It’s almost January 1st—which means it’s the perfect time to get yourself out of old ruts and start the new year with a fresh outlook and a positive attitude. A complete hair change can make you feel like a new person. There are some things to consider before you take the plunge, however. Here’s a guide to making sure your change will be one you’ll love.
Do Your Homework
First and foremost, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Don’t just fall in love with a style and jump in without a little research. Here are some questions to ask:
- How long does the cut you’re considering take to style? Carefully consider the amount of time you’re willing and able to put in every morning. A heavily layered short style with bangs for your curly hair might look great when you walk out of the salon, but you may need to spend some time every morning making sure it doesn’t look like a clown wig.
- How often will you need to get your hair redone? For example, having your blond hair dyed black will require salon touch-ups every few weeks if you don’t want extremely visible roots. Make sure you’re up for this level of commitment before you make any decisions.
- Does the look you want work with your hair? If your hair is damaged, extremely thin or thick, or has other unique characteristics, this will limit your choices. Your stylist is the best person to advise you here. He or she can give you an honest opinion on whether the style you want will suit your hair.
Prepare Your Loved Ones
There’s nothing worse than changing your entire look and arriving home to see a look of horror on your husband’s or roommate’s face. Some people just don’t handle change well, so it’s best to ease them into it. Before you head out for your salon appointment, tell them you’re planning to make a big change so it won’t be such a shock.
Scared? Take It Slow!
If you’re nervous about such a huge change, try taking it in stages. You can start with just the dramatic cut or color rather than having both done at once. Once you’ve gotten used to the change, you can decide whether you want to go back and do the rest.
Don’t forget, one of the best things about hair is that it will grow back. Talk to your stylist, take a deep breath, and go for it—you’ll love the new you!