There’s something incredibly cathartic about chopping off your locks. Maybe it’s the thrill (and slight terror) you feel when your ponytails fall to the ground in one swift snip. Maybe it’s the fact that you suddenly feel that much cooler strolling down the street with your daring new ‘do. But how are you supposed to know if you’re really ready to rock a shorter style, or if it’s just a passing whim brought on after seeing pictures of Emma Watson’s pixie, circa 2010?
We asked Edward Tricomi, celeb hairstylist and co-founder of Warren-Tricomi salons in NYC, for his thoughts. “Deciding to go short is a really personal decision that should not be done spur-of-the-moment, [since most] women tend to be very particular about their hair,” he says. He recommends asking your hairstylist and yourself a couple of key questions to make sure you won’t regret your chop later.
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“If you are thinking about making the cut, I highly recommend talking to your stylist in-depth, and asking what they believe would be the best cut for you,” Tricomi says. Since some cuts are more flattering on certain face shapes than others, do your research before you walk into your appointment and always ask your hairstylist for feedback when you bring in ideas.
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Here’s a thought—your haircolor and bangs can impact how flattering your short cut is. Bangs especially play a huge factor—if you’re determined to keep them, make sure to consult with your stylist to find the best cut to work around them.
Just because a cropped cut looks amazing on Beyoncé or Lily Collins doesn’t mean their “I woke up like this” style will translate directly to your own locks. Talk to your hairdresser about your hair’s natural texture and how it looks sans product—the more they know, the better they’ll be able to create a short cut that works with your hair type.
As much as we all wish our mastery of hair rivaled our stylist’s, the reality is usually far from that. Tricomi recommends asking yourself if you’ll really be able to learn how to style your new shorter ‘do. Some cuts take more maintenance and styling than others, so be honest with yourself and decide how much effort you really want to make with your hair every morning.
Another question to ask yourself—are you confident in your ability to pull off a shorter look? “While a shorter cut can really amp up your style factor, it can actually become an insecurity if not enough thought is put into it,” Tricomi warns. Take some time to ask yourself how you’ll feel with a shorter ‘do. Does the thought excite you? Scare you? Thrill you? Be honest with yourself and figure that out before getting snip-happy.
Going short is not an all-or-nothing decision—you can still completely change up your look without resorting to a full-on pixie. If you’re nervous or have never gone short before, why not ease into it with a choppy bob, or chin-grazing layers? Ask yourself how daring you want your everyday ‘do to be, and keep that in mind when requesting your cut.
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