History Main / ExpositoryHairstylechange

25th May '16 7:52:35 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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* After RickAstley stopped working with ''Stock Aitken and Waterman'', he let his formerly short and slicked-back hair grow to chin-length. See his video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRfPon9vmU Cry For Help.]]

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* After RickAstley Music/RickAstley stopped working with ''Stock Aitken and Waterman'', he let his formerly short and slicked-back hair grow to chin-length. See his video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRfPon9vmU Cry For Help.]]



* Sir EltonJohn got a hair implant in TheNineties, which quite helped when he went from CampGay to StraightGay.
* MarilynManson in the "Mechanical Animals" era has crimson-red hair, a typically outlandish hair colour, supposedly used to signify a theme of "alienation" (literally - the album cover portrays him as a red-haired androgynous naked alien-type-thing).

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* Sir EltonJohn Music/EltonJohn got a hair implant in TheNineties, which quite helped when he went from CampGay to StraightGay.
* MarilynManson Music/MarilynManson in the "Mechanical Animals" era has crimson-red hair, a typically outlandish hair colour, supposedly used to signify a theme of "alienation" (literally - the album cover portrays him as a red-haired androgynous naked alien-type-thing).



* MileyCyrus' full transformation from Disney princess to her current (as of 2014) "mature" persona can be visually marked by her change from girlish long hair to the short pixie cut she received in 2012.
* The psychedelic [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]] era of TheBeatles came into effect when the former moptops wore mustaches, muttonchops and beards, and John wore [[LennonSpecs his famous round glasses]].

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* MileyCyrus' Music/MileyCyrus' full transformation from Disney princess to her current (as of 2014) "mature" persona can be visually marked by her change from girlish long hair to the short pixie cut she received in 2012.
* The psychedelic [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]] era of TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles came into effect when the former moptops wore mustaches, muttonchops and beards, and John wore [[LennonSpecs his famous round glasses]].
19th May '16 11:01:42 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* At the start of season five of ''OneTreeHill'', Nathan grows a shoulder-length mane and unkempt stubble to symbolise his dark emotional state, and later shaves/gets a haircut to signify that he's no longer tempted to throw himself into his mansion pool.

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* At the start of season five of ''OneTreeHill'', ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Nathan grows a shoulder-length mane and unkempt stubble to symbolise his dark emotional state, and later shaves/gets a haircut to signify that he's no longer tempted to throw himself into his mansion pool.
17th May '16 2:03:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* When Travis Bickle begins preparing for his murderous mission in TaxiDriver he cuts his hair short and neat. When he really goes off the deep end and embarks on his mission its cut again, this time into a mohawk.

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* When Travis Bickle begins preparing for his murderous mission in TaxiDriver ''Film/TaxiDriver'' he cuts his hair short and neat. When he really goes off the deep end and embarks on his mission its cut again, this time into a mohawk.
17th May '16 8:54:28 AM Katsuhagi
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* Invoked by Ariel in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', since she's a shapeshifter who can change her hair color and length at will, especially the front part of her bangs which are colored. When it's pointed out by [[BigBad Snadhya'rune]] to [[AxCray Kalki]] [[spoiler:her half-sister]] that the purple bangs she's sporting are "our" colors Ariel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10121 immediately changes them to the Sarghress red]].

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* Invoked by Ariel in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', since she's a shapeshifter who can change her hair color and length at will, especially the front part of her bangs which are colored. When it's pointed out by [[BigBad Snadhya'rune]] to [[AxCray [[AxCrazy Kalki]] [[spoiler:her half-sister]] that the purple bangs she's sporting are "our" colors Ariel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10121 immediately changes them to the Sarghress red]]. She's shown doing the same thing at several other points, since purple is also associated with her sister ([[spoiler:really mother]]) Mel'arnach, while she tends to use the red bangs when she has to present herself as heir to the Sarghress clan.
17th May '16 8:48:17 AM Katsuhagi
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* Invoked by Ariel in ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', since she's a shapeshifter who can change her hair color and length at will, especially the front part of her bangs which are colored. When it's pointed out by [[BigBad Snadhya'rune]] to [[AxCray Kalki]] [[spoiler:her half-sister]] that the purple bangs she's sporting are "our" colors Ariel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10121 immediately changes them to the Sarghress red]].
15th May '16 9:25:25 PM nombretomado
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* In the MarvelCinematicUniverse

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4th May '16 5:43:51 PM mickey211
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* In ''Series/Castle'' Detective Kate Beckett starts season one with short, blunt brown hair. As the seasons progress and she becomes a more obvious love interest for Richard Castle, her hair becomes more stereotypically feminine, by growing longer, more wavy, and getting blonde highlights.

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* In ''Series/Castle'' ''Series/{{Castle}}'' Detective Kate Beckett starts season one with short, blunt brown hair. As the seasons progress and she becomes a more obvious love interest for Richard Castle, her hair becomes more stereotypically feminine, by growing longer, more wavy, and getting blonde highlights.
4th May '16 2:15:17 PM rafi
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* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', the protagonist Kenzo Tenma goes from an immaculately groomed woobie to a scruffy, stubbled, long-haired badass. Pictured above.
* Shinichi Izumi from Parasyte - The Maxim changes his hair partway through, to having his bangs pushed further back, generally making the character look more action-ready. The glasses are also ditched.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' Alice is shown with braids at her military academy graduation just as war is ended. FlashForward a few years and the braids are gone and she's in the War Relief squadron still cleaning up from the battles.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': [[WideEyedIdealist Baam]] goes from his adorably messy hair to BlindingBangs concealing his shiny gold eyes and growing long hair, indicating his loss of trust and idealism and his gain of awesome asskicking powers.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed grows his hair out into a short braid after getting his automail before it had been shorter and messy.
** Late in the story, Ed spends several months in hiding recuperating from a serious injury, and afterward he switches to a ponytail. The only reason he does that is because he was being hunted down by the military, and their description of him mentions that his hair is in a braid.
** [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/451809 The ponytail also makes him look]] more like his [[DisappearedDad father]] when ''he'' [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/424299 was young,]] though when his father tells him that, Ed immediately braids the hair back up and scowls at him.
** In the last chapter, it's shown that Ed [[spoiler: keeps the ponytail for good. His father's death might've had something to do with it.]]
** Let's not forget Hawkeye. She is shown to have short hair in her backstory, grew her hair out because she met Winry and thought it might look good on her, and finally on the photo epilogue page, is shown to have gone back to her original short cut.
** Ed once again has a ponytail in TheMovie based off of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime series]], ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa Conqueror of Shamballa]]''.
** In the manga, once Ling [[spoiler:becomes Greed]], his front cowlick changes from right to left [[spoiler:to show who is currently in control]].



* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' the growth of Fay's hair coincides with the GrowingTheBeard segment and shows that he's taken a darker turn, while the rest of the cast apparently went to a barber off-panel during the same period. This also happened when [[spoiler:he was younger and imprisoned with his twin, and we know it's been a long time since they go from short hair to waist-length within a few pages]].
* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, nearly everyone aside from [[spoiler:Gendo and the pilots]] gets a new hairstyle and outfit, to mark the [[spoiler:14-year-TimeSkip.]] Also, [[spoiler:the newly-introduced fresh]] Rei [[spoiler:clone]] has the bangs in the middle of her forehead intersecting or in two distinct points, especially after TheReveal.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Aizawa's transition from clean-shaven to PermaStubble is used to show his emerging inner {{Badass}}.
** Another example is Mello, who gets slightly shorter and messier hair after the [[spoiler:explosion at his Mafia hideout]], from which point not only he becomes more {{Badass}} but seems to start [[spoiler:cooperating with Near.]]
* The sight of women with [[StringyHairedGhostGirl long, disheveled hair]] falling around their shoulders is a part of the Japanese psyche, as bodies are prepared with loose hair before funerals. Therefore in older pieces ghosts were often shown with loose, long hair to symbolize that they were no longer among the living. In modern times this can be seen through [[Literature/TheRing Sadako's]] appearance and the various characters she has influenced.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has another example that requires knowledge of Japanese customs: Jin's very long bangs/sideburns plus long ponytail are a strange hairstyle for a samurai. Most other samurai in the series either have the short bangs plus ponytail style suitable for teenagers and apprentices or the tonsured style favored by older men, especially bureaucrats. When we start seeing Jin's backstory flashbacks, it becomes clear that he used to have the apprentice style, but stopped cutting it after he became a ronin. His bangs have gone from above his eyebrows to his jawline, suggesting that the time between the flashbacks and the main series timeline is about 3-6 months.
* In ''Manhwa/IWish'', K starts off the series with his hair tied back with several hairties. He slowly starts wearing them less and simply letting his hair down and remain open as he begins to warm up to Lyu-Jin. [[spoiler: He reverts back to the hairties when Seven removes his love for Lyu-Jin in the final few chapters.]]
* After Vash [[spoiler: shoots the goddamned moon and does serious damage to a city]] in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Wolfwood finds him living under the name Ericks with long hair and the beginnings of a beard. After Vash comes out of his TenMinuteRetirement he gets his hair cut, returning it to the upright "broom" style the audience is familiar with.
** Also, Plants like Vash and Knives all have blonde hair at birth, which [[spoiler:slowly turns black the more they use that {{BFG}} within their arm.]] So at the start of the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga, Vash is a happy-go-lucky blondie, but at the beginning of ''Trigun Maximum'', once his hair is cut and he returns to action we see he sports a shock of black at the very back of his scalp below his ears. By the end of the manga, his hair is almost completely black.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', after [[spoiler:Akito]]'s HeelFaceTurn, she is shown at the end with shoulder length hair.
** When Kyouko was a BrokenBird delinquent, she had long hair. She keeps it long after marrying Kazuma, but by the time of her death she had cut it into a bob.
** Isuzu (a.k.a. Rin) Sohma had extremely long dark hair when she was introduced. Later, Akito [[TraumaticHaircut chopped it off in a fit of rage]]. This coincides with [[BrokenBird her]] becoming more agreeable and starting to place more trust and faith on others, specially [[AllLovingHero on Tohru]].

