Long Hair vs Short Hair

Young women with long or short hair - Long vs short hair
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When you have long hair, you want short hair, and when you have just had your hair cut, you decide to grow it long. When will we ever make up our minds?
As children, our parents decided how we were going to wear our hair, and we were so busy playing that we barely gave a thought to our locks. Now, as adults, we want to look our very best at all times, especially when we dash out on a moment's notice. We don't want to spend hours primping in front of the mirror, but still want to look like a movie star, as if we had been born that way.
The advantages of having long hair are the versatility of the many styles it offers. You can wear your hair up in a multitude of ways, or you can wear it half up and half down. You can fashion it like the Queen of Sheba or be the picture of a rock star bedecked with glitzy jewels and scarves. Braiding can be classy, surrounding a smooth updo appropriate for a princess. Braids upon braids can achieve a sophistication desired to influence others.
A bedraggled, fluffy look gives the impression of just getting up in the morning. Men love its sexy appearance. Multiplying attention can be gained by foiling your long strands with blonde, strawberry blonde, and copper red over light or medium brown hair. Golden hues would also look flattering on any warm browns. Oh, so lovely whether up or down. You will feel like dancing!
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" cried her friend, as he looked longingly up at her. It was said that her hair was so long that one could climb up the side of the high tower to get to her, and so the story goes. Is long hair right for you? Would it fit in with your lifestyle and enhance your face and body?
As women age, most of us gain a little weight and our hair turns gray (or, as I like to call it, platinum). If you are overweight and have long hair, it can make you look heavier when you look in the mirror. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to look neat with long hair when trying on clothes? There aren't many of us older individuals who look good with gray or tinted hair hanging around their shoulders. Let's face it, we aren't 20 anymore, but on the other hand, we don't have to look our complete age either. Long hair can be oh, so hard to give up. We love our long hair, don't we?
Long to short hair makeover - Pixie cut
Long to pixie cut makeover - Photos: Kseniia Perminova/Canva
If you have thin, fine hair, keeping it long will only make it look thinner and stringy at the ends. Cutting it bluntly into a bob that does not quite reach the shoulders, or even shorter, will give the illusion of thicker hair and will make it feel fuller as well. Use a good volumizer to complete this potential; everything today is product and more product. If you have long, thick hair that is cut into thin layers, it will give you several styling options, such as straight, wavy, or curly. The world is your oyster.
Entering short hair can be more maintenance, although it is an easier task. Short hair can take off at least 5-10 pounds on a good dress. Perfect shaping from a good, visionary stylist who knows what you need can do wonders! Short hair is so healthy; you never have a chance to get split ends because a trim every six weeks is in order. You should use less shampoo and conditioner, and depending on your style, you will look younger and neat no matter what you are wearing.
Believe it or not, there are many styles you can wear for short hair. Real short hair shingled up in the back will not look good on a heavy lady with a thick neck. A nice fringed effect that laces around the edges would look much more feminine. Nor should you put a mushroom bob on a heavy lady.
This will only make her look shorter and heavier. However, a cut about 1 ½ inches away from the head and blown upward will reduce the droops, sags, or wrinkles. Bring everything up by cutting the lower part of the hair a little bit closer. Half-waves and large curls will bring much-needed softness around her face, both up and down. The upper part of the hair is styled up, and the lower part is fluffed down, but not smoothed.
Woman with short hair that fits her personality
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Just because you have chosen to have short hair does not mean you will be a clone. You are unique and original. Your hair should fit your personality and body image. If you are athletic, a smart cut close to your head with golden/reddish highlights over a lovely brown would shimmer in the sun. Without a care, heads will turn, complimenting your energy.
Perhaps you are older and have arthritis and cannot fix your hair like you once could. With a good shaping, you could have a very light wave that wouldn't be any work for you. Dampen your hair, comb it, and push it into relaxed curls that look like you were born with them. Voilà! Everything starts with a good haircut. You can have the best color and a great perm, but if you don't get a good shape, it won’t bring out the best of what you have.
Whether it be long hair or short hair, the important thing is for you to listen to the desires of your heart but not be afraid of change either.
Of course, as they say, "It will always grow back."
See also:
Reasons to cut your hair short
Why women cut their hair short