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Would You Look Good With Short Hair? Try This Simple Trick

Jun 18th 2015 at 1:29 AM

A brief summary of the 2.25-inch rule: Grab a ruler and a pencil. Place the pencil horizontally under your chin and the ruler vertically at your earlobe (see the image above). If the pencil and the ruler meet at a point less than 2.25 inches from your ear, chop away. If the distance is greater than that, Robinson says to step away from the scissors.


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I asked a few trusted hairstylists how reliable this "rule" really is.

"It's a good rule, but there are always exceptions," says hairstylist Kerrie Urban, who filled me in on other key concerns, like texture and face shape. "If someone has thin hair and a long face, the hair will actually look fuller if it's kept on the shorter side," she says. And with the right cut, short hair can be used to strategically balance face shape, says Eva Scrivo, a hairstylist and New York City salon owner. She suggests longer, sideswept bangs that hit just below the cheekbones for longer faces.

Hairstylist Matt Fugate says it's better to look at the big picture than to rely on one rule. "It's not just about your face; it's about your entire body, your lifestyle, and what you want to portray," he says.

So although Halle Berry, Emma Stone, and Katie Holmes all look great with short hair according to the 2.25-inch rule, there's hope for the rest of us. Hairstylist Tim Rogers says that if a short haircut is slightly longer in the front, it's likely to flatter a longer face, too. "Think Coco Rocha," he says. That's enough proof for us.

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