When you’re browsing Pinterest and you see those wavy bobs, adorable blonde pixies and bold asymmetrical cuts, you are inspired to call up your stylist and say goodbye to your long tresses and opt for a fresh, new and shorter look. As soon as you get the idea of cutting your long hair, it’s hard to get it out of your mind. But not everyone looks better when they make the chop. So, before you get on the chopping block, consider this advice!
What to Consider Before Going Shorter
Unless you’ve been graced with the perfect oval face shape, some short hairstyles are going to look better than others. For example, if you have a round race you want to create the illusion of length but a short pixie is only going to emphasize your roundness but a long bob with volume is a viable option. Always figure out which look is best for your face shape before you committing to a cut.
Do You Love Your Shoulders, Jaw and Neck?
If you are blessed with strong shoulders, a bold jawline and a long neck then you can guarantee a short haircut will flatter you. On the other hand, if you have a short neck, wide shoulders and a double chin, then you should opt for a hairstyle that is 1-2 inches below the chin, at least. The long bob would be perfect!
When you get a haircut, you always want your best features to be on display so don’t be afraid to tell your stylist which ones you want to camouflage and which you want to flaunt. For example, if you don’t love your big forehead, cover it with blunt bangs. If you love your neck, show it off.
Hair texture is as important as your face shape when it comes to deciding if you should make the chop. There are 6 basic hair textures: fine, straight, wavy, coarse, curly and frizzy and each one comes with its own set of rules. Curly hair behaves best when it’s long and relaxed while fine hair looks superb in a short bob.
People tend to think if they cut off all their hair they cut off the maintenance too. Unfortunately, that’s not true. You need more frequent trims, styling products, flat-irons and blow dryers to keep your shorter hair styled.
What You Should Know
Your tools will change. Shorter locks require different styling tools than longer hair. You’ll need smaller and thinner straighteners and curling irons, more products and different brushes and combs.
Less shampoo and conditioner. You’ll save lots of money on shampoo and conditioner, but you’ll have to spend more on frequent trims.
It takes some getting used to. Most of us have an emotional attachment to our hair. So when you chop off your tresses, it can be overwhelming. Remember that it takes some getting used to but once you can look in the mirror without the shock factor, you might just love your shorter look.
You lose your bad hair day cover up. When you have a bad hair day you can’t rely on ponytails or side braids. You’ll either have to style your hair until its right or rely on hats, scarves and bandanas to hide bad hair days.
Tips to Keep In Mind
- If you looked good with short hair when you were younger, you will look good with short now.
- Never cut your hair in response to a crisis, break-up, etc.
- Don’t cut your hair because you think you’ve reached that age that calls for it.
- If you always wear your hair up then you will probably love short hair. Don’t use the excuse that you ‘love the styling-options’. We’ve all seen you out and it’s always in that ponytail.
- If you go short, go edgy to keep it fun and unique.