How to break through a hair rut

Sep 24, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Just like style and makeup ruts, getting sick of the way you style your tresses is common. Before you vow to chop off your locks or dye them a crazy color, there are a few less drastic ways to inject some much-needed energy into your hair.

Woman wearing headband

Opt for accessories

If you’re not sure about making a major change or doing anything that will require growing out, the humble hair accessory is a great way to switch things up. Not only do they give you a chance to add interest to your overall look (especially if you’re wearing a neutral outfit), but they can take lackluster locks up a few notches in no time. The best part is, you don’t need a specific length or style of hair to pull off accessories -- just choose what fits with the type of hair you have. Whether it’s barrettes with bling or a boldly-hued headband, grab a few options to have on hand when you feel like putting a twist on your hair look.

Flip your part

It may seem simple, but just changing what side you part you hair on can make a huge difference to your overall look. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself and you’ll be surprised at how the switch can affect your hair style. Even your face will look different with a changed-up part. Try it for a few days if you’re craving something a little different.

Wear it curly/straight

Whether you always wear your hair straight or haven’t gone a day without waves since college, it’s time to change things up. We don’t suggest getting up hours early every morning to tame your ultra-curly locks or attempt to add wave to pin-straight hair, but if your tresses are at all malleable, change things up by going either straight or curly for a day (or week). Sometimes all you need is a brief break from your everyday look to feel refreshed.

scissors and combGet a cut

The easiest way out of a hair rut is to get a haircut. You don’t have to take a lot off, but you can go somewhat shorter, add layers, get bangs or any new style that suits you. Ask your stylist for a consultation or go in armed with some images of looks you love so she has something to work with. Just make sure to avoid doing anything too drastic unless you’re ready for it.

Try a new stylist

Just as much as you get in a hair rut, so can your stylist, especially if you’ve been going to the same one for years. If you’re loyal to your salon and the person that does your hair and wouldn’t dream of switching, that’s fine. But if you’ve just been getting the same trim every year for as long as you can remember, it might be time to find someone new, who can offer you a fresh take on what styles would work for you.

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