Hair Raisers

9 ways to jazz up your mane

Try Extensions

Think of extensions like plastic surgery for your hair, says Arrojo. While it's not the most budget friendly option for changing your look, it does provide instant gratification and an entirely new style. You can also invest in clip in extensions, while human hair is still expensive this option is much less of a commitment and great for spicing up your style for special events.

 

Don't Agonize—Accessorize

Stock up on jeweled hair accessories! Gurgov advises to use them to tie your hair into a knot and create a fun chignon. How can you possibly feel drab with gem and shine in you locks?

 

Don't Be Shy

Hair color shy? Try a demi-permanent! says co-owner of Ted Gibson Salon and Clairol Color Director Jason Backe. Demi-permanent hair color is perfect in so many ways. For instance, Natural Instincts will deliver incredible shine, rich glossy color and will even blend away grays—and best of all it gently fades so there is no stripe as it grows out.

 

Try a Few Highlights

You can easily add a few brighter pieces around your face to give that little bit of sparkle you are looking for, says Jason Backe. A couple of face framing ribbons will take your look from humdrum to hottie!

 

Pump Up the Color

A single process with permanent hair color will instantly give you a dramatic result that doesn't have to be drastic, says Jason Backe. 

 

Get a Little Intense

If you're wearing the bob, intensify the angle, says celebrity hair stylist Paul Labrecque of Paul Labrecque salons. Sit color only around the bottom of the bob and give that color vibrancy so you can exaggerate the swing of the hair.

 

Find the Funk

If you're wearing a crop, darken the roots while lightening or brightening the ends—this will add funk, suggests Labrecque.

 

Layer by Layer

If you are wearing long layers pump up the intensity by cutting blunter face frames as opposed to soft angles, suggests Labrecque. Show these off with color panels that are quite thick but only a shade or two different from the rest of your hair.

 

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