Turning to bangs after heartbreak is usually the worst breakover offense in the book, but Reese Witherspoon took the trend by the horns and truly rocked her new bangs.
So, what caused her sudden itch for fringe? A divorce from actor Ryan Phillippe really did the trick. Sorry about the breakup, Reese, but you look great!
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The Khloe Kardashian-Tristan Thompson love story hasn’t officially ended just yet, but their initial separation in 2019 after Thompson’s repeated cheating scandals was enough to elicit a big chop on the Kardashian end. Luckily, it was just her hair.
Similarly to her switch from brunette to blonde after her 2015 divorce from Lamar Odom, Kardashian hair moves are immediate trendsetters. The platinum bob remains a massive hit, especially in regard to post-relationship makeovers.
Actress Rachel McAdams traversed to the dark side of hair color after her 2012 breakup with Michael Sheen. While their relationship might be forgettable (we’re not the only ones, right?) the makeover surely wasn’t.
The transition from blonde to red wasn’t as surprising as it was refreshing, almost like a reprise of her famous role Allie Hamilton from The Notebook. You know what we’re talking about.
Speaking of Blake Shelton, his and Miranda Lambert’s 2015 divorce took a big toll on both, with Shelton claiming that his relationship with Gwen Stephani “saved his life,” according to Billboard.
Lambert took to pink hair dye instead, giving her blonde ends a rosy hue that beautifully complemented her skin tone. Props to her for having a little harmless fun while single!
Surprisingly, Kristen Stewart’s breakover hair transformation didn’t occur until 2016 after a breakup unrelated to former fiancé Robert Pattinson. Alicia Cargil was the perpetrator of this drastic cut.
Stewart sported long dark hair ever since we could remember when she suddenly overhauled her entire look. Bye bye locks and hello blonde!
Scarlett Johansson’s post-Romain Dauriac ‘do really was just a haircut. Before, it was a grown own pixie, and after, its shorter, rebellious sister arrived on the scene to upstage everyone.
Not many people can pull off this pixie, with the half-shaved head and seemingly uncontrollable ends, especially after a major divorce. Well, Johansson obviously doesn’t play by the rules.
Ariana Grande’s tumultuous engagement and breakup with actor and comedian Pete Davidson was as jarring as it was quick. But nobody could have predicted that the popstar would post a selfie without her signature high ponytail. The summer of 2018 sure was filled with surprises!
The long bob AKA “lob” is a pretty neutral and trendy haircut, but a major change for the rather consistent Grande. Aside from looking totally chic, it really solidified the “thank u, next” theme of her life.
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Wait, Halle Berry hasn’t always rocked a pixie cut? Could’ve fooled us! Apparently, she grew out her iconic look while dating model Gabriel Aubry. But after their breakup, she let it all out. Literally!
Let’s just say this breakup was definitely worth Berry returning to her signature style.
Before Taylor Swift’s breakup with DJ Calvin Harris, she cut her famous long blonde locks to her collarbone in 2014, triggering the lob trend for years to come. Two years later, the nasty breakup with Harris would bring Swift’s hairdo up a couple inches to a chin-grazing bob with iconic blunt bangs.
Paired with a red lip and shining skin, the former-country star has glowed ever since, even after multiple scandals involving Kanye and brief fling with actor Tom Hiddleston. Her lob has officially grown back in time for new album Folklore and we’re excited to report that she’s embraced her natural curls once again.
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Princess Diana will be a fashion icon for countless reasons other than her hair. And a nasty separation from Prince Charles in 1992 with the eventual 1996 divorce didn’t stop her from dramatically influencing the world with her style decisions.
Even a simple hair change such as Diana’s trim from a personable shag to an elegantly coiffed pixie sent shockwaves in the fashion world. This princess of the people will never be forgotten, with her hair making up only a small facet of her influence.
