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* Music/OzzyOsbourne decided to shave his head and grow a military style buzzcut after Randy Rhoads’ sudden passing in 1982.

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* ''Fanfic/IThinkWellBeOkay'': Kosuke starts off as an incredibly lazy couch potato whose lack of commitment to anything strains her relationship with her family, friend, and boyfriend. Following [[spoiler:the deaths of her parents,]] however, she steps up as her siblings' caretaker and becomes a much more mature and committed person. Before this, her hair was long and dyed red, but to help calm her brother down during a haircut, she has it cut short and dyed back to her natural blonde.


* Music/{{Bjork}} cut her mid length hair to shoulder length in late 1996 and dyed it auburn and kept it at this length for the ''Music/{{Homogenic}}'' era and did it again, though to chin length during the post-''Music/{{Vespertine}}''/pre-''{{Medulla}}'' era. Prior to this, she sported a [[BoyishShortHair pixie cut]] during the Sugarcubes' second album ''Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!''.

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* Music/{{Bjork}} cut her mid length hair to shoulder length in late 1996 and dyed it auburn and kept it at this length for the ''Music/{{Homogenic}}'' era and did it again, though to chin length during the post-''Music/{{Vespertine}}''/pre-''{{Medulla}}'' post-''Music/{{Vespertine}}''/pre-''Music/{{Medulla}}'' era. Prior to this, she sported a [[BoyishShortHair pixie cut]] during the Sugarcubes' second album ''Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!''.

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* Music/{{Bjork}} cut her mid length hair to shoulder length in late 1996 and dyed it auburn and kept it at this length for the ''Music/{{Homogenic}}'' era and did it again, though to chin length during the post-''Music/{{Vespertine}}''/pre-''{{Medulla}}'' era. Prior to this, she sported a [[BoyishShortHair pixie cut]] during the Sugarcubes' second album ''Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!''.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Bitches to Rags", after Thugnificent [[RichesToRags loses all his wealth]], he chops off the [[FunnyAfro two huge Mickey Mouse afro balls]] on the side of his head.



* The completion of Anakin's training as a Padawan and his becoming a Jedi is signified in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' when Yoda slices off Anakin's braid with a light saber in a Jedi Knighting ceremony. Later Anakin has it sent to Padme, who keeps it in a small jewelry box with the pendant he carved for her back in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': To demonstrate that she's not just shallowly obsessed with her own appearance, Rarity chops off her own tail-hair to give to someone else as a gift.



* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' sees Angel Dynamite getting [[AfroAsskicker her distinctive afro]] shortened in a pivotal scene, not long after the gang finds out that [[spoiler: she's secretly Cassidy Williams, one of the four members of the original Mystery Incorporated]]. This signals [[HiddenDepths the end of her status as a one-note]] JiveTurkey, as the Gang begins to delve into the darker aspects of her past.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** This is played for laughs in Season 21's [[Recap/SouthParkS21E9SuperHardPCness Super Hard PCness]], when Kyle decides to shave off most of his hair and change the Terrance and Philip T-shirt he wears under his jacket... [[BaitAndSwitch Only to put his hat and jacket back on, still looking the same.]]
* The completion of Anakin's training as a Padawan and his becoming a Jedi is signified in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' when Yoda slices off Anakin's braid with a light saber in a Jedi Knighting ceremony. Later Anakin has it sent to Padme, who keeps it in a small jewelry box with the pendant he carved for her back in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS5E12MissingInAction "Missing in Action"]]: [[TraumaInducedAmnesia Amnesiac]] clone commando Gregor grows his hair sort of long and has a shaggy beard while on Abafar. When he is reminded of his true identity, he shaves the beard and cuts his hair back into his old short style.
** [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E3Fugitive "Fugitive"]]: When he [[spoiler:has AZI-3 remove the [[MindControlDevice control chip]] from his brain]], Fives gets his head shaved. It signifies that [[spoiler:he's no longer a ManchurianAgent like the rest of the clones]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': To demonstrate that she's not just shallowly obsessed with her own appearance, Rarity chops off her own tail-hair to give to someone else as a gift.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "Bitches to Rags", after Thugnificent [[RichesToRags loses all his wealth]], he chops off the [[FunnyAfro two huge Mickey Mouse afro balls]] on the side of his head.



* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' sees Angel Dynamite getting [[AfroAsskicker her distinctive afro]] shortened in a pivotal scene, not long after the gang finds out that [[spoiler: she's secretly Cassidy Williams, one of the four members of the original Mystery Incorporated]]. This signals [[HiddenDepths the end of her status as a one-note]] JiveTurkey, as the Gang begins to delve into the darker aspects of her past.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** This is played for laughs in Season 21's [[Recap/SouthParkS21E9SuperHardPCness Super Hard PCness]], when Kyle decides to shave off most of his hair and change the Terrance and Philip T-shirt he wears under his jacket... [[BaitAndSwitch Only to put his hat and jacket back on, still looking the same.]]


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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney film]] (pictured above), the title character cuts her hair off with a sword in a half-practical (making her upcoming SweetPollyOliver charade easier), half-symbolic (breaking off with her past) move.
* This happens in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' when [[spoiler: Flynn cuts Rapunzel's hair as she is about to heal him, intending to free her from captivity. In the process, he causes her hair to lose its magic powers, thereby revoking Mother Gothel's immortality and having her go through RapidAging to the point of death]].

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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'', the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney film]] (pictured above), the title character cuts her hair off with a sword in a half-practical (making her upcoming SweetPollyOliver charade easier), half-symbolic (breaking off with her past) move.
* This happens in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'' when [[spoiler: Flynn cuts Rapunzel's hair as she is about to heal him, intending to free her from captivity. In the process, he causes her hair to lose its magic powers, thereby revoking Mother Gothel's immortality and having her go through RapidAging to the point of death]].


* Wrestling/TheUndertaker does this twice. Once when he became Big Evil and another when he is prepared to wrestle Wrestling/TripleH at Wrestlemania 28, after his humiliating performance at Wrestlemania 27.
* Wrestling/KevinNash lost a hair vs hair match and had his hair cut messily off by Wrestling/ChrisJericho and then tidied up off-screen. This was done as Nash had a role in the film Film/ThePunisher2004 and needed to cut his hair.

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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker does this twice. Once when he became Big Evil and another when he is prepared to wrestle Wrestling/TripleH at Wrestlemania ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 28, after his humiliating performance at Wrestlemania 27.''[=WrestleMania=] 27''.
* Wrestling/KevinNash lost a hair vs hair match and had his hair cut messily off by Wrestling/ChrisJericho and then tidied up off-screen. This was done as Nash had a role in the film Film/ThePunisher2004 ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' and needed to cut his hair.



* Wrestling/{{Test}} and Wrestling/{{Christian|Cage}} were pressured by management into cutting their long hair short. Both of them used this trope as a way to explain the hairstyle change on TV. For Test it was done as a business move by his girlfriend Stacy Keibler who insisted it would help his fanbase grow. Christian cut his hair short after winning the newly re-instated Intercontinental title.
* Outside of the ring, it's a bit of a tradition for some male wrestlers known for their long hair to cut it short once they retire. {{Wrestling/Edge}} gradually shortened his after retiring but went fully short before his Hall of Fame induction. Wrestling/TripleH shaved his head after his big loss to Brock Lesnar and transition to a character role[[note]]The cut was also half-practical since he had to wear his hair up in the office and found it a pain[[/note]]. Kevin Nash cut his off after his 2011 program with Triple H had ended (he let the haircut from the above example grow out almost immediately). Adam Rose had long hair well past his shoulders, but cut it all off as soon as he was granted his release.

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* Wrestling/{{Test}} and Wrestling/{{Christian|Cage}} Wrestling/{{Christian}} were pressured by management into cutting their long hair short. Both of them used this trope as a way to explain the hairstyle change on TV. For Test it was done as a business move by his girlfriend Stacy Keibler Wrestling/StacyKeibler who insisted it would help his fanbase grow. Christian cut his hair short after winning the newly re-instated Intercontinental title.
* Outside of the ring, it's a bit of a tradition for some male wrestlers known for their long hair to cut it short once they retire. {{Wrestling/Edge}} gradually shortened his after retiring but went fully short before his [[Wrestling/WWEHallOfFame Hall of Fame Fame]] induction. Wrestling/TripleH shaved his head after his big loss to Brock Lesnar Wrestling/BrockLesnar and transition to a character role[[note]]The cut was also half-practical since he had to wear his hair up in the office and found it a pain[[/note]]. Kevin Nash Wrestling/KevinNash cut his off after his 2011 program with Triple H had ended (he let the haircut from the above example grow out almost immediately). Adam Rose Wrestling/AdamRose had long hair well past his shoulders, but cut it all off as soon as he was granted his release.



* This trope is often inverted by many WWE Divas, as getting weaves or hair extensions put in is a sign that they're about to be called up to TV or used more prominently[[note]]RapunzelHair is favored by a lot of wrestling women both for {{Fanservice}} and the fact that longer hair flying around makes a lot of moves look more impactful[[/note]]. Wrestling/SashaBanks had shoulder-length hair when she was signed, but RapunzelHair by the time she had debuted. {{Wrestling/Charlotte}} initially had shoulder-length hair but put extensions in right before her NXT Women's Championship win. It would probably be easier to list the WWE Divas who haven't put them in at some point.

