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3 easy ways to get out of a hairstyle rut

/ 07.31.2014
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  • Blake Lively with tousled waves
  • Try a DIY blowout!
  • Half-up beehive

When you start to feel as if you've been wearing your hair the same way for forever (not necessarily a bad thing because Kate Middleton does it), it might be time to switch things up a little bit to get you out of a rut... or stop you falling into one! To help get the ball rolling, we've put together a list of three easy looks that will revamp your look without a trip to the salon.

Loose waves

Carefree, tousled waves always create a perfectly laid-back hairstyle that can be dressed up or down, whatever the occasion. It's a texture that looks as good pinned up as it does left down, and it's flattering on just about every cut long enough to curl.

Get the look: Spray dry or damp hair with a wave enhancing spray evenly throughout. Take a chunk of hair and twist it then blow-dry while you hold onto the ends. Once dried, leave the twisted hair alone and repeat this drying process on the rest of your hair. Use your fingers to break up the twists then scrunch the ends with a tiny amount of wax.

Be your own stylist!

Another great way to inject some fresh new movement into your locks is with a blowout. Although the pros make it look like an art form, a DIY blowout can actually be a pretty straightforward process when you know how to do it!

To style: Apply a heat protectant evenly throughout before you begin. If you're starting with damp hair, use a paddle brush to get most of it dried then switch to a round brush. Wrap individual sections around the brush then slowly glide the barrel through to the ends as the hair dries. When it pops off the brush, gather it in the palm of your hand and spray with hairspray then clip up the resulting curl while it cools. Repeat until all of your hair is dry, let down the curls then brush them through. Mist once more with hairspray and you're all set.

Turn up the volume

Adding more volume at the root can give your hairstyle a serious update! So, why not channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a vintage beehive? You don't have to wear all of your hair up if you don't want to as a half-up style looks just as good.

To style: Clip a section of hair at the front out of the way then spray the top and crown with a volumizing spray. Tease the hair until you have a good amount of height then smooth some loose hair over the top and pin at the back. Let down the hair at the front then tuck or pin it behind your ears. You can leave the rest of the hair down or gather it all up into a pony or French twist. Whatever you do with it, don't skimp on the finishing spray!

What do you think? Which style will you try first?

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