9 Non-Scary Ways To Change Your Hairstyle
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No Regrets1 of 10
By Kelly Mickle
There's nothing worse than splurging on a new hairstyle, only to spend the next two months hiding under a hat waiting for your hair to grow back. To avoid cutter's remorse, we asked celebrity hairstylists for creative ways to change up your hairstyle—no snipping required.
Get Rough2 of 10
"Make an updo feel fresh by adding texture," says Oribe, co-founder and creative director of Oribe Hair Care. "It can be messy or polished—simply add a texturizing spray to the roots and style as usual. To give Miley Cyrus this look, I added Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots and Original Pomade on the ends for separation. It gives the hair fullness and keeps it off the face for a sophisticated style."
Straight Talk3 of 10
Temporarily tame your curls with Motions Straight Finish, an at-home straightening formula. "It preps, protects and seals hair, so you can go from curly to straight without ruining your natural waves," says celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen. Blow dry your hair for maximum straightening, then apply the sealer evenly throughout and finish with a flattening iron. "You can keep hair straight for a few days by applying the sealer and passing a low-heat flat iron through the hair to work out any kinks. Wash your hair to immediately bring back your natural curl," she says.
Go Long4 of 10
Extensions let you experiment with longer hair. "I prefer clip-in pieces that can be styled and treated like your own hair—they even make half wigs that clip in as one piece through your nape area," says TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu, who prefers Jessica Simpson's hair pieces for Hairdo by Hairuwear. "Lightly tease the roots after you have sectioned your hair and spray with TRESemmé TRES Two Hair Spray before clipping in the pieces." Start at the nape and work your way up to just above the ears on both sides.
Fall Short5 of 10
Instead of chopping off all your hair, test-drive the look with a faux bob. "Section your hair out horizontally from ear to ear, pin into a twisted bun on the lower part of your hair line and secure it with bobby pins," says Paul Perez, celebrity hairstylist at Sally Hershberger Salon. "Style remaining hair as desired, wavy or straight, and tuck the end pieces into the anchored portion of your hair, leaving front pieces loose to create movement for a more natural look."
Weave Around6 of 10
Instantly upgrade your ponytail by braiding it. "Keep it tight for a sleek look or pull out the braid a little for a loose, casual feel," says Perez. "The best part: It's an easy way to get away with dirty, messy hair!"
Play Your Part7 of 10
"Changing your look is as easy as swapping your part from right to left, left to right or right down the center," says TRESemmé celebrity stylist John D. "Swapping your part often adds loads of volume because you're switching up the normal weight of where the hair typically lays." If you're feeling adventurous, try a deep side part, which will be a huge trend this spring.
Make Waves8 of 10
Want to give your hair body without spending hours styling in the morning? "Try braiding damp hair in a few braids or one large braid," says Linda Flowers, a film hairstylist. "When you wake up and unravel them, your hair will have plenty of texture!"
Big Bang Theory9 of 10
Side-swept bangs are an instant game changer, but you don't have to take scissors to your hair to get the look. "To fake bangs, create a deep part from the left side or the right side and sweep it across your forehead—almost like a combover," says hairstylist Anh Tran. "If you have long hair, tuck it or pin it behind your ears and let the rest of the hair on the opposite side hang over."
Flying Colors10 of 10
Give your look a temporary edge with a pop of color. "New hair color products allow you to test out trendy looks for just a night and they wash out with one shampoo," says celebrity colorist Rita Hazan. "Style your hair as usual, then spray Pop Color on dry hair—you can color just the tips, give yourself bold highlights or try a streaked ponytail."
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