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* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' the growth of Fay's Tiffa Addil from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' is a ShyBlueHairedGirl BarrierMaiden who keeps her hair coincides with in a ponytail. She [[LettingHerHairDown temporarily lets it loose]] in the GrowingTheBeard segment and shows Ocean Arc, [[spoiler: as a sign that he's taken a darker turn, while she's now [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by the rest spirit of Lucille Lilliant, the other BarrierMaiden of the cast apparently went to a barber off-panel during the same period. This also happened when [[spoiler:he was younger and imprisoned with his twin, and we know it's been a long time since they go from short hair to waist-length within a few pages]].
* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, nearly everyone aside from [[spoiler:Gendo and the pilots]] gets a new hairstyle and outfit, to mark the [[spoiler:14-year-TimeSkip.]] Also, [[spoiler:the newly-introduced fresh]] Rei [[spoiler:clone]] has the bangs in the middle of her forehead intersecting or in two distinct points, especially after TheReveal.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Aizawa's transition from clean-shaven to PermaStubble is used to show his emerging inner {{Badass}}.
** Another example is Mello, who gets slightly shorter and messier hair after the [[spoiler:explosion at his Mafia hideout]], from which point not only he becomes more {{Badass}} but seems to start [[spoiler:cooperating with Near.
story.]]
* The sight [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Anime/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' in the case of women the Mayor, whose Kappa suit has a wound mechanism in the head which can change his hair from short and spiky to long with [[StringyHairedGhostGirl a simple twist, and which he reserves for switching from his usual care free [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything mayorliness]] to the [[BlatantLies badass youkai within]].
* Each of the four recurring prima characters in ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' has a FlashBack hairstyle. Alicia, currently in a single braid, wore two braids. Akira, her hair now long, once had it cut short. Athena, now cut short, once wore it at shoulder length. Then we have Grandma, who during her Undine days wore her hair long and wavy and now wears it up in a bun. Unlike the other three, who usually appear in flashbacks dating to four years before the series proper, Grandma's flashbacks date to around thirty years. Four years ago, she wore the same hairstyle but was taller. Finally, we have [[spoiler: Akari, who some years after becoming a prima began wearing her hair in a long ponytail,]] and Aika, who got an ImportantHaircut midway through the series from twin braids to a shorter cut. Alice is a different example, as she wears her hair differently to signify when she attends school.
* Ukraine in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. As a little girl and young teenager, she had long hair and kept it in a [[GirlishPigtails braided]] PrimAndProperBun. As an adult she has it in a bob ([[HairDecorations plus a hairband and hairpins]]), probably for practical reasons since she's implied to work as a farmer.
** When Hungary was young and thought she was a boy, she had a very short ponytail. In the infamous InnocentFanserviceGirl scene with ChivalrousPervert Prussia, she still dresses as a boy but her 'tail is ''much'' longer. When she grows up into a NinjaMaid, she keeps it loose - and in modern days, she still wears it like that.
** This is a little harder to spot, but Belarus used to have shoulder-level MessyHair tied with a white headband. As an older nation her hair is waist-level and noticeably straighter, but still kept with a band.
** Liechtenstein, when she was little, had her hair in a long braid or in twin braids. She cut it off some time after meeting Switzerland, [[WellDoneSonGuy as part of her desire to prove herself to him]].
** Parodied when England tries to pull one in his childhood by growing his hair long. RealityEnsues when it turns out extremely messy since he only grew it out, without actually putting any care in it. He then asks [[TheDandy France]] to give him one instead... and France proceeds to cut it back to its original style, claiming it's what fits England the best.
** Czech Republic had her hair in GirlishPigtails as a younger nation, but by the time she and Slovakia manage to be independent she switched to a long-ish bob.
* Parodied in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. It's a new school year for Chiyo-chan, so to show how much she's matured as a person... she starts wearing her pigtails lower.
** As well as Tomo she grows her hair out during her second year, intending to be somewhat like [[Franchise/LupinIII Fujiko]]. When that doesn't pan out too well, she cuts it to even shorter than it was when she was a freshman. Yomi gets in a good laugh when Chiyo-chan thinks that Tomo did it because she got dumped.
* [[GoMadFromTheRevelation After the immense trauma she suffered during the Eclipse]], Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' grows
long, disheveled hair]] falling around their shoulders is a part hair signature to TheOphelia that she turned into, in lieu of the Japanese psyche, as bodies are prepared with loose short, cropped hair before funerals. Therefore in older pieces ghosts were often shown with loose, long hair to symbolize that they were no longer among the living. In modern times this can be seen through [[Literature/TheRing Sadako's]] appearance and the various characters she has influenced.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has another example that requires knowledge of Japanese customs: Jin's very long bangs/sideburns plus long ponytail are a strange hairstyle for a samurai. Most other samurai in the series either have the short bangs plus ponytail style suitable for teenagers and apprentices or the tonsured style favored by older men, especially bureaucrats. When we start seeing Jin's backstory flashbacks, it becomes clear that he used to have the apprentice style, but stopped cutting it after he became a ronin. His bangs have gone from above his eyebrows to his jawline, suggesting that the time between the flashbacks and the main series timeline is about 3-6 months.
* In ''Manhwa/IWish'', K starts off the series with his hair tied back with several hairties. He slowly starts wearing them less and simply letting his hair down and remain open as he begins to warm up to Lyu-Jin. [[spoiler: He reverts back to the hairties when Seven removes his love for Lyu-Jin in the final few chapters.]]
* After Vash [[spoiler: shoots the goddamned moon and does serious damage to a city]] in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Wolfwood finds him living under the name Ericks with long hair and the beginnings of a beard. After Vash comes out of his TenMinuteRetirement he gets his hair cut, returning it to the upright "broom" style the audience is familiar with.
** Also, Plants like Vash and Knives all have blonde hair at birth, which [[spoiler:slowly turns black the more they use that {{BFG}} within their arm.]] So at the start
of the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga, Vash is a happy-go-lucky blondie, but at the beginning of ''Trigun Maximum'', badass ActionGirl she once his hair is cut and he returns to action we see he sports a shock of black at the very back of his scalp below his ears. By the end of the manga, his hair is almost completely black.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', after [[spoiler:Akito]]'s HeelFaceTurn, she is shown at the end with shoulder length hair.
** When Kyouko was a BrokenBird delinquent, she had long hair. She keeps it long after marrying Kazuma, but by the time of her death she had cut it into a bob.
** Isuzu (a.k.a. Rin) Sohma had extremely long dark hair when she was introduced. Later, Akito [[TraumaticHaircut chopped it off in a fit of rage]]. This coincides with [[BrokenBird her]] becoming more agreeable and starting to place more trust and faith on others, specially [[AllLovingHero on Tohru]].
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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane starts the series with hair at about mid-back length, but it gets sliced off to about neck-level during Ranma's initial battle with Ryoga, resulting in a new hairstyle. Almost immediately afterwards, she gets over her long-standing crush on Dr. Tofu (which she knew would always be unrequited, considering his own feelings for her sister, Kasumi) and decides not to grow her hair back. Therefore, it could be argued that, in addition to a TraumaticHaircut, the new hairdo doubles as an Expository Hairstyle Change that signifies her decision to accept that nothing would come of it and move on.
** Also of note is Ranma's pre-story switch from a ponytail (in the flashbacks) to a pigtail. The Dragon Whisker story arc explains the very good reason behind it.
* This can actually be seen in many of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films. It's not uncommon that, by the end of the film, the protagonist's appearance has changed somewhat. This is almost always reflected in their hair, and almost always in the main female. [[AuthorAppeal Miyazaki seems to have a thing for short-haired girls.]]
** [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] doesn't do this in the movie, but in the manga she has her hair cut from shoulder length to just below her ears as she prepares to go to war, symbolizing the end of her innocent life.
*** Later on in the manga, Princess Kushana, who originally sported a waist-length blonde braid wrapped around her head, chopped it off after she failed to rescue some of her soldiers who had been assigned a task at odds with their training[[labelnote:]] (Kushana trained them as elite cavalry specializing in quick attacks, but they were put on point defense; that's the equivalent of forcing Navy SEAL Team Six into a WWI trench)[[/labelnote]] and placed in an indefensible position by her brothers as a show of solidarity as well as a promise to everyone that she would redouble her efforts to hunt down and kill the Princes of Torumekia.
** Near the end of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta who has sported braided pigtails the entire movie confronts Muska along with Pazu. Muska pulls out a pistol and, to prove he's not bluffing, ''shoots off Sheeta's pigtails''. This could represent her growth as a person, no longer willing to be a passive participant in the plot.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has an unusual inversion for a Miyazaki film. Here, it's the male protagonist who alters his hairstyle at the ''start of the movie'', due to being exiled from his village after becoming infected with a curse.
** In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie begins the movie with waist-length dark hair done up in a simple braid. She still has the braid after being transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes, albeit grey and much shorter. However, at the climax of the film, she sacrifices her braid to revive Calcifer (who she'd just realized is [[spoiler:Howl's heart]]), so even after breaking the curse Sophie's hair remains silver and short.
*** This is one of the many differences from the original novel. In the book, Sophie's hair was strawberry blonde (i.e. a very light red), and her hair went back to its former colour and style after her curse broke.
*** Howl himself has one in the movie. After Sophie accidentally rearranged his several dozen hair products, his blond hair turned orange, then later black (the latter being his natural colour). His decision to not re-dye it indicates his increasing willingness to drop his façade, as well as his growing trust of (and love for) Sophie.
* Eikichi Onizuka changes his hairstyle in the first volume of ''[[Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka GTO]]'' right after he decided to be a teacher.
* Kenji Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' explains his present appearance sporting a moustache and goatee because of the fact that [[spoiler:he wishes to hide his original appearance so Tenma won't recognize him as the boy who rescued her from an incident long ago. She doesn't remember this said event anyway, though.]]

