I probably have more clients coming in the door wanting to make a big change in the spring than any other time of year. There’s just something about those first weeks of warmer weather that makes us feel ready to embrace change and freshen up our hair and wardrobe. Whether you’re thinking of making a huge change with your hair or just need a subtle update, I’m here to walk you through a few steps to ensure you get exactly what you want at your next appointment. If you’re asking yourself if it’s time for a cut, I recommend combing your hair straight down and holding up a mirror to see the back: most of the time it will start to thin and almost disintegrate at the ends, and that’s what needs to go! Additionally, if you have been getting “just a trim” for more than a year (or more)… it’s time!

A few helpful tips on making a big change:

  1. Do your research. If you are thinking about a big change I recommend bringing 3-5 photos in to your hair stylist. More than that gets overwhelming and less than that can be a red flag that you might just love the picture, not the cut. If you’re considering a color change, cover the face with your finger and turn it upside down. That will let you really see the color not just the gorgeous face of the model!
  2. Don’t be impulsive! I always ask clients what’s going on if they come in demanding that I “cut it off” (I even wrote an entire blog post just about this). You want to make sure you love your new ‘do for months and that means really thinking about what you want and finding someone who can help you decide what works best on you! The longer I’ve been seeing a client the more lenient I am with this rule. I’ve been doing Sara’s hair for years so I knew she was really ready.
  3. Do consider the styling commitment. Be brutally honest with your stylist on what you are willing to do when it comes to styling. If you have curly hair and don’t want to straighten it make sure that is part of the consultation. Additionally, if your hair is stick straight and every picture you look at has beachy waves you may need to book some time to learn how to work a curling iron! I tell my clients that hardly anything is impossible but we do need to be realistic about what it will take to get you there!
  4. Do embrace the change! For Sara, we looked at all of her pictures and she was even willing to go as short as a pixie (!!) but we ultimately decided on a long bob. It’s such a versatile cut that will still allow her to style it several ways and get it into a cute ponytail.


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Comments (9)
  1. 1
    Tiffany April 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Do you know the size of iron used to style her hair? Do you know the color/brand of blush she is wearing?

    • Martha Lynn Kale April 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      The curling iron is a Hot Tools one inch!

    • Sara April 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I’m one of those girls that stocks up like I’m preparing for the apocalypse when I find something I love, and I found that blush years ago. I think it is just Maybelline, and the color is “peach.” Sad to say I’m halfway through my last tub…

  2. 2
    Arin April 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    you look beautiful, i’ve been contemplating this myself! eeeek!

  3. 3
    Kristina Gulino (@KristinaMGulino) April 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, she’s got beautiful hair to start with! Fun post. I’ve been contemplating going back to short hair, but I’ve never had hair this long before (so maybe enjoy it for a few more months) 😉 Great article!

  4. 4
    Lily May 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    This haircut is so “in” right now and I think it looks amazing — but the model would look stunning no matter what!

    x Lily

  5. 5
    GapToothedGirl May 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Love the cut, you’re beautiful.
    Love, Gap.

  6. 6
    Jenn May 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    You use this model for your tutorial for the swoop bang… Can you explain what you did to style the rest of her hair when it was still long. Was it just a blow out with a large brush?



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