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    32 Fast And Easy Ways To Change Your Hair Without The Commitment

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    1. Surprise yourself with how different you look after simply moving your part from the middle to the side with a thin styling comb. Look who suddenly has subtle bangs!

    Beauty Department

    Learn more from The Beauty Department for how to map out a side part.

    This double-sided comb ($8.99 on Amazon; available in four colors) preps your hair for straightening so you can avoid knots and smooth frizz as you straighten! *And* it has a flat side to a) make the comb controllable as your style and b) easily create new parts for your hair!

    2. Trick people into thinking you take regular trips to the salon by maintaining blonde hair with some Fanola shampoo. Not only will it keep your hair from yellowing over time, but it'll actually INCREASE the brightness and platinum levels in your hair. *Color* me impressed.

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.34+ (available in six sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    3. Tackle only ~seemingly~ difficult hairdos that you see all over Pinterest — it's time to stop *pinning* and actually try one out! Most really only require a few steps (and a lot of patience). The end result: a very trendy-looking you.

    Macey J. Foronda / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Before you say, "NO IT'S TOO HARD," check out some Pinterest-inspired braid tutorials! They're rated by difficulty so you can skip to the ~easiest~.

    Behold: the easiest of them all! The deceivingly complicated braid crown requires four simple steps: two thin hair ties and bobby pins. I will pass you some tissues if necessary, but I promise you won't need them!

    Macey J. Foronda / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Have you been transformed into a certain queen who rules over dragons? Yes. Check out the full tutorial to *conquer* this look!

    What you'll need: Thin hair ties ($1.99 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon).

    4. Lighten dark hair without paying big salon bucks for highlights by washing your tresses with John Frieda brightening shampoo and conditioner. They don't require irreversible bleaching — just a few lathers in the shower to enhance a natural-looking *glow*.

    Song of Style

    They're also great for extending the life of highlights you already have! Check out more from Song of Style for how she uses John Frieda at home to get lighter hair.

    Promising review: "I love it! It definitely works. I have dark brown hair and now have subtle highlights of lighter brown, not red. At first I thought only I would notice the difference, but people have commented that my hair looks lighter from the sun. It smells good and my hair is soft and shiny. I would totally buy again! I'm obsessed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get the shampoo and conditioner set from Amazon for $18.

    5. Lengthen your updo overnight, or so it seems when flaunting a natural-looking ponytail extension. They're secure, comfortable enough for all-day wear, and will probably be the one thing inspiring enough to make us go out. If Ariana Grande can do this, by golly so can we.,

    They come both straight and curly, and in various shades of blonde, brunette, and black! They have a sturdy clip that makes wearing it for long periods of time comfortable.

    Promising review: "I've tried a few hair extensions for fun, but they all looked fake. This one looks amazing! It feels like real hair, and looks really cute. I got the black and gray curly one. I have dyed black hair so it blends in seamlessly for me. The only adjustment is the weight, because I have long but thin hair, so I'm not used to having that much hair. I got this for fun, but I was surprised that everyone who saw it thought it was real." —T.C.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20+ (available in 25 styles).

    6. Style wet or sweaty hair post-gym with an unexpected twist, aka mini buns. It turns out multiplying your usual bun by two makes you look totally unique — and all it took was a couple of hair ties, a comb, and some good ol' sweat.

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / Via BuzzFeed Life

    Get the full post-gym tutorial for how to create mini buns.

    What you'll need: Comb ($8.99 on Amazon) and hair ties ($3.99 on Amazon).

    7. Add a pop of color to your look without a hefty price tag or time commitment. A L'Oréal semipermanent hair dye that lasts about two weeks is the perfect first step to dipping your toe (strand?) into fun hues.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    It lasts about four to eight shampoos (that's a long time for people like me, who wash their hair once a week — oops).

    Promising review: "I loved this!!! I can’t have colored hair at my job, but I had a week and a half off and this worked amazingly on my hair, and showed color even more than I thought. As it gradually washed out, the colors still looked super cute, fading from peach to a rose-gold color to my usual color just in time to return to work." —Brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $5.11+ (available in 11 shades).

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's full review of this rosé-worthy hair dye for why she uses this again and again!

