around these parts(nordic countrys) your hair and beard were also to show that you were a free man, short explanation allthough there are many myths about how wild and evil vikings were, they didnt use branding etc of slaves much, it were a lot easyer to simply cut peoples hair short, since it takes about two years to get a full head of long hair, even if you were abel to escape from your owner, you had to hide in the forests for two years, because if you got near a populated place without your hair, you would get stopped and asked about your ownership......
easy and no sickness from branding, cutting et all.
peter (with long hair)
Laurentiusgildet East Denmark
UT DESINT VIRES, TAMEN EST LAUDATA VOLUNTA