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane starts the series with ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Kallen Stadfeldt/Kozuki has two different hair at about mid-back length, but it gets sliced off to about neck-level during Ranma's initial battle with Ryoga, resulting in styles, a new hairstyle. Almost immediately afterwards, she gets over her long-standing crush on Dr. Tofu spiky wild look (which she knew would always be unrequited, considering his own feelings for is apparently her sister, Kasumi) natural one) when she's being her ActionGirl self, and decides not to grow her a combed-down hair back. Therefore, it could be argued that, in addition style she uses at school to a TraumaticHaircut, the new hairdo doubles as an Expository Hairstyle Change that signifies her decision to accept that nothing would come of it and move on.
** Also of note is Ranma's pre-story switch from a ponytail (in the flashbacks) to a pigtail. The Dragon Whisker story arc explains the very good reason behind it.
* This can actually be seen in many of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films. It's not uncommon that, by the end
part of the film, fake IllGirl persona she hides behind. [[spoiler:In the protagonist's appearance has changed somewhat. This epilogue, she is almost always reflected in their shown going to school with her spiky hair, signifying that she has thrown away her frail cover, and almost always can now be herself in the main female. [[AuthorAppeal Miyazaki seems to have a thing for short-haired girls.school.]]
** [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] doesn't do this in * Between the movie, but in the manga she has her hair cut two seasons of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei goes from shoulder length to just below her ears as she prepares to go to war, symbolizing the end of her innocent life.
*** Later on in the manga, Princess Kushana, who originally sported a waist-length blonde braid wrapped around her head, chopped it off after she failed to rescue some of her soldiers who had been assigned a task at odds with their training[[labelnote:]] (Kushana trained them as elite cavalry specializing in quick attacks, but they were put on point defense; that's the equivalent of forcing Navy SEAL Team Six into a WWI trench)[[/labelnote]]
clean-cut and placed in an indefensible position by her brothers as a show capable of solidarity as well as a promise to everyone that she would redouble her efforts to hunt down and kill the Princes of Torumekia.
** Near the end of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta who has sported braided pigtails the entire movie confronts Muska along with Pazu. Muska pulls out a pistol and, to prove he's not bluffing, ''shoots off Sheeta's pigtails''. This could represent her growth as a person, no longer willing to be a passive participant in the plot.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has an unusual inversion
passing for a Miyazaki film. Here, it's the male protagonist who alters his hairstyle at the ''start of the movie'', due university student to being exiled from his village after becoming infected "[[FanNickname Hobo Hei]]", with PermaStubble and WildHair. Since he was extremely BadAss to begin with, this is a curse.
** In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie begins the movie with waist-length dark hair done up in a simple braid. She still
sign that all has the braid after being transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes, albeit grey and much shorter. However, at the climax of the film, she sacrifices her braid to revive Calcifer (who she'd just realized is [[spoiler:Howl's heart]]), so even after breaking the curse Sophie's hair remains silver and short.
*** This is one of the many differences from the original novel. In the book, Sophie's hair was strawberry blonde (i.e. a very light red), and her hair went back to its former colour and style after her curse broke.
*** Howl himself has one in the movie. After Sophie accidentally rearranged his several dozen hair products, his blond hair turned orange, then later black (the latter being his natural colour). His decision to
not re-dye it indicates his increasing willingness to drop his façade, as gone well as his growing trust of (and love for) Sophie.
* Eikichi Onizuka changes his hairstyle in
for him during the first volume year or two of ''[[Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka GTO]]'' right after he decided to be a teacher.
* Kenji Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' explains his present appearance sporting a moustache and goatee because of the fact that [[spoiler:he wishes to hide his original appearance so Tenma won't recognize him as the boy who rescued her from an incident long ago. She doesn't remember this said event anyway, though.]]
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* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Hikaru Amane, a.k.a. Dabide from Rokkaku, is a natural redhead who's quite proud of his hair and takes care of it quite well, applying hair wax to it every day. When Amane gets serious in his games, he takes a rubber band and ties his hair up; you can expect him to play [[LetsGetDangerous at his very full strength]] from then on.
** Also, Kippei Tachibana dyes his hair blond after the Fudomine team qualifies for the National Tournament. He used to dye it years ago, but stopped doing so after a traumatic incident [[spoiler: where he almost [[EyeScream blinded]] his best friend.]] He retakes the dye part [[spoiler: in the Nationals.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Kallen Stadfeldt/Kozuki has two different hair styles, a spiky wild look (which is apparently her natural one) when she's being her ActionGirl self, and a combed-down hair style she uses at school to as part of the fake IllGirl persona she hides behind. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, she is shown going to school with her spiky hair, signifying that she has thrown away her frail cover, and can now be herself in school.]]
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'''s second season, [[spoiler:Feldt Grace starts wearing her hair in a style similar to her dead best friend Christina Sierra.]]
** In the trailers for TheMovie, ''several'' people have gone through hairstyle changes. [[spoiler:Louise grows her hair back to its old length, Saji keeps his slightly longer, Soma/Marie braids hers now, Mileina replaced the GirlishPigtails with a simple headband, Allelujah sports a ''really'' long ponytail... and Feldt ''cut'' her hair and looks like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lunamaria Hawke]].]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WNe6BrTbc See it here!]] (Warning, aside of the already mentioned style changes, there are ''many'' spoilers)
* In ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', [[TheOjou Meiko Akizuki]] has long straight hair, but once she starts dating Namura-sensei, she starts perming it and keeps it that way.
* In ''Manga/VampireKnight'', this happens to Yuuki Cross when [[spoiler:her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother/boyfriend]] Kaname reverts her to her true pureblood vampire form. As a human, she had normal shoulder-length hair, and as a vampire, grows long hair very quickly]].
** Once he starts acting more like his former [[spoiler:badass vampire hunter]] self, Kaien Cross takes his hair out of its customary ponytail to return it to the way he used to wear it before.
* Each of the four recurring prima characters in ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' has a FlashBack hairstyle. Alicia, currently in a single braid, wore two braids. Akira, her hair now long, once had it cut short. Athena, now cut short, once wore it at shoulder length. Then we have Grandma, who during her Undine days wore her hair long and wavy and now wears it up in a bun. Unlike the other three, who usually appear in flashbacks dating to four years before the series proper, Grandma's flashbacks date to around thirty years. Four years ago, she wore the same hairstyle but was taller. Finally, we have [[spoiler: Akari, who some years after becoming a prima began wearing her hair in a long ponytail,]] and Aika, who got an ImportantHaircut midway through the series from twin braids to a shorter cut. Alice is a different example, as she wears her hair differently to signify when she attends school.

