Switching It Up
Cutting your hair is a big step and causes a noticeable difference in your appearance.
So it’s only right to make sure you have the perfect cut in mind before making your way to the salon. No matter what haircut you desire, it will just look good if YOU are confident enough in yourself to rock the cut.
By the end of this article, if you are thinking about cutting your hair, you will know the exact style that will work best for you and what cut will give you the best confidence.
What to Consider Before Cutting Your Hair
Make sure its the right time
You want to cut your hair when you feel comfortable.
Don’t cut your hair when there is a drastic change in your life such as a breakup or when you get some bad news. You may not want to cut it at a time like that. Cutting your hair may be used as a coping mechanism which isn’t the best decision.
Cut your hair when you’re in a good mood and feel great about yourself.
Think about your hair texture
You want to consider your hair texture when cutting your hair. No matter the texture you can do any cut, but placement is the most important thing. Whether you have tight coils, loose coils, or straight hair balance is the key to making your cut look just right.
Try adding some color
This is a great way to make your hair pop even more. It’s a fun way to keep your hair edgy and cute. Changing the color entirely or adding some highlights to make it pop is something you should consider.
Bring realistic references
When going to the hair salon if you want exact results its best to bring a reference.
Your hairdresser may not understand the type of cut you want just by telling them and may do something completely different. It is also essential to have a realistic reference. That means to bring in a picture of a haircut that is doable.
And look for references that align with your hair type.
Your hair won’t grow overnight
This is the reason I emphasize that you make sure cutting your hair is something you want to do.
If you cut your hair and you don’t like it, your hair may take awhile to get to the length you desire. Hair growth is a long process and takes a lot of patience. Make sure you get a cut you enjoy if you know you will want your hair to grow back soon.
Try a short wig
If you realize you are not ready to take this big step, you can always wear a wig until you are comfortable enough to cut your hair. You can also use a wig as a way for you to visualize the cut and see if its a change you are ready to make.
Short Hair Care
When you cut your hair, there are different ways to care for it to keep it in tip-top shape. Long and short hair routines are not the same. Here are some hair care tips that may be helpful for you.
Use fewer hair products – Having shorter hair means using less hair product. You want to make sure you don’t weigh down your hair with different kinds of serums and treatments that aren’t necessary.
Spritz your hair
This isn’t a necessary step, but if you want to give your hair more volume a great way to do that is to spritz it with water and tease it. This method works well with style such as a bob.
Take care of your ends
Remember to treat your terms with special care. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and need extra attention. Remember to moisturize them frequently and keep away excessive heat.
Condition your hair regularly
This step never changes. Your hair continually needs moisture, and the best way to do that is to deep condition your hair often.
Be careful with your heating tools
When using a blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc., you want to be very cautious of your hair. This step is necessary whether or not your hair is short. You want to keep your hair as healthy as possible if you are looking to grow it back.
Go for regular trims and hair maintenance
You want to make sure your ends are being trimmed to keep your hair healthy. Go to the hairdresser to cut your hair when needed. But don’t overdo it.
Finding The Right Cut for Your Head Shape
Although you can sport any cut you want, there are unique looks the flatter your specific head shape. Many tips can help you find the best cut for your head shape, but first, you need to find out what your shape is.
Figure out the fullest part of your face
- If your forehead is the fullest part of your face, with a narrower jaw, you most likely have a heart-shaped or inverted triangle shape.
- You most likely have an oval or round shape if your cheekbones are the fullest part.
- If your jaw is the fullest part of your face and you have a narrower forehead, you most likely have a pear-shaped face.
How is your jaw shaped?
- If you have around the jaw, then you most likely have a round head shape.
- If your chin is pointy, and your cheekbones are the fullest part of your face, you have the unique diamond shape.
- You have a square-shaped face if you have a square jaw.
How long is your face?
- If you have a short face, with equal length and width with a rounded jaw, then you have a round face shape.
- If you have an average face shape, with your face being slightly longer than it is full, then you have an oval face shape.
- For a long face shape with your face noticeably more extended than it is full.
Do you have a widow’s peak?
- If yes, and your forehead and cheekbones are the fullest part of your face, then you have a heart shape.
- If no, and you have a pointy chin, and your forehead is the fullest part of your face, then you have an inverted triangle shape.
Hairstyles for Your Face Shape
Round face shape:
Haircuts that work great for a round face shape are the shaggy bob, the fauxhawk, the short bob with side swept bangs, big swoop bangs and voluminous waves.
Oval face shape:
Haircuts that work well with an oval face shape include: bangs, textured bobs, side-swept bangs, a pixie with bangs, and a face-framing bob.
Heart face shape:
Styles that look great with a heart face shape are the “lob,” blunt wispy bangs, loose waves, face-framing layers, and the sleek crop.
Inverted triangle shape:
Cuts that work with the inverted triangle shape are the posh bob, the long fringed bob, the side bang bob, the sleek pixie, and the fresh cut.
Haircuts that look stunning with the diamond shape are the chin length bob, deep side part, medium bangs, tousled waves, and layers.
Haircuts that look good with a long face shape include the curly short bob, classic long bob, thick side swept bangs, simple short bob, and the wavy mid-length bob.
Now it’s time to talk about length. Just because you are cutting your hair, it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a shortcut. There are many different styles you can choose from without making a drastic change.
Doing a medium cut is excellent for people who want to switch things up a bit but don’t want a massive change. Hairstyles that work great for this is the “lob,” layers, a sleek shag, framing shoulder cut, and the princess cut.
Do You Want to Try Something Different?
Cutting your hair is a significant commitment, but if it is something you want to do, it is worth it.
There are so many different styles you can choose for your hair. You can start by doing something subtle or go all in and do a very short cut. All that matters is that you do a cut that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
Also remember, hair is a slow growing process, so don’t just cut your hair on a whim. Know why you want to cut it before you do it. Make sure you go to a professional that knows what they are doing and make the style you make the style you desire clear so that you can get the exact look you want. And remember to have fun!
Try different short wigs and figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Trust the process. And good luck.