When done right, short cuts can look absolutely adorable. But if butchered, you can find yourself wearing a baseball hat through summer. Below, Gary Howse, co-founder of the Gary Manuel Salon and Gary Manuel AVEDA Institute shares his tips on how to snip off your strands for the new season.
Katherine Heigl's Super Short Crop: FAIL
When choosing to go shorter, there are a few key points to keep in mind. "All haircuts have an optimum face shape, even long hair," says Howse. "It's important to keep both face and body shape in mind. Most people feel comfortable with hair that balances out their body. This doesn't mean big hair for big bodies, but proportion is extremely important." Heigl's cut makes her face look rounder, a longer cut would narrow this out.
Brooklyn Decker's Chin-Length Cut: SCORE
Decker's length and styling makes the cut a trendy upgrade for summer. "When your hair is shorter, you dont need as many products to condition and style your hair," says Howse. "Depending on the result you want you might need to switch to a few volume boosting products to get more body." Try a spray like Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray to amp up your strands.
Howse also suggests:
Hit key points with your stylist. Aside from determining how short your hair will be, make sure to ask how short your fringe will be (if you choose bangs), how short the sides will be (above the ears or not), and whether your neckline will be exposed or not.
For chin-length cuts, blow-dry to help shape. Most of the shaping you give your hair can be done when your hair is only 20 percent dry, so use a dryer to help remove excess moisture before you style. For shorter hair, air drying can give it that little bit of volume you need without styling.
You still need to upkeep your cut. Yes, a shorter hairstyle will dry quickly, use less product, and will be all around easier but youll still need a trim every five to six weeks to help keep your cut's shape.