A girl who drastically cuts or styles her hair doesn't do it only because she's heartbroken or she's moving on from a breakup. She does this to want change: She wishes to cut herself from expectations of others and even to symbolically resurrect from a tragedy.
"Hair holds so much more energy that most of us are aware of. It can be used as a statement, an air of strength, a 'don’t f*ck with me' effect..." says celebrity hairstylist Owen Gould on Elite Daily. "Whether it's to signal the end of a relationship or getting that first job—there is usually a direct correlation between what's happening in our heads and what's happening in our lives."
Hair isn't just something that's on top of our heads. As Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne notes in her article on Psychology Today, "Because it is so visible... hair also becomes a part of a person's identity. It helps define the person a you aim to create... [and] influence the way you define yourself to yourself."
As your tresses are an extension of you, cutting and styling them can mean that you're changing a part of who you are. It can also show that while there are many things in your life you can't control, you can control who you wish to be. While some girls hide behind their hair, some use it as a way to break away from their past and to eagerly turn a new page.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.