Recently Daytime contacted me to plan a surprise makeover for a young teacher named Meagan. Meagan’s mom nominated Meagan because she had been mistaken for a student at the elementary school where she teaches. It was definitely time for a new look!
As I created my plan to mature Meagan’s look, I thought through a few different approaches. Maybe you’ve heard that long hair looks more young and youthful. Length will always give off a feeling of youthfulness. Alternatively, a shorter cut gives a more mature look. Not to say that if you’re young and want to look older you can’t have a cool haircut. Short cuts can also be trendy and really fun to dress up.
If you’ve considered making the chop, you probably thought about how your face shape will affect the look. First, it is not true that you need a tiny face to pull off a short cut. If you have a round face, you should avoid cutting to a length that lands at the middle cheek or jaw line. It’s best to go above the ears (like Anne Hathaway or Charlize Theron) because your face will actually look slimmer without hair blocking the cheeks and jawline and creating the appearance of roundness. If you doubt me as you read this, check out the results of Meagan’s makeover…
Another way I spice up a short hair cut is with color placement. On Meagan I chose bright color and hilites to lighten around her face and brighten the overall look. With short hair you always want colors that pop and accentuate the cut. Basic tones can blend in; natural colors appear dull, flat and plain. But brighter colors, when placed right, transform a spunky shorter cut. If you’ve got a short cut and you are absolutely not interested in color, you definitely still want to enhance the shine. We just brought in Redken’s Diamond Oil, which will add shine and clarity to your hair to spark it up.
Have you ever sported a short do?