Every so often, I get a tired of the maintenance my long, thick hair requires and decide to go short. It’s always a little scary, very liberating, and in the end a great way to start fresh. Especially after the past year and a half putting my hair through a lot of processing and coloring, I was ready for a clean slate.
But, before each chop, I always weigh out the pros and cons of short hair. If you’re contemplating making the cut, here are some points to help you decide whether or not it’s a good idea.
Pros of Short Hair
Your Shampoo & Conditioner Last Longer
Pretty simple: less hair, less product! Especially with my thick hair, I would have to use a fistful of conditioner every time I washed my hair. Now my product lasts longer, which means more money in my pocket.
You’ll Spend Less Time Styling
One of the nicest parts about having short hair is how quick it is to style. After the shower, it dries in a flash, and working out the very small amount of tangles that form is easy. Although I’ve been wearing it wavy most of the time, drying or heat styling takes less than half the time it used to.
You May End Up with Healthier Hair
Cutting off significant length from your hair— and keeping it short with frequent trims— means that you’re getting rid of dead and damaged ends. Aside from that, my ends don’t become as dry when I wear my hair short, since the oils from my scalp don’t need to travel too far to nourish them.
Less Ponytail Headaches
Anybody with long hair can attest to the terrible ponytail and bun headaches you have to endure when you pull your heavy hair into one spot on your head. Cue the after-work head massage you give yourself after letting it down! With the short chop, you don’t have to worry about putting stress on your scalp when you want to wear it up.
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Cons of Short Hair
Your Styles Can Be Limited
While it takes a shorter time to style, you don’t have the same range of hairstyles you can wear with long hair, depending on how short your hair ends up being. Even putting your hair up in a ponytail may be a struggle, which could pose a problem for those who need to wear it up for work or exercise.
Your Hair Texture Can Change
When my hair was long, the heaviness weighed my waves down, causing them to look looser. I was pleasantly surprised to see more bouncy definition with a shorter cut. While I love how it looks, I have had to re-discover what products keep the shape looking its best, searching for new hair care favorites.
Your Go-To Products and Routines May Change
Jumping off of the last point, your overall hair needs may change and in turn require tweaks in your routine. With my long hair, I had been using heavy moisturizers that are now too rich for my short haircut. My hair is also getting oilier more quickly, and so I have had to increase my wash days to twice a week instead of once. It’ll be a learning curve to get back in the groove of things, so it’s up to you whether or not you’re willing to experiment to learn what your hair likes now.
Overall, I’m really happy with my new short hair cut and it has been a nice, much-needed break from the heavy and high maintenance long locks I had been wearing.