As a girl who’s had a pixie cut and a short, chic bob for the past five years, I can tell you: short hair rocks! But in spite of all the compliments from other girls and the fact that even my grandmother approves, I’m growing my hair out again, with a semi-solemn vow to never, ever cut it all off again. Why? Here are a few very good reasons not to cut your hair…
1. It Wont Go Unnoticed
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If you're shy like I am and don't like attention, let me tell you, EVERYONE will notice your short hair cut. From underhanded compliments to curious questions to flat out insults, no one will let you live. It's not fun when your hair is a personal thing, and many people cut it for deep emotional reasons, and people act like it was a crime to cut it, or ask you rude questions.
2. The Winter Chill
Most Michigan winters are brutally cold, and short hair means you feel every degree of that wind chill. If you’re a sissy about cold, like me, this is one of the most practical reason not to cut your hair. Brr!
2. The Bad-hair Day Options
Hats and hair-bands are the bad-hair day accessories we can all rely on, but a cute braid, ponytail or updo just isn’t an option when you have short hair. My hair is naughty, very straight and unruly, so I have more bad-hair days than I care to count.
3. The Skip-a-day Option
When you have short hair, you must wash and style it every single day, or it looks greasy… and even if it doesn’t look dirty, oh, the bed head! If you have longer hair, though, washing three times a week is good enough, and in fact, is good for preserving the condition and color of your hair!
4. Braids Are on-trend
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Thanks in part to Katniss from The Hunger Games, braids are very on-trend right now, but we girls with short do’s can’t wear them! This one very good reason not to cut your hair — the pretty braids! I want to wear a waterfall braid!
5. Men like Longer Hair
With one notable exception, I’ve only ever gotten compliments on my short hair from other women and from gay men. Of all the men I’ve dated since I’ve had short hair, only one has liked it this way, and hasn’t at least once wistfully asked why I cut off all my hair. In a recent interview, even the gorgeous Michelle Williams admitted that most men prefer her hair longer.
6. You Can Always Cut It, but…
My dear, if you do have long hair, and you just don’t think it suits you (thin hair tends to look scraggly when it’s long), then you can always cut it. But, on the other hand, one good reason not to cut your hair is…
7. It Takes FOREVER to Grow It out!
Last February, I opted for a pixie cut, and now, after more than a year of growing it out, it’s still just barely long enough to put in a stumpy ponytail. According to TLC, hair grows about a half-inch a month. Simply put, if you have short hair, it will take FOREVER for it to grow out. If you’re impatient, like me, then this is another one of the best reasons not to cut your hair!
8. The Awkward Growing out Period
Getting a super short hair cut is exciting, but what about when you want a change? The growing out period for short hair can be awkward and challenging. If you shaved part of your head or got your hair cut above your ears, you very well might go through a few months where you're stumped on what to do with your hair because it's not long enough to put up, yet an awkward length to wear down.
9. You're Emotional
We all have those periods in our lives when we want to do something drastic and most times, we choose to change our hair. There's nothing wrong with wanting a change, but if you're angry or sad, put down the scissors or put that hair appointment on hold. Think it through and see if it the new 'do fits you and your lifestyle before you make any changes, you and your hair will thank your for it!
10. More Styling Options
As a short-hair girl, one of the things I always envied in long-hair girls was the variety of styling options! Buns, ponytails, and updos galore! When you have short hair, you don't really have any options other than what sort of hair pin you want to use to keep your hair out of your face.
Generally, accessories look cuter on long hair. With pixies, the hair is too short to support a chunky headband, and you only can really pull of a decorative bobby pin or two. However, long hair offers you more options for wearing foulards, hats, headbands, and clips in your hair!
Technically, I suppose you could attempt ombre on a short cut, but it will more than likely just look like your roots grew out! If you love ombre hair, then you should definitely consider keeping your length, because you won't be able to pull off that look with less hair!
13. It's Hard to Stop
Thanks to that awkward growing out period mentioned earlier, you're sort of forced into a corner with short haircuts. Either you endure a few months of looking like you have a bowl haircut, or you run to your salon for protection and get it cut again! You'll find that once you cut your hair, it's much more difficult to get long hair again than you might have thought.
14. Don't Ignore a Blessing
This is a human truth, but women especially are notorious for this: we assume the grass is always greener on the other side. To many women, the "other side" is longer hair! Women envy your long locks and wish they could have them, so why ignore a blessing? Embrace your long hair and don't cut it all off!
15. You Won't Look like the Picture
Whenever I get my hair cut, I always bring in a photo to show my stylist. But if I bring in a photo of Emma Watson when she had a pixie cut, I don't leave looking like Emma Watson, no matter how much I wish I could! Every face shape is different, so you never really know what a short haircut will look like on you. However, long hair is generally flattering on everyone!
With so many reasons not to cut your hair, will you think twice before getting a pretty pixie or a cute bob? I hope so… like I said, it takes just a few minutes to get a cute short cut, but it takes forever to grow it back again! Where do you stand on the short versus long debate? Do tell!