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5 steps to getting the perfect new hairstyle

It isn’t always obvious that getting a new haircut is not the time to be impulsive and spontaneous. A little planning will go a long way to getting a hairstyle that’s absolutely stunning and fitting just for you!

Know Thyself

It’s only human nature to want that which we don’t have; like long, sleek smooth hair when ours is short and naturally wavy. But, when it comes to choosing a new hairstyle it’s not a good idea to solely let your wishes be your guide. You need to be realistic on how much time you are willing to spend on your hair every day to have it look like the picture you have in mind. Notice what your hair does when you let it dry naturally. The further that is from your end desire . . . the more time, heat, and product you will need to work it into submission. In the past has your hair been easier to manage when its one length? How does your hair react to layering? Do you need layering to give height? Added fullness? Add better curl? Softness?

Find the Right Hairstylist

There are good hairstylists and there are those that are not so good. Fear not, there are some steps you can take to give yourself a better chance of getting a better haircut. Ask around – asks friends, coworkers, or any woman with great looking hair (especially if she has your hair type) who they go to. We are all walking advertisements of our hairstylists work. You can also try your local friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for their favorite stylists. People love to help others out with a good stylist referral when they have one. Everyone understands that horrible place to be when you need a haircut and have no one you know to go to.

Don’t Skip the Consultation

The consultation isn’t just for new clients; experienced stylists understand the importance of a consult before grabbing the scissors. If you are new to a hairstylist, let the receptionist know so they can add consultation time into your appointment. Make notes if needed to let the stylist know of problems you’ve had in the past. This is the time to bring out pictures of hairstyles you are interested in or styles you’ve saved on your phone. A picture tells a thousand words. A good stylist knows what will work with your hair type, face shape and lifestyle issues. Try to bring in a few pictures of styles you’re interested in, so if one won’t work, you will have more options.

Styling Products

Even if you’ve found that magic elixir that makes your hair work perfectly, it doesn’t mean it’s the answer to your next new hairstyle. A change of hairstyle will likely need a new styling product to make it work. You may need a serum for a smooth, sleek look, or a volumizing mousse for big voluptuous curls, or a gel to slick your do’ into place, but whatever it takes make sure your stylist shows you what they used so you will be able to get the look at home.

Virtual Makeovers

Virtual makeovers are not hard to find, but some are easier to use and have better results than others. These makeovers may not show you precisely how you would look with Jennifer Aniston or Kim Kardashian’s haircut or color, because it isn’t your hair, but they are the next best thing to it. The key to getting the hair to fit right with virtual makeovers is to follow the directions exactly when taking your picture. Keep your head straight and centered for best results. It’s easy to upload your picture and try on any celebrity hairstyle you desire. InStyle has a great Virtual Makeover that has a mobile app as well as their original online version of makeovers.

Getting out of a ‘hair rut’ may not always mean you need to do a total makeover. Ask your hairdresser if they can suggest some ways to assimilate a current trend into your basic style. Sometimes a different bang style or adding face framing layers or simply texturizing the hair is all it takes to get the perfect new look!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.