Ready to Cut That Long Hair Short?

By Teresa Hall.

You’ve finally decided that it’s time to cut that long hair short and debut a fierce short hair cut. What should you expect? Deciding to cut long hair short isn’t easy. Your hair is a big part of who you are and major change is scary. So what can you do to ease the fear of the shears?

Start by pinning up your long hair at different lengths and notice how each length makes your face look. Your hair should frame your face, not hide it and making the move to short hair will take away your ability to hide behind your hair. If you don’t know it yet, this is a good thing. A short hair cut lets you make the most of your best facial features. It can make you look younger and more self-confident. If you are a professional woman, short hair can say “in charge” faster than any other fashion change. Before you decide to cut your long hair short, think about why you want the change. If you reasons are to look more professional, to save time styling your hair, to celebrate a big change like weight loss, marriage or divorce or just make a statement about who you are, you’re on the right track. If your reasons are that you hate your life, Paris Hilton has a new cut or your boyfriend thinks short hair is cute, you may want to reconsider.

Talking to your stylist before they pick up the scissors is extremely important. Discuss how much time you spend on your hair, your hair’s texture and wave pattern, your desire for versatility and your talents with hair products and tools before you make your final decision. You can do many things with a short hair cut, but it isn’t quite the same as being able to throw it into a ponytail or the perfect updo. With short hair, you can make use of great clips and accessories, but you will be giving up certain styles, at least for a short period of time. By thinking about your reasons for wanting a change, styling your hair to see how it looks short and talking with your stylist about your options, you can avoid freaking out in the salon chair and adjust to your new do. Deciding to cut long hair short may be the best decision you’ve ever made.