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Legendary singer Adele has made many appearance changes since her rise to international fame with hit-breakup album 21. Honestly, any look Adele sports is iconic and we’ll never complain.
But when she announced that her marriage with Simon Konecki was over and she would be single soon, fans anticipated a new album, a new long blonde look was a wonderful bonus!
Britney Spears wasn’t the only star to suffer a breakup in 2007, for Cameron Diaz broke up with singer Justin Timberlake, no less, in the same year.
Along with the split, Diaz coated her hair in dark chocolate brown, which proved to fans, critics, and exes alike that she dominates the fashion world no matter what color her hair is or who she may date.
Lizzie McGuire actress Hillary Duff was known on the Disney Channel for her blonde bangs and butterfly clips. As an adult, she merely shed the bangs for a more mature look.
Keeping herself relatively out of the spotlight, her divorce from Mike Comrie was big news for the actress. Even more, she experimented with a muted gray dye for her long locks that we still haven’t forgotten.
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Gwen Stefani and Joe Jonas must have been reading the same heartbreak advice article, because they both turned to the blue dye (and Stefani the eventual turn to black dye) to deal with relationship woes.
The singer filed for divorce from British celeb Gavin Rossdale in 2015, but she hit back hard with a half-platinum, half-electric blue hairstyle that screams “I don’t need no man.” Nevertheless, she moved on with Blake Shelton mere months later and is now engaged! Some breakovers are for the best.
Emma Roberts reversed the blonde-to-brown and brown-to-red narrative by surrendering her own affinity for dark red locks for a much moodier look. At the Met Gala following her 2015 split with four-year boyfriend Andrew Garfield, she was almost unrecognizable!
We can’t say in good faith that we prefer raven hair to her signature red, but it surely caught everyone’s attention, and in a good way!
Selena Gomez’s on-off relationship with Justin Bieber lasted seven very long, exhausting years. Don’t get it twisted, they were an adorable couple. But, oh, how they tortured us!
After their final split in 2018, Gomez and Bieber both published chart-topping breakup anthems, but the best was yet to come. While Gomez hadn’t been shy about style switch-ups before, with a sudden switch to platinum blonde in fall 2017, her public debut of a new textured bob officially informed fans that she was finally moving on from Biebs.
Diane Kruger’s decade-long relationship with partner Joshua Jackson gave her years to grow out her blonde locks. The split, however, called for more than one change for the better.
Few months after the 2016 breakup, Kruger appeared on red carpets debuting a glamorously sophisticated chin-length bob with subtle honey waves. The new look shed years off of her, as if the hairstyle cut away the years from her relationship.
We all know that 2007 was a rough time for Britney Spears. If anything, you can infer the chaos just by analyzing her hair transformations.
Following a vicious divorce from Kevin Federline, Spears traded her signature blonde for a dark brown hue. The next step would be a shaved head; let's say that the brown look was the more successful of the two.
Katy Perry’s hair transformations are anything but rare, yet two in particular caught people’s attention. First, her 2012 split with ex-husband Russel Brand resulted in a switch from her signature black locks to a blue as electrifying as Brand’s heartless divorce text.
Fast forward to 2017, and her hair story is a little happier. While her first split from Orlando Bloom warranted a switch from blonde bob to rockstar pixie, they eventually got back together and now have a baby, Daisy Dove.
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One Direction alum Zayn Malik has made the switch to blonde in two separate breakover incidents. The first was an all-the-more shocking change after split with fellow musician Perrie Edwards. Not only was the result bright platinum, but a completely buzzed head.
Thus, when the 2018 breakup with Gigi Hadid resulted in another switch to blonde, no one was surprised. In fact, many fans were ecstatic at the return of the platinum.
Among the most recent breakovers, Demi Lovato has struck gold with her own blonde pixie moment. After a devastating breakup with Max Ehrich, which included the termination of their engagement, everyone could see how drastically she was affected.
That sympathy is why everyone is cheering her on during this transformation. Not to mention her completely rocking it!
