Five little changes that can make a big difference in how you look

May 15, 2013

A trip to the hair salon is one way to make a quick, easy change to your look.
A trip to the hair salon is one way to make a quick, easy change to your look.

The change of the seasons may inspire you to undergo a transformation, but going through a makeover is time-consuming and oftentimes overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some relatively small and quick changes you can make in your appearance that can have a big impact on your overall look. Here are some ideas:

Just a few inches, please
Changing up your hairdo is one way to make a big alteration in your appearance without taking a major risk. After all, hair grows back, so even if you aren't fond of your new 'do, you will be rid of it in a few weeks or months. If you've been telling your hairdresser you want the "same old thing" every time you're in the chair, consider asking him or her to take off a few more inches. Going from shoulder- to chin-length hair may seem like a drastic change, but that's what makeovers are all about. Alternatively, you can add a little spice into your life by giving your hair a dash of color. Instead of going from all brunette to all blond (or vice versa), consider adding just a streak or two of color to your hair. This look is both trendy and edgy.

Revitalize your skin
If cutting off some of your hair seems too intimidating, then you can give yourself a more subtle change by scheduling an appointment for microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. Both of these minimally invasive aesthetic procedures can be performed in a short amount of time, and you won't need to spend weeks on your back recovering like you would after a more intensive plastic surgery procedure. While people won't stare open-mouthed at your new look like they might if you change your hair color, you can count on the fact that more than a few of your friends and family will remark on your stunning, youthful complexion.

New accessories for a new season
Wouldn't it be nice if you could revamp your entire wardrobe every season? This fantasy is likely out of reach for those of us with a shopping budget, but you can give yourself a new look by purchasing a few accessories every few months. Jewelry, sunglasses, hats and bags are less expensive, but having new accessories can make it appear as though you've changed your entire wardrobe.


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