Beauty Buzz: A New Year, A New Do

With all of the running around you’ve been doing this holiday season–planning parties, buying presents, working overtime to afford said presents, and traveling across the country to see family–the last thing on your mind has probably been taking care of your hair. In addition to your hectic holiday schedule, the winter weather has been no friend to your neglected tresses. So, instead of drafting a list of ambitious New Year’s resolutions that you have little intention of actually doing, why not start the new year by indulging in a few simple treats for your hair?

Perhaps you’re not in the mood for a serious hair overhaul–maybe you’d simply like a few tweaks here and there, to update your look for the new year. With that in mind, here are a few non-committal steps you can take, lest you end up looking “oh-so 2006.”

She Bangs! – It’s definitely time for a hair-cut, but rather than trying out a completely different hair-style altogether (we all remember the horrors inflicted upon those of us who rushed out to get “The Rachel” all-too-quickly only to realize shaggy was perhaps not our best look…), maybe you’re feeling adventurous enough to try some bangs. If you’re already wearing your hair in long layers, the transition might not be so scary. According to The Hair Report’s “How To Get Bangs,” there are various options you can try: mod bangs, peek-a-boo bangs, baby bangs and asymmetrical bangs. You should consult with your stylist to see which choice would be the best fit for you, and keep in mind that often, your stylist will agree to helping you maintain those bangs with free trims–as long as you ask nicely.

More ways to change up that hairstyle after the jump.

A Horse Of A Different Color…But Not Really – Is your hair color looking a bit dull around the edges? Well, maybe you’ve spent all winter, growing out your highlights, hoping to return to a more natural look, but you’re missing that glossy sheen that comes with a good dye job. Did you know there’s a way to get the glossy, without the color? A clear gloss can help seal damaged hair follicles, to smooth your tresses with a beautiful shine, without altering the color of your hair. This procedure is a common one to ask for at the salon, or if you’re more of a DIY chick, you can try Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy, $6.99 (on sale now at and is available in most drugstores.

It’s Opposite Day – Has your straightening iron has been working overtime? Maybe it’s time to give it a rest for a bit. Try embracing your natural curl and going for a messier, less-done look. Or, if your relationship with your curling iron seems to be getting a little too co-dependent for your taste, maybe you should give your straight tresses a chance to come out of hiding. Trying something new with your hair can be as easy as parting your hair on the opposite side. When you do that, the hair that is used to laying down in one direction is being forced into an “about face,” and can actually help to volumize your hair and give you a little extra boost.

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