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

You have nothing against Karen, and neither do we. The internet, on the other hand, is a different story. Its been mocking Karen for years, particularly her haircut. 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.

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Karen memes have dubious origins. According to, 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.”

Whatever the origin, the catchphrase quickly morphed to represent an entitled female who wanted to “call the manager” whenever she felt the slightest “injustice”. 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. 

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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