Should I Cut My Hair Short? Read Our 7 Step Checklist First

Asking yourself: “how short should I cut my hair?” or “will short hair suit me?” Use our 7 step checklist to see if you’re ready to commit!

With more and more of our favourite style icons braving the chop, it’s no wonder that so many of us are asking “should I cut my long hair?”.  From bobs and lobs to pixie cuts, there are plenty of enticing reasons to leave behind our luscious long locks – but before you let your stylist get busy with the scissors, you’ll want to really make sure it’s the right look for you.

Follow our 7 step checklist to answer the most important question of all: would I suit short hair?

1. Do You Know Your Face Shape?

How short should I cut my hair? Woman with summery-looking bleached blonde bowl cut and dark undercut
Get to know your face.

Ask any stylist “will I suit short hair?” and they’ll probably tell you that it depends on the hairstyle you opt for. So, before you set your heart on a short haircut, you need to find one that’ll work with your face shape.

For fuller, round and square faces, try to go for a ‘do that slims and elongates. While for heart-shaped faces, why not choose a haircut that adds more width to the lower parts of your face? And if you’re blessed with a versatile oval face, you’re lucky enough to rock almost every hairstyle under the sun!

2. Have You Considered Your Hair Texture?

While it’s always a good idea to take pictures with you to show your stylist exactly what look you’re going for, try not to set your heart on getting an exact replica of your favourite celeb’s ‘do. Why? Well, different haircuts suit different hair textures – pixie cuts can look great with straight textures, while cute crops work well with curls.

After all, what you need to ask yourself isn’t just “will I suit short hair” – it’s also “will my hair work with the short cut I want?”. When you’re hunting down haircut inspo, see if you can find a short style you like worn by someone with a hair texture like yours – if not, ask your stylist what they’d recommend.

3. Check You Have the Right Equipment/Tools?

Would I suit short hair? Should I cut my long hair? Brunette with bowl short haircut wearing a biker jacket
Is it time for new styling tools? Credit: indigitalimages.com

No matter the look you want to go for, it’s important to think about what you’ll need to style your new short haircut, including the new styling tools you’ll have to purchase. Remember that big curling barrels and brushes, as well as large straighteners, will most likely have to be traded for slim, short hair-friendly versions.

Editor’s tip: If you plan on using heated styling tools on your hair, make sure to protect yourself against heat damage with a heat protection spray like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray.

4. Decide on How Short You’re Willing to Go

Once you’ve decided to take the plunge and cut your long hair, you’re left with a question: “how short should I cut my hair?”. The answer is, as short as you feel comfortable with.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If this is your first short ‘do then ease yourself in gently by staggering your haircuts. Start off just-below-the-shoulders and move up to a lob, and then a bob.

5. Make Sure You’re Really Ready for It

Will short hair suit me? Brunette with short bob wearing lipstick
You can find inspiration everywhere! Credit: indigitalimages.com

While most short haircuts are generally considered ‘low-maintenance’, some can require intensive styling. Be honest with yourself, and think about how much time you really want to spend styling your hair every day.

Speak to your stylist and ask them “will short hair suit me and my lifestyle” before biting (or cutting) off more than you can chew. And remember that hairstyles that look easy and effortless when done by your stylist might take you a little longer to achieve.

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6. Who Is Your Inspiration?

Take confidence from others and use their ‘dos as inspiration for your own cuts. Feeling uninspired? Look at the A-listers with a similar face shape and hair texture to you, explore our short hairstyles page and don’t forget to check out our Instagram to find inspiration.

7. And Remember to Enjoy It!

We know that getting a new haircut can be a bit terrifying, but the truth is that even if you find that your short cut isn’t doing it for you – your hair will grow back! Keep this in mind if you’re still asking your stylist “should I cut my hair short?” while sitting in the salon. After all, you only live once, and you won’t really ever know if short hair will suit you until you try it…