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Considering a big chop? Minimise shock with this expert advice

Salon Secret
22 August 2019
Considering a big chop? Minimise shock with this expert advice

No matter how seamlessly you’re able to pull off a short hairstyle, going from long, luscious locks to a choppy pixie cut is bound to be a shock to the system! Here are some tips from some of SA’s most respected haircare experts to help ensure that the transition is as smooth and pleasant as it can be.



Go short in stages

L'Oréal Professionnel Educator and Stylist Sonica de Klerk is a firm believer in going shorter gradually, rather than in one big chop. “I always say to clients that they should go shorter in sections, lower back to the bra strap, bra strap to shoulder length, shoulder to short.” This cutting process gives you plenty of time to get used to your new look before taking it to the final extreme.


Lengthen first

If you’re feeling brave and are ready to go shorter right away, instead of cutting your hair in stages, rather ask your stylist to give you a bob hairstyle, or a slightly lengthened version of the trendy chop you’re going for. Representatives of Dark and Lovely agree: “Begin with a slightly longer version of the hairstyle. For example, maintain a slightly longer top, and keep the back and sides longer and wispier. Also, ask your stylist to keep the fringe area no shorter than your nose.”


Ask for advice

There’s a short hairstyle out there for everyone. However, some will look more flattering on you than others. That’s why it’s important to ask your stylist for hair advice before jumping in headfirst.

Julie Rimmer, L’Oréal Professionnel Multi-Regional Educator/Technician, agrees. “Find a style you like and discuss with your stylist whether or not it will suit you. If not, talk about how to tweak it so that it does, e.g. by using a new colour technique,” she advises.

So, to make a long story short – ease into a new cut gradually and always listen to your stylist’s recommendations. If you do, you’re bound to love your new ‘do.

Not ready to go for the big chop? Why not join the natural hairstyle movement instead? Treat your hair to the Mizani Thermasmooth range to keep your hair for a little longer until you’re ready to visit your nearest salon for the professional service. The range offers temporary smoothing while reversing the effects of heat damage on your hair.

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