Anyone who’s ever had that spine-tingling, impulsive urge to book a hair appointment and do something drastic with their locks knows the power of a transformative chop. It’s almost sorcerous how snipping, razoring, and shaping your hair can alter your look entirely, if only for a period of time until it grows back and the renewal process begins again. A cut is just as emotionally morphing as it is physically: A visit to the salon is therapy, not just for the chair-side chat with your stylist but also for the freeing sensibility as the inches fall beside you. As psychologist Vivian Diller, Ph.D., explains, “New hairstyles or color can be associated with making a fresh start, with new beginnings and optimism.”
It’s been a rough year worldwide; the news cycle gets tougher to scan each day. So when uncertain times feel like a dark cloud looming over us, it helps to do things for ourselves that allow us to have authority over the way we feel. As Diller explains, “Changing our appearance is a proactive measure when other aspects of our life feel beyond our control.” Ready for your next power chop? As we head into a newer (hopefully—somehow—brighter) year ahead, celebrity stylists say these hairstyles will reign supreme. Keep scrolling for inspiration.