Play With Your Bangs
Getting bangs is a major change but if you have them already there are a few things you can do to amp them up. For a softer look try adding layers. Once you’ve taken the weight away you can sweep them to one side or the other. If you have the attitude, a more dramatic look is to cut baby bangs. They really expose your face because they sit above the eyebrow.
Add Layers (or Not!)
This is a very simple way to change your look because you’re not changing the length, just the shape. If you have a blunt cut, layers remove the weight so hair looks lighter and gives a feeling of movement. The totally opposite option is to give your hair MORE of a blunt look by cutting it all one length so you don’t have any layers at all.
Flat Iron Your Braids
You don’t even have to come in for a cut to get this look! Braid a section of your hair using 3 pieces. Once it’s nice and tight, take a flat iron and run it from root to end, heating the entire braid. After it cools, unwrap the braided pieces and you’ll have a really neat wave. It’s so easy! I used to do this a lot for fashion shows and it gives hair an interesting wave. Using a dry shampoo or a texturing spray before you braid will thicken hair and help make it hold. My go-to for product for this is, again, L'Oreal's Savage Panache because it adds volume and density.
Summer was all about embracing the beach wave. For autumn, take advantage of less humidity and frizz by flat ironing hair dead straight! I loved Kim Kardashian’s take on this look because it’s glossy and beautiful! Here’s how to get it: Shampoo and condition according to your hair type and towel dry really well. Then, use a product that adds shine and gives heat protection like L'Oreal's Mythic Oil. Blow dry with a large paddle brush to smooth ends. Once hair is mostly straight, flat iron from mid-length to ends so you’re not losing volume at the roots.
Embrace A New Fall Colour
A pretty simple change is to go darker! Get inspired by fall tones like auburns and coppers that will add warmth to your skin. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go for plums or violets. Blondes can tone down the lightness by adding lowlights that will give definition and add depth, especially to finer hair types.
Move Your Part
It’s incredible how such a small thing change the way you see yourself! Re-positioning your part will push against the hair giving massive volume and the illusion of more lift in front. A centre part can make your face look longer so it’s great for people with round faces while having a side part does the opposite. The result is a dramatic change, and no cutting needed!
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.