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If You Were Looking For a Sign to Change Your Hair, This Is It

For me, the process of changing my hair usually goes a little bit like this. Inspiration strikes, and I begin to get invested in that hairstyle via research. Soon, it becomes all I can think about, but then the commitment issues set in. Finally, I reconsider, ruminate and ultimately decide I’m being ridiculous and give in. 

This was my exact process when I recently dyed my hair blue for the first time. Coincidentally, it was also the first time I have ever made my hair a bright color. At first, I was nervous, but after a whole three weeks, I realized that it actually doesn’t matter all that much. After all, it’s just hair.

This past year specifically, I have learned that experimenting with your style, hair and physical appearance can be an outlet to instantly receive a free little confidence boost. Below are a few tips and a deeper look into my personal process.  

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The first thing to do if you’re on the fence about changing your hair is to do some research. Especially when it comes to haircuts, try to find people with similar facial structures and features to you. This will help give you a better idea of the way you will look. I initially found a photo that I liked of the color I was going for and used that as a starting reference point. Another option is to try using editing apps to see what you would look like if you were to get your hair changed like that. 

When it comes to colors, it is a good idea to do research on the brand and color that you want beforehand. For instance, box dyes can really damage your hair, especially if you’ll need bleach to achieve your desired look. If you have curly hair, be careful of your curl pattern and start by doing a small test strip in the back, preferably in the under section of your hair, to make sure you are not going to damage your entire head of hair. 

Lastly, make sure you have a designated friend or family member to help, especially when it comes to the back sections of your hair. It is also helpful to have an extra set of eyes to ensure the color is evenly distributed. 

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Photo by Jonas Svidras from Pexels

The hairdressers can be expensive and also time-consuming, so let’s talk about a few at-home alternatives for cuts. Bangs, and especially curtain bangs, are a hairstyle that can be achieved pretty easily at home. Firstly, do not cut your hair without buying the proper tools to do so, and be sure to watch video tutorials before the cut. In fact, if you don’t feel comfortable making the cut yourself, don’t do it! 
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Luis Quintero / Unsplash

At the end of the day, changing your hair is something that doesn’t actually matter all that much, and if you end up absolutely hating the result, it is not completely irreversible or unchangeable. Have fun with your hair and make sure you are being safe with the choices you’re making. Most importantly, if you don’t feel equipped to make the changes yourself, find someone who is. 

Allie is a sophomore Public Relations major with a minor in Drama. Her list of current obsessions includes, but is certainly not limited to; coffee, fashion, pet pictures, and Phoebe Bridgers' entire discography. When she is not singing or playing guitar there is a good chance she can be found at the thrift store or at Trader Joes. Follow her on instagram to see what she is up to outside of Her Campus Hofstra! @alliemillette
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