Needs More Examples
Essentially every person has a bad hair day, it happens. Unfortunately for these characters their bad hair days just happen to be a whole new level of bad. The character will find themselves in a situation where they need a haircut...only for the haircut to go horribly wrong. But typically the bad haircut will only last one episode and it'll be back to normal by the next episode
. Usually overlaps with Traumatic Haircut
except while the haircut will be traumatic for the victim, it's always Played for Laughs
, so it could be seen as a subversion of the Traumatic Haircut. The situation quite often involves getting gum in the hair. Variations can include bad dye jobs which may or may not result in actual hair getting cut to solve the problem.
Anime & Manga
- Kazumi Magica plays with this trope for the better: Kazumi goes to get a haircut, but the stylist cuts off most of her hair. In a sense, this is an Establishing Character Moment since, metaphorically, cutting off hair is a sign of a new start in life. Of course, most, including her friends, don't like this new look since her long hair was shown on the cover.
Live Action TV
- In It Takes Two Amanda spits gum into Clarisse's hair so the next time we see Clarisse, she has a truly awful hairdo.
- The 10th Kingdom has Virgina get Rapunzel Hair from a spell and Wolf takes a magic axe to it, leaving her with a very short hairstyle. One of the rare occasions where the haircut isn't fixed with a Hair Reboot.
- The CBBC series Mike and Angelo had Katie's hair ruined after an unusually large trumpet blew her into another room so Angelo's machine tried to fix it for her. She ended up looking like a man.
- Happens to Monica in the season 2 premiere of Friends. She tries to get Phoebe to give her Demi Moore's hairstyle but Pheebs mixes her up with Dudley Moore. The end of the episode implies she's going to give Julie the "Roddy McDowell cut".
- The five minute short series Bus Life has Jess get gum in her hair and must be "operated on".
- Sonya in Eastenders was unlucky enough to fall asleep while her daughter was playing hairdresser.
- Seinfeld made a whole episode out of Jerry getting a bad haircut.
- Marshall in How I Met Your Mother got a two-fer when Lily's cousin gave him bleached blond highlights an hour before his wedding. He then ended up shaving those off to give himself an even worse haircut.
- An episode of Lizzie McGuire involved a prank war between Kate and Miranda and one of Miranda's pranks involved putting green hair dye in Kate's shampoo.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch cast a spell to make her hair fall out (hoping to get her aunts' attention) and they hired a specialist (played by Ru-Paul) to give her a purple version of Marge Simpson's hairdo. She then gave Salem the same hairdo at the end of the episode.
- The 1950s B/W series I Married Joan has an episode where Joan goes to get her hair styled for a college reunion, and ends up with a "panda cut".
- An early storyline in Calvin And Hobbes has Hobbes cutting Calvin's hair. He keeps getting it uneven and trying to fix it, until Calvin is left with no hair at all (Bill Watterson has commented that one of the few times he ever laughed at his own comic was after drawing the results of Calvin's haircut).
- Both Kurt Angle and Molly Holly lost special gimmick matches that meant they had to have their heads shaved completely bald. For weeks after the shaving they both wore outrageous wigs in their matches and it would be a Running Gag for the wig to get ripped off during the match.
- Behind the scenes Dolph Ziggler had to cut off his blond locks because he got gum in them.
- The aptly titled Recess episode "Bad Hair Day" followed the gum plot with TJ trying to fix it and giving Mikey an awful haircut. They lied to say a famous band had the same cut. The fun starts when the other kids hear this and decide they want the haircut as well.
- In an episode of Dexter's Laboratory Dee Dee accidentally cuts one of her pigtails off and gets a serum from Dexter to grow them back. The hair ends up taking over the house.
- In 6Teen Caitlyn ends up with a red mullet after "cheating" on her hairdresser.
- One Simpsons episode had Lisa getting gum in her hair and finally going to the hairdresser after trying everything to get the gum out.
- Rugrats - Chaz lets Chuckie cut his hair to try and show him it doesn't hurt. Chuckie goes a little overboard.
- Jeannie goes to a hairdressers and tells the guy too late to not cut her ponytail. Her and her genie friend spend the rest of the episode trying to grow the hair back. It gets so long it runs down the street by itself.
- Happens twice in Sabrina: The Animated Series where Harvey's imaginary friend Mort has fun messing up Sabrina's hair. He ends up shaving it all off and growing it back five seconds later.
- Secondly two faeries convince Gem to cut her hair into a mohawk saying it's the latest trend in Canada.
- In the episode of The Powerpuff Girls called "The Mane Event" Bubbles and Buttercup accidentally rip a chunk out of Blossom's hair and do a scary tidy-up job. Even the Monster of the Week finds it funny.
- In American Dad! Hayley dyes her hair green at a Green Party rally. Stan cuts it off while she's asleep.
- Inverted in The Weekenders episode "Tish's Hair" where Tish gives herself a new hairstyle with fuzzy buns on either side of her head. Her friends hate it and think she'll become a laughing stock...but then everyone shows up to school with the same hair.