It was a day that will live in infamy, a day that rocked the world (or at least the kids of America) to its core: October 3, 1999. Everything we thought we knew changed with a few snips of scissors when coed Felicity Porter lopped off her long, beautiful, trend-setting, curly hair.
Our heroine—whose coif was possibly the most distinct thing about her—changed from a lovable girl-next-door girl to a “Chia head.”* Though she insisted it wasn't over a boy (who are you kidding, Felicity, it was totally about Ben!), her controversial transformation marked a moment in feminist history. She did it for women everywhere! Well, maybe not, but it did speak to the connection between changing your appearance and regaining a sense of self, of control—something that all women can all relate to, right? In a moment when you’re feeling lost, why not change something about your body (warning: mothers may not approve)?
Much like the WB’s former sweetheart, some of Hollywood’s brightest have turned to the scissors (or dye) post-breakup. The changes have been fleeting and subtle for the most part (cutting bangs seems to be most common), but who cares: here's to taking control! With that in mind, Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at ITG!
Remember, though—think before you snip. You'll be able to avoid some of the...situations in our before-and-after slideshow.
*Please note: we do not condone name-calling. We didn't come up with “Chia head” —that was an insult hurled against Felicity in the show! That said, it’s pretty fitting. We just wish we could've watered her head so that her locks would've grown back quicker than the entire, painful season it actually took.