If you’re thinking of having your hair cut short, Goran Cobanovski of Chicago’s Goran Coban Salon will be happy to help. “Short hair is what I love to do because I started as a barber,” he explains. “When someone comes into my salon and asks for a short cut, I say, ‘Let’s go for it!'”
But while the salon owner believes short hair can look great on anyone, you need to keep certain things in mind before going under the scissors.
* Your hair type. If your hair is baby-fine, cutting it short will open up the face and make your locks look fuller. “I like fine hair cut close around the ears with short fringe and layers for volume,” he says. Coarse, thick hair is more challenging to style. Once it’s layered, you’ll need to prep locks with a strong conditioner or masque to add moisture so hair is softer and easier to style. Curly hair lends itself most readily to the new perfectly imperfect looks. A curvy shape with rounded layers works best–square or concave layers would be too bulky.
* Your mind-set. “Short hair is all about individualism,” says Cobanovski. “Pictures always help, but what works on one woman might not work on everyone.” That’s why you need to be open to small adjustments like a different part or slightly longer sides. Most important, be sure you’re ready for a change; if you’re not 100% sure about making the cut, have your hair snipped in small increments instead of going from ultra-long to a daring pixie like Dannii Minogue’s.