Going Shorter

So…do you really have to?

You may have heard the image-conscious of us harping on about going shorter as you get older. Many hearing this message have taken it to being something to do with being ‘appropriate’, ‘modest’ or somehow giving up something personal. In fact I hear a lot of self-deprecation on the subject of ageing, but it really shouldn’t be that way.

Malou donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children with hairloss as a result of cancer treatment.

The main advantage of going shorter with age – or at any age really – is structure. Many of us need a bit a structure in our appearance, especially if we’re neat or particular in character, or if we’re angular or even soft in shape. If you’re softer in shape and character, and not as particular, you would probably need less structure than your A-line counterparts, but a little structure will go a long way for you. And for most of us, we should expect to lose a little structure with age, and a good haircut, with just the right amount of structure, can actually take years off!

Structure could mean a neat and blunt cut, it could mean just evening out the thickness of the hair with layers or thinning scissors through the ends, so the hair isn’t bottom heavy (I see a lot of this…), or it could even mean going with your natural texture a little more and letting it work for you to add body and movement into the hair.

So, shorter doesn’t mean an Annie Lennox-inspired pixie crop. In fact, there are more people who wouldn’t suit that length than those who would, although a few would be surprised!

Other advantages of going shorter are things like upkeep; you need less shampoo and conditioner, your hair will thank you for a good trim, it’s easier to get a polished look in a minimal amount of time – my hair takes about three minutes to dry and another 30 seconds to put some matt clay through it and I’m forever getting compliments!

Hair can really be effortless and stylish. And even…enjoyable!