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NEED TO KNOW: The Expert Guide to Short Hair


04 . 15 . 16
Nina Aghadjanian

Nina Aghadjanian

Associate Social Media Manager at Mane Addicts
Nina Aghadjanian

When your long-hair-don’t-care-lifestyle starts to feel stale, there’s only one thing to do about it: take the cropped ‘do plunge. If short hair is unknown tresses territory to you, chill—we turned to veteran hairstylist from Nine Zero One Salon, Tim Dueñas, for the do’s and dont’s of going short so that you can face the shears like it’s NBD.

Short Haircut by Tim Duenas

Short Haircut by Tim Duenas


  1. Keep it easy: Shorter hair should be workable, manageable, and less effort. I come from a wearable hair ideology. Meaning. Wake up, look gorgeous.
  2. Have a great shape when having short hair.
  3. Make your hair current—look at the trends and avoid shapes and styles that are to a-line or conjure up a decade past.
  4. Have a good amount of texture.  Use irons, and product. To achieve your dream. Ask your stylist to give you a tutorial on styling options. Even when your hair is effortless you want to have options to dress it up.
  5. Make sure the length is still workable for you. Enjoy the ride up. Short hair is a lot of fun. Start with an intermediate length and and enjoy it for a bit. On your next visit go shorter. You will also become more comfortable with the styling and overall appearance of the short haircut.
  6. Stay open to your stylists’ advice. They tend to have the inside track on what’s trending. Come in with ideas and pictures. But, the best ideas are usually those created by a conversation. Be open to input and your stylist should be as well.


  1. Think it is the same haircut you had in eighth grade. Times have changed and you’ve grown up. Also, you have now picked your own stylist. Not your parent.
  2. Go extreme a-line.
  3. Cut your hair on a whim. Seriously, think it through. Emotional decisions tend to lead to regrets, and extensions are expensive.
  4. Get a new look that requires too much styling for you to handle. It’s important to know how to work with your new look. This way, you get the most out of the new look. Enjoy the ride up and ask for tutoring from your stylist. Get something that is a great shape and wears well.
  5. Forget to smile.  You have an awesome new short haircut. You look great!

Short Haircut by Tim Duenas

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