A Short Hair Cut: Make a Statement
A short hair cut will tell the world you mean business. It is assertive, confident, glamorous, and most of all stylish. Find out how to make a short hair cut work best for you.
People perceive women wearing tousled short hair cuts (think Meg Ryan and Sharon Stone) to be confident and outgoing according to the First Impressions and Hair Impressions study carried out at Yale University by Dr Marianne La France.
Is a short hair cut for you? If you thrive on change you probably have a short hair cut already, if not — remember this — your hair will always grow back!Things to consider
The most important thing to consider with a short hair cut is the upkeep. Short hair needs to be trimmed every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking its best.
Take some time to consider which short hair cut will best suit you. It's very helpful to determine your face shape before choosing a new short style. Oval or heart-shaped faces suit most short looks, while round and square faces may require longer pieces in back or wisps around the face.
When you're planning your new cut, you should choose your hairdresser wisely. Be prepared to invest a little more money, as there is no disguising a bad cut - especially a short one. Having said that, if you're happy with your current stylist they have a big advantage: they know your hair.
Before you have your cut, book a consultation. Most salons offer these for free and there are obligation-free. If you have the time, have the consultation a few days before your hair cut. This will give you time to think about the advice the stylist gives to you, and for you to appraise whether or not the stylist is on the same wavelength as you.
Creating the appearance of more texture in your hair is a key part of current short hair cuts. Make sure your hairstylist is current with the latest razor techniques.
A good hair stylist will also spend time showing you how to maintain your new style and how to maintain your new textured effect with hair products at home. Ask them for advice on what products to use and what techniques you should use for blow drying. Ask them what brush (if any) you should use and what settings to have the dryer on. See to our styling techniques page for more detail.
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