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What are the earliest sources for these customs? i found mention of the custom amongst Sephardim of Eretz Yisrael in the Kether Shem Tob. But that only mentions it for Eretz Yisrael, and doesn't provide a source or history of where it came from.

מספרים שערות ראשו לקיים מצות חנחת פאת הראש, ובו ביום מזמינים מכריתם ומיודעיהם ומכבדים אותם לספר איזת שערות עד כי יוסרו כל שערות ראשו מלבד הפאות, ועושים סעודה לכל הקרואים, היום המיועד לחג זה, מהם חוגגים אותו ביום ל״ג לעומר, ומהם בחוה״מ פסח בביה״כ, ובותרים באיש ספר עגי, וההג תזת גקרא בלשון ערבי ״חאלאקה״, ובאלו הארצות לא גודע להם מגהגזה.

-Kether Shem Tob page 591

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  • IIRC the earliest source in a Tshuva Seffer was a Tshuvas Radvaz who mentioned cutting the hair by Shmuel HaNavi's grave. – user6591 Jul 15 '15 at 18:46
  • @user6591 Do you have the teshuvah number or title? – Aaron Jul 15 '15 at 18:51
  • No sorry, otherwise I would've put it in. But hopefully this lead will make it easier for you or someone else to find and post as an answer. – user6591 Jul 15 '15 at 18:53
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    @Gershon I don't think the questions are a duplicate, but I think the answer there is a better fit for this question. – user6591 Jul 15 '15 at 20:21
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    @Gershon but this one is probably a duplicate of the one mentioned by menachem in the comments to the one you pointed out. – user6591 Jul 15 '15 at 20:23

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