When you've had long hair for years, it's scary to think of cutting it since it takes a long time for hair to grow back out. However, during some life stages, long hair can be a nuisance. Plus, you may just be ready for a change. While picking out a celebrity photo of a hairstyle you like is a good place to start, choosing a new cut is more complex than that. Start by going to a hair salon and getting professional advice. Here are some factors that go into choosing the best new cut for you.

Think About Maintaining The Style

While long hair can get in the way and be trouble to wash and dry, styling it can be as easy as pulling it into an elastic band when you're in a hurry. Hair that's too short to pull back may be difficult to maintain if you always have to style it before you walk out the door and that could defeat the purpose of getting a new hairstyle. If you don't like to fuss with your hair or go to the hair salon very often, opt for a cut that's ready to go as soon as it dries. Also, ask about layered cuts. These give your hair volume, but they can also grow out unevenly and require you to go to the salon more often.

Chose A Cut That Complements Your Face Shape

One important thing to consider before you fall in love with a new hairstyle is your face shape. You want a cut that complements it rather than one that makes your features more pronounced. For instance, if you have a round face, certain short cuts make your face look even rounder, while a long face can look shorter with a short cut. A medium cut that comes near your shoulders might be a good transition from long hair since you'll still have some length, and medium-length hair is suitable for most face shapes.

Consider Your Hair Texture

Hair texture is also important because if you have very straight hair, you may never achieve the short curly style you want without a lot of styling every day. The same is true if you have wavy or curly hair. Your cut won't look the same as it looks in a photo of someone with straight hair. This is one reason why getting advice from a stylist at a salon is so helpful. They have the experience to know how a cut will probably turn out before you get it so they can judge if you'll get the results you're looking for or if you'll be disappointed. Let the stylist know your goals and why you want a new look, and you can choose the perfect cut together so that you'll be happy with your new appearance.

For more information, contact a company like AR Hair Salon today.