These Questions Will Tell You if You’re Ready for a Short Haircut

Don't pick up the scissors just yet

Short haircuts go in and out of style, and every time they do, girls all over head to the salon to take the plunge. Think of the power of people like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. Despite the fact that you’re out of the salon in an hour, though, a short haircut is a longtime commitment! Hair only grows an average of half an inch to an inch a month (that’s just 6-12 inches a year), so you might not see your long hair back for over a year or more. However, short haircuts are super chic and always seem to be making headlines when celebrities take up the scissors.

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Before you make that haircut appointment, just ask yourself these questions:

Are you looking for change just for the sake of change?

Sometimes, life can get a little stale. And that’s okay! But if you’re getting a short haircut just to shake things up a bit, you might end up regretting it. You might consider trying a new place for lunch or plan a weekend away with your friends rather than committing to a new look for the next few years, but at the same time, maybe a haircut will give you that change you’re looking for.

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When was the last time you cut your hair short?

Chances are, you’ve had a short haircut over your lifetime. Did you love it? Was it flattering? Try to dig up some old photos on Facebook to make sure. Maybe you started out too short last time, and this time you’ll go no shorter than shoulder length. Let the past be your guide.

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Are you ready for the extra maintenance?

It might sound backwards, but short hair can actually be more work than long hair. If your hair isn’t stick straight, it’s very hard to get away with not styling short hair at all. Letting it air dry can result in some very interesting looks, so you and your blow dryer are going to get very close.

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How long will the commitment really be?

Whip out the ruler and actually do the math on this one to give yourself a realistic timeline of when you’ll see your long hair again—just in case you don’t love the short hair life. Measure out how many inches you’re going to be chopping off, and then figure it’ll grow back at a rate of 6-12 inches per year. Are you ready to rock short hair for that long?

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Is everybody else doing it?

Trends are, well, trendy. They come and go. Sometimes, when everybody else is jumping on a trend, it becomes almost impossible to resist. But rather than buying a trendy pair of jeans you can wear a few times and then tuck in the back of your closet, you have to wear your short hair on your head everyday. Make sure it’s something you really want before you pick up the scissors and not just something everybody else is doing.

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