Amanda Stanton of The Bachelor drove from CA to AZ to get her hair done

Amanda Stanton, who appeared both on The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise, recently got the word that her hairstylist just reopened her salon… in Arizona. California, where Amanda lives, is still mandating that hair salons remain closed, although they just announced they will be opening sooner rather than later. So Amanda, who has two young daughters quarantined with her, jumped in her car and drove several hours, across state lines, for a trim and blow out. Amanda was so pleased with herself, she posted the road trip on her IG page. What she didn’t expect was the backlash – people were pissed.

Uh oh! Amanda Stanton is in some serious trouble from fans after driving across state lines to get her hair done during the coronavirus pandemic. But the Bachelor alum stands by her actions.

“Drove very very far to get my hair done & may have peed on the side of a dirt road because I’m scared to use public restrooms,” she wrote in her now-expired Story. “But it was worth it,” adding that she felt “like a new person.”

After coming under fire from fans for not following California’s state mandate to shelter in place, she took to her Instagram Story on Monday, May 18, to defend her actions.

She started by explaining that she’s been very strict and staying home since March 13, not even taking trips to the grocery store. The Bachelor Nation star also said she’s taken extra precautions and even tested negative for COVID-19.

“I hadn’t had my hair done since January and my hairstylist who I’ve been doing to for years JUST opened her salon. I thought I’d rather when she JUST opened than later when more people had been there.”

Stanton continued to explain that after heading home, she and her daughters were going into quarantine again before seeing anyone else.

“Some might think this is going to great lengths to get my hair done but honestly, I have nothing else to do and isolating for a couple of weeks when I get home was something I was willing to do. To each their own,” she wrote. “I’m confident that I’ve been making responsible choices during this time and am proud of myself!”

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Amanda went on to say that she could have lied to us all but she chose to be honest. Honest about what? Nobody was asking, she could have said nothing. She also pointed out that there are a bunch of people hanging out with friends and flying who aren’t getting any hate, which is not the best defense. I’m confused, Amanda said she hasn’t gone anywhere during lockdown, not even the grocery store, but then she said she and her daughters would quarantine before seeing anyone else? So which is it, is she seeing people or staying in their home 24/7? And of all the things to break quarantine for, she chose a haircut? Plus, Amanda is okay isolating after the road trip because she has, “nothing else to do,” but what about her daughters? Maybe they’d prefer a walk in the sunshine rather than sitting on the couch because momma needed her locks re-waved?

I’m just not as bothered by my appearance, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I look a fright. My hair, which is mostly de-blued now, looks like I threw a floor mop on my head.I’ve broken three clips trying to make it look like a fancy messy updo. My nails are tragic, and I can’t pick up anything without tape but, you know – I’m healthy. My family has turned it into a game, all of us making a pledge not to cut any part of our hair until the salons/barbers open. My son’s curls are so fluffy, he looks like a ginger Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander. But, I’m not a member of the Bachelor Nation and I don’t rely on a constant stream of selfies to plug my social media, so I suppose I’m not qualified to speak on the subject. But I do have children, like Amanda, and I don’t see any reason to set the kind of example that says my appearance is more important than the rules put in place to keep everyone safe.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    *Mr. Knightley yells at clouds*

  2. Aims says:

    Priorities….. I’m losing faith in humanity.

  3. Erinn says:

    There’s something incredibly disturbing about her child making that duck lip pose in the photo. I know kids imitate what their parents do, but my god. It’s just so tacky – could they not have found a less skeezy looking photo to have posted?

    And then I remember who we’re talking about, and what idiotic franchise they’re associated with, and realize that no, she does not have the intelligence to understand why sharing a prepubescent child trying to look ‘sexy’ is creepy. I actually feel so sorry for these kids. It’s not their fault that their mother is the way she is, and they’re forced to follow along for the ride.

    • Canadiancutie says:

      Exactly! What the hell are we expecting from someone that poses with a ridiculous duck lip pout with her kids even in the pictures doing the same ridiculous pout? These people are just dying for any attention they can get and this pandemic is ruining their ability to post “interesting” pictures on social media.
      I’m just as vain, if not more so than anyone, but I don’t feel then need for getting my hair done when people are dying! People need to wise up and realize that these “celebrities” are literally morons half of the time. Being on a reality show does not make them smarter or a better person. We shouldn’t care what they think, endorse and what they do is important. We need to stop thinking that their opinions matter. I like to see how we treat the people who develop a vaccine for Covid. Those are the people that we should be interested in and give them the respect they deserve, not some idiot posting selfies that literally brings nothing to the table.

