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Ready for a Big Cut? Questions to Ask Before Trimming Those Tresses

It’s almost impossible to look at pictures of Hollywood starlets with cute bobs and think, “I should cut off all my hair.”  Hell, even Miley’s pseudo mohawk had many of us contemplating grabbing the razor.  Before making either a fantastic decision or a disastrous one, ask yourself the following:

Will I miss having a ponytail?

Short hair means no more cute braids, no more messy buns.  If you’re OK with that, rock on.  If it gives you pause, you might go nuts without your long locks.

Can my hair handle the cut?

Take an honest look at your hair.  Some hair types are just meant for longer hair.  For example, if your hair starts curling at the root, keep in mind how that will translate when you hack off a foot of weight.

Can my face handle the cut?

Certain face shapes go better with certain styles.  For example, uber-short cuts like a pixie go best with round face shapes.  If you have a square face, you should avoid a sharp, angled cut like a bob.  Women with oval faces are the luckiest – their shape goes with just about any cut.  When in doubt, talk to a stylist about your face shape and what will look best on you.

Can my neck handle the cut?

For those of you with beautiful, slender necks, you may not understand this question.  Move on to the next one.  For the rest of us, we know some people simply aren’t comfortable baring our necklines.  Consider that if you go short, your hair will no longer hide your neck.

Can I handle the cut?

Short hair is very high-maintenance.  Remember, if you have a bad hair day, a ponytail can no longer save you.  You will have to spend time in the morning – every morning – styling it.

Do I trust my stylist?

If you are cutting off a substantial amount of hair, do NOT go to any place that advertises $10 haircuts.  If you don’t have a regular stylist, ask your friends with short hair where they go and book an appointment.  Then, make sure the person cutting your hair knows exactly what you want, leaving nothing to interpretation.

Can I go a little at a time?

A drastic cut can be an exciting change, but if you have hesitations, remember that you can always cut off more.  Try a few inches at a time. Jump to shoulder length with some layers.  If you are comfortable there, go a little shorter.  Yes, it might cost you a bit more, but it also might keep you from a haircut you would regret.