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The “Karen” Haircut and Why You Should Avoid it at All Costs

You have nothing against Karen, and neither do we. Or actually at this point, maybe we do…

The internet, on the other hand, is a different story. It’s been mocking Karen for years, particularly her haircut. The name Karen has now become a symbol for entitled, white, middle-aged women who seem to have a penchant for calling 911, asking for store managers, and accosting everyday people in public places for no reason.

If you’ve never seen the memes or heard the “Karen haircut” expression, we are here to school you on why this is the exact haircut you don’t want to get.

So, Why “Karen?”

Karen memes have dubious origins. According to Knowyourmeme.com, Karen’s humble beginnings may be from a line in the epic 2004 film Mean Girls. In it, Amanda Seyfried’s Karen Smith character asks Lindsay Lohan’s Cady Heron character, “So if you’re from Africa, why are you white?” to which Lacey Chabert’s Gretchen Wieners character quips “Oh my god Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white.”

Karen: Symbol for Entitled White Women

Whatever the origin, the catchphrase quickly morphed to represent an entitled female who wanted to “call the manager” whenever she felt the slightest “injustice.” A modern-day synonym for outspoken, privileged women sprinkled throughout America who most likely has a MAGA hat (but no mask) in tow.

The memes always feature a woman wearing the same short, angled, and layered haircut. Additional “Karen” haircut characteristics are having the hair in your back be shorter than the hair in your front and having harsh blonde highlights.

Kate Gosselin (of Jon & Kate Plus 8 fame) is commonly used as a depiction of “Karen.” Kate immortalized the haircut type and her picture is used more often than not when people modify the meme. 

Examples of Karen Haircuts

Don’t fall victim to the Karen haircut! Stay away from anything that resembles the angular hairstyle, unless you want to risk becoming a meme yourself.

If you already got a “Karen”, HERE is how to make a terrible haircut better!

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