How often you should get a haircut often depends on the style and health of your hair, though at least a few trims a year are recommended no matter what kind of cut you have. Since trims keep your hair looking its best, every month or two is a better bet, again depending on the style of your hair.
Most men should get their hair cut about every five weeks, whether they have closely cropped hair or a longer style. Women with short hair should visit a hairdresser every four weeks, otherwise their style may begin to lose its shape. This is especially true of blunt bobs. Those with medium length hair can wait a bit longer, going about every five weeks. Long hair requires a trim at least every six weeks to avoid split ends.
Some people may not get a haircut when they are trying to grow their hair long. This is a mistake, as the hair will often end up looking unhealthy. Subtle trims do not slow hair growth. People with thicker hair should also generally get their hair cut more frequently than those with finer hair.
When changing your style, there’s a few things you can do to increase the odds you’ll like your new 'do. Before you go to the hairdresser, try to find a picture of the style you have in mind. A number of magazines are devoted to this topic, and many women’s magazines also feature many photographs of different hair styles. Most salons also keep these magazines in their waiting rooms. You can discuss your picture with your stylist and decide what will look best on you, taking into account the shape of your face and its features, and your complexion.
Some stylists will allow you to make two appointments: a consultation and an appointment to actually get a haircut. This way, you have time to think about what you really want before committing, which is a good idea if you are making a dramatic change. Two appointments may also be required if you are coloring your hair, especially for the first time. The stylist may recommend a patch test to make sure you are not allergic to the dye before dying your whole head during a second appointment.
Pay close attention to how the hairdresser styles your new cut. Ask about what specific products or techniques that he or she is using. At many salons, you can purchase the tools you’ll need to maintain your cut. Most stylists welcome questions and will gladly show you how to get the look at home.