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* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Hikaru Amane, a.k.a. Dabide ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Aizawa's transition
from Rokkaku, clean-shaven to PermaStubble is a natural redhead who's quite proud of used to show his emerging inner {{Badass}}.
** Another example is Mello, who gets slightly shorter and messier
hair and takes care of it quite well, applying hair wax to it every day. When Amane gets serious in his games, he takes a rubber band and ties his hair up; you can expect him to play [[LetsGetDangerous at his very full strength]] from then on.
** Also, Kippei Tachibana dyes his hair blond
after the Fudomine team qualifies for the National Tournament. He used to dye it years ago, [[spoiler:explosion at his Mafia hideout]], from which point not only he becomes more {{Badass}} but stopped doing so after a traumatic incident [[spoiler: where he almost [[EyeScream blinded]] his best friend.]] He retakes the dye part [[spoiler: in the Nationals.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Kallen Stadfeldt/Kozuki has two different hair styles, a spiky wild look (which is apparently her natural one) when she's being her ActionGirl self, and a combed-down hair style she uses at school
seems to as part of the fake IllGirl persona she hides behind. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, she is shown going to school start [[spoiler:cooperating with her spiky hair, signifying that she has thrown away her frail cover, and can now be herself in school.]]
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'''s second season, [[spoiler:Feldt Grace starts wearing her hair in a style similar to her dead best friend Christina Sierra.]]
** In the trailers for TheMovie, ''several'' people have gone through hairstyle changes. [[spoiler:Louise grows her hair back to its old length, Saji keeps his slightly longer, Soma/Marie braids hers now, Mileina replaced the GirlishPigtails with a simple headband, Allelujah sports a ''really'' long ponytail... and Feldt ''cut'' her hair and looks like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lunamaria Hawke]].]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WNe6BrTbc See it here!]] (Warning, aside of the already mentioned style changes, there are ''many'' spoilers)
* In ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', [[TheOjou Meiko Akizuki]] has long straight hair, but once she starts dating Namura-sensei, she starts perming it and keeps it that way.
* In ''Manga/VampireKnight'', this happens to Yuuki Cross when [[spoiler:her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother/boyfriend]] Kaname reverts her to her true pureblood vampire form. As a human, she had normal shoulder-length hair, and as a vampire, grows long hair very quickly]].
** Once he starts acting more like his former [[spoiler:badass vampire hunter]] self, Kaien Cross takes his hair out of its customary ponytail to return it to the way he used to wear it before.
* Each of the four recurring prima characters in ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' has a FlashBack hairstyle. Alicia, currently in a single braid, wore two braids. Akira, her hair now long, once had it cut short. Athena, now cut short, once wore it at shoulder length. Then we have Grandma, who during her Undine days wore her hair long and wavy and now wears it up in a bun. Unlike the other three, who usually appear in flashbacks dating to four years before the series proper, Grandma's flashbacks date to around thirty years. Four years ago, she wore the same hairstyle but was taller. Finally, we have [[spoiler: Akari, who some years after becoming a prima began wearing her hair in a long ponytail,]] and Aika, who got an ImportantHaircut midway through the series from twin braids to a shorter cut. Alice is a different example, as she wears her hair differently to signify when she attends school.
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* [[JerkAss Tsukasa]] from ''[[Manga/HanaYoriDango Boys Over Flowers]]'' gets his hair straightened (either or purpose or accidentally) when he's being [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely nice]] to [[{{Tsundere}} Tsukushi]].
* Tiffa Addil from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' is a ShyBlueHairedGirl BarrierMaiden who keeps her hair in a ponytail. She [[LettingHerHairDown temporarily lets it loose]] in the Ocean Arc, [[spoiler: as a sign that she's now [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by the spirit of Lucille Lilliant, the other BarrierMaiden of the story.]]
* Teana Lanster of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' sports GirlishPigtails in the third season. Later, she starts wearing her hair loose, indicating that she has outgrown the [[YoungGun reckless tendencies]] she exhibited earlier in the story.
** After [[spoiler:Nanoha]]'s power failure and subsequent hospital stay in ''Santa Sangre'', she decides to switch to a side ponytail, since she thought it it'd be a shame to cut it off.
** Nanoha and Fate don't sport GirlishPigtails in their MagicalGirl forms any more, since the end of the ''[=StrikerS=]'' manga, demonstrating that they are not girls any more, but women ([[HasTwoMommies with a daughter]]).
* Ukraine in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. As a little girl and young teenager, she had long hair and kept it in a [[GirlishPigtails braided]] PrimAndProperBun. As an adult she has it in a bob ([[HairDecorations plus a hairband and hairpins]]), probably for practical reasons since she's implied to work as a farmer.
** When Hungary was young and thought she was a boy, she had a very short ponytail. In the infamous InnocentFanserviceGirl scene with ChivalrousPervert Prussia, she still dresses as a boy but her 'tail is ''much'' longer. When she grows up into a NinjaMaid, she keeps it loose - and in modern days, she still wears it like that.
** This is a little harder to spot, but Belarus used to have shoulder-level MessyHair tied with a white headband. As an older nation her hair is waist-level and noticeably straighter, but still kept with a band.
** Liechtenstein, when she was little, had her hair in a long braid or in twin braids. She cut it off some time after meeting Switzerland, [[WellDoneSonGuy as part of her desire to prove herself to him]].
** Parodied when England tries to pull one in his childhood by growing his hair long. RealityEnsues when it turns out extremely messy since he only grew it out, without actually putting any care in it. He then asks [[TheDandy France]] to give him one instead... and France proceeds to cut it back to its original style, claiming it's what fits England the best.
** Czech Republic had her hair in GirlishPigtails as a younger nation, but by the time she and Slovakia manage to be independent she switched to a long-ish bob.
* Between the two seasons of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei goes from clean-cut and capable of passing for a university student to "[[FanNickname Hobo Hei]]", with PermaStubble and WildHair. Since he was extremely BadAss to begin with, this is a sign that all has not gone well for him during the year or two of TimeSkip. Bonus points: [[ActorAllusion he shares a voice actor with]] [[Manga/{{Monster}} the aforementioned Tenma]].

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* [[JerkAss Tsukasa]] from ''[[Manga/HanaYoriDango Boys Over Flowers]]'' gets his hair straightened (either or purpose or accidentally) when he's being [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely nice]] to [[{{Tsundere}} Tsukushi]].
* Tiffa Addil from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' is a ShyBlueHairedGirl BarrierMaiden who keeps her hair in a ponytail. She [[LettingHerHairDown temporarily lets it loose]] in the Ocean Arc, [[spoiler: as a sign that she's now [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by the spirit of Lucille Lilliant, the other BarrierMaiden of the story.]]
* Teana Lanster of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' sports GirlishPigtails in the third season. Later, she
In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Renton's hairstyle starts wearing her hair loose, indicating that she has outgrown the [[YoungGun reckless tendencies]] she exhibited earlier in the story.
** After [[spoiler:Nanoha]]'s power failure and subsequent hospital stay in ''Santa Sangre'', she decides
to switch to a side ponytail, since she thought it it'd be a shame to cut it off.
** Nanoha and Fate don't sport GirlishPigtails in their MagicalGirl forms any more, since the end of the ''[=StrikerS=]'' manga, demonstrating that they are not girls any more, but women ([[HasTwoMommies with a daughter]]).
* Ukraine in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. As a little girl and young teenager, she had long hair and kept it in a [[GirlishPigtails braided]] PrimAndProperBun. As an adult she has it in a bob ([[HairDecorations plus a hairband and hairpins]]),
different from episode 42 onwards, which probably for practical reasons since she's implied to work as a farmer.
** When Hungary was young and thought she was a boy, she had a very short ponytail. In the infamous InnocentFanserviceGirl scene with ChivalrousPervert Prussia, she still dresses as a boy but her 'tail is ''much'' longer. When she grows up into a NinjaMaid, she keeps it loose - and in modern days, she still wears it like that.
** This is a little harder to spot, but Belarus used to have shoulder-level MessyHair tied with a white headband. As an older nation her hair is waist-level and noticeably straighter, but still kept with a band.
** Liechtenstein, when she was little, had her hair in a long braid or in twin braids. She cut it off some time after meeting Switzerland, [[WellDoneSonGuy as part of her desire to prove herself to him]].
** Parodied when England tries to pull one in
signifies his childhood by growing his hair long. RealityEnsues when it turns out extremely messy since he only grew it out, without actually putting any care in it. He then asks [[TheDandy France]] to give him one instead... and France proceeds to cut it back to its original style, claiming it's what fits England the best.
** Czech Republic had her hair in GirlishPigtails as a younger nation, but by the time she and Slovakia manage to be independent she switched to a long-ish bob.
* Between the two seasons of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Hei goes from clean-cut and capable of passing for a university student to "[[FanNickname Hobo Hei]]", with PermaStubble and WildHair. Since he was extremely BadAss to begin with, this is a sign that all has not gone well for him during the year or two of TimeSkip. Bonus points: [[ActorAllusion he shares a voice actor with]] [[Manga/{{Monster}} the aforementioned Tenma]].
ComingOfAge.



* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has identical twins Hikaru and Kaoru who parody this by dyeing their hair pink and blue wanting to be seen as different people. They really did it because they were bored, and even faked a fight to make it convincing. Played straight by Hikaru later in the manga when he dyes his hair darker after him and Kaoru really ''do'' have a fight [[spoiler:over their feelings for Haruhi]]. This is a huge step in character development for them, as they permanently want to be seen as separate people (although still Host together) they even move into their own bedrooms.
* Parodied in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. It's a new school year for Chiyo-chan, so to show how much she's matured as a person... she starts wearing her pigtails lower.
** As well as Tomo she grows her hair out during her second year, intending to be somewhat like [[Franchise/LupinIII Fujiko]]. When that doesn't pan out too well, she cuts it to even shorter than it was when she was a freshman. Yomi gets in a good laugh when Chiyo-chan thinks that Tomo did it because she got dumped.

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* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has identical twins Hikaru and Kaoru who parody this In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', after [[spoiler:Akito]]'s HeelFaceTurn, she is shown at the end with shoulder length hair.
** When Kyouko was a BrokenBird delinquent, she had long hair. She keeps it long after marrying Kazuma, but
by dyeing their the time of her death she had cut it into a bob.
** Isuzu (a.k.a. Rin) Sohma had extremely long dark
hair pink and blue wanting to be seen as different people. They really did it because they were bored, and even faked a fight to make it convincing. Played straight by Hikaru later in the manga when he dyes she was introduced. Later, Akito [[TraumaticHaircut chopped it off in a fit of rage]]. This coincides with [[BrokenBird her]] becoming more agreeable and starting to place more trust and faith on others, specially [[AllLovingHero on Tohru]].
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed grows
his hair darker out into a short braid after him getting his automail before it had been shorter and Kaoru really ''do'' have messy.
** Late in the story, Ed spends several months in hiding recuperating from
a fight [[spoiler:over serious injury, and afterward he switches to a ponytail. The only reason he does that is because he was being hunted down by the military, and their feelings description of him mentions that his hair is in a braid.
** [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/451809 The ponytail also makes him look]] more like his [[DisappearedDad father]] when ''he'' [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/424299 was young,]] though when his father tells him that, Ed immediately braids the hair back up and scowls at him.
** In the last chapter, it's shown that Ed [[spoiler: keeps the ponytail
for Haruhi]]. This good. His father's death might've had something to do with it.]]
** Let's not forget Hawkeye. She
is a huge step shown to have short hair in character development for them, as they permanently want to be seen as separate people (although still Host together) they even move into their own bedrooms.
* Parodied in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. It's a new school year for Chiyo-chan, so to show how much she's matured as a person... she starts wearing
her pigtails lower.
** As well as Tomo she grows
backstory, grew her hair out during her second year, intending to be somewhat like [[Franchise/LupinIII Fujiko]]. When that doesn't pan out too well, she cuts it to even shorter than it was when she was a freshman. Yomi gets in a good laugh when Chiyo-chan thinks that Tomo did it because she got dumped.met Winry and thought it might look good on her, and finally on the photo epilogue page, is shown to have gone back to her original short cut.
** Ed once again has a ponytail in TheMovie based off of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime series]], ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa Conqueror of Shamballa]]''.
** In the manga, once Ling [[spoiler:becomes Greed]], his front cowlick changes from right to left [[spoiler:to show who is currently in control]].



* In the Manhwa ''TheTarotCafe'', the protagonist Pamela has very curly hair in the present and wavy hair in flashbacks. This is not due to modern hairstyle technology but because [[spoiler: after she became immortal four hundred-odd years ago she tried to find a way to die - one of them being getting stuck by lightening, which permanently frazzled her hair. It's a little after that (I recall) that she decides to live.]]
* Whenever Keima's mom in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' gets angry, she lets her hair fall out of its bun and goes from sweet, kind and relaxed mother to hot and hotblooded ex-biker gang lady.
** Keima's childhood friend Tenri originally has BlindingBangs, but has them cut to represent her slowly developing confidence.
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Renton's hairstyle starts to be different from episode 42 onwards, which probably signifies his ComingOfAge.
* The 10th episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' reveals that Homura used to be [[spoiler:a nerdy, shy girl with glasses and huge braids. After sticking herself in a GroundhogDayLoop to save her friend, and seeing the situation get worse when its full horror is revealed, she wakes up at the start of a new loop with a speech affirming her determination to fight alone and win at the end, while untying her hair and fixing her eyes with magic]], becoming the [[ZenSurvivor stern badass]] we'd known up to that point.
* [[GoMadFromTheRevelation After the immense trauma she suffered during the Eclipse]], Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' grows long, disheveled hair signature to TheOphelia that she turned into, in lieu of the short, cropped hair of the badass ActionGirl she once was.
* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories,'' Akiyuki's hiar grows out from a short cut to a more shaggy look as he matures throughout the series and learns to cope with being a Xam'd.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Anime/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' in the case of the Mayor, whose Kappa suit has a wound mechanism in the head which can change his hair from short and spiky to long with a simple twist, and which he reserves for switching from his usual care free [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything mayorliness]] to the [[BlatantLies badass youkai within]].

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* In the Manhwa ''TheTarotCafe'', the protagonist Pamela has very curly hair in the present and wavy hair in flashbacks. This is not due to modern Eikichi Onizuka changes his hairstyle technology but because [[spoiler: in the first volume of ''[[Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka GTO]]'' right after she became immortal four hundred-odd years ago she tried he decided to find be a way to die - one of them being getting stuck by lightening, which permanently frazzled teacher.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'''s second season, [[spoiler:Feldt Grace starts wearing
her hair. It's hair in a little after that (I recall) that she decides style similar to live.her dead best friend Christina Sierra.]]
* Whenever Keima's mom in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' gets angry, she lets her hair fall out of its bun and goes from sweet, kind and relaxed mother to hot and hotblooded ex-biker gang lady.
** Keima's childhood friend Tenri originally has BlindingBangs, but has them cut to represent her slowly developing confidence.
*
In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Renton's the trailers for TheMovie, ''several'' people have gone through hairstyle starts to be different from episode 42 onwards, which probably signifies his ComingOfAge.
* The 10th episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' reveals that Homura used to be [[spoiler:a nerdy, shy girl with glasses and huge braids. After sticking herself in a GroundhogDayLoop to save her friend, and seeing the situation get worse when its full horror is revealed, she wakes up at the start of a new loop with a speech affirming her determination to fight alone and win at the end, while untying
changes. [[spoiler:Louise grows her hair and fixing her eyes with magic]], becoming back to its old length, Saji keeps his slightly longer, Soma/Marie braids hers now, Mileina replaced the [[ZenSurvivor stern badass]] we'd known up to that point.
* [[GoMadFromTheRevelation After the immense trauma she suffered during the Eclipse]], Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' grows long, disheveled hair signature to TheOphelia that she turned into, in lieu of the short, cropped hair of the badass ActionGirl she once was.
* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories,'' Akiyuki's hiar grows out from a short cut to a more shaggy look as he matures throughout the series and learns to cope with being a Xam'd.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Anime/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' in the case of the Mayor, whose Kappa suit has a wound mechanism in the head which can change his hair from short and spiky to long
GirlishPigtails with a simple twist, headband, Allelujah sports a ''really'' long ponytail... and which he reserves for switching Feldt ''cut'' her hair and looks like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lunamaria Hawke]].]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WNe6BrTbc See it here!]] (Warning, aside of the already mentioned style changes, there are ''many'' spoilers)
* [[JerkAss Tsukasa]]
from ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' gets his usual care free [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything mayorliness]] hair straightened (either or purpose or accidentally) when he's being [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely nice]] to the [[BlatantLies badass youkai within]].[[{{Tsundere}} Tsukushi]].



