Before you head to your next appointment, you should have a plan. Do you want to keep your style the same, change it up, or try something new? While you might wake up one morning dying to chop of eight inches or try a new all-over color, you want to make sure you’re actually ready for that big change – it’s not something you can reverse, at least not right away.
Before you decide to make a change and transform your style, here are some things you should consider.
Do I have the time and energy to learn a new style of clothing?
A brand new cut and color is an easy way to feel like you’ve made a big change. But if you’re juggling a lot in your life, you might not have time to learn how to style and maintain your new ‘do. Weigh the pros and cons of your schedule, and make sure you have enough time to dedicate to playing around with your new look – or you might end up regretting the change.
What colors match my skin tone?
Consider your skin tone before you decide on a new color. If you have skin with pink undertones, choose cool or ashy hues. The same is true for the other way around – if your skin is a cooler tone, look for warm hair colors to bring out the best you.
It is important to consider the seasons when choosing a new hair color. Your skin will be different in summer than it is in winter so your hair color should reflect that. You can lighten your hair by adding highlights to dark tones or lighter hair. This will make you more comfortable for warmer seasons. Darker hair or lowlights can help you feel more comfortable in colder months.
You can maintain your color-treated hair with products that are specifically designed for it, no matter what color you choose. Try Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Daily Shampoo and Color Protect Daily Conditioner for any colors, or Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for blonde and gray hair.
Can I keep a new style, color and/or cut?
Ask your stylist about the maintenance required for your cut and color. If you need to schedule appointments every three to four weeks to maintain your highlights or new cut and you don’t have availability in your schedule, you might want to search for a lower maintenance style. But being busy doesn’t mean you can’t have a great look – it just means that you want to find a style that best fits your lifestyle. Selecting your signature style will be easy when you find the right stylist.
Are the products I need?
You need the right products to achieve the same look as when you leave your stylist. You can create a salon-quality style by using a combination of two or three products, such as a volumizer and a thermal protector. Ask your stylist for recommendations and if possible, buy directly from your salon. If you aren’t in a position to buy products during your appointment, find them in the Amazon online store, then enter your stylist’s name at checkout to send them the commission.
It can be difficult to choose a new style for your hair. But, the first step is making the decision. And if a big change makes you nervous, opt for more gradual changes – you don’t have to rush to look and feel great.