Actually, it tends to be the other way around --- it is almost never appropriate to use a one-sided test. The reason for this is that we need to specify our objects of inference (e.g., hypotheis tests, confidence intervals, etc.) prior to seeing the data, or we will induce bias in these objects. When seeking to make inference about two unknown quantities, it is generally best not to assume that the direction of interest is known a priori, and so it is usually best to test for a difference rather than a directional difference. Others will argue that it is legitimate to use a one-sided test when you have specified a direction of interest a priori, but I am sceptical even in this case. I would counsel that you should either avoid classical hypothesis testing altogether (e.g., using a confidence interval instead) or use a two-sided hypothesis test, even if you are interested in a relationship with a specified direction.
In regard to this issue, it is worth noting that classical hypothesis tests have some unusual (and not very helpful) properties when you compare across different tests. One of their properties is that, for a symmetric test, the p-value of the one-sided test is twice as high as the p-value for the two-sided test when data is in the relevant tail. This means that if you do a one-sided test for a disparity in the direction of the data, the p-value will be half the size of a two-sided test. So, if you correctly guess the direction of the trend a priori, the result of using the one-sided test is that you see evidence that looks twice as strong for the more specific hypothesis! This property of classical hypothesis tests gives good reason to avoid one-sided tests.
In any case, whether or not you agree with my view here, what you are proposing is definitely a bad idea. If you identify the direction of the test from the observed data, and then perform a one-sided test in the identified direction, you will bias your test towards rejection of the null hypothesis.