One of the questions I get quite often is “Can I cut my hair short ?” and “What should I think of ?”
When some of our biggest celebs and models go out and have a haircut, like for example Jennifer Lawrence, the exposure is usually huge and automatically…a short hair trend is born.
Short and/or shorter hair can make such a difference to your look and the way you feel and….short hair can be every bit as sexy and versatile as long hair!
I remember once when I had a client that had kept your long hair since she was a kid. After a good talk we decided to “take the chop” and we gave her a cool new style…I thought so anyway until…she started crying!
I was really taken back…then she looked at me and said…thankyou…this is the first time that, when I look into the mirror…I see me just how I imagine I should look ! The ultimate feedback, which goes to show just how profound a good restyle can do for you.
So to help you guys with the decision process, if you are now considering taking the chop, I have put together a little…”Things to think of” before you let the length fall to the floor.
Is it YOU?
Short hair. When you’re considering a change by drastically reducing the length of your hair it can feel like a blind leap of faith when you go for the chop. Should you lop off the hair it took months, sometimes years to grow and if so how short do you go? Personally I feel that if you really want to do it…just do it! Hey…it´s only hair…it grows. Saying that…getting the right look can be the difference between rejoice and regret so below I´ve put together a short checklist to help you in the decision process and give you a little moral support;)
Find out your face shape
Your face shape can give hints as to what you might look like with shorter hair. If you have a round face avoid cutting your hair too close to your chin for example as this will enhance a round face. Most other face shapes will suit a style just above the shoulder. If you go to a good hairdresser, he or she will be able to advise you on what sort of shapes and styles will help you to enhance the features you want to enhance and…the the others;) In my opinion…the is a shorter style for everyone.
How thick are your hair strands?
As long as your hair is not both frizzy and thick strand thickness should not be an issue, however, if it is on the thicker side you might need to style it a bit more once it’s been cut. Your hairdresser will be able to tell you your hair thickness once you’re with them. Then there are products…products are so advanced nowadays that even if your hair is thick…and frizzy, with the right cut and products you shouldn´t have an issue.
What´s your hair texture?
The texture of your hair will affect the way your hair will fall once you’ve cut off some length so If you have thick, coarse or frizzy hair my advice is to avoid cutting your hair too short. This type of hair is even more prone to frizz after the cut. Be sure to have a really good consultation with your hairdresser, preferably your regular stylist. This is because they have a better understanding of you, your hair and how much you like to work with it.
Hows the condition of your hair?
If your hair is in need a bit of love your hairdresser can help work out a style that will work best for your hair texture. Most haircuts look better with healthy hair but if your hair is a bit, you should go for a more textured look as this is easier to style and will take less time for you in the morning.
Figure out which hairstyles you like
Think about how you like to wear your hair and how you’ll want to style it once you have made the change. Some styles, like braids and plaits, can be tricky but you can still experiment with a variety of styles. What sort of statement you want to make with your new style. Look at pictures of people, celebs, friends….whoever really. When you have a number of pictures of people and styles that inspire you….take them to your hairdresser and look through them together. Lots of people think that the stylist might be offended if you take a picture with you but…hey…if your stylist is one of them….change stylist! We are here for you and if you were to bring pictures of what you like I would be more than happy….then I would be happy if you listen to my professional advice.
How committed are you to keeping it in form?
With shorter hair you will need to return to your hairdresser every six to eight weeks. This helps you maintain the shape but with a good haircut it should only really require a minimal amount of styling to achieve the right look
Just do it
So…now you are ready…and if you feel for it, I say…
Just do it…the YOU way!
Here are my top 3 products for short hair:
* Easy Rider by Kevin Murphy
* More Inside Sea Salt Spray by Davines
* Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo by Kevin Murphy
Read more of Steve’s excellent tips in his blog at: www.steveterry.me