Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

Every woman has experienced that frustrating moment when you are simply tired of your own hair. Whether it won’t hold a curl, is fried from years or decades of dye and heavy processing, or you’re just plain bored after having the same haircut for years, you’ve likely sat in a salon chair and begged your stylist to just “chop it all off.”

Women come into our balayage salon in Birmingham, MI all the time asking for us to cut their hair significantly shorter. As women, we have spent our entire lives being told what our hair should or shouldn’t look like. Many times, when a woman comes in looking for a significant change in her hair style, it is because she’s ready for a major change and ready to take charge of this part of her life.

For some of us, our hair is a security blanket. For others, it’s a pain in the neck (sometimes literally!) to style it every day. Whether you want to start fresh with your hair, just experienced a major life event and want to celebrate with a new cut, or have always wanted short hair and now is the best time to do it, we’d love to help you on this journey.

Below, we’ve compiled some advice to help you decide if now is truly the right time to go short.

What To Consider Before Cutting Your Hair Short

Before you cut your hair off, consider the following scenario: You wake up in a panic realizing your alarm didn’t go off. You meant to wash your hair last night, but you decided it could wait until the morning instead even though it was pretty greasy. You have an important meeting at work and you absolutely cannot be late. What do you do? If your hair is long enough, you could likely get away with a quick spritz of dry shampoo and throwing it up into a neat top bun. If your hair is short, your options will be much more limited.

Unless you truly buzz your hair, short hair will always be higher maintenance than long hair because you can’t simply put it in a braid or throw it in a messy bun. Before you go for a big chop, be sure you are able to commit to washing and styling your hair as needed.

It is also a good idea to consider the time of year. As we write this, we are finally getting into that beautiful Michigan fall weather and soon the temperatures will dip even lower and the ground will be covered in snow. Personally, now is a great time to cut your hair short. Cutting off all of your hair right before summer can leave you hot and sweaty with no way to pull your hair out of your face and off of your neck. However, during fall and winter, short hair is amazing because it won’t get tangled up in your scarves, you can pop on a beanie if it’s a little greasy, and you won’t overheat if you can’t put it up in a ponytail.

Preparing On The Day Of The Cut

Like we mentioned above, for some of us, our hair is a security blanket and cutting it all off can be as terrifying as it is liberating. If this is you, be sure to emotionally prepare yourself for the change. Try to schedule your salon visit for a time when you’re feeling particularly confident and happy. You can even bring a friend with you for moral support!

If you have a specific look in mind, be sure to bring a reference. Your stylist can always use their best judgement and give you a look that flatters your face if you aren’t picky. However, if you want a very specific cut or shape, be sure to bring in pictures of styles you like. Otherwise, a “chin-length haircut” can range from an A-line to a pixie cut to a blunt bob.

When To Not Drastically Change Your Hair

We’ll start by saying we would never want to discourage you from doing something you truly want to do. However, there are a few instances when it would be a good idea to sleep on a drastic hair change for a week or so.

These instances might include right before your wedding. Planning a wedding can be so stressful and nerve-wracking that you end up taking all of that frustration out on your hair. However, short hair seriously limits the type of style you can wear on your wedding day. While short hair can be equally as beautiful as long hair, if you had dreamed of an intricate braided updo, you might want to wait until after the wedding to cut your hair.

Another time you might want to think twice about a major haircut is when you are going through a rough patch emotionally. For some, cutting their hair during this time can feel freeing and be just what they need. For others, it can be emotionally traumatizing. Make sure that you are cutting your hair for the right reasons and seeking the help of friends or professionals to get through those hard times.

Are You Ready For A Major Hair Change? We Can Help!

The most important thing to remember about cutting your hair is that it will grow back. When you choose the best hair stylists in Birmingham, MI to cut and style your hair, though, you can be confident in the fact that even if you feel nervous about cutting your hair, you are in good hands with Papillon Blanc salon! Get in touch today to schedule a hair service!

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