Ready to Go Short?

According to Pon Saradeth, owner of Pon International in Anaheim Hills, California, women who exude a certain amount of confidence can wear almost any length of hair as long as it’s customized to suit their face shape, features, and lifestyle.

“Going short is a big decision,” says Pon, “and it’s important to consider a few things before you snip. You have to be ready for such a drastic change on many levels, including emotionally, and communication to and from your hairdresser is essential at this stage. Discuss what you want or like by showing examples but be open to their suggestions as to what’s best for your face shape and features, as well as what your hair can actually do. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach with short hairstyles. They should be customized to fit your physical features and should also take into consideration upkeep and effort needed each day to style.”

Pon points out that going super-short, like with a crop, is a daring move, but can bring out your eyes, extend the length of your neck and draw attention to your bone structure. It’s definitely not for those who are overly self-conscious or feel that hair length is proportionate to their own femininity.

Pixies offer some length on top, which allow for versatility yet have the benefit of closely cut sides and backs. They tend to be seen on active women or those who like to have fun with their hair. Although oval faces can wear almost anything, Pixies can work well to help balance fuller jaw lines or to hide a lack of width at the temples or even high foreheads. For thinner or pointed chins or diamond-shaped faces, it might be best to leave a bit of wispy length in back to help balance.

Bobs come in all lengths, textures, and finishes and can be easily customized to work with most any face shape or help draw attention to facial features. It’s also a great cut to transition your look over time. If you are new to the idea of shorter hair or hesitant to make the move, Pon suggests starting with a longer bob, and to work your way shorter as you feel comfortable. From there you can change the shape, go for a hint of asymmetry, add layering and or bangs, or whatever your heart desires.

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