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Why Do Women Dye Their Hair Red After Breakups?

We have always wondered this.

You’ve just been through a bad breakup, or maybe you got ghosted by someone you were into. A coping mechanism as old as hair dye itself is to alter your look as a crucial part of the healing process. He always loved you as a blonde? Well, you’re going red. Looks like it’s time to turn over a new leaf. 

You might be tempted to get those “trauma bangs”, but we’ve been on the internet long enough to know that women go way more drastic than a bang cut. People often make changes to their appearance during a breakup as a way to reclaim their identity or signify a fresh start. Red hair may symbolize passion, transformation, or simply a desire for something new and bold. It can be a form of self-expression and empowerment during a challenging time. Changing hair color, especially to something as vibrant as red, can also be a way to boost confidence and feel more in control during a period of emotional upheaval. It’s like saying, “I’m taking charge of my life and embracing change.” Additionally, red is often associated with vitality and energy, so dyeing one’s hair red could be a way to inject some excitement and positivity into a challenging situation.

Dyeing hair red after a breakup is a step women can take to feel like a new woman after being let down. This is portrayed perfectly by comedy influencer, @yoleendadong on Instagram.

Comments on the video prove that this is a common female experience, and say things like:

  • “As you can see, he didn’t text back”
  • “Staring in red hair and self cut bangs 👁👄👁”
  • “Welp my pic should tell how my story went…🫠”
  • “😂 I feel attacked 😂”
  • “We’re all living the same life 😂😂😂😂”
  • “I actually dyed my hair red and BLOCKED HIM🤤😂”
  • “🥲 now everyone knows why my hair’s red”
  • “Watching this with red hair rn..”

If you’re a non-redhead going through something and ready to join the redhead community, welcome. We’re so happy to have you. Being a redhead is awesome and we think you’ll like it.

And natural redheads going through something, put down the scissors and the dye!

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: Dyed Your Hair Blonde? Here’s How to Get Back to Your Red Roots

READ: 5 Essential Tips On How To Maintain Dyed Red Hair