How To Tell If Short Hair Will Look Good On You

Have you been wanting to chop off your locks and go for a short, sassy haircut, but are not sure if it would look good on you?
You want to make a change, you’re ready to take the plunge and make the cut, but what if it’s a colossal mistake?

Julian d’Ys cutting off Linda Evangelista’s long hair in Peter Lindbergh’s studio, 1988

When one of my favorite models of all time, Linda Evangelista, cut off her long hair back in 1988, there was an audible gasp in the fashion world, and she went from being a popular model to an absolute superstar, literally overnight. 
Could the cut be the making of you??

Check out John Frieda’s secret formula from this fantastic article I found in Redbook. All you need is a ruler and a pencil…


It’s a question hairstylists and reliable friends are often asked, “do you think short hair will suit me?” and thanks to the legion of celebs recently liberating their locks with crops, bobs and lobs, we’ve never meant it more.

Well the question of flattery has a short answer: The 2.25″ (5.5cm) rule.

The magic measurement was discovered by hairstyle trendsetter and product innovator, John Frieda and “it’s all about the angles” says Senior Stylist at John Frieda Salons UK and International Training Director of Color Wow, Giles Robinson.

“John studied faces and saw that the angle of the jaw bone determined whether or not someone would look best with short hair or long hair”. They say the result is a trusted, easy but exact, measurement that indicates whether a face (any face) is suited to short or long hair.


To try it, position a pencil or pen under your chin horizontally and then place a ruler under your ear, vertically. Take your measurement from the intersection of the pencil and ruler. Less than 2.25″ and you’d look amazing with short hair, and if it’s anything more long locks will be the most flattering choice for you.

It works well with Michelle Williams and Kim Kardashian (pictured), and when you think of other obvious examples such as Audrey Hepburn next to Sarah Jessica Parker it becomes crystal clear. Those faux bob hair-tuck selfies are a think of the past…


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Should You Get A Pixie Cut For Spring?

I’ve been looking at images of celebs and models

who’ve made the chop

and gone to a pixie cut,

 a short crop or a shag for spring.

Kristin Chenoweth super sexy pixie cut

(and then looking at more images 

of those that did it a while back too)

Pamela Anderson looking stunning in her pixie cut

On some it looks fresh, vital and totally modern.

Charlize Theron Pixie cut

Halle Berry pixie cut

Jennifer Lawrence pixie cut

On others it highlights crows feet, lengthens the face,

and doesn’t necessarily look that flattering.

most of the time Anne Hathaway’s pixie cut looks gorgeous, but sometimes it emphasizes creasing around her eyes and bags under her eyes

Before you make the cut, pull all your hair back

and study your face and neck.

Look at your face shape,

which features are currently being softened 

by your current hair style,

and which features will become overly pronounced

with a short short cut.

A short cut can make a long face look very long.

Isabel Lucas pixie cut

Sometimes just making the cut choppy,

side sweeping the bangs, going for a short bob,

or keeping a little more length and volume around the face

can soften up your features enough to make it

look both modern and pretty.

Audrey Tatou’s curly pixie cut is perfection

Emma Watson gorgeous in a shag cut

I loved Michelle Williams’ pixie cut,

but as it has been growing out it keeps getting prettier,

and her new bob looks fresh and interesting too,

with a soft and feminine feel to it.

Vanessa Hudgens’ choppy shag is versatile and modern,

giving her styling option as well as a fresh, vibrant look.