Getting a haircut is a big deal, especially if you’re trimming a few inches or adopting a brand new style. You may be inspired by a gorgeous look on a celebrity, or you might have seen someone out and about with a cut that inspired you. Whatever your reason, there are a few things to consider when making the decision. Let Madison Reed be your guide.
Do You Really Want This?
Think about why you’re making the cut. Have you gotten a new job? Moved to a new place? Or do you just need a little change in your life? Make sure that the haircut is not just an impulse, but something you want. Take as much time as you need before making your move. But no matter what, it's important to remember—hair grows back.
A New Cut vs. a New Color
If you’re craving a new haircut, you could just want something different. Changing up your hair color can sometimes have the same effect, without losing your gorgeous locks and style. Freshen things up with a shine-enhancing hair gloss or choose a new color altogether. If you want to find out which colors would look best with your skin tone, get a free color consultation with our expert stylists.
Consider the Styles
If you’re looking to chop off more than 6 inches of hair, then you’re making a big cut. Consider the styles you’ll be able to create with your new hair before you go for it, especially if you’re thinking of going short. Think about how your hair will fall if you try to curl/straighten it, whether you can use the same tools, or even if you can use fewer styling products.
Does it Fit Your Lifestyle?
Lifestyle is a big part of the equation. Are you a career woman who wants a sophisticated look? Go for a clean cut with minimal asymmetry. A new mom who doesn’t have much time to style your hair? Go shorter—pixie cuts are perfect for new moms. Always on the go? Try an easy-to-manage style that still looks high profile. There are so many options for the perfect lifestyle/haircut match.
Does it Match Your Personality?
Your personality plays a big role when making this decision. If you’re reserved, and have had the same hairstyle all your life, prepare yourself for a fabulous change. If you love changes and are always up for an adventure, try something out of your comfort zone. If you’re the artistic type and like to stand out from the crowd, don’t be afraid to go for some asymmetry and experimentation.
Consider Your Face Shape
Whether your face is round, oval, heart, or square-shaped, getting the right style to fit your cheekbones and jawline is important. A good haircut can highlight your best features and emphasize your natural beauty, while a cut that’s just not right for you might not. If you need an easy guide to find the right cut for your face, take a look at 12 Short Haircuts to Flatter Every Face Shape before making the decision.
Know Your Hair Type
Your hair is not simply straight, wavy, curly, or coily. There are deeper factors that determine your hair type. For example, straight hair has three subtypes: Type 1A (fine), Type 1B (medium), and Type 1C (coarse), which can really affect the way your hair looks when it’s cut, even if it’s generally the same type. On the other end of the spectrum, coily hair has four subtypes: Type 4A (s-curls), Type 4B (z-curls) and Type 4C (tight z-curls). Look at our guides for each type to determine what kind of haircut would suit you best.
Do Some Research
Once you have your face shape and hair type matched, look up celebrities and influencers with the same characteristics as you. Google “celebrity women with round faces” or “celebrity women with Type 1B hair.” It’s great to research celebrities—they have the best styles because they have cash to spend and a reputation to keep. They also have high-priced experts in their corner who cut and style their hair to look its best. By doing a little bit of research and finding a celebrity look you like, you get to take advantage of their stylists’ advice.
Get personalized recommendations by building your Hair Profile or calling the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists. They love listening to your hair history and tailoring suggestions to suit your hair and style. At Madison Reed, we love to help people look and feel their very best!