Posting on her Facebook wall, Lady Gaga explained: "I wrote 'Hair' about how my parents used to get pissed at my outfits and my hair when I was a kid."
She elaborated in her 2011 Thanksgiving special: "This song is about your identity being the most important thing to you... it's what's on the inside that matters. I used to get made fun of because my mom used to get up and do her hair every day in the morning, and I really looked up to my mother, so would sometimes be up blowdrying my hair until one in the morning. I'd come to school, and my friends would say, 'Why is your hair so nice? It's all girls in this school, you don't have to look so nice for class.' Well, I want to be like my mom. Now, my hair means so much to me - I must have hundreds of wigs."
This inspirational song finds Gaga teaming up with her frequent collaborator RedOne. The Mother Monster sings about embracing one's hairstyle as an expression of her identity, and climaxes with her declaring "I am my hair!"
The song features Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on saxophone. He also plays on Born this Way's third single "The Edge Of Glory." Gaga explained to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show: "It's really up-tempo. It's a club record, but has a Bruce Springsteen vibe. It's really interesting because it's putting sax on a huge dance record."
Gaga said at a press listening a few months before the song's release, that it draws inspiration from Pat Benatar's 1984 hit "We Belong
," while focusing on empowering lyrics similar to those of "Born This Way
Lady Gaga revealed during the 2019 Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards that her long-standing hairstylist Frederic Aspiras was the inspiration for this song. She said she wrote "Hair" because "he helped inspire me to love myself, and be myself every day."