It’s hard to resist the idea of short hair, especially with spring approaching. The warmer weather might have you itching to cut off your long and heavy locks for a fresh look, particularly because the long bob (lob) is so popular! Before you call your stylist and take the plunge, here are a few things you should know about short hair.
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Your curl pattern will change
Shorter hair is lighter, so your curls won’t be as relaxed and weighed down as they were before you chopped your hair off. Your curls will, more than likely, be more defined and tighter. The perfect example of this is Naptural85. If you observe the progression of Naptural85's hair growth from when she big chopped until now, the longer her hair gets, the looser her curls appears to be. This is due to the combination of the weight of her hair and stretching with twists or Curlformers.
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Remember, it’s just hair
When I decided to cut off ten inches my hair for Locks of Love, my stylist was incredibly nervous. He asked, “Are you going to cry in my salon?” but I don’t have any sort of emotional attachment to my hair, but many women do. If you are one of those women, chopping off a significant amount of hair can be scary. But sometimes, change can be good and if you never cut your hair short, you might always wonder what it could have looked like. Maybe you’ll love it. Maybe you’ll hate it. Either way, your hair will grow back.
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You’ll use less shampoo and conditioner...
which means that you’ll spend less money on shampoo and conditioner! This can be helpful because…
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You might need to change your styling products
Because your curl pattern is changing, the same products that worked on your long hair may not work on your short hair. Use the money that you’re saving on shampoo and conditioner to try a few new products.
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You’ll spend less time styling your hair
My hair tends to dry very slowly when it is long, which means that I have to plan ahead when I want to wash and style it for a night out. But when it’s short, a quick towel dry is all I need before scrunching some product in my hair. Then, I let my hair air dry before I leave for the night, which is always quicker with shorter hair.
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Bad hair day? Time to find a new style
You won’t be able to rely on the same ponytail or twisted bun to manage your unruly hair. Be ready to either a) commit to styling your hair every day or b) find a new, short-hair ponytail for those bad (or just lazy) hair days.
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