Carrie, is that you? Sarah Jessica Parker just debuted a short and sweet blonde bob, and it's giving us major "Sex and the City" vibes. I mean, remember, in season 4, when Carrie chopped off all of her hair for the coifed, cropped bob? It's probably the first time since then that we've seen her hair this short.
To chop or not to chop? That is the question. If you don't have time to pin your hair into a faux bob or use your Photoshop skills to digitally fake one, hairstylist John Frieda has a shortcut to help you decide. The hair expert has found that the angle of the jawbone is what really determines whether someone looks better with long hair or short hair, so he came up with the "2.25 inch test," an easy method for figuring out which camp you fall in.
Hold a pencil horizontally under your chin and place a ruler under your ear vertically. Look at where the pencil and ruler intersect: If the measurement is less than 2.25 inches (think Audrey Hepburn and Halle Berry), your face was made for pixies and lobs; if it's more than 2.25 inches (think Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian), consider a trim instead of a full on chop. Of course, hair texture and face shape play a part in the bigger equation, but this a speedy way to put an end to tirelessly asking your friends, Do you think short hair would look good on me?
We know we certainly have. Going for a dramatically different hairstyle is a big decision, especially if you are unsure it will suit your face shape - trust us, we've tried using hair pins to fake a shorter look and it just doesn't work.
"It's all about 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 figured out an exact, easy to understand measurement that clearly indicates whether a face is suited to long hair or short hair."
If that measurement is less than 2.25 inches, then like Halle Berry and Audrey Hepburn, your face is made for short hair, advises the team at John Frieda. If that measurement is more than that length, like Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker, then long hair will be the most flattering choice.
With a number of female stars, trying out short hair turned out to be a mistake. Sarah Jessica Parker was famous for her iconic long, gorgeous locks on Sex and the City. Sometimes Carrie Bradshaw wore them in ringlet curls, while other times rocked her tresses straightened. But her long hair was as much of her identity as her beloved shoe collection.
The majority of women have long hair, so going short will separate you from the rest. Think of the attention models Linda Evangelista and Anja Rubik received, particularly for their cheekbones, after they chopped off their ubiquitous long model manes.
"Curly hair looks best when it's shoulder length or longer, and with a few layers cut in to keep it from looking bottom-heavy or boxy," says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York salon. Ask for layers that start at your chin and angle down, all around your head. (Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker are good examples.) "The cut is great for curly hair because it helps support the coils and keeps them looking as long and full as possible," says Chris McMillan of Chris McMillan, The Salon in Los Angeles. But beware of making your shortest layers too short, which can make hair look poufy. Hairstylist Jimmy Paul of the Bumble and Bumble salon in New York suggests starting them at your collarbone to avoid unwanted fluff.
Blow-drying can be brutal to curls, leaving them looking fuzzy and puffed beyond recognition. That's why McMillan and his fellow pros suggest laying off the heat and taking a hands-on approach to styling, when possible. Begin by squeezing out all the excess water from your shower. Then, after you've applied leave-in conditioner and worked frizz fighter through your hair (use less if your hair is shorter), take small sections of hair and wrap them around your fingers for 15 to 30 seconds to form unified, shiny ringlets. Make sure to let hair dry at its own pace and keep your hands off: "The less you touch your curls when they're damp, the less likely they are to get frizzy or pull apart," Garren says.
The two most important weapons when you're short on time are a diffuser and a curling iron. A diffuser helps disperse the airflow so curls dry evenly and remain intact. "Don't stop until hair is fully dry," Garren says. "Otherwise it will get fuzzy." When you're finished, a one-inch iron helps refine the spirals and keep them shiny. "You can create different types of curls," hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins says, "For tighter curls, wrap less hair around the iron, and for a looser version, use more."
Follow @gparrishThis short haircut from Ginger is super cute and laid back. We love that she can transform her look by wearing the cut straight or by adding texture to her blonde locks, transforming the style into a wavy bob haircut.
Naturally, we also applied this bangs trend to the bobs of the era, which were delightfully blunt (and look super chic, even to this day). Bangs on short hair seemed even bigger than ever, we surmise to even out the cropped length. No complaints, just hairspray!
Celebrities that epitomize this rule include Halle Berry, Michelle Williams, and Katie Holmes with under 2.25-inch measurements. They all look great with shorter hair. While Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian, and Liv Tyler look the best with long locks.
A bob is probably the best short hairstyle for women given its versatility and popularity. The bob is a short hairstyle that sits at your jawline. It works with a variety of hair types and can really give you a mature look. The Bob looks great with deep side-swoop bangs and lots of volume for a chic look. For extra volume and style, you can learn how to add healthy volume and shape to this hairstyle.
All you do is place a pencil under your chin horizontally and hold a ruler under your ear, vertically. If the intersection of the two measures less than 2.25 inches, your face is made for short hair a la Halle Berry or Audrey Hepburn.
The magic measurement was discovered by hairstylist, John Frieda and it is all about the angles. The angle of the jaw bone determines whether or not someone would look best with short hair or long hair. It is said the result is a trusted, easy and exact measurement that can indicated whether a face (any face) is suited to short or long hair. 2b1af7f3a8