When a character cuts off their hair, it often symbolizes a rite of passage or bout of character growth.

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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 good reason.Furthermore, prisoners and psychiatric patients commonly have their heads shaved, often to prevent the spread of lice, but sometimes also 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 which 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.However, an important haircut can also be positive, such as changing one's style after a breakup. If it comes after a Heel Face Turn may result in switching their Good Hair, Evil Hair around.May also occur after or during a Close-Call Haircut.If it's involuntary, it's likely a Traumatic Haircut.