When is it Time to Change your Hairstyle?

Woman who is ready to change her hairstyle
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When was the last time you changed your hairstyle? For some people, dramatic changes in cut, color, or style occur on a fairly regular basis. But others often go many years without significantly altering their hair. However, even if your current hairstyle is flattering to you, it is important to at least make minor updates to ensure that your look is up-to-date.
 
Those who fail to change hairstyles often end up looking outdated or out of touch. Very few people want to walk around sporting the same style they had in high school. While most people don't cling to a style to such an extreme, there are a few factors you should consider in order to determine if it is time to change your hairstyle.
 
1. How long have you had your current hairstyle?
 
If it has been more than two years since you've made any changes to your hairstyle, you should seriously consider revamping your look. If you can't remember the last time you changed your hairstyle, make an appointment with a stylist right away.
 
Start collecting images online and from magazines of hairstyles that you find appealing and bring them to your appointment. Discuss options with your stylist to determine what style will be flattering to you.
 
2. Does your hairstyle reflect who you are?
 
The best hairstyle for you is one that makes you feel good about yourself. If you feel that you are a successful, accomplished person, your hairstyle should reflect your professionalism and sophistication.
 
If your hair projects an image that conflicts with your perception of who you are and what you've accomplished, you should consider changing your style to something more reflective of you and your lifestyle.
 
Girl on a haircut consultation before changing her look
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3. What do others think of your current hairstyle?
 
Of course, your hairstyle should be based on your own personal preferences and not on the opinions of others, but sometimes a little honesty from trusted friends can be very helpful. Ask a few people you trust for input on your current hairstyle. What do they like about your hair? What do they dislike exactly?
 
The way other people perceive us based upon our appearance can be surprising, so it is beneficial to consider what sort of message our hair is sending to others. Friends can offer honest opinions about what sort of image we project.
 
4. Is your hairstyle associated with any particular decade?
 
There are many hairstyles that have become synonymous with certain periods of time. Farrah Fawcett's feathered tresses ruled during the 1970s , while the mullet rose to popularity in the 1980s. The popularity of the television series Friends led to the enormous popularity of Jennifer Aniston's shaggy, layered cut, known to most stylists as "the Rachel."
 
All of these styles were perfectly acceptable at one point in time. However, if your hair is still a perfect replica of Aniston's mid-90s coiffure, you may want to consider a change.
 
While few people have such an extreme problem, failing to change hairstyles can cause you to look outdated or out of touch with modern trends. If your hair is flattering to you, make minor updates to help refresh your look. If you haven't changed your style in a long time and feel it doesn't reflect who you are now, consult your stylist to find a new cut that is best suited to your appearance, personality, and lifestyle.
 
By Susan | Updated | ©Hairfinder.com

See also:
 
What your hairstyle and clothing choices say about your personality
 
Professional hairstyles for women