Let's face it…here you are, in an unhappy relationship, staring another Valentine's Day in the face, wondering if you have it in you to keep that sinking ship afloat. Truth be told, things haven't been going well for a long, long time.  Sometimes you’ve got to let go, and right now is one of those times. Break up with that old worn out look and try your luck with something new.




1. Communication is key! Talk about those feelings, big guy.

Don't be shy. Stylists aren't mind readers. If you know what you want, ask for it. If you don’t know what you want, that’s okay too! Your stylist or barber will try to get to the bottom of what you want, but their job isn't to crack the bank vault where you keep your thoughts. Open up friend, your stylist will thank you.

  • Tell them/show them how much you want taken off.
  • The more detail you can give the better, don’t forget to give your end goal and general style. 
  • Tell them what you like, but more importantly tell them what you don’t like. Sometimes that can give more information then what you do like.  
  • Pictures are worth a thousand words. Bring a picture for reference 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for styling tips and tricks so you can replicate that 'do when you get home

2. Break up with what isn't working.

I know, I know. You bought a 128-ounce tub of Mega Hold Gel your sophomore year in college, and damn it, it will NOT go to waste. With good style comes quality hair products that use healthier ingredients, a better fragrance that won’t make you smell like a 7th grade boy, and newer technology that won’t leave your hair feeling crispy and crusty. Feel overwhelmed by the walls of hair products on the shop shelf? With your newly opened floodgates of communication, ask for a recommendation based on the look you want. They'll show you what to use as well as how to use it. Was that so hard?

Keep these three factors in mind when narrowing down your perfect product match.

  • Shine level: matte, natural, high shine
  • Hold level:  high hold, medium hold, low hold
  • Pliability: moveable/moldable style or a “set and forget” look that stays all day


3. Quit being such a player!

You don’t want to swipe left forever, so do yourself a favor, and if you get a cut or style you love, hold on to that barber/stylist and never let go. While you're prone to settling into one look for decades at a time, your barber/stylist is constantly staying educated to keep up with the latest techniques and style trends. As your relationship grows they will know the ins and outs about your hair and will have you pulling off looks you didn't even know you had in you.

You've finally got a good thing going with your hair. Don't let that spark die. Ask your stylist what's new, and change it up from time to time. It doesn't always have to be a shocking transformation, a slight tweak from cut to cut can keep your look current. Don't let things go stale, your hair deserves more than that. And hey, you wanna do everything you can to keep it from leaving you, right? (Still fact checking the science on that one.)

Best of luck on your new journey this Valentine's season, and may you fall madly in love with your new style.