In this week’s style column, blogger and personal stylist Martha Gilheaney talks about the impact a haircut can have.

Years ago I came to the realisation that regardless of how often I got my hair cut, it was always dry, fine and broken. From thereon, I decided to keep it to my liking, which was long and in bad condition, rather than short and in bad condition. Good reasoning, right?

A few weeks ago I was in for my biannual inch. I even said, ‘A little inch’ to lessen it some more but five minutes, five inches later I was left with a lob (aka a long bob).

I suppose that’s the price you pay when you’re paying nothing as a hair model in a training centre, so I can’t complain, besides, I don’t want to. I actually love it! I would never have got this haircut intentionally but I’m delighted it happened accidentally.

While my accidental haircut doesn’t have its own Wikipedia page like the most serendipitous one of all time, also known as ‘The Rachel,’ the lesson is the same. When it comes to our hair, we often get stuck in a haircut rut and never entertain the thought of another, maybe better one.

Bobs and lobs are hot right now. Long hair had reached saturation point and, similarly with the trend of high heels and skinny jeans, it’s all about the opposite. So we move to lobs and bobs, runners and flares.

Another hot right now hair trend is hair accessories – clips, slides, bands, bows and scrunchies. Carrie Bradshaw made it near impossible for scrunchies to ever come back with her ‘No woman, bathroom face washing aside, would be caught dead in one’ comment.

But they are most certainly back and are much gentler on our hair than regular elastics, which comes just in time for my new hair care pact. This is the healthiest my hair has looked in years and I’m determined to look after it!

Ultimately, I’ll always prefer long locks, but this feels fresh and for the first time in my life I understand that new haircut high.

If you’re in the mood for change let your hair down, cut the rut, maybe the length or at least experiment with new accessories. And if you’re not sure whether you’re in the mood for change, simply put your head in a student hairdresser’s hands and see what magic awaits you.

Martha is a Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. To find out more visit www.marthaslookingglass.com or follow Martha on Facebook/Instagram @MarthasLookingGlass