What to Consider Before Chopping Your Hair Off

We’ve all had the urge to chop off our long locks and start anew, but few actually follow through with the impulse. Cutting your hair is daunting and scary, especially if you’ve lived most of your life with medium length or long hair. Chopping it all off promises a sense of liberation, but is it really worth the trouble? Here’s what you need to know before making the big cut.

Texture Matters

While there certainly is the perfect short haircut for you, it may not be the same as Jennifer Lawrence’s latest ‘do. Your hair texture matters more than just about any other factor when it comes to a major haircut. Tight curls will never lay as flat as fine straight hair, and thick hair may not lay as flat as it does when it’s long and grown out. Before you start fantasizing about making a dramatic cut, talk to your stylist about the best cuts for your particular hair texture.

Look At Your Face Shape

With the right bone structure, any cut will look good. That theory may work for celebrities and models, but for most women it’s important to take a long look at your face shape before chopping it all off. Have a square or heart-shaped face? Opt for a low-key bob that softens your prominent features, especially around the chin. If you have an oval or round face, it may be easier to work with any type of short haircut.

Be Realistic

The most important tip to remember before a dramatic cut is to know yourself and be realistic about what the haircut will look like. What looks good on Emma Stone might not like quite as perfect on you. If you think your hair texture won’t work with your ideal cut, opt for something slightly longer. Above all else, you want a haircut that’s manageable for your day-to-day routine because there won’t always be a stylist around to style it for you in the morning.

Try A New Color

A new haircut may warrant a new color, depending on how bold you want to go. This is especially true if you have long hair with highlights, as they can end up looking choppy once you cut your hair. On the other hand, a dark, solid color might not give your hair enough definition. Make sure to discuss color options with your stylist before making the big cut, so you know exactly what to expect when you leave the salon.

Remember What You Can Manage

Short hair is extremely hard to keep up if you don’t have the right texture, color, or length. Even a haircut that looks great for weeks after you leave the salon is going to be hard to manage once it starts growing. That’s why you must make sure you have the right hair products and tools on hand to style your hair the way you want, in addition to scheduling regular trims with your stylist. If you don’t think you can manage the maintenance, this may not be the best time to chop it all off.

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