With the new year, people are often thinking about change and personal betterment. From the home to the car to the clothes to the job, there is a time and place for it all. Often times during the cold winter months when people are spending more time indoors, they get to thinking about the things that they like and they do not like. With those contemplations come thoughts about the things it is time to change.

And, if you have had the same big Texas curls for the last 10 years, you may be thinking it’s time to change your ‘do.

The feeling does not mean you are going through a life-stage crisis or that change means you need to ask you neighbor’s granddaughter about how a balayage would look on you. And, it doesn’t mean that change has to be dramatic.

Here are four hair trends and tips to update your outdated tresses.

Layer it up

Do not go in the bathroom and start hacking away on your hair. There are some key tricks to getting the ‘do that will best frame your face and flatter your face shape.

One of the first key steps is to talk to your stylist about what your hair can handle. That means if you want to add some layers or if you’re not keen on cutting your hair, sew-in or clip-in hair extensions could be an option for you. Adding layers is not always about making your hair shorter. Sometimes it can be about making your hair look longer or thicker.

“A slighter volume looks better than a sleek one for women of age, as it gives the appearance of dense hair,” said Cindy Marcus of Latest Hairstyles.

Color is key

Not every color works for everyone. But guaranteed, if you want color, there is a variation of each color that can work for you.

Yes, above I did mention balayage and yes, the flamboyage are still in style. But if these aren’t your style, you can still opt for the tride and true options of low lights and highlights. Not only do they give hair dimension, they can also help with face framing.

“We are moving in the direction of an all-over color with multifaceted tones and hues,” Christine Thompson, colorist and co-founder of Spoke & Weal salons, told Allure magazine. “The color provides movement and reflects differently throughout the entire look. Here, we lifted the entire base color so the hair can reflect warm, cool, and neutral all at the same time.”

However, if you have been doing multi-dimensional color for a while, solid colors can also be quite a change. Brown and variations of black, white and gray can also be striking.

Short is always in style

According to Allure Magazine, the modern take on the pixie cut will be seen throughout 2020. From the short pixie to the long pixie, there are options that work for individuals of many different face shapes.

“It’s low maintenance in the sense that you don’t have to spend a ton of time blow-drying your hair,” celebrity hairstylist Glenn Ellis said in the magazine. “All my clients call this the ‘wash and go’ haircut because you can leave the house with it wet and it dries perfectly on its own.”

The most important consideration

Don’t forget: this is all about you. If you don’t like it, if you don’t think you can work it, if you think it’s too much or too little, then the change is not for you. Personal care is the best care.

And remember that advice your grandmother told you at your high school graduation and the advice you dished out when your great niece was deciding if the guy she was dating was the man for her: “you can’t take care of anyone else until you take care of yourself.”

Yes, that sentiment still applies today. In fact, it is more important than ever.

So when designing your decade, in all aspects of life, remember: if you don’t work it, any changes made won’t work for you.