Because we are so connected to our emotions, as women, when we make changes to our look, it’s often chalked up to a major shift in our emotions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, or a good one for that matter, unless the changes are either entirely too frequent, too infrequent, or unsuitable for us. What is important, however, is that we have a good handle on why we’re desiring to make a change (and not simply making the change on impulse), what changes are well-suited to our look and lifestyle and what is generally considered a good rule of thumb regarding the frequency with which we make those changes to our look. Here, we’ll delve further into these questions, helping you decide when to say, “enough is enough” to the style you’ve been wearing most recently.

Survey Says Women, Change Hairstyles 150 Times

In fact, according to a 2013 study commissioned by Toni & Guy, a popular hair salon chain based in Britain, women typically change their hairstyles 150 times throughout the course of their lives.

Interestingly, the study of 2,000 female survey participants, revealed that nearly two-thirds of the women surveyed (64 percent) will alter their hairstyle simply due to boredom with their current look. Beyond that, nearly half the women surveyed said they are “willing to be experimental and take risks with their locks.”

About 15 percent of those survey participants were inspired to change their look for a wedding, while 13 percent of women cited having a new baby on the way as a reason they have made significant changes to their hairstyle.

The survey also revealed that annually, the women surveyed said they typically change their hairstyles at least twice per year, and once a year they’ll make a change to their hair color. Some, however, tend to change their hair color more frequently, with some switching shades an astonishing 100 times between their 15th and 65th birthdays.

Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, who serves as Toni & Guy’s Global Creative Director, told UK newspaper The Sunday Express, “A new hair style or hair color can be a great way to brighten up your appearance or even celebrate a big life change or milestone event. If you like being the center of attention and keeping up with the latest trends, nothing does this more effectively than a radical haircut or a stunning new hair color.”

How Long Is Too Long Between Changes?

While experimenting with new colors and hairstyles is generally a wonderful thing, unfortunately for some women, change can be a step in the wrong direction. Perhaps you’ve made one in the past that didn’t work well for you and you’re afraid to try again. Or, perhaps you feel you look best with your hair at its current length and shade and don’t want to stray too far from what works.

It’s important to note that making. You also don’t want to hold onto a hairstyle so long that the sight of you takes us back to an outdated era. Yes, that absolutely means if you’re still sporting the same style you got compliments on in the ’80’s or ’90’s, it’s time to sing along with Elsa: “Let it go! Let it go!”

Seriously, if your hair hasn’t made contact with a pair of shears within the last two years, your maintenance routine is in need of a serious revamp. Not only is your style probably dated, but your ends need to be trimmed on a regular basis to maintain the health of your hair.

What To Do With Your ‘Do

When you’re at the point of considering a new look, pay attention to styling and color trends. This keeps you chic and up-to-date. However, before leaping into that new look, be sure your hair is healthy enough for the change you want to make. Nothing is as sophisticated and eye-catching as healthy tresses.

You’ll also want to consider your lifestyle and styling routine to see if the style you’re considering is one you can maintain easily.

Further, while it’s tempting to go for a look you’ve seen on your favorite celebrity, consult your hair stylist or a trusted friend first to be sure the look works with your complexion and face shape. After all, a new style and hair color should be designed to enhance your natural beauty.

In conclusion, it’s always best to change your hairstyle or color annually, or at least bi-annually and to keep up with current trends, if possible. However, don’t make hasty, emotionally-driven changes you may regret later, and don’t attempt radical processes if your hair isn’t yet up to the challenge. By keeping these things in mind, you can maintain a fresh new look that suits your style . . . and lifestyle.

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