Unless you’ve been on the Moon for this year, you must have noticed a trend in hair styles away from long hair and towards bobs, shags and pixie cuts. You can see it on the red carpets and on the runways, in the malls and the parks. Perhaps it’s a rebellion or a backlash against season after season of extensions, andlush lustrous lioness-maned starlets. Or perhaps it’s a conspiracy by hair stylists getting paid by the snip! It seems that the Anne Hathaway look has taken over Hollywood. So what about you?
The first law of getting a short hair cut is… Don’t cut it too short- at least to begin with. Start off with a bob and see how that suits you, then if you want you can go shorter still. Going shorter in stages is a safer way than starting off with a radical short cut, not liking it, and then having to wait weeks or months for your hair to grow back again!
There is a way to commit to a shorter hair style, while keeping a sort of insurance policy- keep your hair longer on to. Because then you can sweep your hair to the side, part it in the centre, create waves or simply pull it back. It enables you to be versatile with your short hair and do more things with it. It will also help you look good by compensating for a square jaw or round face.
If you think you may have unruly hair, or colour changes that were masked when you had long hair, then you may want to consider a keratin treatment before going short for more control. Combined with this is the issue of colour. Going to short hair is likely to alter your colour if you have highlights. Be wary of getting highlights at the bottom of a pixie cut- they can look a bit stark and clunky. If you don’t know what a pixie cut is, see below.
You should also visit your hairdressing salon just as often, if not more often than you did when you had long hair. Short hair needs a lot of maintenance if you want to keep it in tip-top shape.
Finally you’ll want to experiment with make-up. Because more of your face is on show, you may feel tempted to go for more make-up. But just try one or two things different, at least to start with. Perhaps a new vibrant lip gloss and a different eye make-up to your usual preference.
For those that want some clarification, a pixie cut is a short hairstyle worn by women, generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday in the late 1950s; she probably sported the first ever pixie cut. Later on we had Twiggy and Mia Farrow with that style too. Generally pixie cuts are pretty easy to maintain and sustain and look good all year round.