    8. Looking for a longer (but easily reversible) commitment? Overtone deep treatments come in 30 shades, all ranging from vibrant to pastel, and create a burst of color to your hair in about 15 minutes. It'll last about *six weeks* — with zero hairdressers required.

    Overtone / Youtube

    Overtone suggests you have have pre-bleached hair (aka blonde) *before* you try out their treatment. I have super dark brown hair and can attest that while it's not as vibrant on dark hair, you can still get some fun coloring without bleaching your mane first! If you are using this to color your hair (not refresh already dyed tresses), they suggest you apply this to *dry* hair!

    Promising review (for pastel purple, above): "I love how the pastel purple turned out for me (my natural hair is dark so it lifts more yellow when I lighten it)! Not only did it help tone my hair, but it also feels so smooth, soft, and healthy! The color does last around a month, which is also quite nice!" —Mi

    Get it from Overtone for $28+ (available in 30 shades).

    9. Dry your natural curls with a diffuser (and hold it at an upwards angle) instead of air drying so that your ringlets have more volume and look smoothly defined, not frizzy. Small change = big, big difference.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more curly hair tips from a pro hairstylist! And see why a BuzzFeed editor (also a member of the Curly Hair club) swears by this Conair hair dryer and diffuser!

    Promising review: "I bought this hair dryer several years ago and really loved it, so when it stopped working recently due to a loose connection in the GFCI plug I knew I had to purchase it again. The retractable cord is just brilliant — every hair dryer should have this feature. The cool shot button is handy to help set your style. And the diffuser attachment is just *fabulous*, with air being directed in and through the prongs as well as around them to provide more even heat and air distribution. I am so glad Conair is still making this model and that Amazon carries it." —Donna L.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    See what won best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Just 👏look👏 at 👏that👏 definition!

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    10. Transform your mane without any scissors involved by wearing a super realistic wig. You can go dramatically long or short for the night, and be back to yourself once the sun rises. Will strangers believe that's how you usually look? Yep!

    Brittaney Trent / BuzzFeed,

    Promising review (for the long wig): "I’m losing my hair due to weight loss surgery so I’ve been searching for a wig that doesn’t pull too bad and wasn’t super expensive. It looks very real and like my own hair. I did widen the part a little and create baby hairs to help cover the lace to make it look more natural. This is my first day wearing it and I’ve already gotten so many compliments." —Mamie Young

    Get them from Amazon: the short wig for $31.99+ (available in 12 shades) and the long wig for $35.99.

    See even more options in "19 Natural-Looking Wigs You Won't Believe You Can Get On Amazon".

    11. Restyle your bangs with a curling iron and volumizing spray to totally update your entire look after just a few flicks of your wrist. Whether you're trying out full, bardot, or sideswept bangs, your new 'do will instantly turn heads.

    Keiko Lynn

    Check out more from Keiko Lynn for how to style your bangs. Here's what you'll need for each look:

    For full bangs: Volumizing spray ($19.50 on Ulta), large round hair brush ($9.99 on Amazon), and comb ($5.99 on Amazon).

    For bardot bangs: Hair styling clips ($8.99 on Amazon), 1 ¼" curling iron ($24.99 on Amazon), comb ($5.99 on Amazon), and hairspray ($18 on Ulta).

    For sideswept bangs: Volumizing spray ($19.50 on Ulta), 1 ¼" curling iron ($24.99 on Amazon), large round hair brush ($9.99 on Amazon), comb ($5.99 on Amazon), and hairspray ($18 on Ulta).

    12. Recover damaged hair with a Verb hydrating mask that'll not only bring over-processed manes back to life, but restore major shine and softness to your tresses. It only takes five to seven extra minutes in the shower (aka a long, soapy Les Mis performance) and voilà: glossy hair at your *fingertips*.

    Instagram: @verbproducts

    Its key ingredients, babaso oil and glycerin, hydrate and nourish hair to soften, add shine, and restore health to damaged hair. It's even color-safe!

    Promising review: "It works, and only a small amount is needed per application. It makes my hair softer and silkier even with just an in-shower, three minute application, which is quiet the challenge as I've been coloring my hair for over 20 years and generally straighten it daily. This is good stuff!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90.