    • ItsJustBlanche says:

      She’s not a great example for her kids if you’ve seen even one episode on Bachelor in Paradise.

      • lucy2 says:

        I feel like just willingly going on those shows is a red flag.

        I haven’t have my hair cut since January either. Big deal. Driving to another state just to get the Basic Girl #3 style, with 2 young kids at home, seems unnecessary.

  4. julia says:

    What is with the duck face? And I see her daughter is doing the same thing. Why do women think it’s sexy? All of my male and female friends and family think its ridiculous. So I know I’m not alone. Just one picture is enough to make me not like her, before even reading this post.

  5. Rachel says:

    So sick of people “isolation” shaming. We should mind our own business if someone dares to leave the house. Lets worry about our own families.

    • Ali says:

      Shaming is natural during a pandemic that spreads via personal contact.

    • Astrid says:

      I think there is a difference between taking a walk outside and going on a car trip. She’s mindfully taking her kids across state lines for some hair maintenance and then posts about it on social media.

    • SamC says:

      She blasted it on her social media, so she clearly wanted attention and knew she’d get blowback, which would give her even more reason to post and get attention.

      And since my state is a hotspot and have 4 friends, so far, who have lost family members due to COVID, I’m going to isolation/no mask shame.

    • Jaxonmeh says:

      Don’t want to be shamed, don’t do stupid stuff that can get yourself or others killed. This woman is obviously not shamed. She’s fine with her priorities anyways.

      This hits personally because my family is over it all and we live in NJ. But then my parents decided to fly from NJ to SC on Saturday for the week on a budget airline and have been doing all sorts of stuff to fix their second home up and to relax because they are so stressed out. One of the last things my dad said to me was he couldn’t wait to get a haircut. So they’re out in public. Pretty sure they’re not going to quarantine when they get back either. Oh and they still work outside the home in essential jobs So do I but I do my best to stay away from people.

      I’ve been beside myself that they are going to get others sick or me sick since we live together. I now basically have to write them off because they’re stupid and won’t listen to anyone and I have to now take extra measures to keep myself safe since we all live together. Good times. I wish my parents could be shamed.

    • Case says:

      Leaving the house is quite different than traveling across state lines to get your hair done.

    • Erinn says:

      I think people ARE worrying about their families which is exactly why people are pissed off. If you have a bunch of idiots putting themselves in harms way for something as ridiculous as a fresh dye job, and then coming back to your community, how do you expect people to stay chill about it.

      There’s a difference between making an extra trip to the liquor store where workers are protected by shields and or masks to pick up your favorite wine with minimal contact and crossing state lines to go receive a service that involves a lot of time spent very much in your personal bubble – where you could be passing along germs to someone who is then going to touch multiple other people every work day.

    • ME says:

      Ummm no we need to worry about what EVERYONE is doing. Remember this virus started with just ONE person !

    • Tiffany :) says:

      It’s BECAUSE we worry about our own families that we worry about people doing things like this. If only people could just put themselves at risk and no one else, but that’s not the way it works. People without symptoms who spread the virus to dozens of people is a real thing in this pandemic.

    • AnnaKist says:

      This woman is an idiot, and a selfish one at that. Otherwise, she’d have paid attention to how this disease has been spreading, and abided by the physical distancing rules. Her appearance and presence on social media is far more important than her own, and others’, safety. She, and others like her, should be shamed. Even then, stupids like her might not get it.

    • lucy2 says:

      You can’t “mind your own business” when it comes to a very contagious and deadly disease…

    • Deanne says:

      People who take this kind of ridiculous risk deserve to be “isolation shamed”. She didn’t go for a walk and forget her face mask. She drove hundreds of miles to get her hair done in another state. She has two young children that she dragged with her as well. This is a pandemic. We all need to worry about our impact on each other. If all you worry about is your own family and yourself, you aren’t doing your part at all.

    • Joanna says:

      I don’t think so! You’re endangering our lives by going out and mixing with other people then coming around us.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh please. Really, “shaming”? This is about science!

  6. Snazzy says:

    Everything about this woman and her behaviour is a giant no. May she fade into obscurity quickly.

  7. Zen says:

    I’ve never heard of her so I’m just going by the photos here but it looks like her dark roots were getting too long. Probably thought she wasn’t looking blond enough for her pictures. Bet she got more than a blow out, she probably got some dye-work.

  8. Sequinedheart says:

    Ugh… I don’t really care if she was safe about it, but she’s not the sharpest tool in the shed so doing it and then making sure people knew could probably have been avoided by just shutting up.