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* This trope is often inverted by many WWE Divas, as getting weaves or hair extensions put in is a sign that they're about to be called up to TV or used more prominently[[note]]RapunzelHair is favored by a lot of wrestling women both for {{Fanservice}} and the fact that longer hair flying around makes a lot of moves look more impactful[[/note]]. Wrestling/SashaBanks had shoulder-length hair when she was signed, but RapunzelHair by the time she had debuted. {{Wrestling/Charlotte}} Wrestling/CharlotteFlair initially had shoulder-length hair but put extensions in right before her NXT Women's Championship win. It would probably be easier to list the WWE Divas who haven't put them in at some point.



* Baron Corbin shaved his head bald when he was appointed Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's 'Constable of Raw'.
* {{Wrestling/Paige}} traded her long hair for a shoulder-length bob when she became Smackdown General Manager.

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* Baron Corbin Wrestling/BaronCorbin shaved his head bald when he was appointed Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon's 'Constable of Raw'.
* {{Wrestling/Paige}} Wrestling/{{Paige}} traded her long hair for a shoulder-length bob when she became Smackdown General Manager.Manager.
* Wrestling/{{Bayley}} chops off her trademark ponytail in late 2019 when she made her official FaceHeelTurn. It's right before winning her fourth Women's title, too.
* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] had his long hair and beard trimmed during his tenure as [=SmackDown=] General Manager, though they grew to their familiar length by the time he got back into action. At the very end of 2019, he reverts to the hair style he originally had in his early career.


When a character cuts off their hair, it often symbolizes a rite of passage or bout of character growth. A princess striking out on an adventure, or a new recruit at boot camp, for instance. Hair is something that takes time and effort to grow, so parting with it voluntarily can be a powerful act.

This is particularly a big deal when women get haircuts, since LongHairIsFeminine. Yet in fiction, even an accidental hair slicing can leave a character with a surprisingly even cut.

In many religions (Western Christianity, Ancient Egyptian religion, and others) priests and/or monks cut/shave their hair. Roman Catholic nuns also tend to cut and mantain their hair short under their veils when they enter the nunneries. The cutting of one's own hair is also a part of Buddhist mythology, specifically something done by Siddhartha himself early on in his path to enlightenment, so anime examples might draw from this as an allusion. There are also some cultures, including Native American and many Asians, where a person would cut his or her hair as an act of grief, disgrace, or even rebellion. In the Confucian tradition, hair (like the rest of your body) is considered a gift from your parents and may not be damaged without a ''very'' good reason. Furthermore, prisoners and psychiatric patients commonly have their heads shaved, often to prevent the spread of lice, but sometimes also [[TraumaticHaircut as a demeaning measure]].

Having the head shaved can be a punishment prescribed in law, but also something done as "mob justice". An infamous example of this was the thousands of European women who had their heads shaved in front of cheering crowds in the wake of World War II, as punishment for associating with occupying Nazis during the war.

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When a character cuts off their hair, it often symbolizes a rite of passage or bout of character growth. A princess striking out on an adventure, or a new recruit at boot camp, for instance. Hair is something that takes time and effort to grow, so parting Parting with it voluntarily can be a powerful act.

greatly symbolic.

This is particularly a big deal when women get haircuts, since because their long hair takes a lot of time to grow, and LongHairIsFeminine. Yet in fiction, even an accidental hair slicing can leave a character with a surprisingly even cut.

In many religions (Western Christianity, Ancient Egyptian religion, and others) priests and/or monks cut/shave their hair. Roman Catholic nuns also tend to cut and mantain their hair short under their veils when they enter the nunneries. The cutting of one's own hair is also a part of Buddhist mythology, Buddhism, specifically something done by Siddhartha himself early on in his path to enlightenment, so anime examples might draw from this as an allusion. There are also some cultures, including Native American and many Asians, Asian ones, where a person would cut his or her hair as an act of grief, disgrace, or even rebellion. In the Confucian tradition, hair (like the rest of your body) is considered a gift from your parents and may not be damaged without a ''very'' good reason. Furthermore, prisoners and psychiatric patients commonly have their heads shaved, often to prevent the spread of lice, but sometimes also [[TraumaticHaircut as a demeaning measure]].

Having the head shaved can be a punishment prescribed in law, but also something done as "mob justice". An infamous example of this was the thousands of European women who had their heads shaved in front of cheering crowds in the wake of World War II, in particular by the communist groups in France, as punishment for associating with occupying Nazis Germans during the war.


