A new year is about to start, and there really is no better way to kick off the new year than with a new 'do. If you've always dreamed of chopping off your long locks in favor of an edgy, short style, you've come to the right place. But before you make a final decision on the big chop, do take into consideration these dos and don'ts of short hairstyles.
Consider The Upkeep
Somewhere along the way a common misconception was born: Short hair doesn't require upkeep. That isn't true. Short hair can require as much upkeep as longer hairstyles, and in some cases, more. Short hair needs to be trimmed more often, and will require styling efforts in the morning. With that being said, the styling time is significantly lower with short locks. Short hair can be low maintenance, but be prepared that not all short styles are maintenance-free.
Ask Your Stylist For His/Her Thoughts
When you’re planning a big change with your hair, it is always a good idea to consult your stylist about your choice. He or she is a great sounding board, and can help you find a style that will work for your face shape, hair texture, and desired level of upkeep. As you know, short 'dos aren't as “wash and go” as one would believe, so discuss this with your stylist before you take the plunge and cut off a lot of length.
Don't Make A Hasty Decision
Going short is a big commitment, both in terms of time, budget and emotion. For women who have worn their hair long for years, there can be an emotional connection to long locks. To ensure you love your new cut, don't make a hasty decision. Take some time, think about the style, and look at different cuts online and in your day-to-day life.
Don't Ignore Your Face Shape
Face shape is an important consideration when going short. While it is largely believed that short locks can make a round face look rounder, that doesn't mean there isn't a short cut out there that will work for a round face. Take your face shape into account and consider the different style that work best on that shape.
Take a look at our free "Best Hair Cut for Your Face Shape" infographic and call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We'll be happy to help you find a new cut for the new year that makes you feel like a brand new you!
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.