If you’re the type of person who falls into routine, it’s easy to get bored with your hairstyle. Day after day, you style your hair the exact same way because it’s familiar and easy, but you look in the mirror and secretly wish for something different. Countless women become bored and feel frustrated when it comes to change, but don’t worry! Here are some simple tips to spice up your hair and easily change things up.
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Change the Color
This is a big one, so make sure you're ready. Want a really big change? Try a new hair color. Nothing says fresh like a deep, dark brown or vixen blonde. If you're feeling really brave, and have the skin color for it, go for red. That's right — red.
Red hair is a popular choice (notice how Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman always get noticed?).
There is so much you can do with color that it’s impossible not to be creative with it, but be sure to go to a professional if you seek professional results.
Some ideas for creative, unique, color:
- Dye the bottom a different color from the top.
- Dye your hair a bright color and toss in black highlights for an awesome contrast.
- Dye certain strands with a bold color (green, pink, or platinum blond)
Do a Big Chop
Big chops mean different things to different people, but they’re definitely not for the faint at heart. If you’re tired of your locks and want a liberating experience, a big chop — for any hair type or texture — is sometimes the best solution. They’re chic, sophisticated, and graceful.
Contrary to popular belief, they can vary in style and length. Depending on your preference, pixies can be edgy or soft and feminine.
If you’re too attached to your natural hair color to completely change it, highlights are a happy halfway meeting spot. They are also a great option if you are interested in looking more mature. Incorporating highlights into your hair enhances the style because the varying color draws attention to the shape and adds a hint of sophistication.
If you're tired of the cut-and-dry, one-length hairstyle, layers will provide positive change. Layers are great for shaping the face and adding texture to your hair. Most women love layers, but they’re not for everyone.
If you have natural waves and curls, layers will fall naturally into place. However, if you have naturally straight hair, layers will need the assistance of a blow dryer to really get the volume to stand out.
Bangs and Fringe
One of the easiest ways to change your hair is to get bangs. There are so many varieties to choose from that there's bound to be a type of bang to fit your face shape.
- Just over the brow: Long bangs are perfect for people who want to draw attention to their eyes, but not so great for people who do not want to accentuate their nose.
- Side-swept bangs: These bangs look good on virtually anyone, but look best with thick hair.
- Feathered bangs: These type of bangs do well to hug the cheeks and accentuate the bone structure.
Try an Updo
Updos are not only for rainy days and prom night. They're a fresh way to change your hair without doing anything drastic or permanent. If you don’t like full-face exposure, pull a couple of strands loose so that they fall around your face. Here are some ideas for easy updos:
- Low ponytail/bun
- Messy bun
- Tight ballerina bun
- French braid
Do Your Part
A really easy way to change your look is to try combing your part to another side. Parting your hair down the middle will emphasize your forehead, while parting it to the side will emphasize your cheeks. Even moving your part to the opposite side of your head will give the appearance of change. It will add more volume to the top of your head without any styling involved!
This seems like the most obvious way to change a hairstyle, and that’s because it is. However, accessories are largely forgotten or taken for granted. Don’t underestimate the change a small bow or hair band can provide. They’re easy to incorporate and there are so many different accessories available that you’re bound to find something unique.
Here are some accessories to look for next time you go shopping:
- Hair bands: Decorated with rhinestones, flowers, or lace, the possibilities for change are endless.
- Bows: Bows are a cute way to clip your bangs up, or keep your hair out of your face.
- Bandannas: Wrap them around your head or just above your ears for a funky new look.