Are you in a hairstyle rut? It's so easy - even for me, as a stylist - to get caught in a hairstyle rut. We wear our hair the same way, day in and day out. Why? We get good at it and that makes it easy and fast. Some of us are afraid of change because we're not sure if we'll like what we look like with a different hairstyle. And most of us are just too busy to experiment with something new. But that's ok, especially if you like the way you look. If you don't, or if you just want to try something a little different, here are a few easy, non-committal ways that you can switch up your hairstyle right now.
Switch up your part. If you have been wearing your part the same way for a long time, you'll be amazed at what this small change can do. I find that most people part their hair just to the left or just to the right of the middle of their head. They follow the path of least resistance, which works great when you're in a hurry. But you can switch your part up pretty easily. While hair is still damp, try parting it on the opposite side. You'll get more volume instantly. If your face is very symmetrical or you have a small nose, try parting it right down the center. For instant cool, give yourself a very deep side part. These changes work with all lengths of hair.
Comb it forward. If your hair is very short, try combing all the layers towards your face for a very soft, feminine look. A dollop of mousse, applied to damp hair, will help it keep its shape. Then you can quickly blow dry it with a round brush. If you have a side bang, just blow dry it forwards and to the side.
Comb it back. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, try blow drying the layers back away from your face. Use a large round brush to blow dry it with a hint of curl for a feathered, seventies vibe. The extra width at the sides is especially good for long, skinny faces.
Try an accessory. Just for fun, try an easy accessory or two. Stay away from anything cutesie or plastic to keep the look grownup. Instead, try a silk scarf, a couple of elastic headbands, or a row of brightly colored bobby pins in place of a barrette.
These ideas are simple, fun, and require no long term commitment. Small tweaks such as these can change a hairstyle that is feeling a little bit drab into something a lot more fabulous.