The Big Chop or Just a Trim: Choosing the Right Haircut

How to Pick a Haircut That Works For You

We know how it goes: you see an actress sporting a striking pixie cut, or a coworker rocking a new power-bob, and you find yourself overcome with the desire for a daring, drastic change. We all get hair envy sometimes, but with that urge also comes fear. What if you hate it? What if everyone else hates it? An otherwise lovely haircut can be disastrous under the wrong circumstances, but with these tips, you can have great hair without the regret.

The Big Chop or Just a Trim: Choosing the Right Haircut

Before You Commit

  • Take your time! One of the best ways to be sure that your new ‘do isn’t just a passing fancy is to book a consultation with a stylist before committing to a particular cut. Taking the time to sit down with a professional can help you tell the difference between a refreshing change and a hasty mistake. 
  • Be honest with your stylist – and with yourself. Do you own a blow-dryer? Do you use it? If you answered “no”, then that sleek A-line bob may not be for you. Hair texture and density are also major factors that can rule out certain cuts, or turn a supposedly low-maintenance style into a full-time job. Be honest about how much time you want to spend on your hair, and how often you can realistically come back for maintenance cuts, since shorter styles will require more frequent touch-ups. 
  • Don’t get caught-up in trends. As tempting as it may be to try out one of those edgy undercuts you’re seeing everywhere, if you aren’t the type of person who changes their hair often or is always trying new things, then you may be better off with something that’s new to you, but still timeless.

 During Your Haircut Appointment, and After

  • Ask for a styling tutorial. Getting a brand-new cut, especially one that’s much shorter than you’re used to, can leave you with no idea how to style it every day. Asking your stylist to walk you through different styling techniques and products can make all the difference in how you feel about your new look. 
  • If you still hate it – Don’t panic! Nothing we do to our hair is truly permanent. It will grow back, given time. The key is making this process as smooth and painless as possible, which means doing something completely counter-intuitive: getting regular trims. Keeping your hair trimmed is essential if you want to avoid that growing-out-a-bad-haircut look. Your stylist is well-versed in guiding clients through this process, and can keep you looking your best during the transition.

At the end of the day, your stylist wants you to love your hair, whether you ask for a dramatic change or not. Use these tips the next time you’re considering a new look, and let one of our stylists help you achieve your hair goals by booking your appointment today!