Shorter hair can make you look taller and 4 other reasons to cut off your length
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who experiment with their haircuts with all the ease of someone picking what topping to go with their triple latte at Starbucks. And the ones who fainted at reading the previous sentence. Apologies for your possible concussion, but if you’ve stubbornly been avoiding a visit to the hairstylist’s to retain your hair length, today’s the day it all changes.
If you absolutely must blame someone, pin it on Kim Kardashian West. The reality diva debuted her new lob at the Met Gala this year. And Bollywood’s best weren’t too far behind; Parineeti Chopra chopped off her long tresses in favour of a shorter ‘do and Alia Bhatt must have loved the results, because she went out and got herself one of those too.
Seeing as everything sounds more convincing when you put it in lists and slap a number on it, here are 5 reasons why you need to get with the ‘It’ haircut of the season.
Why Alia, Parineeti and more are loving the short hair trend
“I won’t be able to experiment much with hairstyles.”
Short hair doesn’t mean that you have to pledge undying allegiance to your hair straightener. Opt for a textured half-bun to beat the heat like Ileana D'Cruz or go heavy on the smoothing serum for an extreme side-swept look like Emma Stone.
“It won’t suit me.”
Florian Hurel, took some time off his hairstyling duties with Katrina Kaif on the sets of Tiger Zinda Hai, to set the record straight. “The right hair cut can make you appear taller and in many cases, even younger,” he explains. Scroll through Parineeti’s Instagram feed and you’ll notice the cheeky flair with which she carries off vibrant colours and silhouettes.
“I don’t think I have the face type for it.”
“In going for a semi-short cut, keep in mind that it's all about proportions: The length and the layering should help frame your face into a natural oval proportion and the right length should help accentuate your neckline,” adds Florian.
“It requires a lot of maintenance.”
“A one-length cut (like Kim Kardashian West’s) does require maintenance cuts every 5 weeks,” he concedes before adding, “But a layered cut should sort you out as it requires lesser maintenance.”
“It might look too dramatic.”
You don’t have to plunge headfirst off this particular precipice. If you’re worried about how the results will look, ease yourself in with a layered cut which is less dramatic and alludes to your previous volume.
The one-minute hairstyle all Bollywood celebs are loving right now
From Sonam Kapoor’s super sleek version to Sonakshi Sinha’s hasty half-knot, there’s a reason why you’re seeing this lazy girl essential everywhere.
Business in the front, party in the back. The beauty of this hairstyle lies in the fact that you don’t have to be Alia Bhatt to get away with flyaways and strays.
Hairstyle trends have never been more in love with natural kinks and curls. Bring out your clipboard and take notes from Anushka Sharma’s lazy half bun. Let your tresses air-dry after a shower and fix a hairband around the upper half before the flyaways get any ideas.
When the sun and the sand are calling, twist your hair into a lazy half-knot; the messier, the better. The half updo will keep the hair out of your eyes, while the half-down tresses will give you that sexy flutter you need for some Instagram bragging.
Second day hair, don’t care. Tame that slight greasiness of unwashed hair into a slick half ‘do. Mean cat-eye liner optional.
Or you could try a sophisticated version of this lazy girl hairstyle à la Shraddha: Run some serum through your hair while it’s wet and comb back the upper half into a preppy half ponytail.
For those days when you can’t even, but your bud Jimmy Fallon has plans for you, just bunch your hair into a voluminous bun on the top of your head. You’ll forget it’s even there, we promise.