Laeral Silverhand’s Silver Hair

What is actually happening with Laeral’s attack “Silver Hair”?

The attack description is as follows:

Silver Hair. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (2d6) force damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 19 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Is she literally using her hair as a weapon a la Sindel from Mortal Kombat? I’m trying to think of a way to describe this attack to my players if it ever comes up in a manner that doesn’t sound absurd.