I miss my waist length hair with a passion. I’m still patiently waiting for it to grow back to my waist. There are so many wonderful things about long locks. However, I can’t completely discredit the cool things about short hairstyles either. Now that my strands are shorter, I’ve definitely realized the pros and cons of long hair.
Pros And Cons Of Waist Length Hair
There are so many advantages, but there is a downside to everything. Make sure that you consider both the pros and cons of long hair before you decide if it’s right for you.
There Are More Hairstyles
When you have longer hair, you can do almost any hairstyle with it. Hairstyles like casual curls will always look great. Want a messy bun? No problem. You can pull off any braid, etc. Getting creative with your hairstyle can be a fun Saturday afternoon.
When it is shorter, that’s not usually the case. You need a bit more to work with to really pull off a great messy bun. Braids are going to be short, and ponytails might stick straight up.
Fewer Salon Trips
If you want a particular cut for short hairstyles, you’ll find yourself heading back to the salon every two weeks for a quick trim. On average, growth is ½ inch per month. That’s not a lot for longer strands. It is a bit much when you’re trying to maintain a cute pixie haircut.
If You Love Attention, You’ll Get It
When I first died my strands platinum blonde, I had a child approach me in the grocery store and ask if I was an angel. This was not prompted by his parents. (They were rather embarrassed.) I got a lot of compliments. I’m still pretty without out, but I can assure you I don’t get as much attention.
It’s More Expensive
More hair is going to cost you more. You spend more money on everything from shampoo to other products. A professional dye job can cost double because they have to use double the amount of dye. If it is even longer, it’s going to cost even more. (This is one of the huge pros when it comes to the pros and cons of short hair.)
You’ll Spend More Time Getting Ready
You can’t simply run your hand through your hair and walk out the door like you can with short hair. In fact, running your fingers through it might be almost impossible. You’ll need more time in the morning to run a brush through it and style it. Taking a shower will also take more time.
Shedding Is A Real Problem
When I had longer hair, it was everywhere. It was on everyone’s clothing. Cooking without pulling it into a ponytail was not an option. Now that it’s getting longer, I discovered the hard way that I have to pull it back. Strands also wind up on furniture, other people’s things, etc. It’s become a part of life.
Maintenance Is A Must
You might not be headed to the salon every two weeks with long hair, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to maintain it. In fact, you have to maintain it more. If you don’t take care of your hair as it grows, it can get dry, scraggly, and thin. DIY deep conditioning treatments, leave in conditioner, and knowing how often you should wash it are just a few of the things that you’ll need to keep in mind if you want long, luxurious locks.
Which Is Easier To Maintain Long Hair Or Short Hair?
A bob haircut is the easiest to maintain. You still need to do conditioning treatments and other things to keep your hair healthy, but you can do those in your own time. This hairstyle is truly one that you can simply run your fingers through and be done. That is the one thing I miss about my previous chin length hair. As a single mom, it was awesome looking put together with almost no effort on those busy mornings.
Does Long Hair Make You Look Older?
No, it doesn’t, provided that it’s taken care of. Long, thick hair often reminds us of youth. However, long scraggly hair might make you look older. Grey strands will also contribute to whether your hairstyle makes you look older than your age.
I miss my hair, and can’t wait to have it back. However, waist length hair isn’t for everyone. It does take more time and maintenance when compared to short hairstyles.