What is broken hair + is it a healthy way to cope?

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The term “broken hair” by no means has a fixed definition. It can be interpreted in a million different ways; however, most of the time it refers to the haircut or hairstyle change someone can get (or get) after the breakup.

According to the famous colorist Jenna Perry, the offset is more often related to the cut than to the color. “You have to get the dead energy out, and with a really good chop, you can even feel lighter-minded,” Perry says of the post-breakup cuts.

And for those looking for a longer look, extensions are one way to achieve it. “I think changing your look gives you a new perspective on yourself,” says Perry. If you want long hair, extensions can serve as an immediately rewarding change as your hair grows.

While haircuts may be the most common post-breakup change, the brunette-to-blonde transformation (or any other dye job) is another popular endeavor. Either way, Perry agrees hair might be the best thing to change given that it can go back to normal over time. Or, you know, you can always dye it.

Perry warns her blonde clients to consider how long it took them to achieve their ideal luminous shade and to consider whether they really want to cover up all that time and money spent dyeing their hair darker. That said, it’s important to figure out if you’re there for the right reasons – here’s how to tell.

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