Six questions to ask before cropping your hair

According to a study, a woman will have 104 different hairstyles during her lifetime. This sounds a lot but in reality it isn’t much of a surprise – just like clothes, we might change our hair to follow trends, adapt to our lifestyle, reflect a new attitude, or to mark a new chapter of our life – post-breakup haircut anyone?

But another big reason for changing your hair can be age. In the same study, 12% said they changed styles because they were getting too old to carry off their look. And, indeed, a lot of women go for the chop as they age because of the so-called rule that older women shouldn’t have long hair.

But as with all style rules, they don’t work for everyone. Yes hair does thin as you get older, so straight long hair can look lifeless. But that doesn’t mean you have to do anything drastic and cut it short. Your age should never be the deciding factor behind a haircut – you should also consider your face shape, lifestyle and, more importantly, what cut will actually make you feel good.

You may decide it’s time for a more grown up look, and a short style might just offer that. But it’s vital you feel happy with it and you’re not just doing it because society says it’s the right thing to do. Because if your hair isn’t right for you, your confidence will drop.

So if you’re considering going for the chop, here are some good questions to ask yourself first:

  1. What are the real reasons you want to cut your hair?
  2. What image are you wanting to portray?
  3. Will the short hair suit your lifestyle? It generally requires more styling and investing in products
  4. Are you happy to wear more make-up? A lot of women with shorter hair tend to do so for a more feminine look
  5. How will the cut fit in with your wardrobe? Be prepared to find that certain pieces just won’t work anymore as they clash with your hair.
  6. Will you want to change the colour, too? Highlights can look fab in short hair.
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After considering these points, if you’ve decided going in for the chop is right for you, make sure to look around for inspiration before heading to the hairdresser. Look on Pinterest for ideas, or at celebrities with a similar facial shape and hair texture to yours.

Once you’ve narrowed down your favourite styles to two or three, take them with you to the hairdresser and have a chat about them with your stylist. It’s much better than taking along one picture and saying you want that exact cut because your stylist may be able to advise better.

And by offering a few options, they will get a better idea of what you like and can choose a style that really works. Even better, if you take along a couple of pictures of styles you really dislike, it can help them steer clear of them.

So if you’re considering going short, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, and keep an open mind as to what style might suit you best. That way you’ll find the perfect cut that makes you feel great and reflects who you are today.

About Jacynth Bassett

I'm the founder of the-Bias-Cut - Shopping With Attitude Where Ageism Is Never In Style. Swiftly becoming recognised as one of the UK’s leading pioneers of style at every age, I have written on the topic for The Guardian online, The Huffington Post and have contributed to an internationally published book. I also regularly speak on panels and podcasts, am a ViewVo accredited business mentor, and the weekly ‘Style Advisor’ for The Menopause Room. In my spare time, I love to dance, specialising in hip-hop, and to dine out with family and friends.