My first instinct when things go horribly awry is to reach for the scissors and chop off my hair. No matter what causes my emotional distress, my response is always the time: Cut. Your. Hair. In the past four months, I’ve gone through a breakup, started a new job, and moved—a cocktail of stressors. So, as you could guess, the urge to revamp my strands has been incredibly strong. I’ve avoided scratching that itch (thankfully), though I was curious why we have that strong desire to cut our hair during mental breakdowns and emotional times in our lives. It seems to be a common impulse for many of us so there has to be a reason we all feel this way during stressful moments. There is, and Houston-based licensed professional counselor Liz Hughes told us all about it. Read on to learn all about the psychology of changing your hair during emotional breakdowns below!