Why Short Hair is the Look of This Summer

Gone are the days when waist-length hair and mile-long braids were necessary to serve a look; short hair is having a major moment and this trend is here to stay. Don’t get me wrong: long hair is timeless and elegant, and it certainly won’t be going out of style any time soon. But, just take a page from the books of Bella Hadid, Normani Kordei, Vanessa Hudgens, and countless other “it girls” who have been ditching their long locks recently for shorter styles. Short hair is fun, flirty, trendy, and empowering. If you’ve been thinking about making a change, go for it! Don’t worry, it’s only hair. Plus, it will always grow back if you’re itching to return to the long side.

Personally, I’ve hidden myself behind a blanket of long, lifeless hair nearly my whole life. Throughout high school, I’d cringe if I had to get more than half an inch trimmed, even though my hair was extremely thin and dead at the ends. Basically, I was too scared of what my peers would think or say if I decided to make a change—even as small a change as a haircut. It wasn’t until college that I finally decided to embrace change, and I’ve been in love with shorter hair ever since.

If you’re planning on making a major chop any time soon, my advice to you is to find a stylist you trust and feel comfortable around. I’ve been going to the same hairstylist for years, and she always takes my wishes into consideration while recommending styles or colors she thinks would work best for me. Also, I started off a few years ago asking for a cut that was collarbone length, and only just recently graduated to a chin-length cut. So, if you’re going short, you may not want to cut it all off at once; it could be too overwhelming and turn you off to the idea of short hair. Ask your stylist to take a little off at a time until you get to your perfect length. Another word of advice: bring photos of your dream hair! I always bring pictures to my hairstylist to show her what my dream hair looks like. For instance, I brought in a photo of Vanessa Hudgens’ most recent bob haircut and my stylist worked her magic and gave me my favorite hairstyle yet!

Short hair makes me feel free and adventurous. Plus, I love the way it allows me to better show off my outfits, like this off-the-shoulder number paired with an embroidered choker and mirrored sunnies. It’s also super easy to style: I either leave it natural, straighten it, or curl it loosely for a beachy vibe. So, if you’re ready for a change, there’s no better time than summer to let go of the dead weight and opt for a trendy shorter cut.

Did you make a major hair change for the summer? Show us on social media! Make sure you tag @Cfashionista.