Ahsoka Tano has become one of the most popular characters in Star Wars in recent memory because she is set to become the focus character of the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series. Of course, we all know that Ahsoka is unique not only in her story but also in her appearance because she is not human. Many people are even surprised by the fact that she doesn’t even have hair despite her appearance. So, why doesn’t Ahsoka have hair?
Ahsoka Tano doesn’t have hair because her people, the Togrutas, don’t have hair. Instead, they have horn-like appendages called montrals and head tails called lekku. The montrals on a Togruta’s head serve as a way for the Togruta to sense moving objects around them.
Given the fact that Ahsoka was never even human, to begin with, it isn’t surprising that she and her people don’t have hair, unlike other humanoid species that naturally have hair. That’s why they have something else in the place where the hair of humans often grows. So, with that said, let’s look at why Ahsoka doesn’t have hair.
The Togrutas don’t have hair
As popular as Ahsoka Tano may have become in the world of Star Wars due to her appearances in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ ‘Star Wars: Rebels,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ and ‘Ahsoka,’ not a lot of people know that she belongs to an alien species that may be similar to humans but aren’t exactly human. Ahsoka is actually a member of the Togruta species that is native to the planet of Shili. And the Togruta are humanoid people that tend to have striking features.
On top of the fact that Togrutas have colorful skin that they developed naturally as a means for them to hide from predators in the wild, they also have special appendages in place of where hair usually grows. That means that Togrutas don’t have hair. And because Togrutas don’t have hair, Ahsoka also doesn’t.
Of course, there are special reasons why the Togrutas don’t have hair but have these appendages instead. And it goes back to the fact that these people tend to be very close to nature and are more primitive than other species in the Star Wars galaxy because they don’t often rely on technology but would rather live in smaller communities near the woods.
What is Ahsoka’s hair called?
As mentioned, instead of having hair, the Togrutas have hair-like appendages on top of their heads. These are called montrals, which look like horns. Togrutas also grow head tails that are similar to the head tails of the Twi’leks but are rather different in how they look. These head tails are called lekku.
Now, we mentioned before the appendages on top of the head of a Togruta have special functions. That means that they weren’t there for aesthetic purposes. These appendages actually do something for the Togrutas.
The Togrutas are known to live off the land, and that’s why they are close to nature. That also means that they need natural tools that allow them to survive in the wild, and that is where their montrals come into play. The montrals of a Togruta allow them to sense moving objects around them through echolocation. And they could sense the movement of objects up to 82 feet.
In that regard, the montrals help the Togrutas survive in the wild, where predators are stalking them, as seen in ‘Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi.’ At the same time, the montrals also help the Togrutas when it comes to hunting prey.
Why does Ahsoka’s hair change?
One of the things that fans noticed was that Ahsoka’s hair or montrals changed as she grew older. That’s because this is one of the different features that the Togrutas are naturally born with.
A Togruta’s montrals grow bigger and more pronounced as they age. While female Togrutas tend to have longer lekku, male Togrutas tend to have montrals that are more pronounced. This is probably due to how males are often hunting, and that’s why they need larger montrals to sense moving objects around them.
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