This year's biggest haircut trend is— without a doubt—the mid-length. The "middy," "lob," or "inbetweener" as it has been coined, sits just above the shoulders and is the perfect move-on length for those of us attached to long tresses (including extensions).
Hair trend ringleader, Luke Hersheson—responsible for Sienna Miller's super-hot locks—has pioneered the look and says every long-locked girl should try it. "There's something liberating about this chop," he says. "It's still overtly feminine, soft and sexy—so the worry in losing the length should be minimized."
He finds most women still fear looking "boyish" with shorter hair, "but the joy of this cut is that it actually gives a fresher and more youthful overall look—it's more modern and cooler—whatever your age and whatever your hair type," he says. And it's not just about looking cool; there are multiple reasons why going for the chop can change EVERYTHING. Let these convert you:
1. Your hair gets a new lease of life. It's instantly (and consistently) more bouncy and buoyant. You can mix your hair part and it looks amazing all the time.
2. You locks feel way thicker. With the tips freshly snipped, your hair will feel about five times thicker without any tapered and split ends.
3. It will feel and look healthier. As explained above, this also means healthier hair. Dryness and dullness disappears from the ends and the focus falls on the virgin hair at the roots. Freshly cut strands feel strong yet soft. The perfect combo.
4. You'll feel the need to wash it less. You'll find you require less styling product to both lift the roots and smooth the ends, therefore your hair becomes less congested requiring less washing (and dry shampooing).
5. It air-dries in minutes. Because who needs to heat-style a midi? This is yet another reason your hair will be healthier, because of reduced heat damage. Win-win.
6. It's more versatile. It looks like a 'do in it's own right when you wear it down and do nothing to it, but also being in-betweeny you can still wear it up, wave it, braid it, bun it… And if by some slim chance you actually hate it, you can either cut it all off and go statement-short or reach for the extensions while it grows out.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.