You might think that an annual review of your hairstyle is overkill, and that updating it whenever you feel the need for a change will do just fine. But I’m standing firm on this one, and here’s why:
Hairstyle impacts personal style
You may have a closet full of Prada and Chanel, or vintage gorgeousness galore, or killer shoes from all eras … but if you’ve got an outdated or incongruous hairstyle perched on your noggin, much of that style savvy can be cancelled out. I’ve seen impeccably dressed women with clashing tresses and it impacts their overall perceived stylishness in a big way.
You can outgrow your “perfect” style
I’ve heard folks say that they’ve labored to find their ideal ‘do, and are loathe to tamper with it. And I get that. I do! But our tastes change, and my friends, our FACES change. If we don’t allow our hairstyles to follow suit, then we run the risk of looking disjointed. The “perfect” style that you nailed five years ago might not be so “perfect” now if your wardrobe, body, or face has shifted even slightly. And if you don’t reevaluate, you’ll never know if an even better style is possible. This applies if you’re 16, 36, 60, any age at all. We are all in flux at all times.
Stagnation is unbecoming
If you’re in college and have been sporting the same style since you were 16, you look like you haven’t matured. If you’re in your fifties and have been sporting the same style since you were 40, your cut may age you: When people see the same old coif, they’re likely to notice how much your face has aged in comparison to your unchanged hairstyle. Mix it up to make sure your hairdo matches the current version of you. Mix it up to show the world you’re a mysterious, ever-changing creature of beauty.
Review doesn’t mean change
I’m not saying that you need to drastically alter your entire hairstyle every twelve months. No way, no how! Subtle change can be just as effective at keeping your look fresh. Add some layers, get a few highlights or lowlights, find a new updo and wear it several times each week, get some barrettes or headbands into rotation, add bangs, grow out your bangs, try a new product, add or change color, straighten or curl your locks a few times a week. It doesn’t have to be an overhaul, just an injection of newness.
Never shun an opportunity to reexamine your style
Many of us evaluate our wardrobes and purge out the duds every SEASON. Forcing yourself to take a long, hard look at your hairstyle once a year is really not so much to ask. When you stop seeing yourself, you run the risk of stifling your own style. Look often and look honestly at your gorgeous self, and make sure you’re doing your utmost to highlight your best features.
It’s daunting, I know, but it’s worth it. Mark your calendars for a yearly hairstyle review, or run the risk of stylistic stagnation.
Still don’t believe me? Then take it from Angie!
Photo courtesy hannanik. The woman pictured is Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese-born hip hop artist, in an impromptu photo shoot in a London hair salon.
Originally posted 2009-06-22 05:51:00.