When it comes to hair, some people are capable (read: brave enough) to make spontaneous decisions.
For most of us, however, any major changes require research, assessment and weighing up the pros and cons with military-worthy precision — especially when it comes to considering a chop. If this sounds familiar, here are the six factors to take into consideration to help you find your perfect hair length.
1. Your face shape
One of the first things your hairdresser will look at will be the shape of your face.
“You need to pick the most flattering length for your face shape and consider the best shape to show off your features,” explains celebrity stylist Kevin Murphy.
"People’s eyes are drawn to straight lines, so you need to make sure the length and the ‘lines’ within your hair cut show off your best features to draw attention to your eyes, cheek bones and jawline."
For rounder faces, sharper or blunt lines can give shape while shorter pixie crops can be styled to add angles and accentuate cheekbones; for those of us with oval faces, strategic layers look great. Both long and straight or short and wavy lengths can help soften square shapes.
2. Your lifestyle
If you're a roll-out-of-bed-and-go kind of person, there's no point going for a high-maintenance length.
"You need to make sure you have a style that suits your lifestyle. If you only have five minutes in the morning, don't get a cut that only looks good when you straighten your hair," says Murphy. (Post continues after gallery.)