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11 Female Characters Who Were So Traumatized They Needed A Haircut

I have never known a woman to cut her hair for reasons other than serious trauma. Have you?!

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If a woman on TV or in a movie gets a shorter haircut, you can tell she's probably suffered a recent trauma. Because everyone knows "I just thought it would look cute" wouldn't make any sense!

1. Sarah Tobias, The Accused (1988)

Paramount Pictures

The change: Shoulder-length hair to a longish pixie

Why get a haircut? Sarah (Jodie Foster) is gang-raped, and her rapists are sentenced not for rape, but for "reckless endangerment." The attorney prosecuting her case didn't think she would make a credible witness because, among other things, she had been drinking on the night of the attack. The rapists contended at trial that the sex was consensual.


2. Claudia, Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Warner Bros.

The change: Shoulder-length curls to a mini-fro

Why get a haircut? The two vampires who take care of Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) discover she's keeping a corpse in her bed, which forces a realization that she has no control over any aspect of her life.

3. Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow, Legends of the Fall (1994)

The change: At least two large chunks cut from the top of her boob-length hair

Why get a haircut? Unable to be with her true love, Susannah (Julia Ormond) is about to shoot herself.

5. Bernadine "Bernie" Harris, Waiting to Exhale (1995)

The change: Upper-boob-length hair to two-inch-long hair

Why get a haircut? Bernie's (Angela Bassett) scumbag husband let her devote her life to him, his business, and their children, only to leave her for his secretary.


7. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002)

The change: Nipple-length hair to shoulder-length hair

Why get a haircut? Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has sex with a vampire she kind of hates, and it's weird, and then that vampire calls her "Goldilocks."

8. Fantine, Les Misérables (2012)

Universal Pictures

The change: Waist-length hair to inch-long hair

Why get a haircut? Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is fired from her job and must sell her hair to support her illegitimate child.

9. Det. Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU (2013)


The change: Took a few inches off her hair

Why get a haircut? A serial rapist-murderer kidnapped the detective (Mariska Hargitay), held her hostage, and attempted to rape her. She escapes.

10. Hannah Horvath, Girls (2013)


The change: Longer bob to mangled Joan of Arc bowl

Why get a haircut? Hannah's (Lena Dunham) OCD symptoms are so terrible that she perforates her eardrum with some too-vigorous Q-tip action, and then she agrees to write a book in one day, which is not possible.

11. Tris Prior, The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)


The change: Nipple-length hair to top of the ear–grazing hair

Why get a haircut? Tris (Shailene Woodley) watched her mother die.

Not that these aren't legitimate reasons for a haircut, but a getting shorter hair isn't always a female distress signal.


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