PERSONAL STYLING ADVICE: DO SHORT HAIR SUIT YOU?

The new hairstyle trend is clear : short cuts!

I myself am a "victim" of this new trend! I couldn't resist, I cut my hair just few days ago, after years of high maintenance long hair I said "let's cut"! The sensation of lightness and freedom after that is incredible! Yet it wasn't easy to take such a decision.. before going for a "bold" cut you must find a good hairdresser, someone you really trust in, then you need to find the best cut for you 'cause the wrong one would make you regret your decision in an instant! 

So, how to determine if short hair suit you? And, in case, which cut is better for you? Well, there are some general "rules" to know that might help your choice, apart from your personal style and taste, that depends on your face shape, shoulder line and hair texture. 

The first rule to know is something about math, applied to beauty of course! It is called the 2.25" rule and it was invented by Giles Robinson, Senior Stylist at John Frieda Salons UK and International Training Director of Color Wow. This simple measurement will indicates whether a face is suited to short or long hair through the help of a ruler and a pencil! Just place a ruler under your ear, vertically, and a pencil under your chin, horizontally, then check the measurements from the intersection of the pencil and the ruler. If it's less than 2.25" (or 5.5 cm) it means that a short haircut will be perfect for you! If it's anything more, maybe you will have to change your mind and leave your hair long.

 

But that's not all! Here are some other useful rules and tips :

FACE SHAPE :  

the oval face shape is the best one for short hair, basically good with every kind of haircut.

 Charlize Therone is an example of oval face shape

Charlize Therone is an example of oval face shape

Oblong face should instead be aware of haircuts that add volume on top and create vertical illusions, like the so called "spike" hairstyle; they should opt instead for haircuts that add volume on the sides, in order to create balance; the best hairstyle for oblong face are bobbed hair and possibly wavy or curly.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian are two perfect examples of oblong face shape.

On the contrary rounded face should create vertical illusions through their hair, adding volume on top, and go for a tuft or a long fringe

 Michelle Williams has a quite rounded face and she is perfect with this haircut

Michelle Williams has a quite rounded face and she is perfect with this haircut

The pixie haircut are instead better for triangular or diamond shaped faces

Victoria Beckham and Scarlett Johansson are two perfect examples of diamond face shape, which are good with a pixie haircut.

SHOULDER, NECK AND JAWS : 

You must be aware that when you go for a short haircut your face frame become more visible, as well as any eventual defect! So, if you think your neck, shoulder and jaws (or at least two of them) are not well balanced maybe it's better to leave your hair longer.

 Jennifer Lawrence is a good example of perfect proportions between shoulder, neck and jaws. 

Jennifer Lawrence is a good example of perfect proportions between shoulder, neck and jaws. 

BODY PROPORTIONS :

Your body proportions may affect your hairstyle choices as well. Pixie haircuts, for instance, are surely good for petit women, 'cause they tend to elongate, while they could be a risk for tall women, unless they are extremely proportioned; as for triangles women (hips wider than shoulder) or the inverted triangles (shoulder wider than hips) they must be aware that in both the cases a very short haircut could highlight their unbalance.

 Emma Watson (165 cm H) and her pixie haircut that elongates her figure

Emma Watson (165 cm H) and her pixie haircut that elongates her figure

CURLY or THIN HAIR?

Despite the opinion of some hairdressers, I believe that even curly-hair women can dare a short cut! Obviously the hairdresser choice is fundamental, they must be specialists in curly hair; but with the right hand and the right cut even curly-women can change their look and get an amazing short cut.

 Rihanna with a short curly haircut

Rihanna with a short curly haircut

As for women with smooth and thin hair, there is no problem at all in doing a short haircut, that would add the volume and the movement they need, unless it is an extremely layered cut.

Here below other celebrities with different short haircuts. From top left : Robin Wright; Sharon Stone; Anne Hataway; Alle Berry; Cate Blachett; Pink; Emma Willis; Kirsten Stewart.

So, in the end, did you find out if and what short cut would suit you?