Hair: Your headshot session does not include the time needed to style your hair and I recommend getting a haircut 1-3 days *before* your headshot session and never the day of, as there may be lots of hair clippings on your clothes.
Style – Many will tell you that a super trendy style isn’t going to do your headshots any favors, but I am of the opinion that your headshots should be updated every year or two for adults and every years for children, so there’s not a lot of time for the style to date itself. Besides, are there any ‘super trendy’ styles anymore? Will mullets make a comeback?
Whether or not you decide to ‘wash that gray right out of your hair’ (this was once a commercial jingle) is entirely up to you, but keep in mind that casting directors and photographers are hiring you based on your appearance in your photos. Be prepared to maintain the look of your headshots until you’re ready to update them. The same goes for filling in thinning or bald patches. It can be done, but be prepared for a lot of criticism if you don’t keep up with it.
Shaving a beard or changing a hairstyle does count as an ‘additional look’ because of the time it takes to shave or restyle hair. Speaking of beards…
Neatly groomed beards look amazing and so does a clean shaven face. ‘Stubble’ sometimes looks like dirt on some faces and no matter what style you go with, it should be neatly groomed, with no hair on the neck. ‘Patchy’ beards can be filled in with makeup prior to your arrival. I have a patchy beard and use ‘hair mascara’ from the dollar store to get the job done. No shame in that game.