    13. Boost unexpected volume to your hair with a ceramic Conair crimper. It'll instantly add all the texture to fine hair that usually requires teasing, just without the effort and inevitable frizz.,

    It's ceramic to avoid heat damage, can reach up to 455° (with five temperature settings), works with all hair types, and only takes ~30 seconds~ to heat up!

    Promising review: "I did not expect the quality to be so good since the price is so cheap and there wasn’t that many reviews. The first thing I noticed was how well it’s made. It also has a nice weight to it. You can put it on different settings of heat, which I love. My hair is EXTREMELY straight and I can not believe the volume it’s given me. It makes extremely small crimps which at first I didn’t think I was going to like until I got to mid hair and couldn’t believe how thick it looks. I love, love, love!!!" —angela

    Get it from Amazon for $22.36.

    14. Relocate your usual curly-haired bun to the front of your head with a thick hair tie and bobby pins! It's so, so simple yet totally transforms your whole look. Who knew looking this unique could be done in two steps? And *without* heat tools?

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more for the full tutorial and other shockingly easy hairdos!

    What you'll need: Thick hair ties ($10.99 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon).

    15. ~Cut out~ the hairdresser and use clip-on faux bangs. You can style them any way you'd like (fringe, thick, etc.) and best of all, you can take them off as soon as you feel like showing your forehead again.

    Promising review: "These are an amazing fit. I didn't think I was going to like them and, in fact, I love these. Now I can change my look whenever I want. I got the dark brown and they fit 100% to my hair color. I already recommended them to all of my friends. They love them, even my boyfriend thought they were real! This product is awesome." —paola

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99 (available in 22 shades).

    16. Match the right straightener to your length and texture of hair. Why? You'll get a more *polished* finish when using the right tool. For example, styling pixie cuts with a thick flat iron is too difficult and won't leave your hair smooth. A ½" straightener will give you better control, therefore a sleeker finish.

    Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed

    Check out more for everything you need to know about straightening your hair. Let's break down what you'll need:

    For pixie hair: ½" straightener ($9.99 on Amazon). Its plates are small enough to grab onto your hair without burning you, plus it's much easier to control when styling short, short tresses.

    For short, fine hair: 1" straightener ($25.96 on Amazon). It's sleek enough to control with ease while styling shorter hair, but still long enough to quickly cover your full head.

    For shoulder-length, medium-thick hair: 1 ¼" straightener ($14.50 on Amazon). Its wide plates are built to quickly style medium-thick hair without applying *too* much heat. Aka it works faster than smaller straighteners, but won't overwhelm your hair.

    For thick, curly, below-shoulder length hair: 1½" straightener ($29.99 on Amazon). It conquers frizz and covers wide widths of hair to a) make the process faster and b) easily control thicker hair.

    For thick, very long hair: 2" straightener ($29.99 on Amazon). Its extra-wide plates streamline styling the thickest of thick hair without damaging it (thank you, ceramic technology).

    17. Revamp your braids with loc cuffs that'll help you stand out without changing so much as a strand of hair. No heat tools, no salon charge, just a quick and easy accessory.

    John Gara / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love the size of these! They'd work well with jumbo (think thumb sized if you want them to close all the way) locs, twists, and braids! They also are very sturdy. I opened and closed several of them multiple times to replace them in my hair." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. Grow your mane without going the lengths. Some synthetic clip-on hair extensions will bring you results in just a few clips, instead of having to play the waiting game. Plus, you can go back to short the minute you want to change it back up!

    BTW, these have 2,664 five-star reviews!! They're synthetic, but you can still wash and style them!

    Promising review: "Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I've spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets, and have never been completely satisfied. Until now! These are BY FAR my favorite (and for such an amazing price)! If you're worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying and buy these extensions! Also, I have very short hair and they still look great! They're very full and luscious. And you can straighten them. I'm very happy." —Makenzie Long

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in 24 shades).

    For more info, check out "These Cheap AF Hair Extensions Make You Look Like You Grew Your Hair Out Overnight".

    19. Conquer braiding your own hair by learning the timeless fishtail style in eight easy-to-remember steps (all you need is a hair tie and hairspray). It's a simple change, but if you're one to usually wear your hair down it'll make a world of difference to your look. Plus, this'll totally nix bad hair days if you're not in the mood to use heat tools.

