If you are considering giving yourself a makeover, picking a new hairstyle is a good place to start. Unfortunately, choosing a new hairstyle can be a daunting task, with so many different styles from which to pick and the possibility that some cuts may not look good on you. Luckily, there is a way to try out a few different hairstyles before you actually go to the stylist or barber. With a bit of technical and design skill, you can easily upload a photo of yourself to sites online to try out many different styles and determine which is best for you.
Turn on your computer and locate a digital photograph of yourself on your hard drive. If you do not already have a portrait of yourself in digital format, as a JPEG or GIF file, you can use a digital camera to take a picture of yourself--or you can use a scanner to place a printed photo into your computer.
Open a Web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Navigate to a website that allows you to upload your photo and add different hairstyles on top of it. Popular websites that allow you to do this include TheHairstyler.com, Taaz.com and Hairstyles.Knowage.info. Some of the more robust virtual hairstyle services cost money, while more basic ones are free.
Upload a your photo to the hairstyle website of your choice. Most of these sites have an "Upload" button that will allow you to browse through your computer to find your photo. Click "OK" to upload the photo. Wait until your photo appears in the online hairstyle application and make sure that it looks correct.
Choose a hairstyle from the sidebar or menu on the virtual hairstyle website. Drag the hairstyle from the sidebar on top of your photograph. You should position this hairstyle over your current and match it up as closely as possible with your hairline and scalp.
Adjust the color and the length of the hairstyle. Some online hairstyle programs will allow you to add accessories such as hats, ribbons or headbands. Take a screenshot once you have finished to create a saved image file of your new hairstyle.
Use a photograph of yourself with your hair pulled back or cut short to create the most realistic hairstyle simulations.
Alexander Abbott has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing. He has been a featured blogger for several media companies in Los Angeles and brings expertise in emerging technological trends, as well as international politics. Abbott is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.