- For the hairstyle used by male members of the Water Tribes, see warrior's wolf tail.
Hair loopies are a type of hairstyle in the Northern and Southern Water Tribes. Sokka used the term when he asked Katara how she would feel if she lost something meaningful to her, such as "her hair loopies". In the Northern Water Tribe, Yue wore a similar style consisting of elaborate braids instead of regular loops.
Katara considered hair loopies an important part of her identity, having sported this hairstyle since she was a little girl. Even so, there were times when Katara was seen without her trademark hairstyle. When she fought Pakku for her right to learn waterbending, her hair fell out of place. Later in the Crystal Catacombs, when Katara and Aang battled Azula and Zuko, Katara's hair once again came out of place during the struggle. While her hair loopies returned for a short time after that fight, Katara altered her appearance traveling in the Fire Nation in order to blend in with locals. She removed her hair loopies and wore her hair down in addition to wearing Fire Nation clothing. Although she still tied two strands of hair behind her ear even when she wore her hair down, the loops no longer framed her face.
During the Invasion of the Fire Nation, Katara began incorporating her Water Tribe hairstyle once again. It was reminiscent of her Fire Nation style, with her hair unbraided in back, but her hair loopies were back, albeit thicker than before. She wore this style for the rest of the series.
Kanna, Katara and Sokka's Gran Gran, also wore hair loopies. In a hallucination, Katara remembered Kya, her mother, with them, but during the final raid on the Southern Water Tribe, Kya did not bear the hairstyle.
After the defeat of Fire Lord Ozai, Sokka attempted to do a painting of the heroes in the Jasmine Dragon. When Katara looked at Sokka's rendition of her, she accused him of giving her Momo's ears. He reassured her that they were her hair loopies. Katara had misinterpreted the hair loopies because of their round, hanging shape that resembled the flying lemur's ears.
No matter how much time progresses, hair loopies are still a very big trend among the women in the Water Tribes. Yakone's wife even donned the hairstyle three decades after the Hundred Year War.