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Poll: Do you find yourself drawn to the hair salon during emotional times?

Speak your truth.

THERE EXISTS AN age-old theory that when a woman decides to dramatically overhaul her hairstyle, it’s because she’s in the midst of a crisis of some nature, or considering some drastic life changes.

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Whether it’s opting for a blunt fringe for the first time since your First Holy Communion or choosing to go platinum when you’ve been raven-haired since your teens, a decision of this nature is supposed to point to something a little more complex than a desire to overhaul your look.

Indeed, I recently got a blunt fringe cut in, and after telling a close friend, he replied in text:

Whenever you’re feeling a bit wonky, you always go for a blunt fringe. Always have.

It was – momentarily – news to me, but when reflecting on his comment, I realised he wasn’t far off the mark, and if the internet is anything to go by, I’m not alone.

Indeed, social media is awash with memes and tweets advising women to leave their hair well enough alone if they’re going through a tough time.


Interestingly, Hollywood’s highest profile individuals aren’t immune to it either, with Sandra Bullock navigating a very similar line of questioning during a recent interview on the Today Show.

Interviewing the actress, Hoda Kotb said:

You cut your hair. They say when a girl changes her hair, she’s going to change her life.

Sandra denied this, but admitted that she has often ‘hidden’ behind her hair, and no longer wants to do this.

I hide behind my hair. And when I did cut it I went ‘Aw that’s me, I can be this person now.

But what about you? Have you gone for a drastic re-style during a tough time?


Poll Results:

Thankfully, never. (366)
I did, but I didn't regret it. (128)
I do it every single time. (116)
One time I did, and I learned from my mistake. (113)




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