Hairdresser of the year ... Joey Scandizzo.

Hairdresser of the year ... Joey Scandizzo.

It’s time to be brave and take it off. Long, layered hair is out according to Joey Scandizzo and if anyone knows, he does - he was last night named the 2012 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at Hair Expo at the Sydney Convention Centre.

''We’ve had long, layered styles for women around since the start of 2000 and there’s only so long you can wear that style before everyone gets tired of it,'' says the Melbourne stylist, a six-time award finalist.

''Vidal Sassoon used to get around women’s fears of cutting their hair off by just getting on and doing it without asking.'' 

''Long hair’s boring because the thing is, people want that long hair but they never actually do anything with it – it spends the whole time being tied back off their face because that’s the easiest thing to do.''

The shape of things to come ... Sassoon's super short pageboy cut. Click for more photos

Top hair trend: short and sassy

The shape of things to come ... Sassoon's super short pageboy cut. Photo: Supplied

Scandizzo says precision cuts like the pixie cut and bob – which can vary in length from above the ear to the collarbones – are the way forward. ''But it’s not just 'the pixie' or 'the bob' - it’s about getting individual with it and consulting your hairdresser on what’s going to suit you,'' says Scandizzo.

''We’ve done a lot of these kind of makeovers in the salon and to get a chick to cut their hair off isn’t easy, but once they’ve made the move they all say they prefer it. They suddenly discover that they can have a bit more fun with it and it’s actually easier to manage than a really long style.''

If you do still insist on long hair, do something with it, says Scandizzo, who beat eight other hairdressers to take out the prestigious award, now in its 27th year. ''It’s easy to throw some leave-in conditioner in it in the morning and let it dry naturally to enhance your natural curl, to spray in some volumising mousse at the roots and just blast them dry to add volume; or to sleep with your hair in a plait and some leave-in conditioner to give you some body and bounce when you wake up. It really can be that simple.''

Scandizzo says precision cutting was bound to make a comeback after the recent death of Vidal Sassoon. ''He definitely did it the best and he’s also one of my biggest inspirations. I remember hearing that he used to get around women’s fears of cutting their hair off by just getting on and doing it without asking – and look where that got him! He really revolutionised the relationship that women have with their hair, educating them about the different things that can be done with it – that your hair shouldn’t be a chore – and I think it’s time for that to come back and happen again.''

So it's time for the chop. Could you do it? Have you done it? Is long hair really so boring? What's best - long or fashionably short?

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