* In one of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga, Ayeka ends up changing her hair from the usual purple and straight style she's usually seen in to the light blue and curled similar to what Sasami has, though only temporary, as Sasami was homesick. As it turned out, the blue hair and curled hair was ''Ayeka's real style'', inheritef from her ActionMom Misaki; she had it modified like that in her belief that Yosho would fall in love with her more if she resembled the person ''he'' thought was the perfect woman - his mother, Queen Funaho. She later states that, despite falling for Tenchi now, she'd rather keep it as that purple style due to the fact that she ''actually'' enjoys it now.



* In ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'', Kirie cuts her long hair to ear length when it gets infected with spirals. This is the same time that she finally comes to accept that the events in the town aren't normal.
* In the XY series of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Serena cuts her hair [[spoiler: after losing her first Pokémon showcase and realizing she needs to better herself as a trainer. Combined with more casual clothes; this signifies her desire to have more confidence in herself and her abilities]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'', Kirie cuts her long hair to ear length when it gets infected with spirals. This is ''Manhwa/IWish'', K starts off the same time that she finally comes to accept that the events in the town aren't normal.
* In the XY
series of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Serena cuts her with his hair tied back with several hairties. He slowly starts wearing them less and simply letting his hair down and remain open as he begins to warm up to Lyu-Jin. [[spoiler: after losing He reverts back to the hairties when Seven removes his love for Lyu-Jin in the final few chapters.]]
* Teana Lanster of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' sports GirlishPigtails in the third season. Later, she starts wearing
her first Pokémon showcase hair loose, indicating that she has outgrown the [[YoungGun reckless tendencies]] she exhibited earlier in the story.
** After [[spoiler:Nanoha]]'s power failure
and realizing subsequent hospital stay in ''Santa Sangre'', she needs decides to better herself as switch to a trainer. Combined side ponytail, since she thought it it'd be a shame to cut it off.
** Nanoha and Fate don't sport GirlishPigtails in their MagicalGirl forms any more, since the end of the ''[=StrikerS=]'' manga, demonstrating that they are not girls any more, but women ([[HasTwoMommies
with more casual clothes; this signifies her desire to have more confidence in herself a daughter]]).
* In ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', [[TheOjou Meiko Akizuki]] has long straight hair, but once she starts dating Namura-sensei, she starts perming it
and her abilities]].keeps it that way.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', the protagonist Kenzo Tenma goes from an immaculately groomed woobie to a scruffy, stubbled, long-haired badass. Pictured above.



* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Hiroko had longer hair in the past but divorced her husband and cut it because, according to her, women change hairstyles when they change men.
** Kaori wore GirlishPigtails and [[{{meganekko}} had glasses]] once but she let her hair down and [[TheGlassesGottaGo stopped wearing glasses]] when she [[spoiler:decided to befriend Kousei, the boy she had been admiring for years]].

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* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Hiroko had longer
''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has identical twins Hikaru and Kaoru who parody this by dyeing their hair pink and blue wanting to be seen as different people. They really did it because they were bored, and even faked a fight to make it convincing. Played straight by Hikaru later in the past but divorced her husband and cut it because, according to her, women change hairstyles manga when he dyes his hair darker after him and Kaoru really ''do'' have a fight [[spoiler:over their feelings for Haruhi]]. This is a huge step in character development for them, as they change men.
** Kaori wore GirlishPigtails and [[{{meganekko}} had glasses]] once but she let
permanently want to be seen as separate people (although still Host together) they even move into their own bedrooms.
* Shinichi Izumi from ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''. The Maxim changes his hair partway through, to having his bangs pushed further back, generally making the character look more action-ready. The glasses are also ditched.
* In the XY series of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Serena cuts
her hair down [[spoiler: after losing her first Pokémon showcase and [[TheGlassesGottaGo realizing she needs to better herself as a trainer. Combined with more casual clothes; this signifies her desire to have more confidence in herself and her abilities]].
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Hikaru Amane, a.k.a. Dabide from Rokkaku, is a natural redhead who's quite proud of his hair and takes care of it quite well, applying hair wax to it every day. When Amane gets serious in his games, he takes a rubber band and ties his hair up; you can expect him to play [[LetsGetDangerous at his very full strength]] from then on.
** Also, Kippei Tachibana dyes his hair blond after the Fudomine team qualifies for the National Tournament. He used to dye it years ago, but
stopped wearing glasses]] doing so after a traumatic incident [[spoiler: where he almost [[EyeScream blinded]] his best friend.]] He retakes the dye part [[spoiler: in the Nationals.]]
* The 10th episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' reveals that Homura used to be [[spoiler:a nerdy, shy girl with glasses and huge braids. After sticking herself in a GroundhogDayLoop to save her friend, and seeing the situation get worse
when its full horror is revealed, she [[spoiler:decided to befriend Kousei, wakes up at the boy she had been admiring for years]].start of a new loop with a speech affirming her determination to fight alone and win at the end, while untying her hair and fixing her eyes with magic]], becoming the [[ZenSurvivor stern badass]] we'd known up to that point.


