Breaking up is hard to do but there are a few things we can rely on to help us get by: ice cream, wine, movies, our best friends, and a killer new hairstyle. Whether or not you like to admit it, changing your dark brown hair or ash blonde locks after a major breakup is all but a right of passage. While it might be tradition, a post-breakup salon appointment can quickly go from bad to worse if you haven’t truly thought about your new look. We’re here to do the hard work for you because the last thing you need to do while you obsessively Insta-stalk your ex (seriously, put your phone down!), is walk into the salon with a half baked idea about your new look.
The Best Ways To Change Your Hair After A Breakup
Whether you’re hoping to make a subtle change or walk out of the salon with a completely new ‘do, we’re breaking down the nine best ways to change your hair after a breakup.
If you’re looking for a subtle change:
There’s no right way to handle a breakup but if you’re particular about your hair, we wouldn’t recommend a drastic change. While it may seem like everyone opts for a dramatic cut or color after a breakup, you don’t have to completely change your look to boost your confidence and turn heads. These subtle but gorgeous hair upgrades will help you forget, uh...what was their name again?
Hair makeup is a quick, easy, fun, and temporary way to change your mane. Add a pop of pink to your locks before heading out bar hopping with your friends. Tequila and hot pink hair? That’s a heartbreak cure if we ever heard one.
If you don’t already have a set of clip-in extensions, you’re going to want to pick some up ASAP. We could all use a little extra glamour in our lives, and that’s even truer after a breakup. Channel your inner movie star with luscious down-to-there clip-in extensions and prepare to have eligible singles flooding your DMs.
Ditch Your Signature Hairstyle
Even though there are literally millions of hairstyles to choose from, most of us have a signature look. Whether you flat iron your strands straight every morning or rock your natural ringlets, it’s easy to get in a hair rut wearing the same style day after day. Mix things up by playing around with hairstyles you wouldn’t normally wear!
Straighten your curls, add texture to your pin straight locks, opt for an intricate fishtail braid, or go crazy with bantu knots, because there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you can slay absolutely any style.
If you’re feeling adventurous:
Temporary changes are fun but if you want to make your transformation as permanent as your breakup (seriously, don’t pick up when they call), it’s time to kick things up a notch. With a few simple snips and a strategic stroke of color or two, your hair will look hotter than your ex has ever looked in their life.
Everyone has considered cutting bangs at least once in their life and there’s no better time than after a breakup to give fringe a whirl. If you’re not sure which fringe is right for you, consider curtain bangs. We love this universally flattering fringe style that works for all hair types.
Fantasy shades are a big commitment and considering you just gave commitment the boot, you may not want to sign up for another long-term relationship. Dip-dyed ends are the perfect fling, if you will, to take your mind off your breakup and have all eyes on your fabulous hair.
Breakups can take you to a dark place, so brighten things up with face-framing highlights. Highlights are the perfect low-maintenance way to liven up your hair color and make you feel like a brand new person who just got rid of 150 pounds of dead weight.
If you want a whole new look:
Breakups and dramatic makeovers go together like peanut butter and jelly because the best way to get someone out of your head is to change it! Whether you held off on a dramatic style because your partner wasn’t supportive (aren’t you so glad you got rid of them?) or are looking for a grand way to kick off the newest chapter of your life, these styles are bound to drop jaws.
Fantasy Hair Color
We love neutral hair colors, but there’s something to be said about the vibrancy and excitement of a fantasy hair color.
Dramatic haircuts are the bread and butter of post-breakup healing. If you have long locks, opt for blunt lob or bob. If you already have short strands, switch things up with an asymmetrical style or pixie.
If an asymmetrical lob or pixie cut isn’t dramatic enough for you, why hold back? Cut it all off! An A-lister recently said every woman should cut off all of her hair at least once in her life and the only thing more life-changing than a breakup is a buzz cut.
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