In perusing all of the available hair advice, tips, hacks and tutorials, there appears to be a whole lot more information out there about caring for long hair–as if people with short hair have nothing to do but sigh and paint their fingernails. No matter what length your hair happens to be, the level of attention and good care you provide it will show, and ultimately make or break the overall ability of your hair to bounce back from anything as seemingly benign as daily washings to a large volume of chemical treatments and over-processing. In all fairness, if you are thinking about going to a short cut style after sporting lengthy tresses awhile, you really ought to be up on what you could be facing–not that it’s a negative. Short hair is–contrary to what many erroneously believe–not without its own requirements and issues. Read on.
Avoid the Big Fail
Without hanging onto blame here, a sad number of women head over to their choice of stylist with a super, shiny new short-cut style in mind–envisioning sugarplums and fairies dancing around in fields of flowers. While not to say this won’t be a dream come true, it is your responsibility to make sure that the cut you want is at all possible with your hair’s structure. And we could easily blame the hairdressers for this one, but what good would it do? By instructing the “cuttees” to “know thy own hair tendencies,” therein lies the solution to the problem. By carefully comparing and matching the cut you want with the hair you have, you will be leaving the salon, post-clip, happy as can be. The only other point is that you should request your hair be cut about 1.5 inches longer than what you are going for, as almost immediately, your hair will become shorter, due to the extent of weight that was just removed.
Know Thyself–and Thy Stylist
If you have any doubt about your stylist’s level of honesty in advising you on a specific cut’s effect on your look, stop. An honest stylist can prevent you from a mostly shameful several months of existence following an unflattering cut for your face, body or lifestyle. It takes a lot of feminine power to sport short pixie lengths and still feel the femme, and if you can’t manage to feel feminine with your hair up in a bun, then forget chopping it all off. And hair that is really curly isn’t always the best choice for short, short cuts, while a bob would be ideal.
Short Hair is No Picnic, Exactly
In some ways, shorter cuts require a lot more messing with in order to look the way you want it to. With some short cuts being wildly more high maintenance than others, make sure your stylist details exactly what you’re getting yourself into before you go for the chop. While your new cut might look killing when you leave the salon, once home, you may never again be able to duplicate the style. A bit more length on the layers of a shorter cut are more forgiving and allow for longer spans between recuts.
Make Sure it’s a Haircut You Can Afford
Not only in terms of frequency of repeat maintenance visits, but some short dos come with the requirement of an arsenal of styling products to get them to look just right. And in order to get products that really do what they claim they’ll do, you’re going to be investing no small chunk of change by any means. Even when using a little dime-sized dollop each time you style, short hair must be styled more frequently, and days become weeks and months and it can add up. Then, factoring in those repeat visits, and–well, just do some math before you chop.