The Long and Short of It: Which Short Haircut is For You?
Considering a new hair style? If you’re tired of your current longer-hair style (for some, that means giving up the 80’s at last), don’t have time to take care of long hair, need a new, professional look or just need a change, short hair might be your answer. But before you “take the plunge” and head for the salon, here are a few things to consider.
First, exactly what look are you thinking about? Short hair sounds simple, but there are a lot of choices to make. Conservative, wild, curled, straight, bangs, no-bangs, colored, highlighted, messy, bobbed…the list goes on and on. But you have to start somewhere, so maybe start by looking around you. Take note of other people and their hair styles at work, at the mall, in your neighborhood. What looks good on them? Compare their facial shape, hair color and hair texture to imagine how a certain style would look on you. Particular short hair styles can accentuate features while others can be more flattering for certain jaw-lines, chins and necks. Do you like the look of highlights or a specific color(s)? How do think you will both look and feel with that new style?
If you can’t find anything close to your idea (or wouldn’t be able to convince the person to come to the salon to act as your model), try celebrities. There are thousands of pictures of them and their ever-changing hairstyles online or in magazines. Try Meg Ryan or Katie Holmes, for example. Both actresses have given a variety of short cuts glamour status on the cover of magazines. And who wouldn’t want to look like either of them?
Finally, if you still haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for as you head to the salon, fear not. Salons have volumes dedicated to helping you make that hair style choice. Some salons even offer digital imaging technology that uses your picture to model various hair styles on the screen so you have an idea how the cut might look on you.
When, hundreds of images and decisions and revisions later, you decide upon that perfect style, you may wish to consider the level of commitment involved before the scissors gets too close. Many women choose a short hair style because it is easier to manage than a longer cut, but that’s not always true. Some short hair styles do involve a little extra work. Are you willing to go the extra mile for that dramatic cut or is a simpler, easy-to-maintain cut more for you? Be sure to talk with your stylist, or better yet, someone you know who has a similar cut since they can give you the “layman’s” opinion about the maintenance involved in the cut you are considering.
If you go with the more complicated short cut, be sure to ask that essential question: “How do I make my short hair look like this every morning?” before you leave the salon since, as you know, the moment you leave the salon, your hair will never look like this again. Stylists have all kinds of “tricks” with products and techniques that they can show you to maintain your chosen style. Gel, mousse, sprays, blow-drying techniques, flat iron, curling iron, any of these could be the difference between hair that is short and a true short hair style.
No matter which shorter cut you choose, remember, that you are getting a hair style, not just a cut. Enjoy the possibilities, the freedom, the fun of a stylish new “do” and a modern new you!