10 Great No-Cut Hair Changes

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10 Great No-Cut Hair Changes
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Not everyone wants exquisitely trimmed, monthly manicured, sculptured hairstyles that look the same day after day. You might feel like a change up, match your hairstyle to mood and be glam, gamine or grunge if you feel like it, no matter whether you have short, medium-length or long hair -- and without needing to have any of it chopped off. All you need is healthy hair, a heavy dollop of creativity and a good dose of daredevil spirit for a different look every day.

Oh You Pretty Things
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Oh You Pretty Things

Try everything: clips, alice bands, beads and ribbon. Practice in front of the mirror, holding up your artfully untidy updo with all the little accessories you've picked up on a trawl of the mall. Think lateral. For glammed-up ribbons, use cheap glass stud earrings: Poke the little posts through ribbon and secure with the butterfly to add sparkle when they catch the sunlight.

Classic Elegance
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Classic Elegance

Braids are right back in fashion and already making headlines at the international fashion shows. Long hair lends itself perfectly to coils of braids arranged around your head so you look even more like the goddess you are. Alternate thin braids with thicker ones and wind them around each other or arrange several long, thin braids around a carefully coiffed updo.

Individual Looks
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Individual Looks

Dramatic side parts are perfect for shorter hair. To achieve a flawless pixie, start by applying a firm gel. Create a side part and blow out your hair. Smooth with a brush and top it off with hairspray for shine and staying power. The result will be polished and chic, suited for day or night.

Change Color
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Change Color

If you've never tried coloring your hair, it's time to experiment. Work slowly up the scale with colors that will fade within about six washes, so you get a feel for different looks and can change your mind without tearing your hair out. Once you have more confidence you can go ahead with semi-permanent colors that will fade over a longer period or even go for no-holds-barred permanent color.

Dramatic Color for Impact
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Dramatic Color for Impact

Change your workday style by using wigs that set off your skin coloring and dazzle the people you meet. Try a few fun wigs first of all; you'll find them in fancy dress-for-rent stores, toy stores and anywhere else that sells dress-up duds. Once you've decided on the color, try an online hairstyle matcher that you can drag and drop over a picture of your face, and see which shapes suit. Then go out and knock 'em out.

Long Hair in a Day
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Long Hair in a Day

Sick of having to wait for your hair to grow? A little costly but worth the dollars: Extensions give you length, volume and weight. Go with your existing hair color or try a contrasting shade and ask your hair stylist about aftercare and maintenance. Extensions can last for three or four months if you take care of them.

Elegant Hairstyles
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Elegant Hairstyles

Chic and oh so terribly elegant, this updo style is simple and quick to do. Sleek is key so you'll probably need to use gel to flatten any rogue hairs that stick out and make the surface as smooth as silk. Make a ponytail but don't use elastic bands because they tend to damage hair when you pull them off. Wind the end of the ponytail up and around the band and clip underneath.

Retro Styles
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Retro Styles

Big, bouncy hair with volume is back in. You need big rollers for this kind of style, and once your hair is perfectly dry you simply take out the rollers, unroll the curls gently and then slip your fingers through your hair to loosen up the style a little. You want a little touch of the natural look rather than a '70s style, sprayed solid with hairspray that didn't move in a force nine gale. This time around those curls will move, baby.

Emergency Color
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Emergency Color

You've done the vibrant but sensible wig for the day job and now it's time to hit the cocktail bars and run with the crowd. Now's your chance to go wild in any colors you want: pink or turquoise or even yellow with purple streaks -- it's your choice and your wig. You'll probably find that more of your inner party animal demands to be let out, so keep a firm hand on its collar in the early stages.

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