Sometimes you just need a change. With fall in full swing, and the nights getting longer, it can make you feel like you need to do something different, something exciting. Maybe you want a bold, fresh look? Or a new start? One way to have some change is to go from long hair to short hair.
Whatever reason you have for wanting to cut your hair, it can be a rejuvenating experience. It’s also a commitment, so knowing what to expect when you cut your hair short is important to make sure you’re certain, and then you can dive into something new with confidence.
Will people recognize you with the new hair cut? Not only do you get to explore another range of style options with this fresh look, but also reveal more of your face, which could feel different in how you present yourself to the world. Ok, you’re ready to rock it, but it’s still change, so there are things to consider before making the choice to cut your hair.
Compared to long hair, short hair is easier to wash and dry, and it uses less hair product. Yet short hair does require more styling than long hair, which can have a more relaxed styling routine (like ponytails and messy buns). Short hair also needs regular appointments to keep the shape of the style, or, if you decide that it isn’t for you, to grow it out again.
How would short hair look on you? Which style should you get? Consider face shape and hair texture to see if short hair would suit you, but the truth is that it’s your hair, so do what you want! There are lots of pictures to get ideas of styles and trends. Having a clear picture of what you want will help you and your stylist to achieve your vision.
Does your hair need a reboot? If you feel that your hair is distressed and damaged beyond the point of return, it could be time for a new start. By cutting it in steps, it’ll make the length transition gradual and easier to accept. Or, you can be brave and just say, “chop it off!”
If you decide to cut your long hair short in one step, consider donating it to the Cancer Society to help people who have lost hair as a result of treatment. Hair donated to make wigs needs to be at least 8 inches (20.32 cm) in length, cut above a ponytail, and not chemically treated.
Until the scissors make the first cut, you might not realize how attached you are to your long locks. Be prepared for mixed emotions. There may be memories associated with it, especially the time it took for your hair to grow. Sometimes this is exactly why people want to cut it– to symbolically let go of the past and begin again. The anticipation of freshly cut, super healthy hair, and having a whole new world of style to explore (and new memories to make) can be very exciting and uplifting.
Cutting your hair is a personal choice and it can be a refreshing change. No matter what anyone says, remember that it’s your hair. Think it over, and if it feels good, go for it!