Now that fall is here, you’ve been feeling tempted to chop off your sun-worn strands. Before you do, you might want to try this nifty trick to determine exactly how you’d look with a significantly shorter ‘do.
What you need: A ruler, a pencil and a mirror.
What you do: Stand in front of the mirror with the side of your face in view. Hold the pencil horizontally so that it’s touching your chin, and then position the ruler vertically beneath your ear so that the pencil and ruler intersect. Next, measure the distance from the bottom of your earlobe to the top of the pencil.
What you’re looking for: If it’s less than two and a quarter inches from your ear to the pencil, green light—short hair (like a chin-length bob) will look great on you. If it’s more than two and a quarter inches, you may want to consider keeping a bit of length (think: a shoulder-grazing lob or longer).
OK, but why is this true? Apparently, it’s less about face shape and more about the angle of your jawbone (says John Frieda stylist Giles Robinson). There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but this is a good test if you’re toying with the idea of shorter hair.
Time to call your hairstylist. For once, you know the exact cut you want.