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I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I'd done all right
And kissed me til the morning light
When you go to the barber shop/salon, you often get your hair cut in public, and by somebody who isn't really close to you. In other media, cutting hair can become very sexual, as well as reliving the pesky Will They or Won't They?
feeling. Often, a woman is cutting a man's hair and is very intimate. Sometimes, it leads to more than intended, but definitely is one of the many intimate acts between two people.
Contrast Traumatic Haircut
Anime & Manga
- Nothing sexual happens, but in Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid, Kaname giving Sousuke a haircut is played as a very intimate scene because of the level of trust it shows that Sousuke has in Kaname — enough that he falls asleep while she's cutting his hair. This is in particular contrast to his earlier violent freakout episode at a regular barber shop.
- In Gurren Lagann, Nia asks Yoko to cut her ruined hair after they share a powerful bonding experience.
- In Kannazuki no Miko, Chikane is the only one who can so much as touch her lover Himeko's hair without making her freak out (caused by the latter's traumatic experiences in the past).
- In The Tyrant Falls in Love, Morinaga finds out that Souichi doesn't like going to salons, and offers to trim Souichi's hair for him. As he's cutting it, he realizes that Souichi has several erogenous zones on his scalp, hence why Souichi doesn't want a stranger touching his head. Morinaga being Morinaga, he tries to take advantage of it and gets immediately pummeled as a result.
- Fullmetal Alchemist gives us a variation: At one point Winry offers to braid the titular alchemist's hair; at first Ed waves it off, thinking nothing of it other than convenience, but her uncharacteristic insistence clues him in. It ends up as a rather heart-warming and promising little scene.
- In MÄR, during a training montage, Snow gives Ginta a haircut. While there's plenty of Ship Tease between them in the show overall... This was not one of those scenes. It was a fairly casual random haircut.
- In Ru Emerson's The Princess of Flames, Archbishop Gespry is shaved regularly by his longtime lover Fialla; various people comment on the trust this implies.
- In The Dresden Files, White Court Vampires feed on emotions and life energies instead of blood. The House of Raith, specifically, feed on lust. When Thomas Raith tries to go straight after nearly killing his girlfriend by feeding, he compensates by getting a job as a barber, saying that next to actual intercourse, cutting a woman's hair is one of the most intimate things two people can do, and in doing so, he can "nibble" on several women instead of taking big bites.
- On The Drew Carey Show, Drew's female barber (Jamie Lee Curtis) straddles him while cutting his hair. They have a thing for an episode or two.
- In one episode of Friends, Joey's girlfriend (on whom Chandler has a huge crush) offers to cut Chandler's hair. It becomes quite intimate, particularly when she runs her fingers through it to check whether it's even, and they end up kissing.
- Beard version on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: the "Do you trust me" scene between Sara and Grissom where she shaves him.
- King of the Hill - Army barber Bill gets work in a posh hair salon by pretending to be gay, but soon, close contact with women who are relaxed in his presence becomes a massive strain on him and he cracks, loudly declaring his heterosexuality - and getting him fired.
- This trope is inverted in Real Life by people who have a haircut fetish/kaldari. Unnoticed in Western culture, as to such people haircutting is erotic rather than leading to possible arousal.