Getting a new haircut is a bit like deciding what you're going to eat in a fancy restaurant, sometimes you just don't know until the exact moment someone asks you what you want. Other times, it's all too easy to choose too quickly and end up with something you don't really like. So, before you head to the salon, it's wise to be at least a little prepared. Make sure you have an idea of the kind of thing you think you would like. Then, once you're there, ask your stylist for a little advice before you make the leap toward a totally new look.
There are also a few other things you need to think about when picking a new hairstyle. Styling time, silhouettes, texture and length all need to be considered and you should also think about whether or not your new cut will be smart and/or formal enough for work.
One major thing you really need from your chosen haircut is for it to reflect your personal style and personality. If you leave the salon feeling like your hairstyle is no longer your own, something has gone wrong. For this exact reason, it's really important to have a good idea of what you want from your new cut before you book an appointment. This way, you'll be able to explain it all to your stylist and make sure you're both on the same page. It can also help to take along photos of cuts you like, or at least to study them beforehand so you can be crystal clear when describing them.
It's also really useful to know exactly what you don't want your hair to look like. For example, if you tend to wear mainly classic attire, an edgy rockabilly style might not be a look you need to investigate.
Be practical, too
The amount of maintenance and styling time required are two huge factors when you get a new haircut. If you don't want to spend a lot of time and money on frequent trims, a style with a little more length might be a good option. Similarly, if you don't have a lot of time to spend styling your hair, a cut that works with your natural hair texture is probably your best bet.
Collaborate with your stylist to figure out what kind of hairstyle will be the best fit for you, and to find out what kinds of styling options you'll have after your cut, too.
Keep it simple
Before styling your hair outside of the salon, you should invest in a few versatile products for flexible, everyday use. Products that don't dry hard are best as they allow for any necessary re-shaping you may need/want to do throughout the day. Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum does just that, with a low-shine finish and long-lasting hold. For those of you who prefer to keep your hair matte, Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper Fix Putty also boasts strong hold and plenty of control, only with a sharp, shine-free finish.
After all that, we hope you're ready for that all-important haircut now!
If you've totally changed your mind, however, we have a gallery full of long hair inspiration, too...