Audrey Hepburn was the pin-up girl for short hair. Photo: AFP
Audrey Hepburn was the pin-up girl for short hair. Photo: AFP

STYLEwise: Chop to it in the hair department

WORKING up the courage to finally get that shorter haircut you've been lusting over for a while can be quite confronting.

While we always love to see our clients request a fresh, new do, there are a few things we would want them to know before committing to a short cut.

Some of the most important things we look at when helping our clients choose a new do are: Will it fit my face shape? Will I be able to do it? How much maintenance will it need, in other words how quickly will I need to spend money on it again?

Here are some answers to take into consideration before you go shorter:

Texture

Always think about the texture of your hair when going in for a cut: "Coarse or curly hair can be difficult to style at a shorter length. Once length and weight come off, frizzy short and unmanageable may be on the menu.

When it comes to our straight, fine textured tresses layers are a girl's best friend, body and movement are non existent in flat lifeless hair.

Face shape

The shape of a cut can (positively or negatively) alter the balance of your face so it's literally best to consider it from all angles. When cutting layers around the face, start a little longer for safety then slowly trim off more once you see how the hair sits.

Face shape and balance are, in my opinion, the first thing your stylist should consider.

TAKE THE PLUNGE: Shorter hair is appealing as we approach the warmer months but make sure you choose a style that suits your face shape and lifestyle. Photo: Getty Images
TAKE THE PLUNGE: Shorter hair is appealing as we approach the warmer months but make sure you choose a style that suits your face shape and lifestyle. Photo: Getty Images

What face is that?

Round: To lengthen your face, opt for long layers or try a lob that lands on the shoulders. Side swept fringes are perfect also. Short, blunt cuts can shorten and widen the face.

Square: Try a mid-length haircut and soften the angles of your face with again a long, side-swept fringe and rounded edges.

Oval: The most versatile of all, oval faces can pull off anything from the classic pixie to long hair with a centre part. Feel free to experiment with all lengths or layers, any part is the right part and fringe or no fringe - the options are yours.

Test drive

Take your chosen look for a test drive before fully committing, adding layers or a fringe can be the perfect way to begin experimenting with a shorter fresher look.

Know Your (Time) Limits

Always look for styles that work with your natural texture. If you're an active person that requires hair to be out of your face then ponytails and topknots are an option you won't want to forgo so mid to long hair lengths are probably the more convenient way to go.

But if you do want to opt for a short pixie type hair style make sure you make an appointment every 4-6 weeks to keep your look short sharp and versatile.

Last but not least, if you do have your heart set on a style but you're not sure if it is right for you, ask your stylist to modify it to suit.

You may even find you like it better.



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