Is everything else in your life stable?
I understand the instinct to chop your hair off right after a breakup or other major life change. But as nice as it is to start fresh, you’re also more likely to make a rash decision you’ll regret. So if you’re considering making a big change to your look, try to do it when everything else in your life is status quo. I waited until several weeks after my wedding to cut my hair, so that I knew I really wanted the cut and it wasn’t just about making another dramatic change.
Can you take it slow?
When I told my hairstylist Kristin Ess that I wanted a bob, she literally refused to cut it. Instead, she suggested I cut a little bit off first and get used to playing with my new texture and length before really going for it. She cut my hair three weeks in a row, taking it from a lob to a true bob. If you think you want a bob, I definitely recommend trying a lob first and seeing how you like it. It really does make the transition a lot easier and also gives you a chance to change your mind.
Are you prepared for high maintenance?
It’s a big misconception that shorter hair is easier to care for. Yes, you might save a little time shampooing. But it takes more time to style shorter hair, and you will also have to get more frequent trims (every 4-6 weeks) to maintain your short cut. Now that my hair is short, my go-to ballerina bun is no longer an option and I have to actually style it every single day.
If you answered yes to all three questions, then you are ready for a short haircut!
I know it seems silly to put so much thought into getting a haircut, but as anyone who has ever had a bad haircut knows, it’s best to really be sure about these things!
Are you considering cutting your hair?
I hope my advice helped!
P.S. If you do end up hating your haircut, all is not lost… Here’s how to make your hair grow faster.