Why So Many Women Cut Their Hair After A Breakup

After a breakup, a lot of things change, many of which are out of our control. Because of this, sometimes it can feel nice to make our own changes, whether it be working on interpersonal relationships or even just focusing on something external, such as switching up your appearance.

It’s not uncommon for women to cut their hair after a breakup, and although there is no scientific explanation for why the locks have to go after the significant other does, there are a number of reasons why women would choose to get scissor-happy after a breakup.

“A new cut signifies new life,” says licensed therapist, Ada Pang. “For better or for worse, you’re starting new chapter of singleness, and your fresh cut will be a constant reminder to look forward rather than dwell on the past.”

Cutting your hair can not only feel freeing, but it can help you gain control when so many other parts of your life feel out of your hands. It’s also a way to shed something physical along with whatever emotions you are choosing to let go of.

“Simply a change in how we wear our hair can make us feel different, so a whole new haircut can really help start a new chapter with a new version of yourself,” says clinical health psychologist Dr. Lindsay Bira.

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