How Short Dare You Go?

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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.

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Unforgettable Vintage Hairstyles

These iconic vintage hairstyles that I’m about to go through with you are going to make you want to call up your salon, and make a hair appointment right now!

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The bob has been voted the most popular hairstyle of all time. The bob cut is a short haircut for women, in which the hair is usually cut straight around the woman’s head at about jaw-level.  Typically when you see someone sporting a bob haircut, they have bangs in the front to go along with it. The bob cut was popular in the 1920’s & the 1960’s, & has even come back recently. Look to Katie Holmes, or Selma Blair for modern-day bob followers.

The pixie crop haircut is timeless, and for the girl who wants to get noticed. Mia Farrow is one of the first American women to steal our hearts with the look. Many leading ladies have chopped their locks, causing a bit of controversy over the years. Think Kate Moss in the nineties, & Victoria Beckham seems to always be rocking a version of the pixie crop.

The Marilyn Monroe hairstyle is blonde locks that curl under around the bottom edge that ends just below the ears. It’s 1950’s vintage Hollywood glamour. Typically short length and curls all over that add body and bounce to otherwise fine looking hair.

The beehive is a woman’s hairstyle that looks like a legit beehive on top of her head.  It was developed by a woman named Margaret Vinci Heldt of Elmhurst, Illinois in 1960.  Heldt has said, “It grew bigger and bigger, and higher and higher; it didn’t just stay a beehive. It was appealing to short women who wanted to look taller.” It has come back many times since the 1960’s. One name comes to mind when I think of the beehive, and that name is Amy Winehouse.

Feathered hair was super popular in the 1970’s. Full bangs and sides that curl back with a curling iron held vertically are very reminiscent of 70’s hairstyles. Farrah Fawcett made this look famous back in the day. The 70’s also made long straight hair with no bangs, and an off center part popular.

Big hair big back in the 1980’s.  There was a lot of ratting going on, and a lot of strong hold hairspray being used. Think frizzy, wild, and almost like a lions mane. Hot rollers may be the starting point to get big hair, followed by ratting and back combing.

In case you don’t know what backcombing is, it’s basically when you tease or rat your hair. It is a way to comb your hair and create volume, as well as certain hairstyles. It is often used to create big hair, and beehives.

These are the hairstyles that keep coming back again and again. I personally am and always have been a big fan of the bob, but who knows maybe one day I’ll get the urge to try out one of the other styles. Maybe it’s time to get out the hairspray and start teasing. In my opinion, change is always good, and what better way to make a statement than to do something new to your hair.

Written by Rebecca from Chillisauce Hen and Stag Parties, who specialise in the organisation of stag do packages and hen weekend ideas.

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