If you feel inspired by the number of A-listers debuting chin-grazing hair transformations but aren’t sure whether you can pull off short hair, take heed of the 2.25 rule. Devised by hair legend John Frieda, the 2.25 rule requires you to grab a ruler and pencil before you reach for the shears. Joseph Maine, brand ambassador of Color Wow and a senior hairstylist at Frieda’s Serge Normant New York location, explains how to implement the rule.
Place a pencil horizontally under your chin
Hold a ruler vertically below your ear to meet the pencil
Take the measurement of where the two intersect
If your measurement is below 2.25 inches, it means that you’re likely a good candidate for a pixie or bob.
The reason behind this, explains the hairstylist, is that “short hair generally looks good on people with small, rounder heads and face shapes.” However, some beauty rules are meant to be broken. “There are plenty of ways to cheat a short haircut for longer face shapes,” says Maine, sharing his tips to pulling off short hair below.
Small, round face: Anything from above the ear to below the chin.
Full, round face: Keep hair at least 2 inches below the chin or lob.
Long face: Let hair fall shortly below the chin, with a bit of fringe or face-framing wisps.
Square face shape: Implement a middle part to chin-length strands.
Heart face shape: Variations of the fringe look great, and most lengths will work.
Oval shape: Good news – most lengths work for this face shape.