As many of you saw in my last favorites post, I cut my hair last month for the first time in forever! Over the past 4 years, I’ve gotten trims here and there, but have ultimately been trying to grow my hair out. It had finally reached the much-coveted “past the boobs” length, but it was pretty damaged and tangly. My ends were split beyond repair and would feel scratchy against my back.
After getting a free salon certificate at my local Ulta’s grand opening, I made the decision to chop it off just past my shoulders (which may not be short for some, but it was drastic for me!). I had gotten used to my long, thick mane and adjusting to the new cut took a while. While I’m finally getting used to it, I’ve noticed some pros and cons of getting a short haircut.
Pros of a Short Haircut:
Less Product Needed
I’m saving so much product in and out of the shower, although it definitely took a while to determine the right amounts for my hair (note to self: I don’t need a quarter bottle of conditioner per shower anymore!). I’m going through oil, shampoo, conditioner and masks a lot more slowly and, in turn, save money since I’m not replacing them as often.
Less Time Styling
One of the nicest parts about having short hair is how easy it has been to style it. After the shower, it dries in a flash, and working out the very small amount of tangles that form is quick and easy. Although I’ve been wearing it wavy most of the time, straightening it takes a third of the time it used to.
It’s only been a month, but I find that keeping short hair healthier takes a lot less effort than it does with long hair. The truth of the matter is: you can’t really repair split ends. There are products that will diminish their appearance or seal them until your next wash, but getting a cut is the best way to “cut” them off and prevent future breakage. After you get the haircut, maintaining moisture will help keep split ends away.
Anybody who has ever had 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.
Cons of a Short Haircut:
While it takes a shorter time to style, there aren’t very many hairstyles you can accomplish, depending on how short your hair ends up being. This is when you might start looking to hair accessories like decorative clips and headbands to spice up your look.
Your Hair Type & Texture Can Change
This is one that threw me for a loop. With my long hair, I had more defined curls as well as pretty dry hair. To my surprise, the cut turned most of my curls into looser waves, and my hair was actually feeling more oily! It makes sense though, since the amount of oil my scalp produced was suitable for my long hair, but a little much for the shorter length. However, this led to my last con…
Your Go-To Products and Routines May Change
Since my hair was feeling oilier than ever before, I had to seriously switch up my products. I had been using heavy moisturizers that were not suitable for my new ‘do. I’ve cut back on what used to be a weekly deep conditioning to now only once every couple weeks, and probably won’t be repurchasing the rich hair mask I came to love and trust. I’ll be looking for something a little lighter next time around!
Overall, I’m really happy with my cut and it has been a nice break from the high-maintenance locks I had been wearing for so long.