With the New Year comes the feelings of a new you. This could mean chopping off the long hair that you’ve had for the last decade and trying something new. It can be a little overwhelming and frankly quite frightening to chop off your hair but one way to ease your worries is to feel confident that shorter hair is right for you.
The 2.25″ (5.5cm) Rule
One of the latest theories for chopping your hair off is the 2.25” rule. Essentially, if the distance between your ear and chin is under the magic number 2.25, then you have nothing to worry about.
Simply grab a ruler and pencil, place the pencil horizontally under your chin and then place the ruler vertically under your ear. The intersection of the two will indicate a measurement. If the distance between the bottoms of your chin to your ear is greater than 2.25 then you might want to skip the chop.
What’s Your Face Shape?
When it comes to haircuts, your face shape should be your primary consideration. Your goal is to create the illusion of an oval face shape with your cuts and styles. If you want to go shorter, make sure that the cut compliments your face shape.
- If you have a long face shape, you may want to add width. A chin-length bob or a shag cut that hits at the chin or the shoulders (or somewhere in between) is a great option. Add waxy texture to create width but be careful of creating volume because you want to avoid height.
- Women with round face shapes need to keep their chops at least an inch below the chin. You want to elongate your face shape so keeping the hair a medium length will draw the eyes downward and make your face appear thinner. Avoid classic bobs and opt for lobs.
Do You Love Your Shoulders, Neck and Jaw?
If you like your shoulders, your jawline and neck then a short haircut is a great option for you. If you feel that your neck is short, you don’t like your occasional double chin or you don’t show off your shoulders, then you are probably better off with a hairstyle shoulder length or longer. Whenever you get a haircut, tell your stylist your best features and which ones you want to hide. This will help you to decide on the perfect cut.
Does it Suit Your Personality?
Your hair is a reflection of your personality. When you see a women with purple streaks you might think she’s alternative, but if she has long tousled hair you might think she’s more a “free-spirit”.
If you are sporty or casual then you might opt for a shag or a long bob because they air dry well, can be put back in a ponytail and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. However, if you like hair maintenance than a sleek angled bob is a great option. If you’re funky and like to live life on the edge then why not opt for a Mohawk or a choppy pixie?
Bangs With Short Hair
Do you have bangs or are you considering getting them when you chop your hair? Consider the following if you’re interested in bangs with your shorter hair:
- Do you want to hide a high forehead? Bangs are perfect for that.
- Do you want to take a few years off your face? Bangs over Botox!
- Do you want to bring attention to your eyes?
- Do you have flat hair and want to add volume?
- Do you want to try a new look?
Remember, bangs require maintenance. They have to be trimmed frequently and styled almost daily.
Chopping your hair is a big decision. Remember that it grows back and if it’s long enough, you can donate your hair to a good cause. Consider the maintenance, your face shape, your personality and the style that you want. Once you’ve committed to the chop, don’t look back!