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* In ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' the main character Virginia is placed under a curse that causes her hair to grow at an incredible rate. When using a magic axe to undo the curse, another character renders her hair even shorter than at the beginning of her adventure. After the haircut, Virginia seems to have lost some of her naivete and indecision.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia Chase has several. The most notable one is her blonde makeover, which remains even after her return from the afterlife (possibly a CallBack to Buffy's return from heaven on ''[=BtVS=]'') — soon to darken back to its original color when Jasmine possesses her.
* A great deal of fuss was made when the title character of ''Series/{{Felicity}}'' cropped her mane of curls between seasons.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In seasons 3 and 4, Buffy's hair is often [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange crimped or curled]] whenever she is NotHerself, usually due to a spell. This occurs in [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E13TheZeppo The Zeppo]] (when the entire format of the show is upended and she's not the protagonist), [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E5BeerBad Beer Bad]] (when magic beer causes her to become a [[PhlebotinumInducedStupidity cavewoman]]), [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E9SomethingBlue Something Blue]] (when she falls under a spell and [[MagicMisfire gets engaged to Spike]]), [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You?]] (when she and Faith have [[GrandTheftMe switched bodies]]), [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E17Superstar Superstar]] (which takes place in Jonathan's [[RealityWarper alternate universe]]), and [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E18WhereTheWildThingsAre Where The Wild Things Are]] (when she and Riley can't stop having sex because of a haunted presence). Buffy also has curly hair in the Teaser for Season 1's [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E4TeachersPet Teacher's Pet]], which turns out to be Xander's daydream.
** Subverted after Buffy has sex with Spike for the first time and regrets it, she butchers her own hair because he had complimented it. After this cut, she's in a salon trying to get it repaired. She also quickly gets back together with Spike, as it takes more than a haircut to change your life when you're suffering from chronic depression.
* In the second season of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager,'' Captain Janeway ditched her librarian bun. This was less about symbolism and transition, and more about looking less ridiculous. Likewise Kes ditched her bobbed wig for long flowing locks, but that was probably to save Jennifer Lien from having to spend hours getting those pointy ears stuck on.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''
** Starbuck gives herself an Important Haircut in the third season after getting chewed out. She puts on a clean uniform, cuts her hair, and goes to apologize to a family she had offended.
** Adama importantly shaves off his mustache.
** [[spoiler:Chief Tyrol]]'s shaved head is used as a sign of his [[spoiler: gradual mental descent.]]
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walt's decision to shave his head rather than deal with the hair loss from chemo coincides with a truly phenomenal moment: at the end of the episode in which he goes bald, he [[spoiler: uses a bag of crystal meth to gain entrance to the den of a druglord who had just hospitalized his partner... then ''blows up the room'' with what he reveals to be, in fact, fulminated mercury]]. TookALevelInBadass, indeed.
** Walt gets another one at the end of the series, bringing his CharacterDevelopment full-circle. [[spoiler: He grows a full beard and grows his hair out while hiding out from the law in New Hampshire, after his true identity as Heisenberg goes public. He keeps it when he becomes TheAtoner in the final episodes, and returns to Albuquerque to rescue Jesse from the Aryans and get his drug money to his family.]]
* Averted in ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' when Phoebe got a pixie haircut. Piper briefly comments on Phoebe's new hairstyle in the first episode of season 6, but that's only because Alyssa Milano showed up with it right before they started filming that season.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', at approximately the same time Ben Sisko was promoted from Commander to Captain, he shaves his head and grows a goatee. (Actor Avery Brooks was initially forbidden from appearing with a shaved head, which had been a trademark of his [[http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027068/ long-standing character in another series]]. Eventually, it was evidently decided that the actor had transcended the earlier part.) Also, about the same time Kira Nerys is promoted from Major to Colonel, her hair goes from short and boyish to shoulder-length.
* Peter Petrelli, in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', has his floppy fringe cut off while Sylar is attempting to remove his brain. This could well be in response to repeated requests (by not only other characters in the show, but also fans and the actor himself) for him to cut his hair. Elle later adds to this by giving him a more complete hair cut. Claude would be proud.
* ''Series/JamAndJerusalem'': [[spoiler:Tash's brushing out of her dreads]] after deciding to leave home signifies her CharacterDevelopment and increasing level of independence and maturity.
* Lorna Dickey in ''Series/WaterlooRoad'' gets hair extensions. And then kills herself.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** The pilot episode of season three, "My Own American Girl", Elliot decides she is sick of being a pushover and decides to reinvent herself by cutting her hair to shoulder length, using a lot more makeup and wearing sexier clothes. She tones down the look in later seasons however.
** A Season 5 episode has JD dating a girl who loves him for his hair, and then meeting a patient with cancer - whose family all shave their heads in support of. JD is reluctant to but does so at the end of the episode as a sign of personal growth.
* Matt [=McNamera=] on ''Series/NipTuck'' shaves his head as part of the coping process after finding out that his parents blackmailed his much-older {{transgender}} girlfriend into leaving town -- although ''before'' becoming a Neo-Nazi, oddly enough.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' actually used this trope as an essential part of its story in the fourth season. The season premiere had Xena seeing a vision from the future in which she and Gabrielle were crucified. Gabrielle had short hair in the vision, and sure enough, toward the end of the season Xena was forced to throw her chakram through Gabrielle's hair to beat the episode's villain. Both of them realized afterward that it now looked like it did in the vision, though that didn't stop Gabrielle from keeping it that way for the rest of the show's run.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Lionel Luthor has his head shaved at the end of "Covenant", the season finale of the third season, while we're shown his son choking to death on poisoned wine and Chloe Sullivan being blown up. The dramatic effect was somewhat lessened the next season, when it turned out that they had both miraculously survived, and one of the attempted murders hadn't even been committed by Lionel.
** Lana Lang also chopped off some hair to try and TakeALevelInBadass through training with her personal Yoda. Somewhat subverted unintentionally in that that didn't pan out.
* ''Series/TheWire''.
** Drug dealer in training Namond Brice has a distinctive frizzy ponytail that his compatriots all urge him to cut, since it makes him easily identifiable. He finally braids it, only to realize shortly afterwards that the drug trade isn't for him and be adopted by a former cop. He's next seen months later, with the frizzy ponytail again. This sequence was inspired by De'Andre in the original ''The Corner''.
** Omar Little also shaves off his cornrows between seasons three and four: right after he [[spoiler:kills Stringer Bell]] and [[spoiler:puts an end to his quest to avenge Brandon]].
* Marian cuts her hair at the beginning of series four of ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', in an attempt to look tougher. The DVD commentary states that the actress had cut her hair for a play in between seasons, and didn't have time to grow it again.
* Lori cuts Jessi's hair near the end of season 2 of ''Series/KyleXY'' when [[spoiler:Sarah, who has shorter hair, comes]] and she [[spoiler:leaves her "father".]] Lori even utters the line "Once we do this there's no turning back."
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' actress Danielle Fishel wanted to get a haircut, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the higher-ups didn't want Topanga to lose her trademark locks]]. The only way they would allow it is if Topanga getting a haircut was made into a major story point, which became the second episode of the 4th season. It's parodied in a later season when Eric cuts off his long hair claiming it to be symbolic of his personal growth. It's also the season Eric becomes a ''lot'' dumber and wackier, so make of that what you will.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** At the start of day 2, Jack, still mourning for his wife and dealing with the fact that his daughter hates him now, is seen with straggly hair a unkempt beard (''PermaStubble'' in the extreme?) After struggling with the decision, we see Jack in the bathroom, fresh from cutting his hair and shaving the beard. A soon as you see that you know some serious shit is about to go down. It's business time, dammit.
** Jack's hair is also notably shorter in the later seasons than it was in the first.
** In season 7, [[spoiler:Tony Almeida]] has his head almost entirely shaved and starts growing stubble as part of his EvilCostumeSwitch. Meanwhile, ex-CTU Director Bill Buchanan grows his hair out a bit after becoming a RogueAgent determined to route out several conspirators in the government that are working with the terrorists for that season.
* After the rather ''brutal'' second season opening of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', John cuts off his long mop of hair. That episode implies it's to show [[TookALevelInBadass how many levels of badass he's taken]], and the next few episodes suggest that he's rebelling in the face of having watched his mother kill a man (the preceding episode made a point out of Sarah's unwillingness to kill humans), but a later episode reveals that [[spoiler: it's actually very justified, because it was ''John'' who had just killed a man for the first time, and self loathing is a normal reaction]].
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'':
** George cut his hair after he was burned by Meredith. Everyone even commented on how weird and stupid it looked too, and the reply was "the man has issues."
** After Derek Shepherd's season 5 HeroicBSOD, he comes back to the hospital to [[spoiler: remove Izzie's brain tumor]], but the real sign that he's back is when, after the surgery and a talk with the chief, he shaves his beard, returning to his original [=McDreamy=] PermaStubble look.
* In the Australian TV show ''Phoenix'' (1992-3) undercover cop Laz Carides is reluctant to give up his independence to become a member of the suit-and-tie-wearing Major Crimes squad. His eventual acceptance of his new role is shown when he cuts off his (much commented on) ponytail.
* Used in the second season of ''Series/TheLWord'' when Shane gives the newly-out Jenny a short haircut.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Gibbs grows a neat, somewhat disturbing moustache after returning from his TenMinuteRetirement, then shaves it off when he returns to his old self.
** Additionally, during the obligatory amnesia episode, Gibbs thinks he is still a Marine, and gives himself the appropriate crew cut.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** On the "Game Night" episode, Barney (in his hippie past) gets dumped and gives himself an important haircut and shave.
** Also, between Season 1 and Season 2, Lily leaves and comes back with her trademark red hair dyed brown. This was a decision by the actress unrelated to the show, but the creators felt it fit the character, who had just undergone a breakup and other major life changes. The hair remained the same after she got back together with her ex, though.
** Then there's Ted's growing a BeardOfSorrow after breaking up with Robin, and shaving it off again when he goes back on the market.
* In ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', Mr. Wu cuts off his queue to show his commitment to America and his alliance with Al Swearengen. He later begins wearing western style clothes as well.
