Although most of us go through various incarnations in our lives — daughter, mother, career woman, retiree — we sometimes carry the same old haircut along from season to season and year after year.
The world turns, but you stopped turning heads when Jennifer Aniston ditched her "Rachel" while you clung to each flip for dear life.
If this sounds familiar, it's official: You're in a hair rut.
Luke O'Connor, owner of Lu Ka Ro Salon in Beverly Hills, is here to help.
O'Connor, whose clients include Debra Messing, Carmen Electra, and Ashlee Simpson, says, "Change is always fun — but that doesn't mean you need a complete overhaul just to get a new look." The key is to update your cut and color enough so that you (and others) notice the difference, but not so much that you don't recognize yourself in the mirror.
A Little Snip Goes a Long Way O'Connor suggests starting with something simple if you aren't sure how much you want to upgrade your look.
Adding a few basic layers, he says, "can add some swing and bounce without drastically altering length or cut — particularly with long hair." Another option is to go with bangs, but while heavy bangs are all the rage right now, you have to choose the style that works for you.
With today's products, it's easy to find semi-permanent hair glazes that you can apply at home.They'll impart sheen and add depth and vibrancy to your look. For maximum effect and minimal fuss, add some semi-permanent highlights around your face and along the crown of your hair, where it will draw the most attention.If you're willing to consider a more drastic color switch — from dark blond to light, for example, or brown to auburn — go to a salon.Home coloring kits often leave you with one-note, monochromatic color instead of with the varied and subtle tones that professionals impart.The Refresher Course If you like your haircut and color but you've got that not-so-fresh look, O'Connor advises getting the ends trimmed and focusing on improving your overall texture."Adding shine and bounce is an easy way to look more vibrant.People will see a difference when they look at you, even if your basic cut and color is the same," he says.It is a common misconception that eye makeup is difficult to apply.In fact, once you learn how to apply it, you will wonder why you never wore eye makeup in the past.Usually the reason we don't wear certain kinds of makeup is because we run out of ideas.With these helpful eye makeup ideas, you will be able to keep your makeup looking fresh and up to date.