Simple Ways to Transform Your Hairstyle

With the new season in full swing, you may be considering a new look. Whether you go for a subtle or drastic change, doing something different to your hair is a great way to lift your mood as the nights are drawing in. What’s more, the biggest changes tend to come from simple switch-ups that can be adapted to suit any preference – which is especially useful if you’re one to fret over new cuts and colours!

Why not refresh your hair with these catwalk-inspired looks? Remember, you can always get a free consultation with your Rush stylist before booking an appointment if you’ve got any reservations about updating your ‘do.

Get a Fringe

Fringes are ideal for winter, since they’re not going to get frizzy or oily (and stick to your forehead – seriously, summer weather can be a fringe’s worst nightmare!). Fringes, bangs – whatever you want to call them – are a great way to update your look too. One thing to remember before getting yours cut in, is that it’ll need a trim every 2-3 weeks. If you don’t want to commit to a high-maintenance fringe, opt for a clip-in one instead.

Whether you go for a blunt or choppier look, full fringes work perfectly with longer hairstyles. You’ll need to blow-dry a fuller fringe with a round brush to stop it from looking flat; you can also add depth and movement by using colour tonally.

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For a softer finish, choose a sweeping side fringe. If you’re looking for something subtler, then this is your best bet. You can keep your hair looking voluminous on both sides by creating a diagonal parting that sits centrally at the crown.

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Change Your Colour

Love your cut but still fancy a change? Do something different with your hair colour instead! If you’re going for a completely different colour, it’s always better to leave it to the professionals; book an appointment with your colourist rather than hedging your bets on a home colouring kit!

Got dark hair but want to experiment with platinum or pastel? You’ll need to visit the salon a few times; it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to go from brunette to blonde in one sitting. It’ll take some time (and plenty of bleach!) to achieve the colour you want, and this requires a bit of dedication. Blonde hair is typically more difficult to maintain than dark hair; it’s also likely to become dry and damaged without proper care, so be prepared to use moisturising treatments more than you would normally. Toner is essential for bleach blondes, since it neutralises tired-looking brassy yellow and orange hues (FYI, blue or violet shampoo is a must for maintaining a salon-fresh blonde too!).

If you want to play around with pastel colours, you’ve got to bleach the hair first. Whether you go for an ombre effect or commit to a full head of colour, you’ll need to apply a toner on top. Hair chalks are a good temporary option for part-time mermaids! If you want to achieve a really striking, multi-tonal look that mixes pastel shades, chalks offer excellent precision too.

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Remember what we said about subtlety? Even if you stick to the same overall colour, simply tweaking your shade or getting highlights can transform your look. Warm red or coppery undertones work especially well on natural brunettes looking to change their colour.

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Go Longer or Shorter

You won’t be able to achieve instant length the old-fashioned way (‘Rapunzel’ was a fairy tale after all!). Hair extensions are the only option if you want longer hair in the blink of an eye. For a more voluminous updo, a clip-in ponytail or hairpiece is a cheaper alternative.

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If you fancy a super copped ‘do but feel worried about such a drastic change, ask your stylist to give you a pixie cut that’s a little longer at the front . This ‘grown-out’ style is ideal if you’re going from long to short, since you’ll still have some length to play with. It’ll also help you to get used to having a shorter style; you can always get a closer cut on your next salon visit!

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Want to play around with length but not ready to get the chop? Then the tucked-under bob is the one for you. To do it, simply secure your hair into a loose ponytail; however low it’s tied will determine how long or short your ‘bob’ will be. Then hold the tied hair and tuck it underneath itself, before pinning it to your head with a few bobby pins. Tease out your hair using your fingers and evenly spread the tucked-under bit around your head. Pin any loose strands of hair under and mist over with a light hold hairspray to finish.

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Switch Up Your Texture

If you’ve spent years trying to straighten or curl your hair, it’s probably in need of a break. Relaxing treatments and hot tools (including straighteners and curling tongs) can wreak havoc on the hair, so if you’re viewing these as long-term solutions, they’re not. Today, it’s all about making the most of your hair’s natural texture. Got curls? Define them with a suitable styling product. Sleek and straight? Perfect your blow-drying technique to prevent flyaways.

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Part You Hair Differently

Yes, to instantly transform your look without even leaving the house, simply switch up your parting. If you’ve never managed to discover where it naturally falls, now’s the time to do so. To find out, you just need to comb your hair back whilst it’s wet and push forward with your palm at the crown; your hair will split where it naturally falls. And although this certainly shouldn’t – and usually doesn’t – dictate where partings sit, it does give you an indication of which style will be the easiest for you to wear every day.

Having said that, there are options for you to play around with. Had the same centre-parting for the past decade? Why not mix things up with a side parting? Or, if you’re a loyal fan of the side-parting, why not turn it into a deep-side parting – or experiment with a middle parting for a while?

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Experiment with Updos (and Accessories)

One thing that we’ve noticed in recent years, is how ornate catwalk updos have become. Hair accessories are a great addition to even the simplest updo; adding floral or bejewelled bands, clips and bobby pins to your messy bun will give it a boost right off the bat.

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Fishtail, milkmaid, Dutch – there’s a braid for everyone. Braided updos have a streetwise edge that’s perfect for bridging the gap between fun and formal. Put your ballerina buns to bed; it’s time to toughen up with something a little edgier.

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