Hair Tips: 5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Cut or Color

By Alexis Wolfer

Thinking of sporting a new do for fall? Well, before you walk into the salon and ask for the modern-day-equivalent of “The Rachel” (aka Jennifer Aniston’s famed shag in Friends) and walk out in tears because the look just doesn’t work for you, listen to what Arsen Gurgov, a lead stylist at top NYC salon Louis Licari, told The Beauty Bean about all things hair!

Steer Clear of Trends. Trend is a word best used without the word HAIR!! When looking for the next big trend in hair, remember…not every trend will look right for your hair type. Trends in the way of hair are best for hair styles, not cuts.

5 beauty trends you should follow!

Be Self-Aware. When determining what cut works best for you, keep in mind:

Hair texture. You wouldn’t want to go with a pixie if you have thinning hair.

Lifestyle. Don’t pick a trendy cut that will require too much up keep if you have newborn twins.

Profession. Just because you work in a corporate environment does not mean you cannot look stylish. But don’t go overboard (blond chunks underneath dark hair trend is best for women under 30).

Test Your Color. Always do a strand test when coloring your hair at home. Every box of hair color will give directions. Choose a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your natural when lightening. If you plan to do a complete color change, we always suggest seeing a professional.

How to color your hair at home, flawlessly!

Avoid a Bad Cut. The best way to avoid a terrible haircut is to go into the salon with pictures of exactly what it is you want. Have a consultation prior to the actual appointment. Most salons give them free.

Recover from a Mishap. If you get a hair cut that sends you crying and hiding from the world, pull it together, fake it, and remember that it’s hair and IT WILL GROW BACK! Nothing is sexier than a confident woman. (If all else fails, most drug stores or beauty supply stores sell hair pieces and clip in extensions. There are even headbands with bangs that will fool just about anyone. Hair accessories are also a great way to disguise hair disasters!)

Ken Paves tells you everything you need to know about extensions!