to players.
- The Hairstyle "Earmuffs" may be a reference to the hair style in the movie "Star Wars (1977)" where Princess Leia has a similar hair style in the movie.
- Wearing a certain hat or helm that fully encloses your scalp with the Demonic Claw/Hell's Point or the Brainiac/Bride of Fenkenstrain hair will make the player's eyes turn back to normal.