* When ''Series/TheColbertReport'' performed for the US military in Iraq in 2009, Creator/StephenColbert had this done on him to prove he'd really gone through (a little) basic training to Commanding General Odierno. When Colbert hesitated, ''President UsefulNotes/BarackObama '''ordered''' Gen. Odierno'' to do it.
-->'''Obama:''' General, as Commander-in-Chief, I hereby order you ''to shave that man's head!''
* From a Brazillian soap opera: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbHI3QQARAo This]] is gotta be the most [[TearJerker upsetting]] out of all {{Important Haircut}}s, complete with Lara Fabian's equally moving "Love by Grace" as background music.
* On ''Series/IronChef'', when Kandagawa challenged Sakai for the Millenium rematch battles, he espoused a new philosophy about Japanese cuisine changing (if not quite modernizing - he was a strict Japanese traditionalist chef in his earlier appearances) in order to survive in the 21st century. Embodying this change, he shaved his head to remind him of his new commitment.
-->'''Kaga:''' May I touch it?
* ''Series/TowardsTheRepublic'' dramatizes young Sun Yat-sen's rejection of the Qing Dynasty by depicting him cutting off his braid in public and throwing it away.
* In the Australian series ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'', Becky cuts her hair using a shard of a broken mirror after taking a job at Drovers Run.
* Played with on ''Series/{{Reba}}'' when Van goes through one to show he blends in with his football team... only to find out after the fact that his teammates tricked him.
* Brad from ''Series/HomeImprovement'' gets a ponytail as a self-expression, much to Tim's initial chagrin. Later on, EmoTeen Mark shaves his head after a break-up.
* In Season 7 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', Joyce had to shave her head to win a Fast Forward (her husband Uchenna was already bald). That was the point at which they stopped being the boring couple in the background, and became threats to win the race (which they did). The fact that another team refused this same task didn't hurt their case, either.
** The Fast Forward returned in Season 20, when Big Brother alumna Rachel Reilly fled weeping from the temple, bawling that she paid way too much for her extensions to have them shaved off. No hero's journey hers, although she and partner Brendon Villegas did finish third.
* In almost every season of ''Series/StargateSG1'' both Carter and Daniel sport new haircuts. Oddly enough [[GrowingTheBeard Teal'C's beard]], and later hair, are the only appearance changes that get commented on and it is negligible that Carter and Daniel's haircuts actually altered their characters. O'Neill's hair just gets grayer.
* In the original version of ''Series/{{Survivors}}'', Abby gives herself one of these at the end of the first episode.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Puck has to shave his mohawk in one episode and becomes a lot less cool.
** Also, in the Season 2, Quinn is moping over [[spoiler: her latest Finn breakup]], so Santana and Britney order a haircut to cheer her up. This is later subverted in the following season when it's shown that while it may have cheered her up in the short term, cutting her hair did nothing to actually fix her problems or touch off any (positive) character growth.
** Looking for a new start after Finn's death, Rachel goes to the hair dresser and says she wants something new. She later seen with a shoulder length bob, much to the dismay of the director of the show she's starring in. She later reveals it was just a wig anyways.
** When preparing to take on New York as a serious model, Sam has his "bronytail" chopped off in favour of a much shorter 'do.
* Rory cuts off his ponytail for Amy in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' series 5 episode "Amy's Choice".
* In the season 4 ''Series/JudgingAmy'' episode "Requiem", Maxine cuts her long hair following the death of her fiance.
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', flashbacks show Veronica with long, blonde hair. When the show begins, after Veronica is raped (after having been drugged) and her best friend is murdered, she wears her hair short. This is more likely to differentiate the different timeline than that VM cut her hair as a result of being raped or her friend having been murdered. Some of the flashbacks occur after Lily's murder and show Veronica's still long hair. It is also possible that some of the flashbacks occurred after Veronica's rape.
** It fits, since the hairstyle also corresponds to a massive personality shift (from TheIngenue to a hard-boiled SnarkKnight, among other things) resulting from said traumas and alienation from all her existing friends.
* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/TrueBlood,'' Tara cuts her hair short because she "needed to make a change".
** Eric's haircut is important since it marks the change from 'jerk' to a more complex character.
---> '''Eric:''' The new me. You like?
---> '''Bill:''' I do. Very much.
* Spinner on ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' gets an important haircut when he finds out he has cancer, shifting from a generic haircut to a mohawk, until he starts treatment and it goes to just bald. A nod to Snake's haircut earlier in the series for the same reason, just with a different mindset behind it.
* Duncan cuts off his trademark long hair (with a knife!) in a dramatic slo-mo scene in the last season of ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries''.
* Sally Draper cuts her hair in season 4 of ''Series/MadMen'', it turns out creepily similar to her Betty's and emphasises the parallels of their characters.
** Also in ''Mad Men'', Peggy's 1950s ponytail is dramatically turned into a 1960s flip 'do by the office's first out-of-the-closet gay man.
* An episode of ''Series/ChicagoHope'' featured a teenaged boy who had been raised as a girl. After making a pass at his (female) best friend he went home and chopped off his long hair to try and pass as a boy.
* Shane of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' gave himself one after shooting [[spoiler:Otis and using him as a meaty distraction.]]
* When ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' unexpectedly got a fifth season, the star, Peta Wilson, had cut short her trademark blonde tresses, thinking the show had ended. The first episode of the season turns this into a symbolic moment in which she crops her Blonde Hair of Innocence (an obvious wig, unfortunately), as she doomedly returns to Section One.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'':
** Katherine cuts her hair when she realizes that fiance Stefan wanted her to grow it long so that she would more closely resemble his [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]] Laura.
** Right before he has a brain biopsy, Stone opts to cut his shoulder-length hair off himself.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zach has to forfeit his medium-length unkempt hair for a mature cut to retain his position once he completes his degree, because he has to look professional enough to stand as expert witness for a jury.
* In the ''Series/InPlainSight'' episode "Kumar vs. Kumar", an Indian housewife gets her long hair cut short as part of looking more "American" in order to blend in while in Witness Protection. Her very traditional husband objects to these changes in her appearance and personality but they eventually reconcile.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Angela cuts her hair into a French-style bob after her lesbian lover moves to France without her. Her husband Jimmy seems to realize that the cut puts distance between him and her.
* Michael in the US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' apparently tries to invoke this from time to time. One episode has a subplot wherein Michael is unhappy with the way his life is going. In one scene, he mentions to Brian that he's thinking about doing something different with his hair, and Brian immediately knows that something is wrong, because every time Michael is unhappy about something he tries to deal with it by changing his hair.
* ''Hitler: The Rise of Evil'': UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler trims his handlebar moustache into the toothbrush style after being advised by wealthy supporter Ernst Hanfstaengl to adopt a more distinctive look.
* Maggie Jordan has a Very Important Haircut (and dye job) in the season two premiere of ''Series/TheNewsroom'', signifying that Something Very Bad Happened on a trip to Africa. Later in the season we learn it was because an African boy admired her long blond hair hours before he was killed in her arms.
* Detective Olivia Benson chops off her hair in the season 15 premiere of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' after spending most of the episode [[spoiler:being tortured by a SerialRapist and psycho murderer, as his SexSlave, whom she beats nearly to death with a piece of an iron bed frame]].
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. After suffering a HeroicBSOD from murdering Caesar, Brutus bathes in a river and swears to the god Janus that he shall be a new man. When we next see him, Brutus has cut his hair, shaved his BeardOfSorrow, and is paying serious attention to his war against Marc Antony.
* Tommy Oliver premiered in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' with a mullet, as was the style in the early '90s in which it was aired. When Tommy returned in Season 2, he'd grown it out into a full ponytail, and kept it as such through the rest of his tenure through ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. When he came back for the [[MilestoneCelebration tenth anniversary special]] ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Forever Red]]'' (and two years later in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'') he'd cut it ''much'' shorter and wore it spiked upward, to show how he'd matured out of his teen-phase and into the role of a leader.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode "The Woman", [[ProfessionalKiller Isaac Proctor]] shaves off his long hair and beard when on the run.
* After being framed for murder and spending the first half of season 2 in a hospital for the criminally insane, Will Graham of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' reports to the title character's psychiatric office again. Previously an UnkemptBeauty, Will now has short, neat hair.
* Discussed, and deconstructed in ''Series/GirlCode''. The cast basically says "after something big happens, stay the hell away from scissors. You're gonna regret it."
* Mildred Hubble does this in the first episode of ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' spin-off ''Weirdsister College''. Cass says that her GirlishPigtails make her look like a kid - and when she is manipulated by Hobbes and Ethel, Mildred is seen cutting them off. The next episode lampshades it somewhat as Cass says "do you really think that cutting your hair will solve all your problems?"
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At the start of Season 5, PrettyBoy Lancel Lannister reappears after a FaithHeelTurn with his long flowing hair shorn in penance, barefoot and dressed in a plain robe.
** Dothraki warriors sever their braids when defeated in combat. We don't see the ritual take place, but in the case of Drogo its absence proclaims his prowess.
** Yoren cuts Arya's hair to enable her to pass for a Night's Watch recruit in order for him to smuggle her out of King's landing after Ned was branded a "traitor", which marks the beginning of a drastic change in her life.
* ''Series/BlackSails'': Resident wimp Dufrense crops his tussled hair short after surviving his first ship boarding (and chewing through a sailor's neck) to coincide with his general toughening up.
* On the most recent season of ''Series/TheMiddle'', Sue accidentally burns off part of her long hair with a curling iron just before heading to college. She decides to shorten the rest of her hair to match, and makes the cut herself (offscreen).
* In the ''Manga/{{Life}}'' manga Ayumu begins [[SelfHarm cutting herself]] after her best friend breaks off their friendship due to jealousy. The LiveActionAdaptation completely scrapped Ayumu cutting herself and replaced it with her cutting her long hair short. She did that in the manga too.
* ''A Chance To Dance'' contestant Patrick had long blond hair but eventually opted to cut it completely short - mostly because he found it a pain and didn't want it to get in the way.
* Subverted in ''Hell's Kitchen USA'' where Gordon Ramsay's sous chef claimed his BaldOfAwesome was from one of these when he first started working with Gordon - and said the contestants had to do the same. Two contestants did, but Ramsay revealed the whole thing was just a joke. And the two who had their heads shaved weren't actual contestants.
* UK reality series ''Bad Lads Army'' featured troubled teens having to endure a 1950s style boot camp. Naturally those without regulation haircuts had to get them. For some this functioned as an Important Haircut to get them properly into the army mindset. For others, it was more of a TraumaticHaircut.
