Easy Hairstyles to Change Up Your Look

I almost caved in and did something drastic with my hair. I considered cutting, coloring, hell, even shaving half of my head… anything to change up my look.


I just get bored sometimes, okay!


This is the first time I’ve had long hair with bangs, and honestly I’m not mad at it. I love the feeling of having long hair, but quarantine made me want to chop it all off again. Before quarantine, I styled my hair in braids, ponytails, braids with ponytails… anything to keep things interesting. I associate doing my hair with showing off--I like to change up my look with space buns, pigtail braids, Game of Thrones-inspired hair, etc. I like to stand out sometimes. Since I wasn’t getting out of the house much, I stopped doing my hair. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it really dampened my productivity. Every day was another day of sweatpants, t-shirt, scrunchie. BO-RING.


So, I tried a different hairstyle every day for five days. Those five days reminded me why beauty/fashion is important: it helps you feel put together, in control, and a little spontaneous (you determine the risk factor).


This “challenge” also inspired me to take better care of my hair. If you haven’t seen his videos already, I HIGHLY recommend Brad Mondo for your hair-care needs:


Day 1: Hippie/GoT Braids?


Fresh, clean hair? No Zumba? Half-up half-down! Already on day one I was feeling sooo much better. I found an easy way to keep hair out of my face, while still having it down to show off those squeaky-clean strands.



Day 2: SPACE BUNS


This one I was a little hesitant about, but it worked out pretty well! I use spiral hair ties:


They have a lot more grip, and cause less damage for your hair! Plus, they're almost invisible.




Day 3: Boxer (?) Braids


My hair was starting to get greasy, so I just did two dutch braids and a middle-part. Easy enough!



Day 4: Ponytail Twist


I was nearly out of ideas, so I decided to go back to the ponytail. I included a little twist, though (literally!)



Day 5: Star Wars? Coachella? IDK


Okay so my hair was really greasy after sweating up a storm, so I had to get creative. Behold, the faux-mohawk that looks like Star Wars and Coachella had a baby!


I honestly really like this look. It’s unique and an easy way to hide hair in desperate need of washing!!


What did I learn?

  1. Variety can be good for your sanity. Especially when it comes to hair.

  2. I’ve been washing my hair all wrong!! Thank God for Brad Mondo

  3. I need to be taking better care of my hair and changing up my part. A lot of people only part their hair down the middle or to the side. This can actually cause damage to the hair and produce hair-loss. By changing up my part (bangs included!) I gave my hair a nice break and some TLC:

4. When doing your hair, make sure the hairstyle is (relatively) loose. I’m scared of a thing called traction alopecia (hair loss that occurs from tight hairstyles that pull on the hairline). I’ve started massaging castor-oil into my roots, and it’s really been helping my hair! More on that hair-care routine later.

5. I’ve embraced how I look without bangs! My bangs used to be more blunt so I was scared of pinning them back, but changing up my part to include my bangs has helped my confidence. I no longer use my bangs as a curtain! I think I’ll keep them, though. I feel like I look better with bangs :)


All in all, it was a good experience! I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to change up their look without doing anything too drastic. Of course, if you wanna shave your hair, more power to you!



Good luck,


Sasha


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