Changing Your Look in 3 Simple Steps

Pink stepped out this week sporting a much different look from her platinum rocker hair we're used to seeing on the singer. Instead, she went brunette and traded in her spiky strands for a softer pixie cut.

Whether you're a fan of the new style or not, it is definitely a more mature look on the star and a long way from the days where her hair and her name were one in the same. If you're feeling the need for a hairstyle upgrade like our friend Pink, try one of these tips below.

Changing Your Hair Color

If you want to go darker like Pink, test out your shade with a semi-permanent color. Most formulas last about 28-30 shampoos and if you're hooked on the hue, you can switch to a more permanent dye. For a rich, all-over color, start in the back and at the top of your head and work your way forward. Save the strands in the front of your face for last, they are more porous and tend to absorb more color that the back or underside of your head.

If you want to go lighter, opt for a cooler shade for a DIY job, staying away from boxes with labels like 'honey' and 'golden' as colors to avoid orange looking hair. To keep your color brighter longer, wash hair with a color-enhancing shampoo rather than a color-depositing one. Enhancing formulas like John Frieda Sheer Blonde Luminous Color Glaze have additives that make your color brighter. Related: Try on a new hair color risk free.

Changing Your Cut

You don't have to chop off your all your hair like Pink, a simple trim might be just the change you've been looking for. If you have long, thick hair ask your stylist for graduated layers, the shortest one being no higher than your shoulder.

If you're looking for a shorter cut, keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Razor bob cuts work great with fine, wavy, or relaxed hair. A close-cropped cut like Pink's works best on oval faces. Start off slow with a style that works for everyone - lots of long layers with face framing pieces and work your way up from there. Related: See why the pixie is one of the five best haircuts ever to get.

Changing Your Makeup

Any time you change your color, your makeup should alter with it. If you're going from a lighter blonde to a darker brunette, pile on the black mascara to balance out your new dark strands. Play with shimmery bronzer and jewel tones to pump up your complexion.

If you go from dark to blonde, choose a brown mascara and peach tones, which work on any complexion. If you want to pull off red lips, keep them sheer as to not overpower your face.

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