Most of us have a phone full of screenshots, tagged posts and pins of shorter haircuts we’d love to try out – if we only we had the damn nerve.
Whether going shorter looks good or not all comes down to the cut – and how exactly it works with your hair type. Get it right, and you could have fuller, healthier hair with effortless shape and movement. Get it wrong, and your hair might look flat, wispy and shapeless while you weep over your lost lengths lying on the salon floor.
Here’s how to get it right for your hair type – so your Big Chop brings out the best in your hair…
ON FINE HAIR
We love this effortlessly tousled bob with ‘90s supermodel vibes. The chunky ends and slight elongation around the jawline are what makes this look really work. Fine hair appears instantly fuller as the cut works to frame her face without heavy styling. This length – halfway between the chin and shoulders – is also the most universally flattering if you’re unsure where to stop with your chop. To create this look, run some Almost Everything Cream through the lengths while it’s wet to beat frizz – then scrunch a little more in once dry to amp up that tousled texture. We like to rub some Zhoosh Foam into the roots when it's dry to add lift, then style ours with a simple flick-over for extra height at the front.
ON THICK HAIR
Thick hair is great because it has bags of natural body. Yet when super long, it can succumb to the pull of gravity, hanging like two heavy curtains that ultimately drag your facial features down, too. For this transformation, we kept the ends soft and buttery - then made the sections around her face ever so slightly shorter. This overall cut is also a little shorter than the last look to give long, thick hair a lifting, anti-gravity effect. The end result is super refreshing but remains soft and natural all the same.
ON CURLY HAIR
So many people spend their lives battling their curls and end up straightening their hair – rather than enhancing its natural texture. But we love your curls – and we want you to as well! Mid to long hair can tug on your curls, pulling them out of shape. As a result, we often hear people complain that their curls are lifeless or out of control. Taking the hair just below chin-length like this and creating a slightly bowl-like shape adds easy definition that works with – not against – your texture. Twisting some Almost Everything Cream through your curls when they’re wet will also give you extra separation and definition.
ON ANY TYPE OF MID-LENGTH HAIR
We’re big fans of a well-considered Middy. But we get it: sometimes you want a change while still keeping your look low maintenance. With its chunky ends, slight curve beneath the chin and jawline, and blended curtain fringe, this chop really accentuates her eyes and bone structure. Suddenly, the look is polished – without ever seeming overdone.
FINE/REGULAR HAIR TO A PIXIE CROP
We know that a Pixie sounds scary. But really, it can work on you – especially if you’re after more of a “look”. We often cut ours with a razor to keep the ends soft and fluid – nothing graphic or hard. This lends the look a more modern, feminine feel. Pinching in some Almost Everything Cream will help create that lovely, piecey texture.
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