Hair is extremely emotional. It can take ages to choose and refine a hairstyle that suits your face shape, taste and wardrobe, and the mere thought of altering it may cause you to break out in hives. But there are many reasons to consider reevaluation your ‘do on a fairly regular basis. You CAN outgrow a once-perfect hairstyle. The “perfect” style that you nailed five years ago might not be as “perfect” now if your wardrobe, body or face has shifted. If you’re in college and have been sporting the same style since you were 16, you may look like you haven’t matured. If you’re in your fifties and have been sporting the same style since you were 40, your cut may age you. When people see the same coif without any tweaks, they may focus on how other aspects of you appearance have changed in comparison to your unchanged hairstyle.
Change can be for the better. If you don’t tinker with your hairstyle every so often, you’ll never know if an even better style is possible! There’s a huge difference between “refining” and “changing.” Subtle change can be incredibly effective at keeping your look fresh. Add some layers, get a few highlights or lowlights, explore new updos, get some barrettes or headbands into rotation, add bangs, grow out your bangs, try a new product, add or change color, straighten or curl your locks a few times a week. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul, just a well-considered tweak.
Regularly re-examining your style is a valuable practice. Many of us evaluate our wardrobes and purge out the unnecessary items every SEASON. Forcing yourself to take a long, hard look at your hairstyle about once per year can be just as refreshing. When you stop seeing yourself, you run the risk of stifling your own style. Look often and look honestly at your gorgeous self, and make sure you’re doing your utmost to highlight your best features.
Hair is extremely emotional but — for the vast majority of us — it grows back. You get a tattoo, you’ve changed your appearance for life. You get a haircut, you’ve changed your appearance for about a month. Of course, it can feel like eons if you’re growing out a bad cut and you certainly have to deal with a less-than-perfect look and irritating workarounds in the meantime. But ceasing to explore your hairstyle options for fear of failure may mean you stick with one safe-feeling style your whole life long and never discover the better, easier, more flattering options that may be just a snip away. Re-evaluating and changing up your hairstyle is a relatively low-risk way to push your own boundaries and keep yourself looking fresh.
Joseph Kellner Salon – Orlando, Florida 32819