Here's Everything You Should Consider Before Chopping Your Hair

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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 waiting for your hair to grow back, a bad hair cut can be extremely frustrating. Sure, a short hair length is super on-trend, but it's not for everyone. Read on for six tips to use as your hair length guide, so you can make the chop with confidence.

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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. Generally, certain cuts are more flattering than others for each face shape. While this isn't a deal-breaker, it can help you narrow down your options. Is it round, long, square, or heart-shaped? For instance, are there cuts that would show off your chiseled jawline? Take your favorite features into account!

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Take Texture into Account

Is your hair fine, thick, or coarse? Is it straight, wavy, or curly? To score a haircut that won't be high maintenance or one that immediately falls flat, talk to your hairstylist to determine to best hair length for your natural texture. 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. That said, too many layers can thin out your 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, which tend to soften your look. 
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Think About Your Personality

Like it or not, personality is reflected in your personal style and your hair is an extension of that. Think about Anna Wintour's signature power bob and Gwyneth Paltrow' s long silky strands. What do you want your hair to say about you? 

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Wig It, Don't Wing It

When in doubt, test it out! A great way to determine which hair length is best for you is to try on a wig. This will give you the most accurate ideal of what your short strands will look like, and hopefully make it clear if your short hair dreams should be made a reality.

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.

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Stay True to Your Lifestyle

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're the wash-and-go type, then you should pick a hairstyle that will air dry beautifully. If you like to style your strands, then consider a hairstyle that's versatile and can be worn curly, wavy, or straight. If you're a busy mom or live in a hot climate, a hair length that can be thrown into a ponytail or swept back with a headband will be your best friend.

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Listen to Your Gut

At the end of the day, go with your gut. Choosing a hairstyle based on the cuts you are drawn to is a great rule of thumb. After all, if you feel amazing in your hairstyle, that confidence will radiate outward. Beauty shines from within!

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