‘Top Model’ — SHAVES HEAD for Court Showdown After Burglary Arrest

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Troubled “America”s Next Top Model” alum Renee Alway SHAVED OFF HER HAIR before facing the judge in her burglary case — in an effort to convince the judge she”s a changed woman.

Alway — who placed 3rd on ANTM during Season 8 — appeared in a Palm Springs courtroom Thursday stemming from a 6-hour armed standoff with police last month.

Nothing really happened during the hearing … except for the debut of Alway”s new haircut.

So, why the extreme new “do Alway”s sister tells our sources … the former model wants to “start over” and believes the first step is a radical new look … hence the buzz job.

Plus, we”re told … Alway hated the way her hair looked in her mug shot, which probably made it easier to part ways with her mane.

FYI — Alway”s been arrested at least 4 times this year … so, if she REALLY wants to fix her life, it”s gonna take more than a haircut.

She”s due back in court in August.