How to tell if short hair will suit you

How to tell if short hair will suit you

A string of celebrities have gotten the chop lately, so it’s understandable if you’re tempted to switch to a shorter hairstyle.

But do you know whether it’ll actually suit you? I know, it’s not a life or death decision – but it’s not as if you can grow it all back overnight. Amirite?

Thankfully, there’s a clever hair hack to take the guesswork out of your haircut.

Discovered by hair guru John Frieda, the 2.25″ (or 5.5cm) rule is a magic measurement that tells you which hair length you’ll rock best: long or short.

Speaking to, Senior Stylist at John Frieda Salons UK Giles Robinson says “it’s all about the angles”.

“John studied faces and saw that the angle of the jaw bone determined whether or not someone would look best with short hair or long hair,” he explains.  

According to Robinson, the test gives a trusted measurement that indicates whether a face is better suited to short or long hair.

As someone who recently got the chop without measuring her jawbone first, I’m a little nervous about trying it! But here goes…

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Step 1: Position a pencil or pen under your chin horizontally and then place a ruler under your ear, vertically.

Step 2: Take your measurement from the intersection of the pencil and ruler.

Step 3: Moment of truth: Anything less than 2.25″ and you’d look amazing with short hair. If it’s more than this, long locks are the most flattering choice for you.

It turns out, I suit short hair. Phew!

Not sure whether the test is entirely accurate? Well, it seems to work with Audrey Hepburn and Kim Kardashian…

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At the end of the day though, I still say you should be able to get whatever haircut you want! Changing your beauty look can only be a good thing (YOLO). 

Are you thinking about getting the chop? Or are you painstakingly growing out a shorter style?

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