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There are two types of Southerners come January: Those that make sweeping resolutions like swearing off biscuits (bless their carb-free hearts), and those that take a more laid-back approach.  If you fall in the latter category and simply want to kick off 2019 with a small change, try booking a hair color appointment. After all: New hue, new you.

While there are tons of great colors trending like mushroom blonde, you don’t have to commit to a total mane makeover. One of the easiest ways to revamp your look is by getting fresh highlights. However, if you haven’t gone in for a foil for a while, there’s one thing you need to do before making a salon appointment: Your research.

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“Make sure you go to someone whose color you like — try looking at their Instagram,” says Stephanie Brown, a master colorist in New York City.  “Instagram has become a great tool to showcase colorists’ work. Everyone has a different style, so this platform makes it easier for you to determine whose work you like.” Even if you’ve been seeing the same hairdresser for ages, you should triple check that their highlight technique is on par with your expectations. For example, if you want subtle, face-framing color, you shouldn’t go to someone who appears to be heavy-handed and leaves their clients with chunky stripes.

Not sure what highlight style you prefer? Instagram is a great tool for inspiration as well. “Part of your research is also to find pictures of the color you like, so you have a few options to talk about with your colorist,” continues Brown. “I have clients that will bring pictures of tones they like and the placement that they like.” This guarantees you and your hairdresser will be on your same page — and that your highlight experience will be a happy one.

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