* In Season 5 of ''Series/{{Haven}}'', Duke Crocker cuts his hair short as a sign of mourning after his girlfriend Jennifer Mason dies.
* The 2015 season of ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' saw pop star Jay [=McGuinness=] cut his shoulder length curls at the request of his partner. It paid off and he ended up winning the season.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
** The show naturally used this when Rapunzel appeared. Here she had trapped herself in the tower over guilt at her brother's death, and the hair had grown as a result. Cutting the hair meant forgiving herself for his death and moving on.
** Charming is revealed to have originally been raised as a shepherd with long floppy hair. When he had to impersonate his dead twin brother the prince, the hair had to go. It also marked the point he had to bid goodbye to his peasant life.
** Played for laughs in Season 4 where Anna boasts to Elsa that Kristoff has cut his hair especially for their wedding. Elsa even takes the time to gawk at the hair when she sees it, despite being in the middle of a tense situation.
** Rumplestiltskin/Gold cuts his off in season 6 after having had the same haircut for several centuries. His reasons in the show are a bit unclear, probably because his actor Creator/RobertCarlyle had to cut it all off for Trainspotting 2 and the OUAT writers had to come up with a reason why.
* In ''Series/FleshAndBone'' ballerina Claire cuts off her ponytail on the night before her potentially career-making performance as an act of liberation from [[spoiler: her brother's abusive hold over her]].
* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': After an attempt on his father's life, Ahmed decides to get his act together and trims his longish hair to appear more professional.
* ''Series/RookieBlue'''s Season 5 premiere has Gail Peck attempting this after coming out to her brother. Subverted in that she's drunk and makes a complete mess of it. Even when Holly tidies it up for her, she still regrets it. This was enforced by real life, as Charlotte Sullivan's hair had been fried from years of bleaching and had to be cut short - and the premiere picks up immediately after the finale.
* In the utterly bemusing final episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'', Leo [=McKern's=] Number Two, who had appeared to die at the climax of the previous episode, is resurrected using some kind of hi-tech machine that also significantly reduces his hair length and cuts his facial hair down from a full beard to a toothbrush moustache. This was a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as [=McKern=] hadn't expected to be called back and had changed his look for another role. It's still one of the [[GainaxEnding less confusing elements]] of the episode.
* Everyone on ''Series/FullHouse'' had a hairstyle change from time to time, but the most important change was Jesse, who while some people believe he [[BadassDecay lost his edge]] upon getting his (somewhat involuntary) haircut, he did noticeably become a more mature and responsible adult. Also, once Stephanie's curls were straightened, she became less annoying.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh75XWRaugg Mother's Day sketch]] featuring Creator/BrieLarson has women develop a tacky haircut after they feel ready to become doting mothers.
-->'''Brie Larson:''' So you're telling me there's gonna be some sort of magical moment, and suddenly I'm gonna want a haircut that's curtains in the front, iron throne in the back?\\
'''Vanessa Bayer:''' No one ''wants'' the Cut. The Cut chooses you.
* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': Lionel has Troy cut his afro after at last admitting to himself that he's gay.
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* Many religions have prohibitions or rules in regards to hair. In literature, the most famous example is probably the Biblical Samson (Literature/BookOfJudges), whose parents were visited by an angel who allowed his barren mother to become pregnant if she would abstain from unclean meat and alcohol and never cut the child's hair or shave him. This essentially constituted a pre-natal initiation into a Jewish ascetic cult, and this super out-of-proportion before-birth devotion granted Samson the mystical power of invincible strength, allowing him to become one of the judges who were leaders of Israel. The major part of his story is a negative Important Haircut that eventually results in his blindness and death, making even the inversion of this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* Literature/TheBible, Isaiah 15: Hair is shaved as a mourning rite.
-->''Surely in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined;\\
Surely in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined.\\
They have gone up to the temple and to Dibon, even to the high places to weep\\
Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba;\\
Everyone's head is bald and every beard is cut off.''
* In ''[[Literature/{{Mabinogion}} Culhwch and Olwen]]'', the hero Culhwch seeks the help of his cousin King Arthur to win Olwen, the daughter of a giant, from her father. Arthur, in traditional fashion, offers Culhwch any boon he may wish for (although they subvert the "rash boon" trope of romantic literature by having Arthur qualify his offer with a list of important items that Culhwch may not ask for). One of Culhwch's requested boons is a haircut from Arthur, marking a right of passage for the youth. Furthermore, Olwen's father, the giant Ysbaddaden, requires many onerous tasks from Olwen his knightly companions before granting his daughter's hand, culminating in a request for a shave (because shaving his mighty hair requires such obscure, powerful tools that it may as well be pointless). During the shave, they shave him down to the bone, and he grants his daughter's hand before being beheaded. This Welsh tale dates back to at least the 11th century.
* In the ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Fairhair Harald Fairhair]], [[FounderOfTheKingdom the mythological first king of Norway]], made a vow that he would not cut nor treat his hair until he had united Norway under him. As this conquest took several years, Harald became known by the nickname "Tangle-Hair" during the conquest, the nickname changing to "Fairhair" (or "Finehair") once he'd gotten the thing properly cut post-coronation.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''
** Cao Cao chops off his hair to impress his men after transgressing against a rule that had execution (by decapitation) as its punishment. Calling it an attack on the head, his men were doubly careful to avoid breaking the rules when they saw that the highest ranks were still subject to punishment.
** Subverted by Zhao Fang. When Cao Xiu questions Zhao's motives for defecting, Zhao threatened suicide. After being stopped from killing himself, he cut off his hair as a pledge. Zhao's defection was fake, though, and Cao Xiu would end up severely defeated in battle.
* If we include beards, the Earl of Gloucester's beard being cut off by Regan and Goneril in ''Theatre/KingLear'' indicated an extreme insult.
* In "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" (the original story) the mermaid's sisters give the sea witch their hair in exchange for a knife that will grant the mermaid her tail back.
* In Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Jo March cuts her long, beautiful auburn reddish hair and sells it to a wig maker to raise money for her mother's trip to where their father is in a Union Army hospital. It was her one real beauty and a great personal sacrifice to help her family; her sister Meg catches her crying later that night and Jo is embarrassed as she explains it's for her hair (she would cut it again and again if she couñd, but her tears are her last sign of vanity).
* In the short story ''Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi'', Della has her long, beautiful hair cut and sold to get enough money to buy a Christmas present for her husband, a sign of great love.
* Creator/FScottFitzgerald wrote a short story called "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (1920) where the bob (as opposed to traditional long hair) symbolizes superficiality. In the story, the unpopular teenager Bernice pays a visit to her cousin Marjorie who teaches her to dance and flirt; a favorite bit of flirtation is Bernice suggesting the possibility she might get the newly-faddish bobbed hairstyle. But Marjorie becomes jealous of Bernice's new succcess with boys and retaliates by convincing Bernice that actually getting her hair bobbed will be the final step in her social transformation; as Marjorie suspected, the hairstyle is totally unflattering to Bernice and loses her her admirers. Bernice leaves town in humiliation, but not before sneaking into Marjorie's room at night and cutting off her own long hair.
* In "Literature/ARoseForEmily", Emily cuts her hair after her OverprotectiveDad, who consigned her to extreme propriety and conservatism, dies.
* In ''Literature/AFarewellToArms,'' Catherine mentions wanting to cut her hair off after her fiance died. She decides to cut her hair shorter later in the book for no particular reason, though This Troper's English teacher suggested that this, taken with the above, was {{Foreshadowing}} [[spoiler:her DeathByChildbirth]].
* In ''[[Literature/{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]'', part of the tragedy of Aslan's sacrifice was seeing him with his mane cut off. Without it his majesty disappeared and he looked like simply a large cat.
* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' the horses' tails have to be cut, in order to disguise them and get them into Narnia. This is important because it's part of Bree's character development: humbling himself from an arrogant war horse to an ordinary Narnian.
* Gülten Akın, a female Turkish poet, has a poem titled "Kestim Kara Saçlarımı" (I Cut My Black Hair), published in 1960, where the act of cutting hair is used as a metaphor for a woman's liberation from repressive social expectations.
* There's a subtle one in Dorothy Dunnett's ''Literature/LymondChronicles''. After Lymond [[spoiler: sells his body to the repulsive Aga Morat to protect Jerott]], an oblivious Jerott ribs Lymond about his recent haircut. Though Lymond reveals nothing, an astute reader can extrapolate that the haircut was a reaction to the traumatic experience.
* Two of the main characters in ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' cut their hair off while on the run from the law. Important as their hair is the most obvious symbol of their Greaser status.
* After Turtle loses her waist-length braid in ''Literature/TheWestingGame'', she starts acting more mature and calling herself T.R. instead of Turtle.
* In the book ''Adorable Sunday,'' the title character Sunday cuts off her hair so her [[StageMom mother]] will let her stop being a child model.
* In the Literature/DragonridersOfPern novel ''Nerilka's Story'', Nerilka shears off the long hair that was her one vanity before leaving her life as a Lord Holder's daughter to work as an anonymous healer's assistant in the plague tents.
* ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'': In Christine's story, Lee gives Aunt Ida his braided hair to let her know that he had now joined the Army.
* In ''Literature/TheEnglishPatient'', Hana cuts her hair after she starts working as an army nurse.
* In ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' series, Mary Anne has one when her father stops being overprotective of her.
* Happens to a few characters in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, where one section of the world puts a lot of stock in the length and style of women's hair. Two examples: In the first book, the hero gives Rachel (previously little more than a slave, with her hair deliberately chopped up) a haircut evening out her locks after she runs to freedom. This is an inversion of the having-one's-hair-cut-off-as-humiliation variant of this trope. In the second book the same variant is played straight: the Mother Confessor (who, as the de facto ruler of the land, has the longest hair around) has her hair chopped off before she's sentenced to be executed.
* In the Creator/JacquelineWilson book ''Double Act'' Ruby cuts her hair (previously the same as her sister Garnet's) to show that she no longer wants to be a twin.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Jaime Lannister has his characteristic golden hair shaved off and grows an unflattering beard, ending his period of life as a vain and cruel golden boy under the thumb of his sister.
