Often I get asked, “What would you do with my hair if you could do anything?” I get excited when I hear that question, but the answer is not always that easy. There are so many factors to consider ahead of time. Every single one of us is unique in every single way, this includes our hair! While it is helpful to look in magazines for ideas, your hairstyle is not in any of those books! There are many things to consider when it comes to what the best hairstyle is for YOU.
What type of hair do you have?
Is it straight, curly, wavy, a little of both? Fine, thick, coarse? Most of us have more than one type of hair in our head. I have super fine hair, but I have a lot of it. Parts of my hair are wavy, while other areas are pretty curly. I am willing to bet you have a similar type of situation on your head too. The reason that your type of hair is the most important thing to first consider is because not all hair cuts work with every single hair type. I know that my curly- haired ladies know this first hand! How many of you have had a horror story hair cut because the stylist didn’t take into consideration that your curly hair was going to bounce up an inch or more after they cut it? Think about your type of hair first when considering the right cut for you.
What is your lifestyle?
Of course this is important to consider. I don’t believe that anyone should take a ton of time out of their day to style their hair and that is why a good cut that works first with your hair type and second with your lifestyle is what you need. Maybe you HAVE to be able to pull your hair back for work, motherhood, or the gym. You absolutely don’t have any time to style which means you need wash and wear hair. Maybe you are a person who showers at night time. Do you insist you wash your hair every day (even though I would tell you otherwise)? On the other hand, you may be someone who does want to take some time out of their day and you do plan to blow-dry your hair properly and use the right supporting products. All of these things are extremely important to consider and share honestly with your hairstylist when you consult about what is right for you and your lifestyle when it comes to your hair. These things are going to be the deciding factors for what is going to work and what isn’t. Finding the perfect hairstyle really is all about you and what works for your hair type as well as your lifestyle and what you can or cannot put into it!
How often do you/can you plan to maintain your new look?
Of course all of you should be maintaining your hairstyle according to your hairstylists recommendations. Your PERFECT hairstyle for you is also going to need maintenance and that is one thing to take into account when deciding what it best for you. A shorter haircut needs more regular scheduled haircuts to maintain its style while a longer cut without layers doesn’t need to be cut as often. Either way, it is very important to make sure you take the time to schedule this ahead of time. Listen to your stylists recommendations and schedule. A lot of my clients who know that they love their cut and they MUST get it cut every 5 weeks book their appointments every 5 weeks for months ahead of time! It really works well for them. Not only do they get the time slot they want, they stay ahead of it and their hair is always looking its best!
So, there you have it! There isn’t one “magic” haircut for everyone! What works for that really gorgeous model in the hair magazine isn’t going to necessarily work for you unless you have a team of hair and makeup people at your disposal every morning (which really would be awesome, but I don’t see that happening for most of us). While looking at pictures really helps to get ideas and inspiration, it is important to realize that “the” haircut isn’t in those books. Time to get realistic, work with what you have and you will see that you can have THE PERFECT HAIRSTYLE!
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Gina is a co-owner of The L Factor Salon and Senior Mary Kay Consultant with over 10 years experience. She has an extreme passion for what she does and wants to encourage and inspire all of you.