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

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    1. Transform your hair shade with Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair color for a treatment that works on even dark hair (!!!) and puts expensive dye jobs to SHAME. The shades are super saturated, and the formula conditions while it treats your tresses, so your hair is left super soft. Meaning you'll soon have a colorful, shiny mane.,

    ANDDD it's vegan and cruelty-free! It's extra vivid on already-bleached hair, but creates colorful highlights on darker hair.

    Promising review: "Holy crap, this product is absolutely amazing!!! I love the fact that it required zero bleach, it smells SO good, and made my hair incredibly soft. I wasn't sure what to expect due to my hair being naturally dark (above) and previously dyed purple, but Arctic Fox came through! I'm so pleasantly surprised. I'm absolutely in love AND it's vegan! 110% will use again!!!" —Rachel Martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and 22 shades).

    2. 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

    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!

    Learn more from The Beauty Department for "The Best Way To Side Part".

    3. 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 $13.64+ (available in three sizes).

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

    4. 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

    What you'll need: Thin hair ties ($4.99 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($2.43 on Amazon).

    Have you been transformed into a certain queen who rules over dragons? Yes. Check out "These Pretty Pinterest Braids Will Make It Look Like You Know How To Do Hair" to *conquer* this look!

    5. 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!

    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 $14.83.

    Check out more from Song of Style for how "How To Easily Go Lighter If You Have Color Treated Brunette Hair".

    6. 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.,

    Promising review: "My ponytail is absolutely beautiful. My first initial reaction was happiness, because it matched my hair color perfectly. The length of the hair was exactly what I wanted. The ponytail is thick and full, and does not weigh my head down. The clip was big enough cover my hair, and it looked really good. I received numerous compliments." —Likable Me

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 13 shades).

    7. 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

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

    Check out "This Is The Cutest Way To Do Your Hair After The Gym" for how to create mini buns.

    8. 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

    Promising review: "Forget those $200 dryers with their proprietary diffusers that claim to fix all of your curly hair frustrations. This diffuser reduces the amount of hair blowing your hair around (and therefore frizz), reduces the amount of times you need to move your dryer around your head, and distributes air and heat more evenly to your roots and ends. I have the standard Conair Infinity Pro blowdryer ($32.89) and removing the plastic ring inside the attachment let this diffuser attach securely to my dryer." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    For more tips, check out "15 Simple But Life-Changing Tips For Anyone With Curly Hair". And! See what won best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Just 👏look👏 at 👏that👏 definition!

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    9. Transform your mane without any scissors involved by wearing a super realistic wig. You can go dramatically long or short for the night (or even change your hair color, like below!), 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 pink wig): "I've never been so impressed by a wig like I am with this one not even the human hair wigs. This is actually my first synthetic wig I've ever purchased I'm now hooked for life. This wig is of such great quality for it's price, the color is rich and fun, the fibers are soft and thick, I was able to flat iron it straight even though the waves are beautiful. I wanted to experiment with a different look and it turned out better than I thought. I'm so happy with this purchase, I went ahead and bought myself another one." —Patricia Rodriguez

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

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

    10. 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

    Here's what you'll need for each look:

    For full bangs: Volumizing spray ($3.97 on Amazon), 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 (3.95 on Amazon), 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).

    Check out more from Keiko Lynn for "How To Style Your Bangs".

    11. Style your hair into gorgeous ringlets with nothing more than flexible twist rods while you catch up on your beauty sleep (and give your locks a needed break from heat tools). Consider these to be your overnight hairstylist that you absolutely do not need to tip.

    Just twist them to your liking (a loop, C-, or S-shape)!

    Promising review: "As someone who colors their hair, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to style my hair without further damaging it. I therefore try to stay away from heated methods of styling hair as much as possible. I prefer heat-less methods like this, because the curls seem to set for longer and stay bouncy. Let me preface by saying this: the 'before' photos of my hair were taken after having the curlers in my hair for only two hours. I have pretty thick hair and was looking for a casual, wavy look...the fact that my hair took to curling in such a short period of time is AMAZING!! I also love the fun assorted colors." —kiana

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in two styles).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Use These $8 Twist Rods To Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls".

