I'm really sick of how I look right now, I basically haven't changed much in the past 8 years or so. So what are some good ways to change my appearance enough so that people will notice, but without a huge pricetag or making people think I'm attention seeking. I have long hair too, do guys like long hair better?
Clothing and accessories. Yes men like long hair but there are subtle changes you can do with your hair (keep the bangs). Wearing lots of make-up is never the answer. Most guys like the natural look and not a lot of foundation or caked on eye make-up. Find some new things to do and new people and live a little and you may see yourself in a different state of mind and get out of your rut. Oh and if you shop at a Ross store or a Loehmans you can walk out with 3 or 4 really pretty brand name dresses for 60 or 80 bucks.
Get a haircut, that is a good way of changing your look but with minimal money. Sure haircuts can be a bit expensive, depending on where you go, but it does change your look a great deal. Integrate new items into your wardrobe and pair them with old items. Try new combinations of clothes too, pair a new top with something you wouldn't normally. Get some cool pieces of jewellery, or even make some of your own :)
You don't have to cut your hair really short, but trying a new style can be a good start. I am looking to change my look too. Maybe dying your hair or adding streaks can also change the look a bit. And hair dye is not that expensive :)
Also check out thrift stores, I have gotten so many good pieces for fall that I wouldn't have been able to afford elsewhere. It's a good place to find one of a kind items and bulk up your wardrobe without spending a whole lot.
At drug stores they sell products like this : link They are basically highlights and color for your hair, super easy to apply, and you can find one super close to your hair color so its just a little change. I've used them before, they really brighten up your face and are usually around just 10$
Also, I find that everyone looks good in a coral color lipstick, I just bought one and it really make me look more awake and brighter and happier, seems crazy but the color was really cheerful :D
As for haircut, I would leave it long, you could trim any dead ends, and do an olive-oil hair mask, you basically just take any olive oil you cook with and run it through your hair and sleep with a towel over it, rinse it out when you wake up and your hair will be super silky and less-frizzy and damaged.
Try a new hair style, new make up, or even new clothes.
i would keep the long hair but try adding some shape to it. get layers or bangs. also, start experimenting with makeup- if you don't wear it- or try to wear it in a different style. for example, instead of outlining eyeliner around your eye, try putting a thick layer of it on only the top lid. small changes like that can really change up your look. but honestly, don't give a sh*t about what people think. if you want to change your look up, then do it. if you wear it with confidence, I can assure you that you'll pull it off.