What you don't want to do is to go from long to short and then find that you regret it. One way around this is to go from long to medium. There are some really good medium length hairstyles around at the moment. In fact, medium length hair looks good in the sedu style. Layering is another option you might consider as this can have a softening effect on the face.
Many women with long hair want a change every once in a while, and think about medium length hairstyles. The question then is if you fancy a new style, should you have your hair cut? Before you get scissor happy, go and see your hairstylist. A good hairstylist will be able to tell you whether shorter hair would suit you, whether you need to cut your hair to achieve the style you want, and what sort of style might suit you best.
Medium length hair is quite versatile because you can still wear it up or braid it if the fancy takes you. On the other hand, you just might be fed up with messing around with straighteners and hairdryers everyday - in which case, you may want to consider a short style.
There are some great looking hairstyles around at the moment but don't make up your mind without taking your face shape into consideration. Very short hair does not suit everyone, nor does long hair, which is probably why medium is quite a popular length.
Cropped short or cute and curly are about the only styles that don't need much maintenance. When it comes down to it, other than the drying time, medium length hair can take almost as much looking after as long hair. However, if you are determined to have your hair cut, then play it safe and start the ball rolling with one of the latest medium length hairstyles.