Many of us get into a comfortable routine with our hair, makeup, and style. However, if it’s been years (or decades) since you’ve changed your look, it might be time to turn over a new leaf! We’ve covered makeup mistakes and wardrobe best practices, but now it’s time to tackle hairstyles! In my experience, changing clothes and figuring out a different makeup routine are easier to do than messing with hair.

Most of us attach a lot of our image and even worth to how we wear our hair. That’s why it’s often so hard to go from long to short, dyed to natural gray, or any other change. We picture ourselves a certain way and it’s difficult to imagine what a different hairstyle or haircut will look like. Here are a few things to consider if you’re in the market for a new look or if you’re hesitant to make a change.

Long, Thick Hair

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Let’s get the tough ones out of the way first. It’s always hard to hear your long hair may be aging you, but the good news is, you can keep the length as long as it’s styled well. If your hair is pretty much in one long layer, chances are, it’s making your face appear drawn and stretched out. There’s an easy solution if you don’t want to chop off your lovely locks. Simply add some feathering around the face and a few layers to make it lighter.

Long, Thin Hair

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While there’s an easy fix for long, thick hair, the same can’t be said of thin hair. Most of us deal with thinning hair as the years go on, so it makes sense that the same hairstyle that looked good when we had volume and thickness doesn’t look the same anymore. With thin hair, having it long only makes it look even thinner and more flat. Instead, try an angular bob with some fringe bangs!

Chunky Highlights

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Not all that long ago, wide, chunky highlights were one of the most popular styles for both older and younger women. They were popular with men as well. Everyone had chunky highlights! However, that trend faded out over a decade ago. Thus, it’s time for you to switch it up if you’re still rocking the wide highlights. Instead, try well-blended, balayage highlights.

Outdated Celebrity Haircuts

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Hopefully no one is still rocking these 80s looks, but I bet there are a few of us who have a hairstyle that was all the rage in 2001. It’s hard to believe that was twenty years ago! As we’ve seen from these 80s monstrosities, it’s best to check in with the trends from time to time and make sure we’re not stuck in the past.

Too Dark or All One Shade

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I’m all for dark hair and dying your grays if it makes you feel fabulous. However, make sure you’re getting a multitude of lighter and darker colors in there! This is partially to do with the fact that all one color hair looks flat and fake. Mainly, though, you’ll want some highlights to brighten your complexion.