More women have resorted to chopping off their locks for shorter hairstyles that are easier to maintain at home—are you one of them?

Giving our tresses a trim every now and then is not a big deal for most of us. It is encouraged to do so, in fact, to ensure the ends of your hair remains healthy. But when it comes to chopping off your locks for a much shorter 'do, there is usually some hesitation involved. Will you be able to pull off the look? Will you miss your long hair? These questions you ask yourself are perfectly normal. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most of us have been forced to stay home and this means fewer visits to the hair salon.

In fact, more women have opted for shorter hairstyles that are easier to maintain. However, how short should you go and what styles are considered classic or trendy enough?

We speak to James Ho of luxury hair salon Kim Robinson for his insights on shorter hairstyles that have trended so far this year and find out his best tips on how to maintain such looks.  

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What are some of the trendiest short hairstyles in 2021?

JH: More clients are requesting shorter hairstyles as they are working from home more frequently and they want a more ‘effortless’ look. I think various interactions of the ‘lob’ will definitely suit most face shapes and hair textures. Lob haircuts are also ideal for people who want to cut their hair shorter for the first time.

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What is currently the most requested hair colour at Kim Robinson? 

JH: Multi shades of cool tones from brown compliment most people. This colour is an excellent option as it not only looks amazing on different skin tones but it can also be customised to suit the individual’s needs. For instance, Goldwell’s 2021 hair colour trend of Essentialism embraces this kind of diffused softness at every level. It’s a mix of natural and desaturated colours from soft, darker tones to lighter hues, gently illuminated with warmth.

What would you say to someone who wants a shorter hairdo but lacks courage in chopping off their tresses?

JH: I would highly recommend a shorter hairstyle but still leave some length. From there, we can always go [further] and cut it shorter if customers think they are comfortable with it.

What are some of the most requested short hairstyles at your salon?

JH: An increasing number of people are also requesting a more blunt cut as it gives you thick, healthy strands of hair.

Can you share some tips on maintaining short hair? How often should we go in for a trim?

JH: While working from home is now the default for most people, we must also remember how to maintain our hairstyles and take care of our scalp. In fact, product and debris can build up on your scalp if it’s not washed properly. A suggestion of mine is to use the Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub Treatment. This powerful scrub gently polishes the scalp with exfoliating beads to remove oil, dirt and product buildup, while a blend of AHA acids and fruit extracts cleanses pores and nourishes hair. Lastly, do not only remember to wash your hair properly but also keep in mind to go in for a trim every six to eight weeks to maintain the style.

Finally, what are your tips on maintaining hair colour at home?

JH: If you want to keep your hair colour from fading, I would highly recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Oribe also has great options for different hair types, like their Shampoo for Beautiful Colour, which protects against the colour-depleting effects of environmental pollutants and the sun’s UV rays.

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