READER QUESTION: “When is the best week of my cycle to change my look?”

/READER QUESTION: “When is the best week of my cycle to change my look?”

READER QUESTION: “When is the best week of my cycle to change my look?”

My HormonologyTammi sent me this question on Facebook yesterday: “I’m bored with my hair, my makeup, my glasses, my clothes. I want something new! When is the best time of my cycle to choose a new look—but one I won’t regret?”

My answer: I recommend scheduling your trips to the hair salon, cosmetics counter, eyeglass shop and department store to occur 4 to 7 days after your period starts. This is the second half of your Week 1 (as a reminder, Week 1 starts on the first day of your period). By this time of your cycle, estrogen and testosterone rise to a point that make you more open to a fresh change, but they haven’t yet climbed so high that you get super-impulsive and end up going completely overboard and making a major (and semi-permanent and/or expensive) change you’re not happy with once Week 3 and Week 4 come rolling around. Bonus: Making an overhaul on Days 4 to 7 lets you get used to the new you all throughout Week 2 when high hormones make you confident (so you’ll feel comfortable showing off your big reveal to friends and family) and help you rebound more easily (in case the Kelly Osbourne-inspired granny blue hair color isn’t as flattering as you expected) so you can make quick fixes to get exactly what you want!

By | 2018-01-26T19:31:31+00:00 January 13th, 2013|best week to..., reader question|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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