18/3/19 To let your hair down


To let one’s hair down means to behave in an uninhibited fashion, to behave freely. The idiom dates back to the 1600s, when women in the upper classes wore their hair in extremely elaborate hairdos, replete with feathers or flowers and towering two feet and more in height. When at home, these women could let their hair down or relax in a more natural way.
Today, let one’s hair down is an idiom and is seldom used literally.

Example:

  • It might allow you to “break the ice” or “let your hair down” at your next family gathering or office party.
  • Her song “Fireball Whiskey” came from a night, after which Mouridsen told her “sometimes you have to let your hair down and be yourself.”