Whether you're bored for sporting the same hairstyle for months, run out of ideas to style your hair or don't know what to do with your lovely locks for a special occasion, we'll help you play things up a bit and try out some simple tricks to give your hair a makeover. No haircut required, no hair color necessary – just a few quick and easy hacks that will revive your regular hairstyle and make you look chic and unique!
Gear up! Here are 12 super handy hairstyle makeover ideas that you might not have considered before:
Short Hair – Pixies & Bobs
Contrary to popular belief, short hair does not have styling limitations, if you know which products to use and how to change the texture, dimension and movement of your tresses. Even with a pixie cut, you can try out a variety of styling options to sport a new look every day! Let's take a look at a few ideas that will give your short hair an instant makeover:
A slick pixie oozes glamour and elegance. The well-groomed, polished quality of this hairstyle makes it appropriate to wear to work or to a party. Go for an ultra-glossy finish or lend a subtle wet look to your strands to make your hairstyle stand out in the crowd.
Transform your regular pixie hairstyle by applying some pliable hair styling gel on damp tresses, tracing out a side part of your choice and slicking your hair in place using a fine-toothed comb. It's easy like that!
If you are not into slicked hairstyles and want to go the natural route, all you need to do is rub in a tiny amount of deconstructing gum through your hair and sweep individual pieces to the side to lend an au naturel windswept effect to your pixie. If you have shorter top hair, instead of sweeping it to the side, rake up small sections with your fingers to create a sporty, spikey pixie hairstyle.
A subtle tousle can transform your regular bob into a fabulous one! It induces texture and movement in your straight strands, creates a sense of extra volume and lends your hairstyle a pleasant playfulness.
To get the look, mist your damp hair with a generous spritz of tousle waves hairspray, twist small chunks and blow-dry them, holding the ends with your fingers. Once dried, spritz some hairspray all over your hair and finger comb it to create a sexy, tousled finish. Sport your tousled bob to work or a night-out on the town!
Wet Look Bob
To create a wet look bob hairstyle, ruin a tiny amount of hair gel through your damp tresses. The product will not only add better hold to your strands but will also lend them a soft, iridescent shine.
If you're after a natural-looking 'fresh-out-of-the-shower' look, finger-comb your hair in place and set your bob with a generous mist of fine hold hairspray. However, if you're after a polished finish, use a fine-toothed comb to create a slick, back-brushed or side-swept hairstyle.
Sometimes, all our hair needs is a little sparkle. The easiest way to dress up your short hair is to accessorize it! Slide in a colorful headband or pin up one section of your hair using studded bobby pins to create a chic hairstyle that looks cute and keeps loose strands off your face too. What's more – you can wear your accessorized bob just about anywhere – to the office, to a date or even to a wedding!
Medium-Length Hair – Long Bobs, Shoulder-Grazing Tresses
Medium-length hair has endless styling possibilities. You can play with a range of textures to make your mane look anything from sleek to sporty to glamorous! Here are a few ways to transform your regular mid-length hairstyle:
Crimped Long Bob
Spritz some strand-smoother serum spray on your hair to make your tresses soft, smooth and shiny; make multiple baby braids, spritz some fine hold hairspray on the plaits and let them set for about 30 minutes. Untie the braids after the said time and you'll see a gorgeous crimped texture in your hair.
Mix things up a bit by crimping just a few section of your hair one day and going for a full-fledged crimped effect on another!
Work in a tiny amount of frizz removing cream through your tresses to make them soft. smooth and manageable. Make a side part and divide your hair into 3-4 vertical sections. Starting from the ends, roll under the sections and secure them around the nape of your neck using bobby pins. That's it – you'll have a faux bob in under 10 minutes!
Spritz some hairspray all over your faux bob to set it for longer wear and sport it confidently wherever you go!
The fact that there are so many half-up hairstyles to try is reassurance enough that you'll never have to stick to just one look. From twisted half-ups and hairstyles with quiffs to braided half-crowns and half-up ponytails – you can rock a new look every day of the week!
Half-up hairstyles look quite chic and feminine, can be created in minutes and look good on all women. They are also quite versatile and can be worn with all kinds of outfits and to all occasions – formal or casual.
Braids belong to one of those categories of hairstyles that can come to your rescue when you're having a bad hair day, when you're looking for a special hairdo for a special occasion or when you just want to get your hair out of the way. Needless to say, you can rely on braids to give your regular hairstyle a quick and attractive makeover.
A half-crown braid is one of the easiest braided hairstyles for medium-length hair. Just make a hair part and plait two braids along your hairline – one on each side of the part. Merge the braids together and secure them at the back of your head using bobby pins. Make your half-crown braid look more intricate by creating French braids instead of regular ones.
If your hair is cut in layers and not long enough to pull off a half-crown braid, you can simply create multiple baby braids and add beautiful mixed texture to your mane!
A great way to give your medium-length hair an instant makeover is by reinventing your ponytail. If you usually make a sleek, low ponytail, try out a tousled, high one. If you like how your pony sits at the nape of your neck, try wearing it over-the-shoulder. Lend a crimped effect to your pony for added texture, create loose curls at the ends for a cute upgrade or pair your ponytail with a bouffant for a classic, retro look – there are so many interesting variations to try that you'll never run out of ideas and your hairstyle will never look boring again!
Long Hair – Mid-Back to Waist Length Hair
Gorgeous long hair cascading beautifully down the back is indeed a dream! Use the length of your hair to your advantage and create interesting hairstyles that will make you look effortlessly charming, no matter where you go. Here's how you can make your long hair look good, every single day of the week:
Textured Loose Hairstyles
From subtle, 'barely-there' waves and cascading mermaid waves to loose curls and fuller, sculpted ringlets – texture plays a key role in enhancing the overall appeal of your long, loose hair. Whether you want to lift-up your limp strands or create an illusion of volume, texturizing your tresses will always help you achieve the desired results.
While adding texture to your hair, it is important to ensure that your strands are detangled and frizz-free. If you're using a blow-dryer, a flat iron or a curling iron to style your hair, mist your tresses generously with a good quality heat protectant hairspray to prevent them from frazzling out.
The good thing is that you have plenty of length to play with and create a gorgeous new hairstyle for every occasion. From chunky top knots and tousled high buns to deconstructed chignons and vintage updos – there are some truly stunning options to try, no matter what the natural texture of your hair.
Here's hoping that these ideas will help you reinvent your hair and give your hairstyle an instant makeover!