Posted: Mar 03, 2013 10:00 PM
When was the last time you've tried a new hairstyle? If you can't remember, it's been way too long. You don't have to get a mom-bob… but a new 'do can give you a totally fresh new look. Rafe Hardy, artistic creative director of Sexy Hair, offers these must-have hairstyle tips.

Be flexible

As a mom, we already know you have the ability to be versatile. But does your hair? Hardy insists that the hottest new trends in hair this spring revolve around versatility. He says, "Every haircut should be versatile in styling but certain trends contribute to the ability to re-invent. Longer fronts and longer textured layers provide a plethora of opportunities to morph into different looks."

New Do long bob and long layers

Trends aside, Hardy offers two classic looks that are easy and gorgeous. He says, "As for the timeless, classic designs for most face shapes, the bob will always be a go-to design and if length is desired, the classic longer layered design is applicable. The reason they are timeless is that they both can be manipulated in length, texture and shape to fit certain bone structures."

What do you want?

It's not often that Mom gets to ask herself this question! But it's up to you to determine what you want from your hairstyle, so Hardy advises asking yourself questions to figure out the style that would work best for you.

He says, "Moms looking for a different look for their hair should ask themselves 'Is this something that I want?' or 'What is the main reason for the change?' Just because a friend has it or perhaps a celebrity, doesn't mean that it would fit their bone structure or lifestyle."

Know thy hair

There are both long and short designs that are truly low maintenance and can be styled to look amazing if time and know-how are part of the equation.

The same hairstyle can look totally different on two women because of hair texture and volume but also because of the time involved in working with and styling said hair. Hardy says, "There are both long and short designs that are truly low maintenance and can be styled to look amazing if time and know-how are part of the equation."

However, he adds, "If someone is not willing to take time and learn how to work with their hair or not willing to invest in the proper products, I suggest keeping it long enough to put into a ponytail or get a great short cut that needs only a quick blow dry and perhaps get some product for texture."

Discuss the process

Be realistic before you cut your hair in a certain style and be willing to take the time to make it work again and again. Talk to your stylist about the process you'll need to do to maintain a certain hairstyle.

Hardy says, "From casual to formal, any style can be adapted to the situation or even mood — it's simply a learning process. So, make sure you are willing to maintain the design and explore different dimensions and attitudes."

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