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* In the first episode of ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' Alice is shown with braids at her military academy graduation just as war is ended. FlashForward a few years and the braids are gone and she's in the War Relief squadron still cleaning up from the battles.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane starts the series with hair at about mid-back length, but it gets sliced off to about neck-level during Ranma's initial battle with Ryoga, resulting in a new hairstyle. Almost immediately afterwards, she gets over her long-standing crush on Dr. Tofu (which she knew would always be unrequited, considering his own feelings for her sister, Kasumi) and decides not to grow her hair back. Therefore, it could be argued that, in addition to a TraumaticHaircut, the new hairdo doubles as an Expository Hairstyle Change that signifies her decision to accept that nothing would come of it and move on.
** Also of note is Ranma's pre-story switch from a ponytail (in the flashbacks) to a pigtail. The Dragon Whisker story arc explains the very good reason behind it.
* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, nearly everyone aside from [[spoiler:Gendo and the pilots]] gets a new hairstyle and outfit, to mark the [[spoiler:14-year-TimeSkip.]] Also, [[spoiler:the newly-introduced fresh]] Rei [[spoiler:clone]] has the bangs in the middle of her forehead intersecting or in two distinct points, especially after TheReveal.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has another example that requires knowledge of Japanese customs: Jin's very long bangs/sideburns plus long ponytail are a strange hairstyle for a samurai. Most other samurai in the series either have the short bangs plus ponytail style suitable for teenagers and apprentices or the tonsured style favored by older men, especially bureaucrats. When we start seeing Jin's backstory flashbacks, it becomes clear that he used to have the apprentice style, but stopped cutting it after he became a ronin. His bangs have gone from above his eyebrows to his jawline, suggesting that the time between the flashbacks and the main series timeline is about 3-6 months.
* Kenji Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' explains his present appearance sporting a moustache and goatee because of the fact that [[spoiler:he wishes to hide his original appearance so Tenma won't recognize him as the boy who rescued her from an incident long ago. She doesn't remember this said event anyway, though.]]
* In one of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga, Ayeka ends up changing her hair from the usual purple and straight style she's usually seen in to the light blue and curled similar to what Sasami has, though only temporary, as Sasami was homesick. As it turned out, the blue hair and curled hair was ''Ayeka's real style'', inheritef from her ActionMom Misaki; she had it modified like that in her belief that Yosho would fall in love with her more if she resembled the person ''he'' thought was the perfect woman - his mother, Queen Funaho. She later states that, despite falling for Tenchi now, she'd rather keep it as that purple style due to the fact that she ''actually'' enjoys it now.
* In the Manhwa ''TheTarotCafe'', the protagonist Pamela has very curly hair in the present and wavy hair in flashbacks. This is not due to modern hairstyle technology but because [[spoiler: after she became immortal four hundred-odd years ago she tried to find a way to die - one of them being getting stuck by lightening, which permanently frazzled her hair. It's a little after that (I recall) that she decides to live.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': [[WideEyedIdealist Baam]] goes from his adorably messy hair to BlindingBangs concealing his shiny gold eyes and growing long hair, indicating his loss of trust and idealism and his gain of awesome asskicking powers.
* After Vash [[spoiler: shoots the goddamned moon and does serious damage to a city]] in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Wolfwood finds him living under the name Ericks with long hair and the beginnings of a beard. After Vash comes out of his TenMinuteRetirement he gets his hair cut, returning it to the upright "broom" style the audience is familiar with.
** Also, Plants like Vash and Knives all have blonde hair at birth, which [[spoiler:slowly turns black the more they use that {{BFG}} within their arm.]] So at the start of the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga, Vash is a happy-go-lucky blondie, but at the beginning of ''Trigun Maximum'', once his hair is cut and he returns to action we see he sports a shock of black at the very back of his scalp below his ears. By the end of the manga, his hair is almost completely black.
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' the growth of Fay's hair coincides with the GrowingTheBeard segment and shows that he's taken a darker turn, while the rest of the cast apparently went to a barber off-panel during the same period. This also happened when [[spoiler:he was younger and imprisoned with his twin, and we know it's been a long time since they go from short hair to waist-length within a few pages]].
* In ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'', Kirie cuts her long hair to ear length when it gets infected with spirals. This is the same time that she finally comes to accept that the events in the town aren't normal.
* In ''Manga/VampireKnight'', this happens to Yuuki Cross when [[spoiler:her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother/boyfriend]] Kaname reverts her to her true pureblood vampire form. As a human, she had normal shoulder-length hair, and as a vampire, grows long hair very quickly]].
** Once he starts acting more like his former [[spoiler:badass vampire hunter]] self, Kaien Cross takes his hair out of its customary ponytail to return it to the way he used to wear it before.
* Whenever Keima's mom in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' gets angry, she lets her hair fall out of its bun and goes from sweet, kind and relaxed mother to hot and hotblooded ex-biker gang lady.
** Keima's childhood friend Tenri originally has BlindingBangs, but has them cut to represent her slowly developing confidence.
* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Hiroko had longer hair in the past but divorced her husband and cut it because, according to her, women change hairstyles when they change men.
** Kaori wore GirlishPigtails and [[{{meganekko}} had glasses]] once but she let her hair down and [[TheGlassesGottaGo stopped wearing glasses]] when she [[spoiler:decided to befriend Kousei, the boy she had been admiring for years]].
* In ''Anime/XamdLostMemories,'' Akiyuki's hiar grows out from a short cut to a more shaggy look as he matures throughout the series and learns to cope with being a Xam'd.


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* This can actually be seen in many of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films. It's not uncommon that, by the end of the film, the protagonist's appearance has changed somewhat. This is almost always reflected in their hair, and almost always in the main female. [[AuthorAppeal Miyazaki seems to have a thing for short-haired girls.]]
** [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaä]] doesn't do this in the movie, but in the manga she has her hair cut from shoulder length to just below her ears as she prepares to go to war, symbolizing the end of her innocent life.
*** Later on in the manga, Princess Kushana, who originally sported a waist-length blonde braid wrapped around her head, chopped it off after she failed to rescue some of her soldiers who had been assigned a task at odds with their training[[labelnote:]] (Kushana trained them as elite cavalry specializing in quick attacks, but they were put on point defense; that's the equivalent of forcing Navy SEAL Team Six into a WWI trench)[[/labelnote]] and placed in an indefensible position by her brothers as a show of solidarity as well as a promise to everyone that she would redouble her efforts to hunt down and kill the Princes of Torumekia.
** Near the end of ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta who has sported braided pigtails the entire movie confronts Muska along with Pazu. Muska pulls out a pistol and, to prove he's not bluffing, ''shoots off Sheeta's pigtails''. This could represent her growth as a person, no longer willing to be a passive participant in the plot.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' has an unusual inversion for a Miyazaki film. Here, it's the male protagonist who alters his hairstyle at the ''start of the movie'', due to being exiled from his village after becoming infected with a curse.
** In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie begins the movie with waist-length dark hair done up in a simple braid. She still has the braid after being transformed into an old woman by the Witch of the Wastes, albeit grey and much shorter. However, at the climax of the film, she sacrifices her braid to revive Calcifer (who she'd just realized is [[spoiler:Howl's heart]]), so even after breaking the curse Sophie's hair remains silver and short.
*** This is one of the many differences from the original novel. In the book, Sophie's hair was strawberry blonde (i.e. a very light red), and her hair went back to its former colour and style after her curse broke.
*** Howl himself has one in the movie. After Sophie accidentally rearranged his several dozen hair products, his blond hair turned orange, then later black (the latter being his natural colour). His decision to not re-dye it indicates his increasing willingness to drop his façade, as well as his growing trust of (and love for) Sophie.
4th May '16 1:32:09 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In [=EP5=] of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Beatrice lets her hair down for the whole EP. Not only that, [[spoiler:she can't even fix her hair. [[EmptyShell Or move, or eat, or speak...]] Virgilia is even combing her hair for her. She gets better, though. Sort of.]]

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* In [=EP5=] of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Beatrice lets her hair down for the whole EP. Not only that, [[spoiler:she can't even fix her hair. [[EmptyShell Or move, or eat, or speak...]] Virgilia is even combing her hair for her. She gets better, though. Sort of.]]
2nd May '16 12:08:41 AM PurpleLurker
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* In "Series/Castle" Detective Kate Beckett starts season one with short, blunt brown hair. As the seasons progress and she becomes a more obvious love interest for Richard Castle, her hair becomes more stereotypically feminine, by growing longer, more wavy, and getting blonde highlights.

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* In "Series/Castle" ''Series/Castle'' Detective Kate Beckett starts season one with short, blunt brown hair. As the seasons progress and she becomes a more obvious love interest for Richard Castle, her hair becomes more stereotypically feminine, by growing longer, more wavy, and getting blonde highlights.
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