Breakup Hair: Why Do Women Chop If Off Post-Split?

What’s the deal with breakup hair? Is it a myth? A cliché? An inevitable truth?

More often than not, when women are faced with a split, their hair is usually the first to announce the separation.

Many women talk about the cathartic benefits of a post-breakup hair change. There’s a certain emancipation in heading downtown to shop for those Jimmy Choos and that LBD (little black dress). Topping off the retail therapy? Heading to the hairdresser for a new (and often dramatic) ‘do.

Let’s look to Hollywood to see some photographic evidence of this classic post-split behavior.

A few days after filing for divorce from husband of two years Paul McDonald, Twilight star Nikki Reed stepped out in West Hollywood, Calif. debuting a much-blonder look.

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Pop superstar Rihanna stepped out with a mohawk after her public breakup with Chris Brown.

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Actress Anne Hathaway rocked the red carpet with her shorter new ‘do amidst a very messy breakup (that ended with her longtime love in jail).

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Another dramatic change after a big breakup? Model and mother-of-two Vanessa Paradis chopped it off after her 14-year relationship with Johnny Depp.

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“You do feel different…you do, you do, you do,” Vanessa said of the crop. “It changes… it does give you an energy, more younger than older.”

Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson – who talked about changing her hair after each breakup with ex-husband Tommy Lee – unveiled a short cropped pixie hairstyle last year and says it has remarkably changed her life for the better in some surprising ways.

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“[My haircut] has struck a chord. It amazes me – even in love – how it’s changed everything and encouraged real soul connections, less superficiality,” Pamela shared.

Pam even removed her breast implants after splitting from Tommy, only to put them back in after taking him back at least twice more.

The mom-of-two says her new hair has helped her overcome personal struggles.

”Not to get too personal, but it really helped me get out of a ‘situation’ that was not right, no matter how hard I wanted to believe otherwise,” she admitted.

Admitting that her hair “had a life” of its own, Pam says she’s able to break out of her shell now thanks to her new short ‘do.

“I feel that I’m more exposed now than I’ve ever been,” she told ELLE.

But it’s not just a Hollywood phenomenon. The folks at College Humor put together a comic on post-split coif carving. According to them, the greater the romantic trauma, the shorter the ‘do.

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Perhaps it’s our inner warrior shining through? Looking back in history, Hindu culture, and some Native tribes, shaved their beards and heads during a time of mourning.

There truly is something about a shorter ‘do that makes you feel like a new person. It’s funny how hair can give you a fresh start and a new beginning.

As for myself, there’s no question that my hair has hit the floor after a breakup. As well, I made some changes after motherhood. No, not the mom ‘do, but I experimented with color once my babies arrived.

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What about you? Did you chop off your hair after a breakup?

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