Karen haircut

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A woman with a typical "Karen haircut".


From the use of Karen, beginning in the late 2010s, as a pejorative for an entitled middle-aged white woman. The association of a specific hairstyle with this type of woman began with a 2014 meme pairing a photo of a white woman with an asymmetrical blond bob with the text "The 'Can I Speak To A Manager' Haircut".[1][2][3]


Karen haircut (plural Karen haircuts)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A hairstyle associated with entitled middle-aged white women, typically a layered, asymmetrical bob with blond highlights.
    • 2020 April 27, Vic Bell, “A Nation In Paralysis”, in Salient, Victoria University of Wellington, page 14:
      There was no misinformation from middle-aged women on Facebook with Karen haircuts.
    • 2020, A. W. Hartoin, Bottle Blonde (published 15 September 15 2020), unnumbered page:
      A woman with a Karen haircut pointed at a hall in the back []
    • 2020, Matthew Archbold, American Antigone (published 16 September 2020), page 117:
      The blonde with the Karen haircut had terrible acne, which she concealed with makeup.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Karen haircut.