It all makes sense...
We’re all experienced the messy aftermath of a breakup and the emotions that go with it… Sadness, prehaps anger, then relief followed by the strangely strong urge to change our hair. Hmmm.
Whilst the sadness and anger are always pretty self explainitory, we never quite understood just why going for the cut was a part of the breakup ritual.
Well, it turns out there is a logical reason behind the seemly unlogical desire to shed inches after a split.
“When you feel poorly, it is natural to make changes to your external body in the hopes that it will make you feel better internally as well,” says relationship and sex educator Dr. Laura Berman. “Whether it’s losing 10 pounds, trying a new lip colour, or getting a pixie cut, making changes to your appearance can serve as a distraction and a coping mechanism. There is something about a drastic cut that can feel cathartic after a breakup, like you are cutting off the dead weight and becoming lighter and freer”.
This makes perfect sense, it is emotionally cleansing to make a positive and self-induced change to yourself in some sort of way, especially when you’re going through a tough time.
Saying “Bye Felicia” to your old look is somewhat symbolic to ending one chapter of your life and starting another.
Life is all about loving yourself and feeling positive in your own skin, so when you find yourself with a little bit more me-time than usual after a breakup, why the hell wouldn’t you treat yourself to a new ‘do or a cheeky little (who are we kidding, BIG) makeup haul?!
You deserve to feel a million bucks and if you happy to get over Mr Wrong in the process, well that’s just a big bonus.
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By Catherine Delves