There are fewer types of female heads compared to male heads. As female heads hardly have any mechanisms for movement, they are customized to individual roles by different wigs and costumes.
Heads for Female Roles
This head is used for most unmarried women, ranging from princess to town girl. There are no mechanisms for movement. It expresses a variety of sentiments through slight gestures only. A needle is attached to the mouth to place upon it a hand cloth or sleeve to demonstrate that she is clenching her teeth and crying.
A head for a middle-aged married woman with shaved eyebrows. Those with sharp features are for the wife of a warrior in jidai-mono (historical plays), whereas those with a kind face are for wives in sewa-mono (contemporary, domestic plays). Since the head is often used for characters who meet a sad fate, the corners of the mouth are somewhat turned downwards. It has a mechanism for closing its eyes. The mouth has a needle similar to the head of Musume.
This head is used for courtesans who are beautiful as well as cultivated and well-educated. Her will power shows through even in her sensuous character. She has a large hair arrangement featuring many gorgeous ornamental hairpins and combs.
A comical maiden. She has a charming face with thin, down-slanted eyes, flat nose, and pouty cheeks. This head is used for roles such as chamber maid in jidai-mono (historical plays) and servant in sewa-mono (contemporary, domestic plays).
This head is for elder woman roles. It has sunken cheeks, and wrinkles are depicted on the face. A gracious, refined head in jidai-mono (historical plays) is used as a somewhat sad, realistic head in sewa-mono (contemporary, domestic plays).
An elder villain woman. It has a harsh expression with furrowed eyebrows. It has mechanisms for opening its mouth and crossing its eyes.
An elder woman with a dreadful, scary expression. It is used for villain roles in jidai-mono (historical plays). Its hair is white, and its mouth and eyes move.