Does Your Hairstyle Make You Look Like a Local?


Jerseylicious Style

Hair styles, like clothing and makeup styles, change seasonally.  You see it on the catwalks and in fashion magazines.

So why then do so many women cling to the same hairstyle year after year?  Or perhaps more curiously, why do entire cities and regions cling to hairstyles that are decades out of date?

Just travel to any rural area and you’ll see what I mean:  mullets and permed hair with bangs.  Or, turn on any reality show taped in New Jersey and you’ll feel like you’re in a time warp.  The women on Style’s Jerseylicious are giving out style tips like it’s 1985.  Big hair, big earrings, long nails – it’s so over-the-top, my 11 year old asked if they were drag queens.

Then there’s the “everybody else is doing it” guide to styling hair, like the bleached blondes in Southern California, or the back comb-mad Texans and their BTH (Big Texas Hair).

Now I’m saying this to be snarky.  I’m saying it because if you haven’t changed your hair style in a while – or if you’re styling or coloring it just like everyone else you know to “fit in” – it’s time to re-evaluate.

Look at what’s popular, look at your face shape and hair texture, then find a style that’s current and that suits your lifestyle and skill level.  It’s not about what everyone else is doing; it’s all about what’s right for you.

Now I know how easily peers and environment can influence you.

Back in the 80’s, I moved from Colorado to Texas and learned early on that hot rollers and hair spray were a must in the Lone Star State, where everything was bigger and better, particularly women’s hair.

When my sister visited a year later and wondered why everyone had such big hair, I jokingly told her that when you move to Texas, they stop you at the border and give you a back comb and a can of hairspray.  She looked at me wide-eyed and said, “Really?”  LOL!

It was a hard habit to break, but one that finally went by the wayside when I had kids and a lot less time to fool with my hair.  These days, my routine is completely streamlined and my hair is much, much healthier for it.

Then there’s my 13 year old daughter who was born with thick, wavy, red-brown hair, like some Medieval princess.  She’s been getting up extra early for school to straighten the heck out of it this entire school year.  When she didn’t feel like doing it one day and let her freshly washed curls fall where they may, her friends made a huge fuss, telling her they wished they had curls like hers.  Duh!  We always want what we can’t have, right?

So take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself these questions about your hair:

  • Have you updated the style in the last six months?
  • Does it flatter you face?
  • Is it easy to maintain?
  • Does it look healthy?
  • Is the color right for your skin tone?
  • Is it age appropriate?

If you said “No” to any of the questions, it’s time to consider some changes.  Maybe it’s a new color or style.  Maybe it’s different products.  Maybe it’s a new stylist.

Whatever it is, see to it – particularly if you’re in the market for a new job.  I’ve discovered that there’s and odd correlation between skill set and hairstyle, meaning that typically, the more out-of-date the hairstyle, the more out-of-date the skill set.  I can’t explain it, but I’ve found it to be true 99% of the time.

Clothing, hair, and makeup styles change every six months.  To keep current, you should be following suit in some fashion, even if it’s only a new shade of lipstick or parting your hair in a different way.  You’re learning and growing and evolving every day; so should your look and image.

So if you’re stuck in a time warp or look like a local with your hair and makeup, change it.  An updated look will do wonder for your career and your social life.

Try it yourself and see!

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