** The Dothraki tribe don't cut their braids unless they've suffered a defeat in combat. Khal Drogo has very long hair because he has never seen defeat.
** Arya's hair is cut for her by Yoren to [[SweetPollyOliver protect her identity]], starting her long period as a vagabond.
** Cersei[[spoiler:'s head is completely shaven off (along with her body hair) for her walk of shame]].
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' Ax once mentions an Andalite custom where someone who has disgraced himself gets his fur cut short in a particular style. The idea is that one's honor slowly returns as the hair grows back. He gives this kind of haircut to Andalite!Tobias, but this is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]--he just doesn't want it to be as obvious that the two of them are identical.
* In Literature/TheGirlsSeries Magda gets her blonde hair cut into an unflattering style and dyed back to its original colour when some boys get the wrong idea about her, which had led to a borderline AttemptedRape. Once she regains her confidence, she has it cut even shorter into a better style and dyed bright red.
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington In Enemy Hands]]''. Honor's brutal StateSec captors think giving her a clipper-cut is inflicting yet one more humiliation on a woman condemned to hang. Unfortunately for the 'black-legs', Honor deliberately wore her hair that short throughout most of her earlier career and only grew it out during her time in 'exile' on Grayson; she finds their resulting consternation a little funny, and is actually more worried that they're not feeding her enough.
* In Creator/BenElton's novel ''Dead Famous'', Sally, a contestant on a ''Series/BigBrother''-style game show, expresses a desire for an Important Haircut and cuts and dyes her hair while staying in the house. It turns out to be a ''very'' important haircut, because [[spoiler:the show's producer planned to murder one of the girls to boost ratings, and "pre-recorded" the scene for all five female contestants. Sally was the first target but was not killed because she no longer looked like the fake Sally on the videotape.]]
* In Fleur Beale's ''Literature/IAmNotEsther'', Kirby cuts off her hair in a protest against the religious cult she is forced to follow. In the sequel, ''Literature/IAmRebecca'', Rebecca asks Kirby to cut her hair near the end, showing her break away from the cult. She later reflects that she sees herself in the mirror rather than her twin sister, Rachel, because she looks more interested in the world.
* In the ''Dragonlord'' series, the Yerrin clan only cut their hair when banished from the clan. A Yerrin without a clan braid is a man (or woman) without honor. Baisha, a villain in ''Dragon and Phoenix'', cuts his own hair after murdering a kinsman and running from home.
* In the short story that is a prequel to Creator/MercedesLackey's [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows and Honor]] duology, Tarma's hair is cut off by her Goddess to show that she has been accepted as Swordsworn.
* In ''Nappily Ever After'' by Trisha Thomas, the African-American heroine cuts off her long, straightened hair (which she previously dyed blonde when her ad campaign at work was rejected in favor of blonde models) at the same time as she breaks up with her commitment-unwilling boyfriend. She then embarks on a year of self-discovery and natural hair and finds success, love, and happiness.
* In Hiromi Goto's ''The Kappa Child'', the main character gets her hair cut very short and finally begins to mature and take charge of her own life.
* In Pat Murphy's ''Adventures in Space and Time with Max Merriwell'', Susan's repressive mother always made her keep her hair long. She gets a short haircut and feels much freer and happier.
* In Holly Black's ''[[Literature/ModernFaerieTales Valiant]]'' Val shaves her head on a train shortly after catching her boyfriend cheating on her with her mom.
* In ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'', Henry has his shoulder-length hair cut off shortly before his wedding, to symbolize leaving behind his immature playboy lifestyle and becoming more like the responsible adult Clare fell in love with in the first place. Conveniently, this also means [[spoiler: his future self can convincingly stand in for him at the wedding ceremony itself (since cold feet and nerves in his present self end up triggering his time travel).]]
* In ''Venus and the Comets,'' nine-year-old Venus's mother has her modeling and acting in commercials, but Venus would rather play soccer. She makes her objection to her mother's plans clear (and expresses her real personality) by cutting off her the luxurious blonde locks that she's supposed to have in her upcoming role as a Cinderella doll at a toy store grand opening.
* In Kij Johnson's ''Fudoki'', the main character, a Heian court lady, regards it as a liberation from oppressive ceremony when she's finally elderly enough to retire to a monastery. Even though her attendants initially only cut off a symbolic few inches of hair (because it's servants who wear theirs shoulder-length), she feels relieved by the lightening of weight as well as the meaning of the haircut, and intends to chop it all off once she leaves.
* The first line of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' is Polly cutting off her hair to join the army, feeling slightly guilty that she doesn't feel guilty about it. She keeps the hair in her pack as a memento, but when it gets stolen realizes she doesn't really need it.
* In ''Literature/ThirteenReasonsWhy'', Hannah cuts her hair shortly before committing suicide, in a desperate bid for positive attention. It fails when it comes to light that a classmate is stealing all of the notes going into her mailbox, including any about her haircut. The haircut itself is lampshaded when her teacher, during a discussion about suicide, brings up sudden changes in appearance as a sign of suicidal ideation.
* Niall in ''Literature/WickedLovely'', albeit in the backstory. He cut his hair really short after the whole 'getting raped and tortured by dark court fey' thing, for the three reasons of (according to WordOfGod): Irial liked his long hair, and Niall blamed Irial for everything to begin with; so as to not hide the scar on his face; and because long hair is a good 'handle' to hold someone down. When he became Dark King he let his hair grown again to signify getting over it.
* After her HeelFaceTurn in ''Literature/{{Frostbite}}'', Mia Rinaldi turns up about three books later with a slight tan and much shorter hair. Averted in [[FilmOfTheBook the movie]], where she starts out with a pixie cut whereas in the books she started out with OjouRinglets.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Or rather, [[InvertedTrope important lack of haircut]]. In ''Mockingjay'', all the rebel soldiers have their hair cut short, except for Katniss because she needs to stay recognizable. And Katniss having her body hair waxed throughout the series. District 12 has no fashion to speak of, and the citizens have a lot more important things to concern themselves with, so Katniss -- and by implication, the other women of 12 -- don't shave their body hair(legs, underarms) and think nothing of it. Her stylists stripping her bare is just another example of the Capitol changing who she is — to the point where by ''Catching Fire'', she considers her unshaven legs a sign of her freedom, and is more than a bit sore to lose them.
* ''Literature/{{Room}}'': Jack has long hair, but gives himself a haircut late in the story. His grandmother simply says she'll make it neater and save his hair since it's his first haircut. Some of it is braided into a bracelet which he later gives to Ma.
* ''Literature/{{Damned}}'': 13-year-old Madison's death and arrival in Hell is a paradoxical liberation; she starts by making friends, and one of them gives her the bangs she always wanted, but her mother insisted she was not ready for.
* In ''Literature/BeautyQueens'', by Libba Bray, Tiara freaks out about her life and starts hacking her hair off with an ax. Petra manages to fix it, giving her "warrior princess hair."
* A young Vlad Dracula cuts off his long mane of hair after escaping life as a [[ChildSoldiers child soldier]] in ''Literature/CountAndCountess''.
* A theme throughout the entire novel ''The Wisdom of Hair'': the author, Kim Boykin, explained, "The thing about this story that seems to resonate with women is that we believe if we change or fix our hair, we can change our lives. I noticed this watching women come and go from my mom's beauty salon growing up and believe that will never change."
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* At the end of ''Film/GateOfHell'', having committed murder and dishonored himself, the samurai protagonist slices off his queue and says he will become a monk.
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'' it happened off screen. After Regina spread the rumor in middle school that Janis was a lesbian, Janis dropped out of school for the rest of the year; when she returned in the fall, "all her hair was cut off, and she was totally weird."
* In ''Film/TheCryingGame'', Fergus gives Dil a haircut so Dil will look like a man (and thus, to protect Dil from the people hunting Fergus down).
* In ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1961}}'', Sharon has to cut her hair to pose as Susan.
* In ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}'', Annie has to cut her hair to pose as Hallie.
* Example ''and'' subversion: In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the hero's main love-interest has ''two'' important haircuts - the first one failing badly, and the second one turning her into an unbeatable goalie.
* In the movie ''Film/SlidingDoors'', the version of Helen that ''did'' find her boyfriend in bed with another woman had an Important Haircut, allowing the audience to easily distinguish Single, Empowered, Blonde Helen from Cheated-on, Dowdy, Brunette Helen.
* Evey Hammond is shaved bald in the ''Film/VForVendetta'' movie at a crucial moment in her character development. A band even named themselves "Natalie Portman's Shaved Head" after this scene. Yes, really.
* Parodied in ''Film/ShootEmUp'', where the protagonist spots a mook with a ponytail, comments on how much he hates middle aged men with ponytails, then shoots it off of his head.
* Also parodied in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''; Prince Akeem goes into a barber shop and asks for a "real American haircut". The barber whacks off Akeem's ponytail with one snip of his scissors. "That'll be [[strike: ten bucks]] eight dollars."
* Used to effect at the end of ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'', as Elizabeth I of England declares herself the Virgin Queen.
* Mickey Knox of ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' shaves his head before his interview with Wayne Gayle.
* The female protagonist of ''Film/GIJane'' shaves her head during her special operations training. Demi Moore did the shaving herself on camera. She had very long hair at the time.
* In ''Film/SevenSamurai'', this serves as Kambei's EstablishingCharacterMoment. Although samurai custom regards shaving one's head and using disguises as dishonorable, Kambei shaves his head and disguises himself as a monk in order to resolve a hostage situation - saving a child he doesn't even know. The DecoyProtagonist peasants immediately decide that he's the man who can save them.
* Richie's Important Haircut in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' coincides with an important suicide attempt. He spends most of the movie as a has-been tennis player, and like his siblings wears pretty much the same same hairstyle and clothes as he did when he was young, so the new, shaven style is a sign of his moving on.
%%* Creator/TomCruise in ''Film/MinorityReport.''
* ''Film/SmokeSignals'' had Victor Joseph cut his hair with a folding knife when faced with the family mementos kept by his runaway father. He had previously told his [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins braided]] traveling companion that long, free-flowing hair is an Indian man's sign of pride.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', Willow's wife Kaia lops off her braid and gives it to him as a keepsake near the start of the movie.
* In the film of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Tristan gets a haircut from Captain Shakespeare, symbolising his change from village shop-boy to romantic adventurer. Oddly, this involves him having ''longer hair'', to Tristan's visible surprise.
%%* Reese Witherspoon's character Vanessa Julia Lutz gets an unwanted Important Haircut in ''Film/{{Freeway}}''.
* Jim of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' shaved and cut his hair at Frank's place, just about when he stopped being the baby of the team and became competent and sure of himself.
* In ''Film/EmpireRecords'', Deb comes to work on the day the movie is set, goes into the bathroom, and shaves her head.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', the antagonist Lo Fong cuts off Chon Wang's braid, which is a very important status symbol to an Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. Without this braid, he would not be allowed to return to China on punishment of death, and so because of this, his primary objective changes and he starts to embrace the "Western world". This was absolutely TruthInTelevision, as noted in the RealLife section below.
