For months and months on end, I’ve been working on a personal makeover. From revamping my (entire) wardrobe to learning makeup (I’ll see if I can share some stories later on), I believe I have made great strides towards a better me! Now, it comes to the point where I should give my tresses a new look! What? Do you think there can’t be a simpler thing on earth than having a new haircut? Maybe it describes your situation well, but that definitely isn’t my case. First off, I think I’m dumb at managing my tresses.
My Hairdo History
For an extended period of time, I’ve been solely relying on my hairdresser or the hairdo magazines at the hair salon for hairstyle ideas. My permed hair had been kept for eon without much change in style or shape: shoulder-length, dark, wavy. Looking at my own reflection in the mirror, I saw a bunch of hair that was limp, disheveled, and lifeless. I felt bad about myself.
That’s why this time I determined I needed to transform my hair with a NEW look. Guess what? I made it. With the steps below (and probably some dumb luck), I am now with a hairdo that I definitely LOVE. Let me walk you through the steps one by one.
The Kind of Treatment You Want
First, you need to decide the kind of treatment (e.g. perm, straighten, or dye) you want. Since I had permed my hair for close to 8 to 10 years, I decided that this time I would have my natural hair back. But to add some fun to my hair, I had my hair dyed.
Pick Your Style: Research & Observe
Next, you need to consider the style you want. Being a fashion dumbo, I’ve never considered the relationship between the way I look and the way my hair looks. Big mistake! A matching hairdo can change your entire look and give you that “aura” that was missing in you (ahem, I’m just speaking from the point of view of an amateur). That said, you need to think about the style you want. It can be chic, romantic, professional, modern, or anything.
Now it comes to the most important step: choose your hairdo. I know there are dozens of choices in hair magazines and on the Internet. However, since this time my goal is to be natural. I prefer a hairstyle that is easy to take care of without much styling. So the best place to locate such a hairstyle is in daily life. So for weeks, I had observed every stranger around me while I’m riding or walking in the street. I find it’s easier to visualize with a real “model” right in front of me for examination.
Visit Your Hairdresser and Dress Well
Okay, now you have everything you need. Do you head for the hair salon right away? Not yet. Pick some good-looking clothes before you do so. I know it sounds silly. Who would ever think of dressing well for the hairdresser when you know you will be peppered with hair shreds at the end? Now, if you have known your hairdresser for some time, it may be pointless to do so. However, if it’s your first time to visit a hairdresser, dressing well does have some benefit for you, because very likely the hairdresser will judge you based on the way you look. I was wearing a denim skirt and a sleeveless peachy orange see-through shirt on my way to my new hairdresser. I must have looked youthful this way that my hairdresser cut my hair in a way that makes me look like YEARS younger.
It’s worthwhile to do some evaluation for your hairdo. Does it suit you? Which part do you like most? The bangs? The sides? Or the layers? Once you figure them out, you will learn what to do and what not to do to your hair next time. Also, think about your hairdresser. Does he or she do a good job in communicating with you what suits you and what doesn’t? If you are into a makeover (like me), I will advise you to change your hairdresser every time (in the case that he or she doesn’t do a good job). That way, you stand a better chance to get a perfect hairdo.
Do you ever go through a makeover in your life? I would love to know!
P.S. I took the tiny photo (intentionally made it smaller than normal) above at home after work. Still think I show too much of my face. Hopefully, no one can recognize me.