Continuing on from the previous posts on the haircuts found across the Terminators built by Skynet to be sent back in time, we turn this time to the T-X.
Where the T-800 had been a technologically advanced killing machine with a ruffle of eighties hair, the T-1000 was a liquid metal killing machine with a slicked back haircut suited to its construction; do you have any idea how difficult it is to make hair (and not just any hair, but eighties hair) out of mercury? The computation would be outrageous.
In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a new model was introduced; the experimental T-X was a solid core surrounded by a liquid metal exterior which served to ease the disguise process, but also maintaining the durability of the T-800-style machines.
The T-X extends the established gradual evolution of the Terminator-series machine haircuts. The evolution begins with Schwarzenegger’s T-800, whose ruff of eighties hair looks almost primitive compared to what was to follow. Patrick’s T-1000 boasts what seems to be a primitive version of the SLICKED BACK MALE 02 (for reasons we’ve already discussed). This line of evolution continues right up to Loken’s depiction of the T-X, whose blonde hair is matted so tightly to the cold metallic skull beneath that it might as well not exist (as you can see in the photo above)
I was initially surprised that the successor to SLICKED BACK MALE 02 would be SLICKED BACK FEMALE 01, but once you take into account the harsh logic of an incalculable machine intelligence like Skynet it certainly seems to make a lot of sense.