Worf begins TNG with very short hair, and progressively grows it (see images below). But for someone who thinks of himself to be very Klingon, having short hair doesn't seem to be a Klingon thing to do (again, see images below). Why, then, did Worf have such short hair to begin with? (All I can think of is a Starfleet hair/grooming policy, although that didn't stop Worf having long hair later on, albeit well groomed)

Season 1 - short hair

Worf Season 7 - much longer hair

Kahless - the Klingon Warrior, with long hair

  • Didn't he have a pony tail?
    – TLP
    Apr 15 '14 at 23:35
  • @TLP - yes he did by the end of TNG, but in season 1 his hair was very short Apr 15 '14 at 23:36
  • Who is the last Klingon pictured?
    – Xantec
    Apr 15 '14 at 23:44
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    Best guess: Worf thought he was in the Original Series.
    – Xantec
    Apr 15 '14 at 23:45
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    Starfleet regulations. Get a haircut you bloody hippy, I'll make an officer out of you yet!
    – user8719
    Apr 16 '14 at 10:37

They were actually still developing the character at that point. They ultimately decided that a more long haired look cut a more 'feral' and wild appearance. Also, the bulbous head with short hair looked stupid so they subtly transitioned from the short-to-long hair style by quietly slipping in a pony-tail.

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    Also note the cranial ridge and skin tone change as well as the highlights added to his hair.
    – Morgan
    Apr 15 '14 at 23:53
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    the change in Worf's cranial ridge was due to the original mould being lost or stolen between seasons.
    – HorusKol
    Apr 16 '14 at 4:03
  • Huh, I didn't know that.
    – Morgan
    Apr 16 '14 at 4:13
  • Also long hair helps to disguise the join-line for the prosthetic.
    – Valorum
    Feb 23 '15 at 1:01
  • What about an in-universe answer though?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 5 '16 at 16:01

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