Here's Everything You Should Consider Before Chopping Your Hair

Updated 04/12/19
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Plan Ahead

Doesn't it seem like everyone is cutting their hair short? If you're tempted to take the leap and chop off your locks we're right there with you. Change can be fun and exciting, but like with anything, it's important to make a well-informed decision. Because while hair grows back, a bad hair cut could be extremely frustrating. Read this editor's experience

Before we highlight five factors to consider when choosing a hair length you won't regret later, here's a fun tip: literally try it on for size. Play around with several wigs. You'll quickly learn which lengths flatter you most and which ones work best with your face shape and personality. You may even learn that your personality changes with each hair length. Maybe you feel more fierce with short hair or channel a sultrier side with long. In any case, it's a fun way to test-run a haircut without the commitment. And while a wig is a good first step, there are other factors to consider like how manageable your new style will be with your hair texture. 

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What's the Texture of Your Hair?

There are six basic hair textures: fine, straight, wavy, coarse, curly and frizzy. To score a haircut that won't be high maintenance (hello flat-ironing hair every day) or one that immediately falls flat talk to your hairstylist and voice your concerns. Below, a couple of things to keep in mind:

Layers can help add body to fine, thin hair that tends to fall flat when it's very long. Too many layers can also thin out hair.

Layers can also do a lot for thick, curly hair. Chat with your hairstylist about the different options like shorter layers in front of the face that tends to soften a look. 

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Consider Your Face Shape

While we're not ones to conform to rules, it's worth thinking about the shape of your face. Is it round, long, square or heart-shaped? For instance, are there cuts that would show off your chiseled jawline?

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How Would You Describe Your Personality?

Personality is reflected in your personal style and hair is an extension of that. Think: Anna Wintour's signature power bob or Gwyneth Paltrow' s long silky strands. What do you want your hair to say about you? 

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Listen to Your Gut

Choosing a hairstyle based on the cuts you are drawn to is a great rule of thumb because if you feel amazing in your hairstyle, that confidence will radiate outward, drawing people to you.

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Your Lifestyle Plays a Factor Too

Believe it or not, short hair can be high maintenance, mainly because you have to get it cut every four to six weeks.

If you are the wash-and-go type, then you should pick a hairstyle that will air dry beautifully. If you like to primp, then consider a hairstyle that's versatile and can be curled, worn wavy or flat-ironed straight. If you're a busy mom or live in a hot climate, a ponytail will be your best friend.

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