People tend to do weird things when they go through a massive life change. It’s inevitable. For some people, it can be as drastic as switching up where they live (like moving to another state completely) or changing their entire profession.
However, if someone wants to go the “may not truly regret this sudden and drastic change” after parting with someone they once thought they were in love with, the easiest way to go is to change up hairstyles.
So many celebrities tend to switch up their hairstyle after going through a breakup, and the world always takes notice. It’s their way of coping with change in plain sight. Sure, some of those celebs also go on vacation (in an attempt to “find themselves” after parting with a partner) or even do a string of films (or TV shows) they would not have done otherwise.
This can sometimes backfire, especially if the celeb in question puts so much stock in their look and aren’t really known for switching up their style on a daily basis a la Kylie Jenner.
But here are 20 celebrities who, after losing love, decided to lose some hair and/or change the style after going through a major breakup.
20 Dance It Off - Jenna Dewan
Everyone–and I repeat, EVERYONE–was in love with both Jenna Dewan and hubby Channing Tatum as a couple, so Hollywood was in shock after the two of them decided to break things off. Of course, the media started fabricating stories about why the two of them broke off their seemingly perfect marriage. The couple even addressed the stories and released a joint statement: “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love each other.” Afterward, Jenna ended up cutting her hair off to reflect her new journey as a single woman.
19 Life After Marriage - Katy Perry
Katy Perry really isn’t one to stick with a single look for longer than a month really, but she seemed to switch it up rather dramatically after divorcing husband, comedian Russell Brand (and yes, you’re correct: a lot of people didn’t really understand what she saw in him in the first place). The normally very colorful Katy (known at this point for her wig use before the Kardashians and the Jenners made it a thing) decided to go bold and chop off all her locks to celebrate her newfound freedom. Katy pretty much proved that she could pull off any sort of hairstyle she chooses to sport.
18 No Longer A Man Child - Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber, like Taylor Swift, always seems to be in and out of relationships as if they were nothing at all. While he seems to be happy right now with Hailey Baldwin, we all know his past history with Selena Gomez, who still remains his most famous relationship (and will remain so regardless of how long he stays with Baldwin or any other potential love).
Justin and Selena started their relationship back in 2011 and lasted until they split the first time in 2012.
Throw in the years in between when the two actually openly bickered on social media until getting back together in 2017. But in 2018, it was officially over and Justin decided to change up his hairstyle to celebrate.
17 (Not So Modern) Family - Sarah Hyland
If you’re a fan of the ABC comedy series Modern Family, you’ve watched Sarah Hyland (who plays Haley Dunphy on the show) grow up before your eyes. The thing is, she’s not as young as you’d think she actually is. The 28-year old actress has been in and out of relationships and while she’s currently in a relationship with reality star Wells Adams, she had been in some long-term relationships with other men, like her longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop, an actor she dated for five years. After the breakup, Sarah decided to chop off her hair and go for a more mature look to reflect her more mature outlook.
16 Spring Free - Selena Gomez
Shortly after he and Selena's final breakup, Bieber announced that he was in an official relationship with Hailey Baldwin. Then Selena decided to go on a quest to go find herself and just get away from the Hollywood game with her close childhood friends.
She picked up some projects, spent a few weeks at the beach, and then cut her hair off and started sporting a chic, wavy hairdo.
She actually looked more carefree and happier after doing it. She really did grow after the relationship finally came to a sad end, and we love her even more for it.
15 Cutting Off The Past - Kristen Stewart
Kristin Stewart had been through a plethora of breakups in her life since coming onto the Hollywood scene, most famously her very public breakup with Robert Pattinson (the two dated for five years before it all went to heck) and after it happened, she famously cut off her long brunette locks. But she didn’t actually cut her hair super short until she was rumored to have split up with actor Nicholas Hoult and started dating model Stella Maxwell (who she has been with since late 2016). Frankly, we think that any hairstyle works on Kristen, even a platinum blonde shaved head.
14 Manscaping Done Right - Joe Jonas
If you’re a huge fan of Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers (and follow him on IG) you already know that Joe is engaged to Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.
But a few minutes ago, Jonas was actually happy with supermodel Gigi Hadid for a few months (that’s right, ONLY a few months–it seemed like an eternity).
They were making the front pages of the tabloids from June 2015 to November 2015 and had everyone talking about if they were actually going to get engaged. After the breakup happened so very soon, Jonas decided to switch up his mood AND his look by changing his hair.
13 Super Model Powers - Gigi Hadid
Seems like relationship-ending hair chops can be a mutual thing for both parties involved in a breakup. At least when it comes to Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid only… the haircut didn’t occur at the time of Gigi’s break up with Jonas, it was with Zayn Malik (take a gander later down the list for that special tidbit).
Both Gigi and Zayn had a rollercoaster of a relationship but then the two of them broke up this past spring.
At the time, Gigi had long locks that were a trademark of the supermodel’s look. But after she chopped it off and sported a new, chic above-the-shoulder look, we wondered why we ever loved her long hair so much.
12 New Muse Do - Taylor Swift
Trust us, we already know that singer Taylor Swift can fill up around 26 of these articles with as much as she dates and dashes herself, but when it comes to her hair, that’s a different story. Taylor tends to date-em-and-dump-em frequently, especially if she’s in the middle of making a new album.
But when it comes to her hair? Now that takes a major life-changing break up in order for her to alter THAT.
But, back in 2016, it actually happened. After her and Tom Hiddleston finally called it quits, she ended up changing her hairstyle. And yes, we fell in love with it.
