Spring is here and it feels like a time of renewal so it must be time to lose your tired look and emerge a drastically changed butterfly, right? While we are big huge fans of big time change, read our tips on how to pull it off so that you are prepared and do it right.
What is your motivation for wanting to change things up? Are you tired of your look and feeling stuck in a rut? Wanting something more on-trend? Ready to stand out more? Ready to bring it down a notch? Going through a life change like pregnancy or a break up? While deciding to change your hair, whether through a cut, color, or texture, can be liberating be sure that it is a well thought out decision and not something spur of the moment. Consider your motivation and let that lead you.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Does the new look you are considering fit your lifestyle? A wash-and-go kind of girl is not going to be happy with a style that requires lots of time with heat stylers. If you don’t like spending hours in the salon every few weeks taking your chocolate brown hair to platinum is probably not a great idea. If you work in a conservative environment that gorgeous ombre mermaid color may not be a choice you will ultimately be happy with. It is also really important to consider your unique self- will the cut you covet flatter your face shape and work with your hair texture? How will the color you are wanting compliment your complexion?
There are so many ways to make a big change with big impact. Something as simple as bangs can really freshen up your look, but if you are looking for something bigger think about considering:
Going from long to short- Bobs and pixies are having a moment. If you are a bit gun shy, try a lob (long bob). Jessica Chastain has been sporting an asymmetrical lob that is totally droolworthy.
Short to long- Dreamcatcher extensions can give anyone Victoria’s Secret waves in an afternoon. But keep in mind that they will require some maintenance.
Curly to straight- Brazilian blowouts can change the texture of your hair and give you shiny, Gwennyth style locks.
Going to a structured/asymmetrical cut- tired of boho beachy waves? Try a structured bob or bangs.
Subtle color or highlights for virgin hair- if you have never colored your hair ask your stylist for some subtle bayalaged (hand painted) highlights to frame your face.
Extreme colors- ready to go really big? Try some of the extreme colors that are so hot right now. Rainbow roots, gray, mermaid colors, really anything you can dream up. Be prepared that when making an extreme color change it will likely be a multi-step process and will require you to baby it so that it stays fierce.
Consult with an experienced stylist! Scour magazines and the internet and come armed with pictures when you have your consultation so that you and your stylist can come up with something perfect for you. Your stylist will also let you know what steps you need to take to prep for and maintain your look.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A FAIL
If you end up unhappy with the result the good news is that it’s hair, it’s not permanent! It grows and can be dyed. Again, an experienced stylist is key and can help you get through the process of growing it out or changing the color.