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Can You Pull Off Short Hair?


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As much as we pine for the waist-grazing strands seen on everyone from Maya Diab to Jourdan Dunn to Beyoncé, we don’t exactly have a glam squad at our disposal to tame Rapunzel-like tresses. Hence the reason the classic pixie—sported by models like veteran Edie Campbell or rookie Isabella Emmack—is so appealing. Not only is a cropped cut like instant air-conditioning in comparison to melting under a mass of long hair during the dog days of summer, but the maintenance is a breeze. “You wake up and you’re good to go,” said Emmack, who ditched her signature length to “stand out and be unique” in a sea of long hair. But before you break out the scissors, take a minute and implement the 2.25 Rule—a trick devised by hair legend John Frieda. “John studied faces and discovered that the angle of the jawbone determine whether someone would look best with short hair or long hair,” explained Giles Robinson, international training director for Color Wow and senior stylist at Frieda’s London locations. Here, the pro explains how a ruler and a pencil can save you from haircut hell.


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1. Place a pencil horizontally under your chin.

2. Next, hold a ruler vertically below your ear.

3. Take the measurement where the two intersect (i.e., the distance between your earlobe and the base of your chin).

4. Is your measurement longer than 2.25 inches? Think twice about losing your length. If the distance is less than 2.25 inches (similar to the proportions of the legendary Audrey Hepburn), then short hair is likely a good fit.

But as is often said in beauty, rules are meant to be broken. If you’re itching for a change or simply want some relief from blowing out your hair come summer, take the plunge and opt for a chop. The best thing about hair: It always grows back.

—Karina Hoshikawa,

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