Whether you are looking to reinvent yourself entirely, or just spice up your current look, choosing a hairstyle can be daunting. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Think of choosing a hairstyle as embarking on an adventure. Sure, it might not always be easy, but it will be tremendously rewarding! Before you set off on your journey, there are a few things you should consider.
The first is doing your research! Of course, your research probably brought you here in the first place, so you’re already well on the way to success. To keep your winning streak going, have a look at some of our tips on choosing a hairstyle. Hopefully, they will help keep you on the right track.
1. Photos are your friend when choosing a hairstyle
Have you ever tried to visualise the perfect hairstyle without any help from photos? It’s not easy! Of course, there is a lot to recommend giving your next hairstyle some solid thought and consideration. But collecting all your thoughts and turning them into something that your stylist can work with is almost impossible! Instead of keeping all of your ideas in your head, turn them into research. It might seem like an obvious step but get to work on Pinterest, or Instagram.
If you can find someone who has what you are looking for, it can be a game changer for two reasons. Firstly, it allows you to see your ideas in action and ask the hard-hitting question: does it look the way you imagined it would? Secondly, it will allow you to get your stylist on board. Trying to describe your desired cut without visual aid is a recipe for disaster. With a photo, you can make sure that you and your stylist are on the same page.
2. Work with your hair – don’t work against it!
This is one of the hardest parts when it comes to choosing a hairstyle. Everyone has been there; you see the perfect hairstyle and simply must have it. But it is dead straight and you are rocking a glorious head of curls. Or perhaps it’s the other way around. In either case, you have a conundrum on your hands. Do you drop everything and pursue the style of your dreams? Or do you cut your losses and work with what you have? Ariana Finlayson, of Cosmopolitan, puts it bluntly when she says ‘be realistic.’ There is certainly an element of truth to this, but we like to frame it a little differently. Don’t think of your hair as holding you back; rather, think of it as your most powerful point of difference. After all, while you are longing for that shiny straight-haired look, someone is probably desperate to have your gorgeous curls!
3. Think about your lifestyle – how much work can you afford to put in?
You probably already know this, but it is worth saying anyway – hair can be hard work! There is an abundance of styles, lengths and colours available to you. And this world of incredible hairstyles is your proverbial oyster! You can choose from any number of options and, depending on your hair type, you are basically unrestricted. So the temptation is always there to go for something downright spectacular! But, amid all the excitement in the world of hairstyles, there is one thing that is easy to overlook: the work that goes into maintaining your look.
If you are prepared to put in the work everyday to keep your fantastic new look going, then go for gold! However, if time is at a premium in your life and you simply can’t afford to spend too much of it on your hair, that’s worth keeping in mind. Don’t dismay though! When choosing a hairstyle, there are plenty of fantastic options that require minimal upkeep.
4. Talk to your stylist
When it comes to choosing a hairstyle, your stylist will have a wealth of advice to offer! If you have an idea in mind, but aren’t quite ready to commit, your stylist is the perfect person to put your mind at ease. You can always float your ideas past them during a routine appointment. Perhaps even bring in a photo or two and ask for some advice. This approach will help you immeasurably! Your stylist knows your hair type, so they will have a pretty clear idea of what will work, and what won’t. And the best part is that you don’t have to rush into anything if you aren’t ready!
5. Don’t forget to work with the seasons!
Different times of year work well with different hairstyles. And this is more than just a fashion thing! Different hairstyles require varying degrees of maintenance in different weather conditions. They can also affect your comfort, but usually only if you live somewhere very hot. Often, winter styles are a little more restrained. That is because winter conditions can be a nightmare for your hair! Dry winds and cold temperatures can very easily damage your hair, so beware! Spring and summer are great times to get a bit experimental, as the seasonal conditions are decidedly more forgiving. Again, you stylist is the go-to authority on these matters and he or she will no doubt have some great advice!
6. If you know someone with the hairstyle you want, ask them about it!
So you have expert opinions from your stylist, you have the research to back them up, and you have a whole folder of pictures. What now? Well, if you are still a bit unsure you can widen your net of research! If you know someone with the hairstyle you want, ask him or her about it. It might be helpful to get an idea of what it’s like to have that style on a day-to-day basis. Does it take a lot of work to maintain? Did it take long to get it cut? These small questions might just be enough to fill in the gaps for you and help you make up your mind!
7. Make sure you choose the right stylist as well!
Now that your journey of choosing a hairstyle is coming to an end, you need to seal the deal! And you don’t want just anybody to make it happen for you. You want the best of the best and that is exactly what you deserve! So choose the perfect hair stylist for you and enjoy the rewards of your dedicated research!