    Alice Mongkongllite/ BuzzFeed

    Check out more easy braided hairstyles for the full tutorial and even more ideas.

    What you'll need: Hair ties ($1.99 on Amazon) and hair spray ($3.72 on Amazon).

    20. And! Once you master basic braids, you'll be ready for more ~advanced styles~ like this five-strand braid. It's deceptively simple (you only need smoothing oil for easy control and hair ties), but you'll earn full bragging rights


    Check out more from Birchbox's The Mag for how to do a five-strand braid.

    What you'll need: Hair brush ($10 on Birchbox), hair ties ($1.99 on Amazon), and smoothing oil ($28 on Birchbox).

    21. Disguise lazy hair days by topping your outfits off with a velvety headband. It'll add a touch of sophistication to how your hair normally looks down, but with about zero effort required. Feel free to let all the compliments get to your head.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9 (originally $12; available in three colors).

    22. Explore different seemingly sophisticated updos with nothing more than a bun maker. Just twist your hair into this tool, shape it into the desired look, and take full credit for your new "skills". Countless new styles = one secret weapon.


    Promising review: "I have very thin, fine, medium-long hair and was looking for a new way to wear my hair up. After a few false starts, I quickly got the hang of using this. Once I figured out how to do it, the results are amazing! I’ve never had thick enough hair to do a proper bun, in my opinion, but this little tool makes it look like I do! It's super simple to learn and my hair looks great. What more could you ask for?" —Jo keefe

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. Show off a faux bob while staying far away from scissors by curling your hair with a ½-inch curling wand (perfect for natural-looking waves) and pinning your mane underneath itself with bobby pins. You'll look like a starlet by night and still have your long 'do come morning.


    You can also tease your hair out for more volume! Check out even more from Lulu's for the full tutorial on how to create a faux bob.

    What you'll need: ½-inch curling wand ($18.44+ on Amazon), wide-tooth comb ($5.59+ on Amazon), teasing brush ($4.97 on Amazon), mini hair elastics ($3.79 on Amazon), bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon), and hair spray ($11.10 on Amazon).

    24. Scrub away dandruff, dullness, and itchiness with a Briogeo exfoliating shampoo and shampoo brush. The shampoo's combo of coconut oil and charcoal gently treats irritated scalps and removes flaky dead skin cells, while the brush deep-cleans your scalp so every strand of hair gets the ultimate restoration., Amazon

    Not only does this shampoo's micro exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product buildup (what dulls your hair), but its tea tree oil uses healing properties to soothe irritation, and coconut oil to moisturize dryness and flaking. AND its cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils will make even the itchiest scalps say "ahhh."

    Promising review (for the shampoo): "This is totally amazing and beyond expectations. I've had chronic dry scalp for over a year and with **one use** I had awesome results. My head feels fantastic and I have no more flaking. I'm going to buy a vat of this stuff and swim around in it! It's really worth it." —Jana

    Get the Briogeo shampoo from Amazon for $37.40 and the scalp brush from Amazon for $7.82+ (available in six colors).

    25. Make ~waves~ by straying from normally straight hair with nothing more than a few spritzes of texturizing sea salt spray. It can be applied to both damp and dry hair, meaning it'll take less than 60 seconds to achieve effortlessly cool tousled tresses.

    Free People

    Its blend of jasmine-infused sea salt water and pure argan oil is formulated to give you "I just woke up like this" beach waves — not to mention smells v refreshing.

    Promising review: "I love the results I get with this salt spray. I have straight hair with a slight wave when I don't blow-dry. This adds texture and gives a nice undone look. It smells so good like you spent the day at the beach!" —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $12.50.

    26. Shave yourself from the finality of razors without giving up the *edginess* and go for a fauxhawk. It's essentially just a combo of mini hair ties and clips to make a line of small ponytails, but that's between you and me.

    Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more hairstyles that take 10 steps or less for the full tutorial.

    What you'll need: hair clips ($7.99+ on Amazon), bobby pins ($2.19 on Amazon), mini hair elastics ($3.79 on Amazon), and hair spray ($11.92 on Amazon).

