Cream of the crop: why you should get a short haircut if you want one

/ 07.31.2014
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Have you been um-ing an ah-ing over the decision to get a short cut for what feels like forever? Is the lure of the always-on-trend pixie cut something you're acutely aware of? Has dealing with a long mop started to feel like a chore? If you can answer any of these questions with a resounding yes, it's quite possible that you should stop thinking about getting a short haircut and just go for it. Seriously. Just book the appointment and don't look back.

Of course, you should get to know what will, on a practical level, work best with your hair's natural texture and your face shape but other than that, the only decent way to find out if it's a good idea is to make the cut. Sure, photo-editing software can give you a vague idea of what the end result will look like but there's just no substitute for the real thing.

The problem is, however, that it's flat out terrifying to make such a huge change.

To help reduce the fear of the (as yet) unknown, we've put together a few of the absolute best reasons to get a short haircut. So take a deep breath, scroll through and think of the savings you could make on shampoo.

1. You will save time

Short hair has a reputation for being easier to deal with than longer cuts. While this isn't strictly true in relation to trims, straightening and ultra-polished night out 'dos, it's very true when you're talking about washing, drying and general day-to-day styling time. While it all comes down to your hair's natural state, it won't tangle as much and it will air-dry in no time.

2. Shedding is less of an issue

When you shed long hair, it's all big and obvious and it gets everywhere. With shorter strands, it's not as visible. Depending on how much you enjoy vacuuming, this might be something to seriously think about.

3. Bold makeup and lots of it

With shorter hair, dressing up involves more bold lip colors and smoky eye makeup than when you have longer locks. After all, you can't dazzle everyone with a super intricate braided updo so a big, beautiful smile will just have to do. Without a curtain of hair to hide behind, you're more likely to feel and look confident (or at least fake it 'til you make it).

4. You really will spend less on products...

Less hair = less product. Basic physics, people.

5. ... but you'll get some really great ones

You'll learn what you do and don't like when it comes to styling products and you'll probably find a favorite that you'll return to time and time again. Versatility is key so try something like L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum that won't set hard and can be used to achieve all kinds of styles and textures.

6. Hair always grows back

Even if you decide you don't like your hair short, it will grow back. Like all things, haircuts aren't eternal and you will figure out how to make the best of it. If you're really worried about this happening to you though, try working your way up to a short style by getting a shoulder skimming bob first or trying out some updos that make your hair appear shorter.

All you really have to remember is that it's your hair, your way, and if you want to cut it short then you absolutely should!

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