Trying out a new hairstyle can be intimidating, and if it turns out to be the wrong look, then you have to wait for your hair to grow out to try again. One way to see what a new hairstyle will look like before committing to any one style is by first going online and getting a "virtual haircut." There are websites that allow you to upload a picture of yourself and try out different hairstyles to see what might look best on you.
Search online for virtual hairstyle websites. There are many to choose from and most are free, such as Virtual Hairstyles and Daily Makeover (see References). Try the free sites first and only use the pay sites as a last resort. It is better to save your money for the actual haircut.
Upload a photo of yourself to one of the websites to get started. Make sure it is a head and shoulders shot in which you are looking forward and your hair is pulled back in a tight ponytail or bun. Be sure not to wear any large or flashy jewelry as that can be distracting when you are trying on the different hairstyles.
Try out different hairstyles on your photo to see what looks best on you. The websites have countless styles (even celebrity options) and a multitude of lengths and colors from which to choose. Some of the websites will even give suggestions based on your face shape and skin coloring that you can use as a guide.
Print out any hairstyles that you like and take them with you when you go to the hair salon. A stylist can provide advice on whether the style and cut will work for you and how much daily maintenance will be required. Some styles might look great on you in a photo but, in reality, will not work with your type of hair.
If you already love your hairstyle, you can also use these websites to see how you would look with a different hair color.