    27. Repair damaged hair right in your living room (so long, scary salon charges) with a thermal foil hair mask. Its key ingredients—coconut oil, Manuka honey, argan oil, and ceramides—work together to drastically restore shine, tame frizz, and smooth split ends, all while you hang out on your couch for 10 minutes.

    Promising review: "I bleached my hair over a year ago and have had horrible damaged dry hair ever since. I think it will take me getting used to how to put on the cap on in order to keep all the hair in there, but my silky smooth hair is back! I couldn’t be any happier." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $29.

    28. Create effortless waves even on stick-straight hair with an easy-to-use Remington curling wand. It's simpler to control than traditional curlers so beginners can quickly master beach waves in a matter of minutes.


    Plus its ceramic plating helps to prevent heat damage *and* create a super smooth finish! No frizz allowed.

    Promising review: "I always envied those who went to school or work every day with their hair curled. With a normal curler, it took me ages to do my hair and it just looked weird on my straight Asian hair. I don't know what it is about this curler, but I'm able to achieve the loose big curls and do it within 10 minutes before work. I'm not the type to spend forever on hair every day. I think since I tend to have the larger part of the barrel towards the top of my head and the skinnier part on the bottom ends, that's what gives it a more natural looking transition from my straight hair at the top which then turns into big curls. This heats up very quickly and with one press of a button. To end this, I just wanted to say that I have several other curling wands from different companies, and I only use this large-barrel Remington wand. It's affordable and a great wand." —Margaret Swan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.69.

    For more info, check out "This Curling Wand Will Give You Perfect Waves Even If You Suck At Doing Hair".

    29. Subscribe to Birchbox to sample high-end hair products and new styling techniques that would normally require a much bigger dip into your piggy bank. Think of this as the cheapest way to explore new ways to do your hair without the financial commitment.

    You'll receive monthly *customized* beauty packages with five sample-sized luxury products. First, you'll fill out a profile with beauty preferences (i.e. "healthier hair") so Birchbox can customize your first box. From there you can give feedback and even hand-pick your next box's selection! Or! You can choose a pre-curated "discovery kit" like the above The Hair Texturizing Kit ($30 on Birchbox; $65 value). If you really like a sample, you can purchase full-sized versions and get $1 back for every $10 you spend.

    Subscribe to Birchbox for $10/month.

    30. Skip expensive blowouts and opt for a hot air brush. The outcome is exactly the same (if not better) and gives you drastic results before your arm is even tired.

    You can use it to both straighten and curl hair, features ceramic tourmaline plates to avoid heat damage and smooth frizz, AND its bristles and cool tip makes sure you don't burn yourself.

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I have natural, fine, and very straight hair. I have never been able to hold a curl in my hair without heavy-duty hair spray, and even then the curl would fall and not hold. That has all changed now, as this curling iron is awesome. I am completely blown away as to how much curl it gives me — and that they last! I couldn't be more pleased." —Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $22.59+ (available in two sizes).

    31. Accessorize away a bad hair day or just a boring outfit with a standout head wrap. There are a million different ways to tie and style them, making this officially the most versatile part of your look.

    Taylor Miller / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more easy and gorgeous headwrap styles.

    Promising review: "This is stunning! I love the design so much and I love the sturdy material. I have a silk one that just falls off, but this one stays in place!" —Kdm

    Get a headwrap from Amazon for $17.98 (available in 20 styles).

    32. Rid your hair of split ends without having to get a full cut with some nourishing argan oil. Its formula has damaged, broken hair in mind to both restore shine and softness — aka you can maintain your mane's health even if you REALLY don't want to snip it yet.

    Argan oil does it all: tames frizz, adds shine, and restores silky hair. You can even use it on your face to even out your skin tone!

    Promising review: "I only got this argan oil last night, but when I woke up and saw the results in my hair overnight I had to review it. My hair has been DRY and lacking texture the last few years since I started dyeing it. This made me super sad, because I can remember how heathy and textured it used to be and no product could ever quite rejuvenate it back to its pre-salon days. I've emptied countless bottles of hair masks, deep conditioners, expensive oils, you name it. In just one use I am already so thrilled to see a glimpse what my hair used to look like. I can't wait to see the longterm results!" —Susie Muth

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

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