Twi’leks: Part 1: Lekku

Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars; they are also some of the most varied representation within the movies and TV shows. This post is the first in a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.

Lekku:

Lekku are the head-tails, also known as, head-appendages, brain-tails and head-tentacles, that are the Twi’lek’s defining futures. Many of the ready-made for perches Lekku are not movie accurate, (that said, they are still good for costumes.)

Lekku Height & Position:

Often the main problem with these ready-made Lekku is that the tentacle is both too high and to close together and often leaving out the defining bulb shape at the base where the Lekku are attached to the skull. Aayla Securra and the background Twi’lek’s may be the reason for the height of the Lekku becoming exaggerated. Aayla’s Lekku are higher up on her head than all the other Twi’lek’s featured before her, However, all Twi’lek’s that are featured in the movies and TV shows of Star Wars have their Lekku lower then the top of their skull.

Female:

(Note: The Lekku also come out from the side of the head, not the top, the center of the female Lekku roughly fall in line with the temple generally.)

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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)

Male:

Male Twi’lek’s Lekku are also lower then the top of the skull and also come out from the side of the head. However, they typical seem to come down from an angle more in the back of the skull, and lower down then female Twi’lek’s.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Lower Down)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Angled Down More From Back Of The Head)

Lekku Spacing:

The widths of the Lekku spacing is often too close in ready made items, in the movies the Lekku appear to be roughly about a hand width apart. Lekku come out of the back and side of the skull running towards the back, which is why they stay behind the shoulders. The width between the Lekku can be more then a hand width like on Oola,and Hera, both of which seem to have wider set Lekku.

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(ROTS: Aayla: Spacing Of Lekku)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Male Twi’lek: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Spaced Almost Width Of Head Apart)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Spaced Apart)

Female vs. Male Lekku

Female Twi’lek’s have their Lekku placed differently than males, for the most part female Lekku are higher up and out to the sides of the head more so then the males.

Male Lekku come out of the skull lower down at the base and back of the skull from behind the ears, they don’t have the base of the Lekku bulb shape as visible from the front the way females do.

Hera’s Lekku like many of the other female Twi’lek’s come out from higher up on her skull and out to the side more. Cham’s Lekku come out lower down on his skull and more from the back of his skull, they also angle downwards which is typical for the males. A general shape that female Lekku follow it a upside down U, where as male Lekku follow an upside down V shape.

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(SWR: S2.Ep15: Hera And Cham Syndulla: Lekku Placement)
Lekku u shape
(SWTCW: S1.Ep19-21: U Shape of Female Twi’lek Lekku)
Lekku v shape
(SWTCW: S1.Ep20: V Shape Of Male Lekku)

Images from Cap-that.com

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Myths About Star Wars Hairstyles

One of the common myths about hairstyles in the Star Wars universe is that these intricate styles are achieved with a person’s own natural (often times long and thick) hair. In reality a combination of wigs, hair pieces and hair extensions, among other techniques, where used to give the length and volume needed for these styles. Princess Leia’s and Queen Amidala/Padmè’s hairstyles are commonly attributed to this myth. However, both Leia’s and Padmè’s hair is achieved through the for mentioned hair help. Within universe the characters achieve these hairstyles with wigs, hair filler and forms among means other than their own natural hair. In [Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season: 3 Episode: 11, Pursuit of Peace,] a short scene near the end of the episode shows Padmè talking with her handmaiden Teckla Minnau. In the scene Teckla is holding Padmè’s senatorial wig/headdress which Padmè wears with her (blue and gold) senate dress from the Clone Wars TV show.

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(Cap-that.com) (Teckla Minnau, SWTCW: S:3 E:11)

A behind the scene photo of Padmè’s [Star Wars: The Phantom Menace] (black Coruscant) wig/headdress from [Padawan’s Guide] shows that the wearers real hair is tucked beneath the wig/headdress.

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

Padmè’s (senate address) headdress from the same movie can also be seen here in makeup-chair, (Also from Padawan’s Guide).

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

All in all, the notion that Star Wars hairstyles can and only should be achieved by your own natural hair is a myth in our galaxy and one far, far away.

 

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