You’ve rolled the idea around your head for months and finally decided to take the plunge. You’re going short! Not kind of short, you’re going SHORT. You’ve contemplated different kinds of pixie and bob, figured out your facial shape, and spent hours trawling the best beauty advice sites. You’ve never been so prepared in your entire life.
Congratulations on the awesome life choice, we doubt you’ll be disappointed. Even if you are, it’ll grow out in approximately half a year or less. Before you actually make the giant leap, there are several ways to prepare yourself and loved ones.
It’s amusing to surprise people but it isn’t always a welcome revelation for friends and family. Sometimes parents, partners, and spouses need warming to the thought of pixie haircuts. Especially boyfriends, most guys prefer women with longer tresses or think they do. Although it’s your body, it’s nice to give people adequate warning. Show them photographs of examples under consideration, or even start with subtle hints. It might take them a while to accept the idea, so it’s wise to introduce the possibility a month or two beforehand, especially if you’re cutting lots off.
Social media’s your friend, don’t hesitate to post Facebook statuses letting everyone know it’s happening. If it’s less of a shock, it’s possible they’ll react in a positive manner. When you go through a massive change, you want all the motivation available.
Consider what you’ll do with your leftover locks. Have in excess of 8 inches, undyed hair? Donate to a wig charity (explanation here). An incredible and selfless act that does nothing except do someone in need a kindness. On the topic of wigs, try some on to get used to a crop, you usually have to visit a costume shop, real wig shops are a little too serious.
Give our makeover utility a shot, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how things will turn out when the deed’s done. Upload your photograph and test the hundreds of possibilities and print or save to file your favorites, totally free of charge.
Finally, make sure you’re prepared! Having real doubts? Remember you can always go under the scissors another day, worst case scenario you’ve saved money. Advance in gradual increments. Hair down to your waist? Take a couple more inches off than usual, then mid-length, shoulder-length, etc. Enjoy the experimentation, because pretty soon those options will have evaporated, and you’re left with a brand new adventure instead!
You finally get the big cut, and it turns out different to your expectations. Other times, it’s a rushed decision and now have regrets. Sometimes, you realize only once it’s done that you don’t like it short as much as expected.
The unfortunate truth is, occasionally new haircuts don’t always turn out well. Keeping your hair pretty long gives ways to hide this. Who hasn’t said, “I’ll be wearing ponytails for the next couple months,” after a trim?
It’s a little tougher with a crop.
Pin it up with bobby pins for a new shape. Play around with ideas, wearing it in several different ways, a faux ponytail is worth considering at least. Run gel through and try spikes. Attract the eye to other places, cool necklaces, unique earrings, and bright colors often do the trick. Fit in with your workplace environment and fashion choices, of course, or everything will end up unkempt and disorganized.
Hats and shawls work well, especially with a new haircut, hats could lead you in a fresh fashion direction. Avoid knee-jerk reactions, running to another salon and having them hack away with no preparation will not repair the situation. Don’t throw in the towel, you’ve arrived so you might as well explore a while, give short another chance.