Deciding to go for a short or cropped hairstyle is a great choice; not only will your new hairstyle be easily managed and maintained but will give you plenty of freedom for different styles and appearances.
However, you shouldn’t make the decision lightly as once the hair is cut, there’s no going back. Consider the following points before you give your hairdresser the nod to chop:
Tip 1 – Your Face Shape
Although it’s often said that the majority of face shapes can cope with and work a short hair style, there’s also a lot to be said for getting the right shape for your face. Whilst round faces tend to work a style which is longer than the chin and therefore elongates the face rather than a style which sits around the ears and looks like a helmet, a longer face can really pull a longer style down and you may feel that your face is unnecessarily long as a result. In either event, it’s always wise to consider your face shape before choosing a style, although none should prevent you from having a short style.
Tip 2 – Your Neck
If you’ve only ever had long hair before then you might not have had to consider your shoulders, jawline and neck when deciding on a hairstyle. The best way of seeing if the style suits you and the shape of your neck and shoulders is to try a strapless top with your hair tied up. If you like the way the style makes your neck and shoulders look, then the chances are that you’ll like the way short hairstyles will look.
Tip 3 – Your Hair Type
Although hair which has a natural wave to it often suits short hair as it sits nicely, if you have tight curls and struggle to tame these under normal circumstances then a short style could leave you with an unfortunate mushroom shape. Some stylists (especially one who doesn’t know you) may refuse or try to persuade you out of having a short cut if you have particularly curly hair but it’s always worth being careful yourself as stylists might not take into account how you’re going to style your hair yourself.
Furthermore, if your hair is overly thick then you might want to reconsider any prospects of a short choppy do as eve thinning scissors can do so much and thick, short hair may look clumpy and bulky rather than choppy and fresh.
Tip 4 – Maintenance
Consider the amount of time you have to maintain the style. Contrary to popular belief, short cuts aren’t always the easiest to look after and you may need a lot of styling, masses of products and regular cuts to maintain the shape, length and effect of the cut. If you’re a get out of bed, pull hair into ponytail and leave home kind of person then you may find that the daily routine of daily washing and styling are too much for you to cope with.
Barry Wells enjoys rock climbing and blogs on fashion, celebrities and short hairstyles.