If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Should I cut my hair short?” then the quick answer, if we at All Things Hair have been doing our jobs correctly, is a hard yes. There is a slew of options for every face shape and texture that can work for short hair, and the answer, at least from an editorial perspective, is quite obvious.
However, many of us have had a love-hate relationship with short cuts, and have also had tons of “should I cut my long hair or not, no but really?” fits that seem to come on season after season. In addition, depending on which hairstyles look great on our current #WCW, the answers to these questions change mercurially as well.
Alas, hair doesn’t grow overnight or even sprout as eagerly as the tulips on a New York City sidewalk in the summer. So to help any and all of you who might be going through this crisis, we’ve put together a quick checklist to make the process a bit less frustrating. Hey, we’re all in this together, right?
Will Short Hair Suit Me? A Checklist to Read Before Making the Chop:
Before making the big chop, run through this checklist:
1. Consider your face shape.
Each face shape has a short haircut that flatters it the most. Do some research to discover your face shape and which cuts are recommended for you. If you’re drawn to one of those cuts, that’s a very good sign.
Also work with your stylist to figure out the best short cut for your face shape. Take their advice to heart; they are professionals that can steer you in the right direction when the time comes to take the plunge. And be sure to bring in some pictures of those swoon-worthy short haircuts you’ve been Pinteresting away, so you can see eye to eye.
Don’t worry about seeming fussy! There’s no room for buyer’s remorse here, at least for the next few months: Remember that hair only grows 6 inches a year, so there’s literally NO HARM in being over-prepared for this.
2. Think about your lifestyle
Another relevant question: Will I suit short hair that takes more than 10 minutes to style each morning, or am I more of a wash-and-go kinda gal?
Pick a style that you’re happy to play with every day, whether it’s blowing it out, going the full nine yards or letting it air-dry into whatever shape it pleases. Too harsh a reality? Then don’t cut it.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you’re up for the maintenance. Unless you’re willing to commit to regular trims, learn a proper salon-worthy blowout for big-ticket nights, or are into playing up your texture in different ways, then stick to a hair length you can get—and then subsequently forget about—during those times when you just can’t even.
To speed up your styling routine, turn to products that will help you achieve the finish you’re after.
When you’re ready to style, prep with Nexxus Weightless Style Smooth & Full Blow Dry Balm to protect your strands and get the perfect blowout finish.
3. Research current fashion.
Next thing to consider: Should I cut my long hair into a shorter look if most of my clothes are more on the romantic, feminine, traditionally girly-girl side? A lot of people don’t consider their clothes and manner of dressing when it comes to picking a hairstyle. Your hair is an extension of your personality, just as your fashion taste is. It only makes sense they coexist in peace and elevate the other.
Not to say that one should dictate the other, but if a pixie or a bob looks completely jarring to you when paired with your outfits, or if you can’t imagine how to even begin to style your hair during formal events/for your evening looks, then maybe reconsider. Understand: You wear your hair every day, so choose a look that complements both your features and your fashion choices.
All in all, it’s safe to say that if you’ve been wanting to cut your hair short, you should go for it. Hair always grows back, so if it’s not for you, just go back to growing out your hair. But, chances are you will love it and maybe even find your new look!