Is Short Hair For Me? (And What To Do Once I’ve Got It)

This year, we witnessed celebrities from all ends of the spectrum chopping off their trademark long hair in exchange for much shorter styles. From Lauren Conrad’s choppy bob, to Faith Hill’s sophisticated pixie, to Malin Ackerman’s Miley-inspired shaved sides, there was no shortage of big names taking the plunge in the scissor department. But what about the rest of us?

How To Know If Short Hair Will Suit Me - And what to do once I've got it

(…Yep, that’s Maggie from The Walking Dead)

Most long-haired people you speak to wince at the idea of cutting it all off for reasons that range from: uncertainty on suitability, difficulty in maintenance, no ability to pull a pony tail, and my personal favourite – turning off men. HA! (And being a short hair person myself, to this latter point I say “when one door closes, another one opens” – not all is lost on that front when you go short, in fact, far from it!)


So, if you have toyed with the idea of going short for a while, and want to know if it’s right for you, Marc Armstrong (Hair Director at Sydney’s prestigious ‘RAW Hair’ Salon) is here to explain everything you need to know.

  • If you find you have been wearing your hair in pony tails you will probably find that short hair suits you. By putting your hair back in a pony tail exposes your face shape and structure.
  • The rule off thumb to gaining the most flattering look is to try and manipulate your hair into giving you the illusion of an oval face.
  • Be aware of going short if you have a round face. Short hair will only make your face appear rounder. Having short hair on a square face will make your jaw line more visible this could make the look harder. Avoid a blunt fringe and opt for a flowing sweeping (side) fringe as this will soften your look.
  • You can have fun going shorter, you don’t have to have a drastic cut straight away.
  • Enjoy the journey you are about to go on and try some different shorter styles. Going shorter is more fun then growing it longer considering that hair grows at a rate of 15cm per year!
  • Having short hair does not necessarily mean that you don’t have to style it in the morning. Remember there is no plan B (pony tail) if you are running late. We recommend that short hair should be cut every 4-8 weeks so if your don’t  visit your stylist regularly you will now!
  • When choosing product always look at your hair texture. If you want volume use a dry product, but if it’s separation you desire then wax’s and creams are the way forward; unless your hair is on the thinner side.

And what about STYLING TIPS for short hair?

  • A common concern with shorter hair is that your 9 to 5 hair looks just like your red carpet hair, so why don’t you try and accessorize your locks with a diamante clip or pin, everybody loves a bit of bling, and it also illuminates the face.
  • We all know wearing your hair slicked back is not practical for work but for an event it’s a knock out. The recent Met Ball Gala saw Rita Ora gel her hair back whilst Kate Bosworth had a wet looking bun.
  • Temporary chalk colours will also make you stand out from the crowd. Within an instant you can have a crazy dash of coral or a cool pink textured do!
You can check out more about RAW HAIR on their website.

We’d love to know your views on short hair (love it, loathe it? had it and hated it?) and if you’ve any styling tips for short hair please also leave those in the comments below!



  • Reply Anonymous Saturday 10th November, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I went from long to short this year! I love my short hair. I seem to keep going shorter each time!!

  • Reply kt Wednesday 13th May, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I love having short hair but it just doesn’t suit! 🙁

  • Reply afeijoo Friday 13th February, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Been thinking about this for a year or so. It’d be hard to let go of my waist length hair!

    • Reply Anonymous Wednesday 4th September, 2019 at 10:30 am

      I’m in the exact same position as you !

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 7th February, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Short hair looks fun!

  • Reply xtal_1 Saturday 24th January, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Great blog. Great advice.

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  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 20th January, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’d love a chic bob!

  • Reply compacc123 Wednesday 14th January, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I’d love to be able to go for short hair but with a grabby baby, being able to pull my hair back into a ponytail when he is active is essential!

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 9th January, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    One of my daughters looks really lovely with either short bob hair or lovely long hair – she has awesome waves and curls and looks great either way!

  • Reply amanda6393 Thursday 8th January, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Great to finally see an article for us short-haired gals!!!

  • Reply xlilda Wednesday 7th January, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    A squarish face definitely makes this hard to pull off. I’m still enjoying my long hair so this isn’t for me now.

  • Reply BellaB Monday 5th January, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I keep coming back to look at this photo!

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 30th December, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I’m so tempted, but I worry about keeping it out of my face while busy with stuff like changing nappies…

  • Reply blueruby Monday 29th December, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    i love pixie short hair!

  • Reply kt Monday 29th December, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Have been recently considering cutting my hair, thanks for the tips!

  • Reply lovelyloves Friday 26th December, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Was thinking for a more red carpet look, you could use gel and have it slicked back?

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Wednesday 24th December, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Short hair is not for me but some good tips for those with short hair!

  • Reply rpolly Tuesday 23rd December, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve recently had my long hair cut short, and I love it! I love the idea of adding a diamante clip for some bling, or experimenting with colour chalks.

  • Reply lovelyloves Tuesday 23rd December, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I love Lauren’s new do! Very daring. I think I would go short after the wedding!

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