  9. ChillyWilly says:

    That’s a lot of effort to end up looking like every other basic b on Insta.

  10. Case says:

    I can’t stand her selfish excuses like “I haven’t had my hair done since January” (SAME) and “I have nothing else to do.”

    I can’t imagine risking my life, my family’s life, and strangers’ lives to get my hair done (and I love getting my hair done!). But then again, I think I’m just a pretty adaptable person — as soon as we went into lockdown, things like my hair stopped mattering. Anything I miss from my “old life” stopped mattering until we get through this safely.

  11. FHMom says:

    My daughter leaves for college in August in a state that is mostly open. If I can’t get to my hairdresser by then, I will get a cut and color.

  12. Barbiem says:

    Dont feel bad for her. She should have never posted it. And the isolation shamers are just as stupid.

    • Elizabeth says:

      People who don’t listen to scientists and doctors and get their information from Donald Trump, and protest about nonessential services like hair dye (!), are stupid.

      Self-isolating and flattening the curve is SMART.

  13. Sparkle says:

    I am an independent contractor at a few offices in California. The boss at my bigge$t gig is a huge Reopen America freak. She is traveling to Utah, which is now open, for vacation for the next 2 weeks. She asked me to come back to work the day after she flys back from Utah. Im scared and dont want to be around her the day after she returns. I live with my dad who has heart failure. Im scared and Im also worried if I say no, I will lose the job. Yes she is a trumper.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My heart goes out to you Sparkles. It seems like Americans are being asked to trust their employers with their lives. It’s really scary.

    • schmootc says:

      Screw that! I’m glad my company is taking this seriously. All of our offices are currently working from home and will be following local/state guidelines for reopening. And I’m sure quarantining after traveling will be part of that!

  14. Lizzieb says:

    What is a young Karen called?

    • lucy2 says:

      She’s 30. She can be a Karen.
      She just seems to be into the Arianna “I’m a sexy tween” style.

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  16. FancyCatsup says:

    I’m a nurse and am getting through this by wearing a surgical scrub cap to work to hide how bad my hair looks. My hairdresser (and everyone else) is more likely to get the virus from me since I have regular exposure. But this dingbat makes her living off of her appearance…. I’ll still judge her and say that her hair looks bad after the risky exposure.

  17. lza says:

    Hecate – try Overtone for your hair! It’s what I use to keep up my rainbow in-between salon visits to my colorist. You can get a whole range of colors (including a very pretty range of blues), and it’s conditioning also.

  18. DiegoInSF says:

    I’ve had literal dreams that I bribe my hairstylist to come color my hair but what she did is too much!

  19. AmyB says:

    I have to admit – I watch the Bachelor franchise as my guilty pleasure, and no, I don’t take any of it seriously, I just get a huge kick out of the idiocy of the whole thing, and I also realize so much of it is producer manipulated and scripted. Anyway, I am familiar with this woman – she is not too bright so this does not surprise me in the least LOL! It is a shame she is promoting this image to her kids, but they are hers not ours. It is just she shows off pretty much all aspects of her life on social media, as do most of the Bachelor Nation alums. So they kind of open themselves up to the criticism and scrutiny. I myself, would never do that, but to each his own.

    But as I said, she ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed LMAO!

  20. Thea says:

    I don’t watch the bachelor, so I have no clue who this covidiot is. But looking from her geotag, she lives in my area. Great.

  21. Minorbird says:

    BUT, she had to post it huh?? she’s insufferable…I don’t feel sorry for her at all.

  22. Annie says:

    My hair is like my last priority right now. I wash it every other day, use some argan oil and I’m letting it rest from heating tools, etc. My nails are the shortest they’ve ever been since middle school and I’m not even wearing foundation these days. Just skin care, some concealer here and there, lip moisturizer, but mostly nothing. This is a time where I don’t care about looking perfect. I’m letting my hair, skin and nails rest. I’m just trying to avoid this disease. A trip to the hair salon would never make me risk my health right now. It’s not worth it.

    I follow Amanda and she had actually been so good this entire entire. She only sees a couple of friends who live around the corner and are quarantining by themselves. So it’s not like she’s one of those people who do whatever they want right now. She even called out the people who were visiting the beach near her house. So this hair salon trip is baffling and crazy to me. She really was doing everything right. She gave the kids to their dad for two weeks because he wanted to spend time with them. They supposedly took all the precautions for that. But then there she is taking them to the salon.

    She said that this salon took all precautions including masks but you could see in their stories that this isn’t true at all. Someone on Reddit says they live by this salon in Az and people are going on about their lives like nothing is happening. So… this was a risky trip for Amanda.