Getting a new haircut can feel a bit like deciding what you're going to eat in a fancy restaurant, sometimes you really can't decide until someone asks you what you want. Other times, it can be way too easy to choose a style without really thinking about it and consequently end up with something you don't like.
So, before you head to the salon, it's a good idea to make sure you're prepared. To do this, you need to have an idea of the kind of thing 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. You should also think about whether or not your new cut will be smart and/or formal enough for work.
Your hair, your way
Your chosen haircut should be a reflection of your personal style. If you leave the salon with the distinct impression that your hair doesn't feel quite right, something has gone wrong (though you should give yourself a day or two to adjust to a radical new cut).
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, a rockabilly style or something super edgy may not be looks you need to investigate.
If you don't want to spend a lot of time and money on frequent trims – undercuts are a no-go in this case - 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 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.
Once you leave the salon, you'll need the right products to style your new cut with. This means investing 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.
Studio Line #TXT Deconstructing Cream Wax, for example, will allow you to create a controlled tousled look that you can reshape to your heart's content while the #TXT Grooming Clay will give you a more pulled-together look. It's all about experimenting with different products to find the ones that work best for you.
After that, we hope you're ready for your new haircut!