We learned with Rachel McAdams that a switch to red hair is a big statement, one which Emma Roberts was willing to make in 2016. Her and American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters were on-and-off engaged for far too long, to the point that fans were always confused about where their relationship stood.
Roberts put the rumors to rest when she took to Instagram with her fresh strawberry waves. “Change is always a good idea,” was the caption, and it’s safe to say that fans were shook at the shade against Peters. We can’t say we don’t agree, because her style switch made this best-breakover list!
A divorce from Nick Lachey granted Jessica Simpson the liberty to make big changes for her own healing process. By dying her long curls strawberry blonde and shearing the cut to her shoulders, Simpson sweetened her entire persona.
Not only that, she exuded major old Hollywood vibes with the style, whose color beautifully complemented her skin. Call her the new-age Aphrodite, we say!
Topping the list of ultimate breakup haircuts is Miley Cyrus. We doubt that we have to explain, but we never tire of talking about this look.
Cyrus’s turbulent relationship with Liam Hemsworth has only recently ended for good, but one of their splits in 2013 really set off her rebellious phase. Her breakup anthem Wrecking Ball was only improved by her move to ditch her sugary brown waves for an trendsetting blonde undercut. You go, girl!
Kate Gosselin’s hair transformation was definitely for the better. The John & Kate Plus 8 reality star’s haircut before the show became the independent Kate Plus 8 was, needless to say, unfortunate. Did someone say “Karen?”
Regardless of family controversy and reality show critics, Gosselin’s decision to grow out her hair following a 2009 divorce from John Gosselin is the epitome of a newly single glow-up.
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Kim Kardashian’s black-to-blonde moment, with its seemingly uninteresting exterior due to her now-frequent hair changes, was a HUGE deal in 2004. We can’t stress how revolutionary it was to see Kim K go through a hair breakover.
After a heartbreak with football star Reggie Bush, she must have decided it was the time for a change after years of rocking her natural raven hue. It’s not fair how amazing she looks in any color!
The 2015 Joe Jonas-Gigi Hadid breakup meant complete hairstyle swaps for both parties. Jonas didn’t branch out too far, merely sprinkling his dark hair with metallic blue highlights.
But we can’t say we can’t relate to his decision. Lots of us match our hair to our mood, too, and Jonas’s blue hue is a perfect reflection of an aching heart… Maybe we’re reading too much into this.
Jennifer Aniston’s divorce from Justin Teroux in February 2018 didn’t call for as much of a drastic breakover as other celebs who experienced the same.
Despite this, Aniston’s change-up made the list for its fresh chicness. Aniston’s golden blonde layers were in need of a serious revamp even before the breakup, so the debut of a short, blond lob with dark roots elicited a sigh of relief from everyone. It’s hard to think of any other look that could complement the actress so well post-Friends.
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Not all breakovers need to be real, especially if they’re as stylish as Gigi Hadid’s fake bob at the 2015 American Music Awards.
The Joe Jonas breakup, as we all know, inspired both parties to switch up their look. Hadid’s slick blonde look, however, might take the cake for us. Sorry, Joe! The blues can't compete with a chic platinum bob.
The hearts of many fans around the world were broken when Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum announced their divorce in 2018, just the beginning of a string of wrenching celebrity breakups.
If anything came out of the divorce, we can point to Dewan’s hair as a signal that what resulted wasn’t all bad, at least. Her previous trendy lob became a chin-grazing bob overnight, participating in the launch of the trend among the general public.
Congratulations to The Weeknd for being among the few men to make this list of best breakovers. It really is quite the accomplishment, for men seem to have very limited options for hair changes in fashion history.
This unfortunate fact didn’t prevent the singer from embracing the post-breakup hair-swap trend. Since 2015, he and Bella Hadid have gone in-and-out of a relationship with one another, and a final 2019 split led to the lone ‘stache you see today.
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