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Have you ever gone to the salon with your dream haircut in mind only to turn around for the big reveal with a huge sinking feeling as you catch your reflection in the mirror? We’ve been there—it happens to the best of us. That’s why, before hopping into your stylist’s chair at the salon, it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few simple questions before deciding on a new haircut.
If other people’s opinions, a recent breakup, or your favorite celebrity’s new ‘do is swaying you to get a little scissor happy, consider holding out for a while to think about whether or not you really want to get a new haircut. When you make an impulse decision, you may end up regretting getting that haircut altogether. What’s more, if you base your cut entirely on what’s trending at the moment, you might not be taking into consideration whether that particular hairstyle complements your features. And sometimes, when a haircut is super-trendy, it’ll fade from popularity pretty quickly—leaving you to grow your style out for the next few months. Long story short: Make sure you want whatever haircut you’re thinking of getting because it flatters your face and your personal style. (These are the best short haircuts for summer.)
You already know that you should think about your sense of style—as well as your skin tone—when coloring your hair. When it comes to getting a new haircut, you should take your style and your face shape into account. That’s because depending on the way your hair is cut, certain facial features could end up looking more prominent—and if you choose a cut that’s not the most complementary to your face shape, you might end up highlighting features you’d rather not.
To make sure that the cut you choose fits your face shape, sit down with your stylist and discuss your options. You should also think about how much maintenance your new haircut will require. If you’re a low-key kind of gal, for example, then a super-short pixie cut might not be the right haircut for you, since you’ll have to get trims often. (Find the best haircut for your face shape here.)
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to make a big chop, one of the best ways to help make up your mind is to find out if you will be able to donate your locks. A new haircut + contributing to a good cause? Yes, please!
An easy way to see what a new haircut will look like on you before making that commitment is to download an app where you can upload your picture and try on different styles. Gotta love technology these days!
We’ve all been in a stylist’s chair wondering the same thing: Will I be able to create this look on my own? Professionals are able to create bouncy blowouts, sleek-looking strands, and the most beautiful-looking curls. But will you be able to do the same at home with your new haircut? You want to make sure that you choose a haircut that you’ll be comfortable styling on a daily basis.
Once you’ve found the perfect new haircut, air dry your mane to perfect by applying the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to towel-dried hair, then let your hair do its thing.
If you want a new haircut for summer, check out our article, 5 Summer Haircuts That Are On-Trend for 2017, for ideas.