I recently received a relevant (alliteration fairy!) email from a reader, Chelsea:
In February, I chopped off my long, wavy hair into a chin-length angled bob. I loved it, but not as much as my longer waves. It’s now grown out to a shoulder-grazing length and I was planning to work with my stylist on growing out, but…
I just got laid off and won’t have the money for regular trims. I’m planning to get my haircut in the next month or so, and I was hoping you could give me some direction on a haircut that will look good without constant trims and will look professional and not grown-out.
I’d be more than happy to help, Chelsea. This is a great topic, not only for the recently unemployed (sorry about that!), but for anyone who doesn’t have the time nor the desire to deal with monthly cuts. (Hello, new moms!)
Hair Thursday’s Golden Rules for Recession Hair:
1. Steer clear of short and/or angular cuts.
2. Rethink highlights. Try an at-home semi-permanent color instead.
3. Unless you plan on trimming yourself, don’t even consider blunt bangs. However, a longer sideswept bang can grow out gracefully.
4. Find a haircut that works with your natural hair texture. Straight hair? A shoulder-length bob will be easy to manage. Wavy or curly hair? Go for long, subtle layers to enhance your texture.
5. To avoid the dreaded triangle, be sure to add some layering throughout. Texturizing is a huge bonus for very thick tresses, and will keep hair under control during the lengthy period between salon visits.
6. Remember to utilize your tools and products to keep your style fresh. Flat irons, curling irons, smoothing serums and pomades can dramatically change your day-to-day look!
Here are some stylish cuts that should be able to withstand the long haul.