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3 Questions to Ask Before Cutting Your Hair

3 Questions to Ask Before Cutting Your Hair

Spring is right around the corner, which means it's that time again for the big chops, bobs and pixies that we see our favorite celebrities flaunting on social media. We know it's tempting to cut off all our hair but, before racing off to that "certified stylist" you found on craigslist who so happens to be your neighbor working from home, let's think about the possible outcomes of the hair cut. You'll either love it or hate it, so before you commit, let's think this through for a minute.

1. Does this hairstyle fit me?

Rihanna's 2009 bob is still iconic, along with Emma Watson's pixie and Scarlett Johansson's shaved cut. They all look amazing with these styles, but it's important to seriously consider how it would look on you. It's easy to get upset with a stylist for not making us look like that magazine cover, but the issue is not the cut, we just don't always have the same features.

Some ways to avoid that tension between you and a good stylist is to consider all your features before choosing a specific cut. Think about your hair type and texture. If you wear you hair natural or curly 95% of the time and are looking at a straight haired cut, I would suggest searching how it will look with your natural texture. Also, take into account your head structure. We've created a list of the best hairstyles for that fit your head shape:

Round: Aim for longer lengths that will balance the roundness by slimming down the cheeks. Try to avoid cuts that end at the bottom of your chin. Choppy, layered pixies look great with this shape.

Square: Try to avoid straight cut bangs or sharp edged bobs. Since you have strong facial features, soft layers will look the most flattering on you. Aim for any cut with many layers, or a short layered bob and if you're going for bangs try side swept bangs.

Oval: Luckily, oval faces look great in almost any hairstyle, short or long. The only looks an oval person would want to avoid are styles that will add volume or width to the top of their head. Tip: Bangs will help balance out long faces.

Heart: Bangs are also great for those with heart shaped faces, which tend to be wider at the top. Aim for cuts with full bangs or long layers that fall beside the cheeks.

It's also important to take into consideration your personal style. A Taylor Swift mid length cut with feathered bangs may not be the best look for an edgier person. You have to find a cut that will compliment your fashion sense as much as your personality. An unrelatable cut can lead to a lot of confusion and many frustrated hair days.

2. Will I regret losing my hair?

Pink or purple? Prada or Chanel? To-mate-toe or toe-mah-toe? We can be really indecisive when making decisions which can sometimes lead to leaving logic behind and deciding impulsively. Cutting off inches can be a big step for some, especially to women who have taken a while to grow their hair. The last thing you want to do is leave the salon drowning in your own pond of tears.

Before cutting, weigh out all your hair options. Most of the time we are just looking to change something up for the season and that could be a quick color solution. Try searching for how-to faux cuts, or go into the nearest hair store and play around with different wig styles. Choose a wig that you like and wear it for a couple of days. This will give you a better feel for how you can work with a similar haircut and whether or not you'll regret chopping your hair after a couple of days.

3. Who is my stylist?

We tend to put a lot of pressure on our stylist but at the end of the day they are not magicians. You just have to make sure you have a stylist who can make you look good while understanding what's healthy and what's not for your hair. It's important that they know how to specifically cater to your hair. Make sure they talk to you about what they can and cannot do and the limits to achieving certain hairstyles. If they are a new stylist, make sure they have experience working with your hair type. Your stylist should have a good idea of your personal style so open communication between you two is a necessity. You can't let just anyone touch your hair, and sometimes that includes yourself. So think twice before you open that medicine cabinet with Edward Scissorhands syndrome and end up looking like 2009 Britney.

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