Okay so I already posted my love for your addition to the cuddle hc in the tags but the part where Jason falls asleep to Tim playing with his hair? It killed me dead. That was beautiful. I now have this head canon that whenever Jason starts getting really worked up(anger or anxiety) Tim will just reach over and start rubbing slow circles on Jason's scalp and it instantly calms him down.
I did see that! Also, @tanekore with the touch starved addition! Hell yes! Might have to work on that touch starved Tim I started last week because damn do I love that HC! So good! I might even throw together a touch starved HC when I’m done doing dishes.
Oh, my goodness gravy gracious! Let me start by say I’m not a fan of touching, but fuck are head touches and playing with hair the absolute best. No lie, I’ll just rub my own head sometimes because it feels all nice and tingly and it’s just the best! It’s nice and comforting and here come HCs!
So, Jay’s not a big fan of people hugging him because it makes him feel trapped and vulnerable. He’ll hug certain people and occasionally accept a one armed hug, but for the most part it’s not something he enjoys. He’s not fond of random touches either because it puts him on edge and once he’s on high alert it’s hard to switch off. For a long time, he’s the one that has to initiate contact because anything else can end up sending his mind places he doesn’t want it to go, then Tim happens.
They’re just spending time together on the couch one day watching movies and relaxing, when Jay decides he’s comfortable enough to just rest his head on Tim’s lap. The other just goes on autopilot as he runs his fingers through Jason’s hair and Jay didn’t think it would feel so good, but holy shit it’s the best. After that, he just starts resting his head in Tim’s lap whenever he can and Tim’s not considered one of the greatest detectives ever for no reason.
He picks up on Jay’s new habit and starts running his fingers through his hair and gently rubbing his head when he can reach. He’ll come up behind him when he’s sitting down or when he has pinned Jay during training. It doesn’t even set off Jay’s instincts because his body just goes limp right away and enjoys the feeling. Jay even starts to push up into Tim’s hand if he dares to stop before Jay is satisfied.
With how relaxed it makes him, Tim decides it’s the perfect weapon to combat Jay’s anxiety and anger. It makes visits to the Manor easier and helps them both sleep at night because the sound of Jay slow, peaceful breathing is a pretty good way to combat his insomnia. Tim doesn’t ever expect to use it while they’re out being Red Robin and Red Hood, but one night Jay and Bruce get into and huge fight.
They’re screaming at each other and seem pretty close to throwing punch, when Tim steps in between them to rip off Jason’s helmet. Everyone just stares at Tim as he jumps high enough to wrap his legs around Jason’s waist to give him the height he needs to get at his hair. At first, Jay kind of resists, then he leans into it and Tim drops back on his feet so he can get them out of there while Jay’s still relaxed. They spend the rest of the night curled up in bed with Tim’s hands running through Jay’s hair.
This got super long! Point is, head rubs and hair playing is the ultimate Jay stress reliever. Obviously, Tim is the best at it because Jay’s admittedly always had a thing for Tim’s hand. They’re just really nice, okay? Don’t judge him!