actually I thought of azula OH MY G OD
Cutting off hair in ancient Asia (Japan, China, Korea & possibly some other Asian cultures) symbolizes being banished or rejected from their home.
In the more modern age that is now, cutting long hair into a short cut means to forget the past, leaving the old and starting anew.
SO THAT’S WHY MULAN CUT HER HAIR OFF IN SUCH A DRAMATIC SCENE
now mulan makes sense to me now
I always figured it was just because she was posing as a man to fight for her father and country. The symbolism makes it a lot deeper though… cool!