Halloween may be over, but people will always have fears. Everyone is afraid of something, whether it’s of things that go bump in the night, heights, spiders, or even public speaking. But for many, and more common than people care to admit, there is fear of change. It may be called the old comfort zone, being stuck in a rut or caught in a time warp, but there’s no denying its existence. When people don’t change opinions, routines, jobs, homes or restaurants, the adventurous among us just scratch our heads in wonder. But in the world of fashion, hair and beauty, this fear needs some attention.
Why so? The business of cosmetology thrives on change and those willing to change with it. It’s no wonder then, that when a client (mainly one who has worn the same hairstyle since age 7) greets their stylist with the usual “just do the same as always” request, it can be disappointing. Ever get suggestions from your hairdresser about new looks that might be more flattering? Don’t be offended. You see, most cosmetologists are creative. They are artistic, visionary, and have a flair for the dramatic. They attend beauty school to study techniques, discover trends, and learn what works as well as what doesn't. Let them help you to face your styling fears. Sure, letting go of the tried and true can be scary, but it also can be fun.
Still scared? Fear not! Here are some ways to ease up and embrace a new you:
- Analyze yourself. Look in the mirror, look at your pictures (past and present) and ask yourself the following questions: Do you receive compliments on your appearance? Do you feel happy and proud of what you see? If not, then perhaps a style change can give you a much-needed confidence boost.
- Ask opinions. Chat with those you trust about what can be done with your hair, skin or makeup to update your style. Friends and family have probably already sized up stale looks and pondered ideas on what can be improved. Tell them to be gentle and offer suggestions, not criticism. We don’t want to start feuds over your venture into the land of change!
- Start slowly. Drastic hair moves will not bring smiles to fashion-fearing folks. It takes a while to come over to the hip side. Try a slight hair color change first and then experiment as you get more comfortable.
- Collect ideas. Since you are a newbie to trendy styles, the way you explain your dream transformation may not be entirely understood. This is not a time for miscommunication. Come armed with magazine photos, internet images, and Pinterest searches. Save to your electronic gadget and share at the salon.
- Establish a bond with a go-to stylist. Don’t keep switching salons without giving the chosen professional time to learn about you. Like any healthy relationship, it takes two. Initiate discussions, voice disappointment, celebrate victories. Be happy to see each other, without fear.
Try these tips and head toward the change zone. You’ll still encounter bumps in the road, but you’ll no longer be afraid!