Update Your Hairstyle
Update Your Hairstyle
Top Signs You're Due for a New 'Do
This situation typically occurs after college when you’re entering the work force for the first time—or when you find yourself swapping a so-so job for a full-fledged power career. As a general rule, any lifestyle change that necessitates a new wardrobe also necessitates a new hair style. You’ve heard it before: long, Rapunzel-esque locks don’t pair with a power suit. Same goes for over-processed, over-highlighted hair. A shorter, more even-toned style will do your professional image a world of good; adding bangs or layers can also shape up your locks.
Flat is rarely flattering—unless we’re talking abs. Lopping off excess length is one way to banish the limp look, but if your hair is in good health and you love the length, a quick pick-me-up may be all you need. If you always wear it straight, try styling it into loose curls. If you have fine hair, invest in a lightweight volumizing mousse. Part your hair into small sections, spray a little onto the palm of your hand, and distribute evenly at the roots. After your hair has dried completely, tousle with your fingertips and apply a light hold hair spray. One more bit of advice: It never hurts to shop for a new hairdryer every five years or so. Technology is always changing and different nozzles allow you to achieve looks with varying degrees of pouf.
Turning a man’s head is easy—it’s making other women sit up and notice that’s the real testament to great hair (bonus points if she’s a stranger, not a close pal). If it’s been a while since you’ve received a compliment, it could be your stylist who’s in a rut, not you. Seek out new talent if this is the case, then integrate a weekly deep conditioner into your pampering routine. Leave it on for at least thirty minutes and cover with a shower cap and heated towel for maximum absorption. A professional glossing treatment can also breathe new life into neglected locks by imparting healthy-looking sheen.
Most ruts are evidenced by dusty old yearbooks or high school reunions where peers of your past are quick to squeal, “You haven’t changed one bit!” You’ll know if it’s your look (not your sunny, cheerleader disposition) they’re talking about if you’ve been sporting the same mane since you graduated. Since you’re so resistant to change, remember that a subtle transformation can yield as much impact as a total makeover—or at least warm you up for more dramatic changes in the future. Start with baby steps, such as face-framing highlights and soft, eye-grazing bangs.
Yes, there are many variations of the ponytail—from the messy and gym-appropriate to the sleek and side-parted evening coif—however, if this is your signature look, may the hair gods have mercy on you. You’re more likely to want to show off your hair style (translation: ditch the rubber bands and scrunchies) if it exudes a carefree, sexy attitude. You know, the kind that makes a fella want to run his hand through it. Mix it up a little by wearing your hair down, even if it’s only on the weekends. Who wants to be predictable?
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