11 Boyfriend What Now? - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has been through a lot over the years. And when we say that, we’re not exaggerating in the least. Ariana has been through some pretty life-changing events (some of which were tough to handle) along with some significant relationship terrors. Recently, she broke off her engagement to Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson after a whirlwind romance. Of course, rumors were swirling after the pair parted and she filmed her music video for “Thank u, next” but after she wrapped on that, she ended up revealing a new shorter hairstyle, which had everyone flipping out because it wasn’t her signature ponytail. As we know, it was featured in the video itself.
10 Who Needs A Relationship? - Evan Rachel Wood
Most of us know Evan Rachel Wood thanks to her amazing performance in HBO’s hit drama series Westworld, but the fact of the matter is, Evan has been around a long time. When she was just a teen, she made waves with the drama film Thirteen.
Soon afterward, she started dating heavy metal singer Marilyn Manson from 2007 to 2010, which surprised a lot of people thanks to their age difference.
After a string of relationships followed that breakup, Evan married actor Jaime Bell and they were together until 2014, when they divorced and Evan decided to cut all her hair off (and start Katherine Moennig for a bit).
9 New Look, Who Dis? - Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway has been charming us since she was a teen and starred in The Princess Diaries. Since then, she’s been on Hollywood’s A-list and is a common fixture in the world of the paparazzi, especially when she happens to get a new boyfriend. As we know, Anne goes the distance when it comes to movie roles and shaved her head when she accepted the part of Fantine in the film adaptation of Les Miserables (so no, we’re not talking about the time she cut her hair for THAT) but she also goes the distance after going through a difficult breakup. Like the time she broke up with con-man Raffaello Follieri and decided she needed a new look.
8 Showing The World Who's Boss - Scarlett Johansson
You know you that Scarlett Johansson had to have had friends who screamed “NO!” when Scarlett announced she wanted to go uber short with her hair and shave the sides. But you know what, we’re so glad that she didn’t listen.
Scarlett has changed her hairstyle after a lot of her relationships didn’t work out (like with Ryan Reynolds or Sean Penn) but her most noticeable pixie hairdo came shortly after she split from husband Romain Duriac.
The look is completely "rock chic" and she makes the look work beyond our wildest dreams. We sorta don’t want to see her grow her hair out for a while.
7 Keeping Up With The Hair Styles - Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian really doesn’t change her hairstyle all that much. If she feels a need to change up her look, she always just wigs it up like her sister Kylie. But back in the days before Kanye West, Kim was dating NFL running back Reggie Bush for several years before they officially called it quits back in 2010.
After the breakup, Kardashian did the only dramatic thing she could think of doing at the moment–she turned her raven hair blonde.
And, honestly, it looked good on her. Of course, she always goes back to her dark locks (she does the same thing these days) whenever she gets bored with the blonde.
6 Little Big Haircuts - Reese Witherspoon
When we all first noticed Reese Witherspoon, she had crashed onto the scene via the thriller/drama Cruel Intentions back in the late 1990s and had the perfect combination of beauty and cuteness and talent. Even future husband Ryan Phillippe (who starred in the film with her) took notice and fell in love with her. Even though they had a pretty successful marriage and built a family and life together, they decided it would be better to part and when they did, Reese did the thing that almost ALL women do following a breakup–she got bangs. Luckily, it’s clear she didn’t do them herself (like most of us have done in a moment of weakness).
5 Glam-Sided - Olivia Culpo
For a while, model and former Miss Universe dated former New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, but earlier this year, it was reported that the two beautiful people parted ways. While they were an adorably good looking couple, earlier this year, the two stopped following each other on IG and then actually deleted all photo evidence of their past relationship on the social media site as well. And then, Culpo did the ultimate breakup move–she cut off her hair and got a cool new “I’m single” do. And yes, it works better for her.
4 Coloring Wild - Zayn Malik
Speaking of Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid wasn't the only one who made a dramatic hair switch up after their mutual breakup.
Only a week after the announcement of his spring breakup with the supermodel, Zayn ended up dying his hair platinum blonde… and even had his beard dyed.
What surprised us all is that it actually looked good on him. Most can’t really pull off the look, but Zayn managed to do it with flying colors. Before the breakup, Zayne had been known to shake up his look every so often (he’s had pink hair, blue hair, and even jet black) so the man really is a Gwen Stefani-like chameleon.
3 Glowing Up - Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has proved she’s a strong as heck woman who has overcome some pretty hard obstacles in her young life. However, looking back, one wouldn’t think that going through a breakup was one of them.
Demi was with actor Wilmer Valderrama for six years before he broke things off with her.
Back in April of this year, Demi’s mom said that Wilmer crushed Demi when he broke up with her, even though her mother wasn’t the biggest fan of their relationship. After the breakup, Demi ended up changing her hair dramatic by going lighter. If we’re being honest, we have to say we like the dark-haired Demi the best.
2 Beyond Gavin - Gwen Stefani
If you’ve always been a fan of Gwen Stefani, you know she had an entire existence before she became “Blake Shelton’s girlfriend” or “that judge from The Voice.": She was the lead singer of the alternative rock band No Doubt for years before marrying Bush’s frontman Gavin Rossdale. But after years of marriage, the two decided it would be best for their family if they divorced. Gwen, always a chameleon, is known for changing her look from time to time before going back to her familiar platinum blonde, but after she and Gavin parted, she changed up her hair in a more dramatic fashion.
1 Punk Rock Chic - Avril Lavigne
Everyone loves throwing around jokes about punk rock singer Avril Lavigne, especially when she disappears for years at a time. But one thing that we did know that changed about her was her hairstyle. Avril always sported relatively the same sort of hairstyle over the years (seriously–she carried it the same way since she was a kid), but when she ended up divorcing Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, she decided that it was time for a new 'do and new outlook on life. We can’t say we blame her too much. And we can’t be really sad about the breakup since it put her back in the spotlight after years of hiding.