As you may know, I
recently chopped several inches off of my hair. It was my first real haircut in
years, so it was a big change. But, I’ve got to say, I’m loving my short style
so far! I’ve received a lot of messages and comments on
LaurenConrad.com from readers who want to cut their hair, too, but are nervous
about making the chop. I wanted to address those questions in my latest "Ask Lauren" post. Here are three big things to consider before getting a major haircut…
Is everything else in your life stable?
I understand the
instinct to chop your hair off right after a breakup or other major life
change. But, as nice as it is to start fresh, you’re also more likely to make a
rash decision you’ll regret. So, if you’re considering making a big change to
your look, try to do it when everything else in your life is manageable. I
waited until several weeks after my wedding to cut my hair, so that I knew I really wanted the
cut and I wasn't just going for another dramatic change.
Can you take it slow?
When I told my
hairstylist, Kristin Ess, that I wanted a bob, she literally refused.
Instead, she suggested I cut a little bit off first and get used to playing
with my new texture and length before really going for it. She cut my hair
three weeks in a row, taking it from a lob to a true bob. I know it’s a
commitment to get your hair cut two or three weeks in a row, but it really does
make the transition a lot easier. It also gives you a chance to change your
Are you prepared for high maintenance?
It’s a big
misconception that shorter hair is easier to care for. Yes, you might save a
little time shampooing. But, it takes more time to style shorter hair, and
you will also have to get more frequent trims (every four to six weeks) to maintain
your short cut. Now that my hair is short, my go-to ballerina bun is no longer
an option, and I have to actually style it every single day.
If you answered yes to all three questions,
then you are ready for a short haircut!
I know it seems silly
to put so much thought into getting a haircut, but as anyone who has ever had a
bad one knows, it’s best to really be sure about these things!
I hope my advice
P.S. If you end up hating
your new 'do anyway, all is not lost. It will grow back!