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We can name dozens of reasons why a person might suddenly feel the urge to pick up a pair of scissors or box of hair dye to dramatically change their hair, but there’s something about making a big change a breakup that feels especially transformative.
In a lot of cases, it’s been said that a change in appearance can lift your mood while also helping you feel like you’re shedding a former version of yourself. That could be why, for ages, many people have used coloring and cutting their hair as a way to cope with heartbreak. While the experience and aftermath surrounding these changes definitely vary for everyone, there’s no mistake that the breakup hair change is a lot more common than you think.
From friend breakups to the ending of romantic relationships, read ahead to hear why four editors underwent a major hair transformation after experiencing heartbreak — plus how it made them feel in the end.