Today, we're talking about having short hair and how to prepare for the short hair lifestyle. Cutting your hair is a huge decision, but overall can be the most beneficial. This can be a hard decision, however your life isn't over because of your big chop. Whether it's a maintenance issue or your hair is fried and you need some change, these are the 5 ways to determine if you are ready for short hair.
Let's start by defining short hair. As a stylist, I'd consider my short hair clients to be anyone with hair shoulder length or above. If you're the kind of person who has always had long hair or is scared of chopping your locks, I have 5 steps to determine if you're ready for short hair.
#1 Know that your hair doesn't define you:
Although your hair is a huge part of who you are, you are not your hair. The most important step is self love. If you have a mindset going into your haircut of "oh my gosh, I'm chopping off my hair. I won't have hair", you're going to freak yourself out and this can overall lower your confidence. Hair grows back, whether it's a chop or a trim. A good haircut can help boost your confidence in so many ways if you allow it to. Having less maintenance, getting ready for your day, less tangles, and not having to put your hair in the same messy bun everyday can change your schedule and make your feel more put together.
#2 You can still style your hair:
I had a guest who cut off 7 inches of her hair. It started to get mated, tangled up all the time, and weighted. After her cut, she wasn't too sure about it. "How am I supposed to style my hair?" Is the most commonly asked question from my short haired guests. Unfortunately, hair tutorials on sites like YouTube can be hard to follow and difficult to achieve on your own. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for easy, everyday styles. If you happen to find a picture online and want to try it out, give it go. You never know what looks good until you try it. My personal favorite short hair style is the half up/down bun. It's super simple, and keeps your hair out of your face all day.
#3 Faster styling time:
Having short hair has so many perks. Drying and styling times are less because you're working with a smaller canvas. Personally, I have had my hair go from down to my belly button and as short as my chin. Working with shorter hair is less hassle, time efficient, and easier when you're on the go. Both curling and straightening takes less time. If you still aren't ready for short hair, take a moment to think of how much time is spent styling your hair. Now, cut that time in half. It used to take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours depending on the style. Compared to having shorter hair where it takes about an hour or less.
#4 split ends who?:
While having long hair is nice, split ends can cause more breakage. This occurs when the split end continues to split up the hair shaft until it snaps off. This causes breakage through your hair. Cutting or trimming your hair helps stop the split end from traveling and helps your ends stay smooth and healthy. If you used heat on your hair, this may cause dryness from time to time or cause new split ends. Following up from your haircut, it's always important to have a good hair routine to keep your hair nice and healthy.
#5 The 4 to 8 week rule:
If you're still aren't ready for having short hair, it is important to keep up with trims. This time frame can vary depending on how fast your hair grows and when you regularly get it cut. Trims are recommended every 4 to 8 weeks. Contrary to popular belief, this will help your hair grow. Trimming your ends eliminates the chance of the split breaking your hair off.
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