A tonsure is the cutting of hair, and is a part of several sacraments of initiation. Today in Eastern Orthodoxy, there are three types of tonsure: baptismal, monastic, and clerical. It is an offering of self to God.
It always consists of the cutting of four locks of hair in a cruciform pattern: at the front of head as the celebrant says "In the Name of the Father," at the back of head at the words "and the Son," and on either side of the head at the words "and the Holy Spirit." In all cases, the hair is allowed to grow back; the tonsure as such is not adopted as a hairstyle. The hair which has been cut is burnt in the censer.