Tips for a Hair Makeover
Are you still sporting the same hairstyle you had in college? Is your 'do too high maintenance for your life these days? Or are you simply in need of a little boost? If so, it's time for a hair makeover! To see big results, you don't necessarily need big change; a few highlights, some layers, or a little shaping may be all you need for a whole new you! But before you make your appointment, there are a few things you should consider in order to make your makeover a success!
Consider Your Options
Do you want to a drastic change or something subtle, like a trim, adding some layers, texturizing, or bangs? When deciding on a cut, think about your lifestyle and how much time you want to spend on it each day. Discuss this honestly with your stylist before he or she begins cutting. Consider if the cut will be workable on those days when you don't have time for a shower until 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
And don't underestimate the power of a little color! Go for a complete transformation with a whole new color or just a few streaks. Even some subtle highlights can make all the difference in the world. One hot new trend is to place the highlights on underneath layers to give your hair depth and emphasize movement.
Have an Idea in Mind
Don't expect to walk into the salon, sit down in your stylist's chair and say "Do whatever you want," or "What do you think we should do?" He or she can certainly work with you to come up with ideas for a new look, but at least have an idea of length, shape, etc. If you find it hard to imagine what a certain cut or color will look like on you, check out one of the many online hair sites that allow you to upload your photo and try out different cuts and colors on your photo or on a virtual model. Play around with the software on Hairfinder for ideas.
It will be infinitely easier for your stylist (and he or she will love you forever) if you come with several pictorial examples of your dream cut, or at least close approximations. Cut pictures out of magazines or bring in photos of your best friend whose cut you covet, or print out the results of your experimentations on Hairfinder.
But a word of advice: If you are dying for a specific star's look, don't be disappointed if you can't quite replicate it - you may have drastically different hair than your idol and your face shape may not look best with that cut. Ask your stylist if you think you'd look good with your examples and take his or her advice. This goes for color, too. You may really want to be platinum blond, but your skin tone and natural hair color may look much better as a honey blond.
Allow Extra Time
When you make your appointment, let the receptionist or your stylist know that you'd like a consultation before you begin cutting so they can add in some extra time. Your stylist will appreciate the advanced notice, the booking receptionist will thank you, and you'll get your stylist's undivided attention and best work.
Learn to Do the 'Do
Ask your stylist for product recommendations and to show you how to recreate your 'do at home. Nothing's worse than loving your cut when you walk out of the salon, only to hate it the day after when you can't get the same look.
Don't forget to maintain your new cut and color. Schedule a trim and a color touch-up at least every six weeks to avoid looking shaggy and faded.
The right cut 'n' color can make you feel like a whole new woman, but only when it's done right. Do your homework, be honest with your stylist, and then sit back and enjoy the new you!