What is it about breakups and heartaches that lead women to drastically change their hairstyles? Is it to symbolize severing off a previous chapter in their lives? A shout-out to the ex? Perhaps it’s a nod to the classic Coco Chanel quote, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
Here are 10 celebs who emerged from the ashes of heartache with a bolder, sexier ‘do.
1. Katy Perry
The “Firework” singer felt more than just blue after Russell Brand texted her (the nerve!) for a divorce in 2011. She was sporting pink hair at the time, but switched to a solid blue lob after the breakup. As for her recent breakup with Orlando Bloom, Katy emerged with a platinum blonde pixie haircut.
2. Gwen Stefani
After breaking up with husband-of-13-years Gavin Rossdale in 2015, Gwen not only dip-dyed her locks with a striking blue, but also penned the tearjerker, “Used To Love You.” She’s now back to full platinum blonde, and happily going strong with Blake Sheldon.
3. Olivia Culpo
The Miss Universe 2012 titleholder dated popstar Nick Jonas from 2013 to 2015. When they parted ways, Olivia ditched her beauty queen long locks for a shorter, edgier ‘do.
4. Erich Gonzales
For her first public appearance after breaking up with Daniel Matsunaga early this year, we spotted Erich with a shorter, chicer hairstyle. Out with the old, in with the new!
5. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett’s pixie hair has been getting noticeably shorter ever since she announced her split from husband Romain Duriac. In her recent red carpet sightings, the actress sported a slick, rocker updo. We wish her all the best as she continues to fight for primary custody of their daughter.
6. Anne Hathaway
In 2008, Anne’s beau Raffaello Follieri was arrested for fraud. Devastated, Anne split ties with the Italian conman. She chopped off her long locks and sported a sleek bob in time for filming Bride Wars. Anne is now happily married to producer Adam Shulman, and they have one son.
7. Joe Jonas
When Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid split in late 2015, Joe soon emerged with multiple shades of blue hair, just in time for the tour of his new band, DNCE. Joe is now dating Game Of Thrones star, Sophie Turner.
8. Gigi Hadid
We’re not sure who came out with a post-breakup ‘do first, but after splitting from Joe Jonas, Gigi showed up at the 2015 AMAs red carpet with a shorter and slicker hairstyle. She’s now in the loving arms of Zayn Malik.
9. Zayn Malik
Weeks after calling off his engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards in 2015, the former One Direction member debuted with a silver hairdo. He was soon besotted with Gigi.
10. Taylor Swift
After her whirlwind romance and eventual breakup with Tom Hiddleston was publicized in September 2016, Taylor debuted a short haircut with a golden tinge and darker roots.