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If you have been keeping in the loop lately, then you have probably heard of the term "Karen" and the negative memes attached to it. While many people see it as a pejorative term aimed at older women, that's not necessarily true. It's more of an attitude check. "Karens" are women who are acting overly entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is appropriate. They believe rules should be broken to accommodate them, or service workers should go to great lengths to get their nod of approval.

While it's okay to speak to a higher-up if something is actually amiss, "Karens" usually complain, or ask to speak to the manager, for malicious reasons (i.e., wanting to get a worker fired because they slightly inconvenienced them, or tapping into their privilege to get their way at the expense of others.) A "Karen" is also someone who would, say, call the police on a Black person who has simply asked her to leash her dog in Central Park.

If you want to look at the stereotype of a "Karen," one of her most defining features is her hairstyle. It is usually an outdated hairstyle from the 1990s or early 2000s, and typically involves copious amounts of volume, a heavy hand with hair spray, and ill-placed layers. If you want to avoid looking like a "Karen," check out which haircuts to avoid below.