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Super Short vs. XXL Long: Which Length Is Right for You?

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short hair vs. long hair

A lengthy debate.

Once our luscious locks grow out, we're all faced with the same dilemma: to cut or not to cut? It's a tough decision, and one that shouldn't be made with haste. Since the only thing worse than a bad haircut is the post-cut regret, we're helping you compare the pros and cons to both super-short and super-long hair, ahead. Not sure if you're ready to part with your long locks just yet? That might change after reading this!

SHORT HAIR

Pros: One of the biggest benefits of going short is the elimination of split ends. This can be especially beneficial to your mane after a long summer filled with beach days and frequent dips in chlorine swimming pools. What's more, less hair on your head means less hair to maintain, which can shave time off your morning and shower routine. If you're a low maintenance gal (or just really lazy-no judgments!), super-short hair could make your life easier. Gone are the days of waiting hours for your long locks to air-dry; super-short hair should dry in no time flat. And did we mention that styling short hair is a total breeze?

Cons: For all the ease that comes with having short hair, there are a few things you'll miss out on. For starters? Ponytails! Having hair that's too short to tie up, braid back or even pull into a low bun may be less-than-ideal during the summer when the temps are hotter than hot. Plus, if your hair is prone to frizz in high-humidity temps, tying your strands back into a sleek topknot won't be an option...which brings us to our next point. Hairstyles for short hair are arguably fewer in number compared to long hair. If you're someone who likes to play around with different styles and trends, having super short hair may be limiting.

Top tip: Don't be afraid to ask your stylist if the short chop you're itching for will suit your face shape. They'll be able to make recommendations that can help influence your decision.

LONG HAIR

Pros: Long hair is incredibly versatile. From beach waves to elegant updos, there's no shortage of hairstyles to take for a whirl. Seriously, the possibilities are endless! You can even spend hours perfecting the ultimate hair flip-something the shorter-haired gals don't have the luxury of doing.

Cons: Long hair will take a longer time to style and maintain. That's more time spent brushing, shampooing, conditioning, drying, etc. Longer hair is also more prone to knots upon waking, so heed with caution if you're not a morning person. As such, gals that are always on the go or enjoy a jam-packed schedule may want to book a cut. Maintaining longer locks will certainly eat up more of your time comparatively.

So, who wins in the lengthy debate of super long vs. super short hair? We'll leave that for you to decide!

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