Some call it a signature style, others say stuck in a rut – whatever your reasons for not changing your hair for years, you’re not alone.

For many of us, it’s a confidence thing; we’re not confident enough to make a drastic change and stick with what we know. For others, they’ve been burned before and done the classic thing of wanting a new style but ultimately hating it.

All you have to do is watch a classic makeover episode of Britain or America’s Next Top Model, where the aspiring models are given a brand new ‘do, to see how finely attuned our emotions are to our hair.

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Usually, there’s a breakdown as one girl has her head shaved (to be fair, that’s quite a lot to ask) but there’s even been models who have wept as the celebrity hairstylist cuts less than an inch off.

So just how do you approach changing your hairstyle when you’ve no idea where to start? We asked celebrity hairdresser and official hair stylist for Britain’s Next Top Model Paul Edmonds for his insider tips.

I want to change my hairstyle but don’t know where to start. Help!

Get your hair stylist and colourist on side to make a long term plan. We always love seeing photos. A Pinterest board is also a great reference point, especially if you are thinking about a big change. We welcome clients to visit the salon in what they would wear in everyday life; we need to gauge their personality and what would suit their style.

Be open-minded and bring along pictures of the exact look you want to achieve and it will be adapted to suit your face, body shape and skin tone. We offer a bespoke consultation service tailored to your individual needs and it’s important to always be honest and tell your stylist how you feel after your appointment. If you are not happy, there could be a small tweak that can be made to change the style.

I’ve not changed my hair in years. Is that bad?

I’ve known women who stick to what they know and what already works for them and in some cases some women go their whole lives without changing their hairstyle depending on the texture and volume of their hair and skin tone. Often these women are confident in their appearance and happy to wear the same hairstyle for a long period of time – they’re playing it safe!

I believe it's good every so often to have a rethink of what is working and what isn’t working. Age is a huge factor when thinking about reworking your style. Hair gets thinner, hair colour goes grey, and the face shape and facial features change so the balance needs to be adjusted every now and then.

I want to cut my hair, but I’m scared – any words of wisdom?

I always think it’s a good idea to have a length in mind so you don’t have too many surprises at the end of your appointment. If you’re considering colouring your hair then remember that colour is always determined by the cut.

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I don’t want to cut or colour my hair but need a change. What can I do at home?

A simple side parted plait that you can use with a fascinator or hat is perfect for special occasions and those all-important key calendar events such as the races, wedding season and summer holidays.

It’s a stylish and youthful look and is extremely versatile as you can place a fascinator behind the braid on the same side of the chignon, secured tightly with grips.

I’ve cut my hair and I hate it. What can I do?

After over 30 years in the industry, there’s no room for error, and communication with clients is key. Nowadays there is a solution for everything so if something needs to be reworked then the first step is not to panic and most things can be rectified when finishing the hairstyle.

I always say it’s salvageable unless it’s on the floor but there are always extensions…