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While a new hairstyle can invigorate your look, sometimes the big change you were going for just doesn't work out as planned.

Model with a blonde curly updoThe wrong type of haircut, a hair color that looks disastrous, or bangs that make you look way too old or way too young are just some of the hairstyling mishaps that can happen when you make a big hairstyle change. But to avoid disappointment and having to grow out a hair disaster, consider these hairstyle change rules before making your salon appointment.

Hairstyle Change Rules:

Your new hairstyle should always match your face shape. If you don’t know what your face shape is then use our The Right Hairstyle for Your Face Shape article to select your face shape and then the accompanying specific face shape articles to see which hairstyles we suggest will work for you.

For the ultimate way to really get a hairstyle that is right for you then you should also consider your hair characteristics. Your natural hair texture and density play a big role in whether you can pull off a certain length, style and hair texture, so do your research or ask your hairstylist to assess your hair in person and offer advice about what will and won’t work for you. The condition of your hair and the way it moves and will sit after a haircut also counts when it comes to how successful your new look will be.

Keep in mind when looking for a new hairdo that a change in length also makes changes to your hair styling time and requirements.

Model with brown curly highlighted hair If you’re changing to a hairstyle that requires upkeep, such as a look with bangs or a short crop hairstyle that requires you to mould your look into shape each morning, then make sure you are willing and able to put in the effort. If you’re not, go for a new look that is all about low maintenance hair.

Take stock of your hair styling products. A new look may need all new products or you may need to add to your range to achieve your new look. Consider this and whether the on-going costs of the products is something you can afford.

Don’t forget about your hair color. If your long hair looks great with highlights and then you go for a sleek bob hairstyle which suits a solid hair color better, it's also time to reconsider your hair color.

Model with long straight brown hair Use your hairstyle change as a kick-start to looking after your hair. If you're considering a change because the ends of your hair are ratty or your hair is damaged then don’t fall back into bad hair care habits once you get your new hairdo. Start using the right shampoo, stock up on heat protection products if you’re a big fan of heat styling, and apply a hair treatment or hair mask regularly. One treatment once a month is great for basic hair care. For the ultimate care give weekly treatments a try.

Be aware that a change in hair length and hair color may impact on your make-up. A short crop that suddenly shows off and draws attention to your eyes or great cheekbones may require you to upgrade your eye shadow, mascara and blush. Whereas a completely new hair color, especially if it’s a big hair color change, may mean that you have to buy all new make-up colors to highlight and enhance your new look and avoiding any color clashes.

Keep in mind that bangs are a great way to update your look, but they do require styling effort, especially if you choose full, blunt cut bangs. Always select bangs that will suit your face shape and hair type for styling that is as fuss-free as possible.

With these rules in mind you should be able to choose a hairstyle change that is going to work for you.

To find a hairdo or hair color idea to take to your hairdresser, check out our range of hairstyles today, and don't forget to upload your photo to see how the virtual hairstyles will look on you and further eliminate any possibility of a hairstyle change going wrong!

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