* In the film ''Film/TheLastEmperor'', Pu Yi (the last imperial ruler of China) cuts his own braid off, but rather than it being a symbol for the loss of his power it's instead a sign of his resolve to break with the past and take an active role in ruling The Forbidden City (which, up until that point in his life, he had merely been a figurehead ruler for.)
* ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' (2007). After a fight with a fellow crewmember, engineer Mace shaves and cuts his hair short to show that he's going to focus on the mission from now on.
* In ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', our hero played by Bruce Willis starts out as a stressed out big city hostage negotiator with a full, bushy beard and long, unkempt hair. In the second scene he is now a small town police chief who is a stickler about the dress and deportment of his officers; he is clean shave, head and face, having left the insanity of his former job behind.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', Riddick begins as a furry man-on-the-run. While he jacks his pursuer's ship and finds the man he thinks hired them, it is just after shaving that he definitively switches from being the hunted to the hunter.
* In ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Travis Bickle crops his hair short and then shaves it into a mohawk just before his assassination attempt, showing his trip off the deep end.
* In ''Film/{{Mongol}}'', Jamukha shaves his head to mourn the killing of his brother by Temudgin's guards.
* In ''Film/TheAccused'', Sarah Tobias (Creator/JodieFoster) does this after her traumatic gang-rape.
* In ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'', Julia Robert's character cuts her hair as part of her transformation from battered, submissive wife to free woman.
* In ''Film/SplendorInTheGrass'', Deanie (Creator/NatalieWood) cuts her hair, to get rid of her "nice girl" looks.
* The opening credits for ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' consist of a montage of all the [[strike:maggots]] new recruits getting shaved in preparation for basic training.
* The transformative moment in ''Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean'' is when Billie Jean hacks off her hair. She goes from a long blond beauty to an avenging rebel. This occurs after she sees ''Film/ThePassionOfJoanOfArc''; she is adopting the hairstyle of that movie's heroine. More soberingly, Putter does the same thing out of defiance after her mother hits her.
* ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' has Jeanne invoking this, hacking off her hair with a sword - thinking the soldiers will take her seriously if she looks like a man.
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007), shortly after arriving back in his hometown, shaves his head similar to his estranged father. As this happens early in the movie I'm not sure exactly what it was supposed to symbolise, though it's apparently a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot -- the actor had shaved his head for another role, yet was playing a college professor).
* In ''Film/TalkOfTheTown'', Michael, an eminent law professor, tells Nora that he decided on GrowingTheBeard years ago, after he graduated from law school. It made him look more serious. Nora later throws this back in Michael's face when Michael won't help Leopold, saying "you've been old your whole life" and telling him to keep the beard. When Michael shaves his beard, he's leaving his rigid principles behind and intervening to help Leopold [[ClearMyName clear his name]].
* In ''Film/BlowDry'', Christine (Rachel Leigh Cook) cuts off her own hair so her scheming dad (Bill Nighy) can no longer use her as a hair model in the annual British Hairdressing Championship. This drives home the point that she refuses to help him win by cheating.
* Susanna from ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' did this [[spoiler: before she shot herself]].
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' specifically the DirectorsCut. Sybillia, Queen of Jeruselum cuts her hair[[spoiler: when she renounces her throne after she mercy kills her son before he suffers and dies from leprosy like her brother.]] Additionally this would have also led to her entering a nunnery to atone for her sins - but ExecutiveMeddling insisted she and Balian end up together.
* This happens in the sequel to ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. Connor and Murphy [=MacManus=] have been in hiding in Ireland for years, growing hair and beards worthy of Christ himself. When they are called out of retirement, they immediately shave it all off, returning to their first-film appearance (with some PermaStubble for good measure.) Later, they realize they are easily recognizable now and [[LampshadeHanging they wonder why they did it in the first place.]]
--> '''Murphy''': Two days ago we looked like Jesus Christ. [[WhatWereYouThinking What the fuck did we cut our hair for]]?
--> '''Connor''': Yeah that's right. I dunno, [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime just seemed like the thing to do at the time]], though, didn't it?
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, when a Padawan is made a full Jedi Knight, their braid is severed by a lightsaber in their knighting ceremony.
* In ''Film/{{Heaven}}'', Cate Blanchett shaving her head symbolises her meeting her soul-mate. (Who happened to have the same name and a shaved head, too.)
* In ''Film/RomanHoliday'', Creator/AudreyHepburn[='=]s character Ann cuts off her long, princessy locks in favour of a fun, trendy style, representing her momentary attempt to fulfill her [[IJustWantToBeNormal longing to be an ordinary girl.]]
* In ''Film/TheATeam'', after breaking B.A. out of prison, the others give him a razor but he simply cuts his hair short rather than into his usual mohawk, as he now rejects the violence it represented to him. Later, after he accepts that violence can be right and necessary, this shift is emphasized by the dramatic reveal of the mohawk's return.
* In ''Film/TheCandidate'', one of the first signs that Robert Redford's principled-liberal-insurgent title character is starting to get co-opted by the system is when he gets a haircut.
* In ''Film/{{Frida}}'', Salma Hayek's titular character gets drunk and cuts her hair in reaction to her marriage failing and then creates a well known painting of the event.
* In ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'', Geena Davis's character has an Important Haircut (while also dying it blonde) after we've seen the Charly Baltimore personality completely take over (or appear to) and the Samantha Caine personality disappear (maybe).
* In ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'', Jennifer Jason Leigh's character Hedy gets a short haircut and has it dyed red at a salon similar to Bridget Fonda's character Allie in order to be more like her. She later dyes it back to brunette while holding Allie hostage.
* In horror/coming-of-age film ''Film/{{Excision}}'', disturbed teenager Pauline gives herself one of these right before she [[spoiler:performs a lung transplant on her little sister in the garage.]]
* In ''Film/PrincessOfThieves'', Gwyn gives herself one when she decides to follow after Robin, in an attempt to follow him to war. It does have a practical reason - to pass as a boy - but it symbolises Gwyn becoming more independent.
* Near the end of ''Film/WithnailAndI'', Marwood (a.k.a. "I") cuts off his unruly curls for a more upstanding, adult 'do. Not only is this more appropriate for [[spoiler:his first professional stage role (the ''lead'', no less)]], it also symbolizes his moving on with his life and leaving [[PoisonousFriend Withnail]] behind.
* ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' parodied this with two new recruits shaving their hair into buzzcuts - only to find out they didn't need to.
--> "This ain't the army, you know."
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'': David's transformation from drug dealer to wholesome American father.
* Used in a similar fashion to an AfterActionPatchup in ''Film/TheBourneIdentity''. After surviving an attempted assassination and a CarChase by Paris police, Bourne decides to change Marie's look by rinsing the dye from her hair in the shower, then cutting her hair short. The [[{{UST}} close contact between them]] [[GladToBeAliveSex after the day's excitement]] leads to their first love scene.
* In the 2011 movie of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' the Volscian soldiers start shaving their heads in imitation of Coriolanus, and the 'gold throne' from the play is the barber's chair they use for this initiation. The bearded Volscian leader Aufidius is not happy.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheRoom''. A lot of attention is paid to Mark shaving his beard (complete with dramatic music), but it signifies nothing. At all.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Sabrina|1954}}'' loses her ponytail after a classmate at culinary school encourages her to act more self-confident and worldly, in order to win the heart of her crush. In [[Film/Sabrina1995 the remake]], Sabrina doesn't have a ponytail, but a huge mop that conceals her face. It's no wonder said crush genuinely doesn't recognize her when he first sees post-snip.
* In ''Film/LordsOfDogtown'', Jay shaving his head symbolizes his transformation from a teenage surf and skateboard enthusiast into a violent hooligan.
* In the film ''Ocean of Pearls'' a Sikh doctor is up for a promotion - but fears he won't be chosen due to his turban (in a post 9/11 America). He makes a radical decision to chop off his waist length hair. Sikhs traditionally don't cut their hair at all and are required to wear it in a turban 24/7.
* In ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'', when Patience Philips discovers newfound confidence after gaining her cat powers - the first thing she does is impulsively chop her long hair short, don lots more make-up and wear a SpyCatsuit.
* In ''Film/TheNamesake'', Gogol shaves his head after [[spoiler: Ashoke dies, which is a traditional way of mourning in Hinduism]]- a sign that he is starting to come around to embracing his family's traditions. In a brief flashback, we also see Ashoke shaving his head after his father dies (as Gogol watches).
* In ''Film/RobinHood1991'', Marian cuts her hair when she runs away to Sherwood Forest. This symbolises the moment when her allegiance shifts from the Normans to Robin and the Saxons.
* In ''Film/TheNunsStory,'' Sister Luke gets her long, luxuriant brown hair cut off after TakingTheVeil.
* In ''{{Film/Joy}}'' the titular Joy cuts her hair to shoulder length as she is about to [[spoiler: bust her competitors for fraud and get all her money back]].
* ''Film/TheMartian'': Mark Watney grows a BeardOfBarbarism while stranded on Mars, but shaves it off just before launching the MAV for a [[FaceDeathWithDignity high-risk rendezvous with the Hermes]].
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Lex Luthor in this version originally had a head full of hair. After imprisoned, his head is shaven bald, giving him the traditional BaldOfEvil look.
* Happens at the very start of ''Film/BoysDontCry''. Teena Brandon has just had a short haircut to transition into becoming Brandon Teena.
* ''Film/TheDivide'' has Josh and Bobby shaving their heads after radiation poisoning has made some of their hair fall out. It marks the official transition to outright becoming villains, having gone mad from the cabin fever.
* In both the film and book of ''[[{{Literature/Divergent}} The Divergent Series: Insurgent]]'', Tris cuts her hair as a reaction to the trauma she suffered in ''Divergent''. In the book it's cut to shoulder-length, but it's a pixie in the film[[note]]Shailene Woodley had cut her hair short for ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'' and didn't have time to grow it out again.[[/note]] - but by ''The Divergent Series: Allegiant'' it has now grown out to shoulder-length, symbolising how she has overcome the trauma.
* ''Film/Passengers2016'': Jim shaves off his TimePassageBeard that he gained after being alone on the ship for a year before he wakes up Aurora from her crypod.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' features Thor getting an unwanted Important Haircut from [[spoiler: Stan Lee's cameo]] right before he has to fight in the arena. Notably he doesn't demonstrate the ability to conjure lightning by himself until after the haircut.
* In ''Film/ShesAllThat'' part of Laney's makeover to look more popular involves having her hair cut to a trendier shoulder-length style.
* ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''. The clean-shaven Strange grows a messy BeardOfSorrow after his hands are ruined in an accident, and he loses his ability to wield a scalpel let alone a straight razor. He trims it back to a well-kept goatee after finding new purpose as a sorcerer (using an electric razor).
* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. While he is unconscious, the mutant children cut Wolverine's BeardOfSorrow down to his classic mutton chop design. Though it's done as a prank, it also shows how he is still one of the legendary X-Men in their eyes instead of a JadedWashout. Sure enough Wolverine rallies himself to protect the children in the final act.
* The film ''How To Deal'' has the teenage heroine cutting her hair after her father's mistress compliments it and says never to cut it. This was a ThrowItIn by producers, as Mandy Moore got a short haircut for the role and thought it fit the character; they compromised by having her wear extensions for the first half of the film.
* The end of ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' the musical reveals that Guinevere has become a nun. She herself reveals this by taking down her hood and showing that her long golden tresses have been cut short.
* In ''Film/{{Colette}}'', Willy makes Colette cut off her long hair and get a crop like Polaire, who is currently playing Claudine on stage.
* The Chilean movie ''La Buena Vida'' features a young musician who gets employed by the military philharmonic orchestra. He also has to sacrifice his shoulder length hair to a buzz cut. As does his long-haired friend who also gets the job (and also has to sacrifice his beard).
* In ''Film/Firestorm1998'', Shaye cuts of his back length 'Charles Manson' style hair before undergoing his DyeOrDie transformation to take Davis' place.
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* In the "Season of Mists" StoryArc of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] -- depicted as looking like an ordinary if rather good-looking human apart from the great big wings growing from his back -- resigns from being Ruler of Hell and [[ComicBook/{{Lucifer}} goes off to live among the mortals]]; in a gesture combining practicality with the symbolism of the Important Haircut, his last act as Ruler of Hell is to ask the Sandman -- his enemy on the best of days -- to cut his wings off. He doesn't bother with anaesthetic.
* The very opening scene of the OELManga ''{{Manga/Shutterbox}}'' depicts the romantic lead cutting the blue dyed streak from his hair before going off to drown himself.
* In the beginning of ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', the Girl of Steel cuts her hair short after the ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'''s debacle to try to change herself and forget her former life.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'': When Superman came BackFromTheDead, he had shoulder-length hair (worn in a ponytail as Clark). During the preparations for his wedding, he had it cut to its previous length.
** In the beginning of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', the isolated, retired Clark Kent has long hair, which he cuts when he decides to become Superman again. Rather a shame, since he looked surprisingly good with long hair.
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} grew a ponytail during ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans New Titans]]'', and lost it by accident in an early issue of his solo series, giving him a distinctive look he maintained for some time.
** Likewise, he lost the haircut he'd been sporting more or less constantly since ''1940'' in ''New Titans'' under the advice of Starfire, who turned out to be a sinister doppelganger.
* Sometime between quitting his stint as Batman and the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns,'' Bruce grew a mustache. However one night after he can no longer stomach Gotham's senseless violence and subconsciously decides to become Batman again he wakes up in the batcave with his mustache shaved.
* In the ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' comics, when her lifemate is killed, the usually mild-mannered Clearbrook slices off her waist-length braid and drapes it over his dead body... "I will ''always'' be with you!"... then turns into a revenge-mad MamaBear for a while. Centuries later, when she's back to her normal serene self, we see her hair has grown back. WordOfGod explicitly labels her hair as a symbol of her sexuality, which she was unable to experience fully while mourning her lifemate.
* After an extended period offworld and [[BodyHorror near-transformation into a predatory alien]], ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' steadily veered away from her serene [[FriendToAllLivingThings nature-loving]] TechnicalPacifist TeamMom persona to the point of stabbing a woman in the heart during a duel for rulership of the Morlocks. This culminated with her showing up to Wolverine's wedding in leather pants, a matching tube-top with vest, and a mohawk (her clothes and much of her [[RapunzelHair hair]] were burned earlier that week, but less jarring salvage options were available even in Tokyo).
** The mohawk was meant as a joke by Paul Smith, the regular artist of the book at time. He did include some feminine hairstyles among the potential new looks.
** Referenced in ''[[ComicBook/UltimateXMen Ultimate X-Men]]''. After Hank [=McCoy=] aka Beast was killed in a Sentinel attack [[spoiler:(don't worry, he got better)]] Storm, who had been his girlfriend at the time, smashed up her room, started dressing in black leather clothes, and gave herself a punk-rocker haircut.
** Recently, she went back to the mohawk. After her marriage with the ComicBook/BlackPanther went belly up due to ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', she decides a change is in order and asks Wolverine to lop up her hair with his claws. It's something of a mixture of the mohawk and her usual long hair.
* This trope, like nearly every other predominant comic book trope of the era, gets played with during Creator/GrantMorrison's run on ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''. After [[spoiler:the murder of his wife and children]], he heads off to get vengeance, but not before switching over to a leather costume and cutting his own hair with a trimmer. When Mirror Master sees him, though, he says it looks like he ran his head under a lawnmower.
* Another Morrison example--in ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', Jack Frost cuts his previously long hair into a shorter style upon finally accepting TheCall. This is foreshadowed earlier in the series, when Boy tells him he should cut his hair as at its current length it would get into his eyes when he was fighting -- the obvious symbolism of the haircut being that he is now ready to begin said fighting.
* After being deposed (again) and banished to the surface in his 2003 solo series, ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' cut off the mane of hair and Viking beard he’d sported since TheNineties, reverting to his classic [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] look. He also moved into a lighthouse and started using the name Arthur Curry[[note]]Between ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths and ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}} his birth name was Orin, but he was adopted and raised as Arthur Curry[[/note]] again as part of a "back to basics" repackaging.
* In the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic series, Princess Sally grows her hair after a year-long TimeSkip. This is symbolic of the changes she'd gone through the year apart from Sonic, and coincided with a redesign for a lot of the other characters and her own apparent mental breakdown. Later on, while under a new writer, Sally decides to cut her hair again, going back to her old hair-do, to signify that she's got her head on straight again.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. Agent 355 cuts Yorick's hair after the traumatic events in "Cycles".
* In ''ComicBook/{{Meridian}}'', minor character Feabie cuts off her braid with a dagger to prove to her unrequited love Jad that she can be as serious and useful as his missing girlfriend Sephie (the protagonist). Metafictionally, this was meant to make them more distinct from each other, as both Sephie and Feabie had long blond hair.
* Thunder from ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'' loses her distinctive blonde wig and grows out her hair during the One Year Later jump in Franchise/TheDCU. It's later revealed that the team has gone underground and that she's in a same-sex relationship with teammate Grace. Make what significance of that you will.
** In the original incarnation of the team, Halo gets one after learning her true origin (she was evil and is dead, fused with an alien energy being) so she less resembles the evil dead girl.
* Lisa from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' lost her hair ''twice'' in the strip's run. First, a building fell on her and her head had to be shaved for brain surgery. Then there was the cancer.
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} has a history of giving herself important haircuts. Most recently, she hacked off her hair in a public bathroom after giving up her daughter for adoption, trading longer mommy hair for her usual short action-ready style.
* Ramona Flowers has one in volume 5 of the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' series.
** Haircuts are very important in general in ''Scott Pilgrim''. Ramona changes her hair color and style constantly, and her not getting a haircut is a plot point. Scott is afraid to cut his hair because his last girlfriend broke up with him immediately after he got a haircut (for unrelated reasons), but finally Ramona cuts his hair for him, a major step toward him getting over Envy and moving on.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem loses all of his hair to a malfunctioning shower unit within hours of returning to The City, having come down from the mountains looking decidedly woolly.
* ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' - Kathy's Important Haircut came after getting over the loss of Shade and becoming romantically attached to Lenny. The editor confessed in the letters page that she had also gone through several hairstyles of her own while getting over emotional pains. Kathy returned to long, natural hair while pregnant with Shade's child [[spoiler: and since she was murdered not long after, that's how she's always remembered]].
** And then there's Shade himself, who gets a new haircut every time he [[spoiler: dies]].
* [[Franchise/WonderWoman Queen Hippolyta]] cuts her own hair in the ''Circle'' arc before going to beat up invading Nazis.
* The ComicBook/XWingSeries comics show that Wedge Antilles and Soontir Fel, the two Corellians who are second only to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, respectively, in [[AcePilot piloting skills]], both had very long tied-back hair when they were young. Wedge apparently had his cut after his parents were killed, since his next-set appearance of only a few years later has him with short hair. Soontir's hair is entirely shaved off when he's signed into the Imperial pilot academy. Major changes for both of them.
* In ''Ball and Chain'', Mallory cuts her long hair short in a vain attempt to convince herself that she's over her impending divorce. And we do mean ''vain''. The first thing she says when she's finished is "I hope he... I hope ''I'' like it. I do. I like it."
* In the original ''ComicBook/NickFury: Agent of SHIELD'', early in Creator/JimSteranko's classic period, the formerly scraggly Army Commando gets a thorough professional shave and hair to finally change his look into the clean shaven and sleek spy hero.
* When the Civil War finally begins, Comicbook/NikolaiDante cuts his hair short (off-panel) to represent his acceptance of the Romanov name. During the Amerika storyline, he finds a poster of himself from his swashbuckling days, and the toll the years have taken on him become painfully apparent.
* When [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]] took over the role of Franchise/SpiderMan, he was forced to cut his hair short and dye it blonde because too many people were mistaking him as Peter Parker.
* Not a hair''cut'', but in [[spoiler: ''Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy'' #1]] ComicBook/{{X 23}} dyes the forelocks of her hair blue and gold after [[spoiler: Wolverine's death (blue and gold being the iconic colors of Wolverine's costume)]].
* At the end of ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', [[spoiler:Hazel]] cutting her hair short symbolically represents her growth into a more social person.
--> [[AC:Katie:]] I literally cried.
* The final few pages of ''ComicBook/RedSonja'': ''The Forgiving of Monsters'' show Sonja cutting her long hair short, symbolizing harnessing her rage to a higher objective.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSilencer'', Honor Guest grows her hair to shoulder length once she retires from being an assassin and develops a quiet suburban life. Once she's thrown back into her old lifestyle, she buzzes her hair again, mostly for practical purposes.
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