More Than Skin Deep: Are you still wearing last year's hair?

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The New Year is well underway and for those of you that are still looking for the “new you” then it is time to get going and make an appointment for a makeover.

If you are having a little trouble keeping up with all those resolutions you’ve made, you can get an instant fix just by changing your haircut. Something fun and different with your hair color is another great way to give you an exciting change with the way you look.

Okay, now that you have decided to get a little makeover, many people find it hard to choose the right person to trust for the job:

Dear Scott: I just moved here. How do I find a new hairstylist?

Answer: Next time you are at the grocery store, or Target, or having lunch, and see someone with hair that you really like, get up some courage and go ask them where they have it done. Oh go on, they will be flattered that you noticed, and you just might make a new friend!

Dear Scott: If I pay more for a haircut, will that guarantee that it will be good? Can I get a good cheap haircut?

Answer: Stylists that cost more generally can charge higher prices because of their experience and because their client demand has made it possible.

There is an art to being able to design a cut and color that works for a particular face and a person’s lifestyle. It is not really a learned talent, but something that is just there.

The stylists that charge higher prices are probably doing so because they have that gift, but don’t forget, they were once fresh out of beauty school too.

Just because someone is new in the business does not mean that they aren’t any good. Problem is, you are going to kiss a lot of frogs that way.

It is sort of the old “ya get what ya pay for” thing.

Look at it this way, if you had to wear the same dress, every day for a month, only one dress, you would want to make sure it was a good one. Go ahead. Spend a little more on your hair. After all, it’s sitting there on top of your head!

Dear Scott: How can I be sure the latest cuts are going to look good on me?

Answer: That is a very good question. Just because a haircut is new and popular, does not mean that it is going to look right on you. Facial shape, your styling habits, hair density, these all play an important part in deciding if something is going to work for you. And this is what separates the good stylist from the great one. The great one can tell you with a quick glance and a few important questions, yes or no.

Tip of the Week: Bring in photos to the stylist or makeup artist. A picture is worth a thousand words. Contrary to what you may have heard, we really don’t mind. We love it!

Scott Terwilliger can be reached at

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