    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

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

    Check out "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less" for even more tutorials.

    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

    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 ($17.84 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).

    To learn more, check out "17 Useful Tricks For Anyone Who Uses A Hair Straightener".

    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 120 from Amazon for $7.99.

    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

    What you'll need: Hair ties ($4.99 on Amazon) and hair spray ($3.72 on Amazon).

    To learn more, check out "3 Easy "Game Of Thrones" Hair Tutorials Everyone Can Try".

    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


    What you'll need: Hair brush ($5.80 on Amazon), hair ties ($4.99 on Amazon), and smoothing oil ($35 on Birchbox).

    Check out more from Birchbox's The Mag for "How To Do a Five-Strand Braid".

    21. Disguise lazy hair days by topping your outfits off with a leopard-print 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.

    Promising review: "The headband was comfortable on my head all day! This is the best price I could find for what I wanted, and it was worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    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 was pleasantly surprised by this bun maker. I purchased a bun donut originally because all of the YouTube videos made it seem easy, but I just didn’t have the knack for it. This snap bracelet style bun maker was the answer to my frustration! It’s super easy to use and holds all day (mind you, I have very thick, long hair). I was worried it was going to be a challenge because my hair is layered, but my long layers were not a problem at all." —Kristen Neville

    Get a pack of two (one black, one brown) from Amazon for $5.99.

    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!

    What you'll need: ½-inch curling wand ($16.99 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).

    Check out even more from Lulu's for "How To Create A Faux Bob".

    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. 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

    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).

    For even more tutorials, check out "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less".

    26. 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 it from Amazon for $14.

    27. 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.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    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. It's affordable and a great wand." —Margaret Swan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.69.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review in "Remington's Curling Wand Did What I Thought Was Impossible And Curled My Pin-Straight Hair".

    28. 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 Defined Coils Kit ($28 on Birchbox). 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 $15/month.

    29. Cut down on frizz AND time by using a Revlon one-step hair dryer and styling brush to straighten your hair in a more efficient manner. It boasts three heat and speed settings, as well as ionic bristles to evenly distribute its straightening power — meaning your tresses will be dry, blowout-worthy, and free of even ONE flyaway well before it's time for work.


    That's right — you can use this on wet hair! Talk about a timesaver.

    Promising review: "If you are in any way debating the purchase of this magical hair wand, PLEASE debate NO LONGER! My hair is down to my waist, and although it is naturally on the thin side it has always been a multi-step task to get it looking nice, shiny and smooth (all at once) and forget volume — as it has always been an impossible achievement. Frizz seems to be my best friend here in Florida. Boy am I glad I got this! My drying time has been cut in half — what before took two hair tools, now is done with only one hair tool which not only leaves my hair shiny, frizz-free, and super smooth, but also with some volume!! I would without a doubt pay $400 for this product if that’s what it cost, it’s THAT GOOD!!" —Judy

    Get it from Amazon for $43.19+ (available in two colors).

    30. 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

    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).

    Check out even more "8 Head Wrap Cheat Sheets If You Don't Know How To Tie Them".

    31. 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.

    32. Invest in a Dyson hair dryer that comes at a high price, but has already proven to be worth the splurge (at least according to hundreds of happy reviewers). Basically all the perks of high-end blowouts will be right in your *fingertips* — not only is it engineered to protect your hair from damage, but to promote extra shine and a frizz-free look (even if you're going from tight curls to loose waves).


    Promising review: "This is worth the high price! I have long, very thick hair that I've always struggled to style on my own. I saw a demonstration in a London department store and knew I needed this. My favorite qualities are how FAST this dries my hair. And how SMOOTH it makes my hair. I have naturally wavy hair that I've straightened with GHD's since 2001. With this dryer, it's the first time I've been happy with my natural waves. I attribute this to the fact that this dryer seems to work out all the frizzy-ness in the drying process. Love this and would buy again!" —LillacSkies

    Get it from Sephora for $399 (available in three colors).

    See why this won our splurge-worthy pick for best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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