Hayden Panettiere Chops Hair: ‘It’s Like Getting Rid Of Metaphorical And Literal Dead Ends’

Hayden Panettiere recently cut off her long blonde locks, and said chopping hair off is “like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends.”

The new mother, and Nashville star, has been dealing with postpartum depression since she gave birth to her daughter, now 10-month-old daughter Kaya Evodokia. Realizing she needed help to overcome her depressive state, Panettiere entered a treatment facility in October.

In her first Twitter update since finishing her treatment, Hayden showed off a picture of her new, shoulder-length hair. She captioned her selfie, which showed her wearing a black and white striped sweater and a black and brown hat, by saying: “Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new.”

Panettiere, 26, made the announcement one week after stepping out in public for the first time since leaving the treatment facility. Last weekend, Hayden attended a boxing event to cheer on her fiance, Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko, during his match in Dusseldorf, Germany, and was all smiles.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Hayden Panettiere has been very open about her struggle with postpartum depression, speaking about the illness during a September appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

“It’s something I can very much relate to,” Panettiere said. “It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you are told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child; I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”

Hayden also spoke to Kelly and Michael about the stigma associated with the condition. While some people brush depression off as hormones, Hayden said it is a real condition that a lot of women suffer from.

Hayden Panettiere postpartum depression [Photo by Sebastian Konopka/Associated Press]There’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off,” she said. “It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”

Because she decided to seek treatment for her postpartum depression, Hayden was forced to go on hiatus from filming Nashville. Luckily, her co-stars have been very supportive, and recently talked about Panettiere at the CMT Artists of the Year Awards.

“I think she seems to be doing really well, and obviously all of us are very excited for her to come back when it’s time,” Jonathan Jackson told E! News. “But I’m also really grateful that she’s taking the time that she needs, and I think that that’s really a wonderful example for people.”

Hayden Panettiere cuts hair [Photo by Sebastian Konopka/Associated Press]“She’s doing good! You know, she’s doing what she’s doing, and we’re like super supportive,” Lennon Stella added. “We haven’t heard any more on when she’s coming back, but she’s been doing great. We’ve been in contact with her and she’s great.”

“We all support her so much, and we’re really excited for her return,” Aubrey Peeples continued.

While Hayden Panettiere seems to be doing much better, it is not currently known when she will return to the Nashville set. What do you think about Hayden’s new hairdo? Leave your comments below.

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