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Trend Alert: 5 Top Tips for Short Hair

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:04

It's a super-trend that's gaining momentum at a rate of knots. While devotees of long hair never tire of its versatility, suitability and fashion credentials, short hair is about to have its day, with models willingly chopping of their long locks to walk the runways!

TONI&GUY international artistic director, Cos Sakkas, says short hair gives the wearer the sense of freedom and individuality. “Women are no longer willing to be cloned; everyone wants their own individual style,” he explains. “Your hair is the most important fashion accessory you own but can’t be changed quite so easily as a pair of shoes or a handbag. However, modern hairdressing tools and products, combined with the advice from a professional stylist, means it can be worn in different ways and with different textures.” 

So why is short hair having a resurgence? And are you and your stylists ready to offer cuts to those who have adorned long hair for so many years. “If someone wants to go shorter there are certain things you should consider during the consultation,” continues Cos. “Firstly, who’s idea is it to go short – the stylist, or has the client brought in a picture? If you are recommending a client cuts her damaged lengths off or suggesting a change in style, put together a style plan over the period of a year so it isn’t a shock from long to short. Take the client on a journey so they enjoy the experience and build their confidence and comfort with you. If it is the client wanting to go short, the basics of suitability should be the first thing you assess. Face shape, hair texture, their lifestyle and the ability to maintain the look at home. Recommend colour placements and product choice to highlight the focal points of the haircut. When it comes to a short haircut your professional opinion of style and suitability is worth more than the technical cut itself. Only you can say whether it will suit their face and lifestyle or whether something a little longer would be best.”

COS OFFERS THESE TOP TIPS FOR CUTTING AND STYLING SHORT HAIR: 

1 Update your knowledge. Know your foundation cutting techniques and attend a refresher course if need be. 

2 Suitability is key. Understand face shapes and what works with different bone structures. How short should you go? Will a short hair work with a fringe or the natural texture of their hair? 

3 Recommend products. Understand how different products can work on shorter styles and offer advice on finishing the hair effortlessly. 

4 Individual style. Don’t cut hair short to fit into a trend. Short hair is all about individuality but if it doesn’t suit the wearer, advise something that does. 

5 Understand growth patterns. Make sure your haircut will transform as it grows out – clients won’t necessarily return every 6-8 weeks so want to look good during that time. You want them to come back because they want to go shorter, not because it’s grown out looking a mess! 

 

Hair: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY, London

Make-up: Lan Nguyen-Grealis

Styling: Sara Dunn

Photos: Jack Eames

 
  • Hair: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY, London



  • Hair: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY, London



  • Hair: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY, London



  • Hair: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY, London



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