Although long hair has been the beauty standard since the beginning of time, a lot of our natural hair sistas are now sporting a short do’. Whether it’s because you’ve undergone the ‘big chop‘ or because you just needed a change, there are a few surprising advantages to having short hair.
1. Stronger Ends
New growth equals stronger hair simply because it has not been around long enough to be exposed to the elements, manipulation and wear and tear that come naturally as the hair ages. Basically shorter hair is stronger, period. As long as you are not causing damage to your hair by heat, over manipulation and chemicals, your ends are the strongest of them all!
2. More Styling Manipulation
The advantages of having shorter hair not only means less manipulation (if you can keep your hands out of your hair in those idle moments, lol) but also being able to withstand a little more manipulation than longer lengths. As previously mentioned, new growth is stronger and can handle a little more manipulation than longer hair, which is why there are women (like Amber Rose) who rock short haircuts and dye their hair every color under the sun but still have healthy hair. The constant cutting of your ends to achieve a shorter look eliminates damage that occurred while using a chemical such as dye.
3. Water is Your Best Friend
We all know water is your best friend regardless of length but if you are a shorty, you really have the comfort of enjoying Mother Nature’s greatest gift without the process of protective styles or sectioning to reduce tangling, not to mention air-drying short hair is a dream!
4. Protective Styling WHAT?
The length of short hair is automatically a protective style within itself since your ends will not be in friction with any clothing articles you may be wearing. No matter what your hair type texture, if hair is above shoulder length you have more freedom to wear your hair out without risking damage from friction.
5. Less Time
The hands of time are on your side! With less hair you save time on everything from detangling, washing to styling. With less time doing yiour hair, you’re more likely to be on time for that special event, and can catch a few more winks in the morning.
6. Easier Detangling
The longer/older your strands are, the more susceptible they are to feathering; when your ends are thinner and finer than your roots due to wear over time. Feathering leads to tangling, single strand knots and split ends.
7. Product Usage
More money more problems…Less hair less products! Rockin short styles obviously means less product usage, saving you money.