I was there — 2 a.m., blunt scissors in hand, chopping up an impulse DIY hairstyle over the bathroom sink.
Sometimes the itch to change your appearance will bubble up for too long and overflow when your sanity is at its lowest point.
If you feel the urge to change your appearance, do not hesitate to act. But think twice first.
talk to an expert
Here are the most important pieces of advice when considering changing your appearance.
If you enjoy frugality like I do, this can be difficult. If you can save some money, I would appreciate it. Without proper research and training, it can be disastrous and even dangerous, and some things just aren’t worth the risk.
In general, I never try anything at home that the pros haven’t done.
Giving a DIY trim to a hairstyle the pros are already doing is one thing, but you can also start from scratch with a whole new can of worms yourself.
If you choose the DIY option, be sure to research any potential long-term effects or hazards.
Find ways to test changes before pulling the trigger
The last time I had that insatiable urge to cut my own bangs, I decided to purchase a $5 clip-on piece in the style I had in mind. When I tried it on, I thought I didn’t really like the look of it. Months of hassle and regret are gone thanks to this $5 option.
I also used the clip-on option before each piercing to make sure it was a look I would enjoy.
Not all filters are created equal, but there’s also a wide virtual world of ways to test your face with different hairstyles and colors. Try out different styles until you find one that fits.
explore the options out there
Having so many beauty tips and ideas at your disposal is pretty awesome.
Something as simple as deciding to get microbladed brows, bangs, or lash extensions can actually lead to dozens of potential looks, depending on who and how you do it. There is a possibility
The advantage of having all this information at your fingertips is that not only can you narrow down exactly the style you want before going to the salon, but you can actually choose which salon to go to based on your specialty.
Browsing the internet, magazines, and talking to friends can help you make more informed decisions about what specifically suits you best.
For example, when considering a new hairstyle, pay attention to your hair type and face shape. For example, if your hair is thin or flat, consider incorporating layers to add volume and depth. If you have a square face, consider a hairstyle that features side parts to soften the face.
I don’t care if you don’t love me
After all, no matter how much research you do, you can never be 100% sure that the results are everything you can imagine.
Sometimes the idea of change is better than the reality. But that risk is what makes change fun.
You’ll have to try a few new styles, but thankfully most of them are temporary.
Most of the time, if you tried a new look and didn’t like it, you really just provided a learning experience.
A big part of loving your appearance is having confidence in it.
If you are happy with yourself, others will gain that confidence as well.
Your sense of style is ultimately your own. If your appearance doesn’t express who you are, it’s time for a change.