How to Subtly Change Up Your Hairstyle

Gentle upgrades to your hair
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Trying out a new style can be daunting, especially when it comes to hair. For most people, a hairstyle change may only mean a haircut or dye job. These are both drastic moves, and if you end up disliking the result, that can be a significant problem.

Good news: you don’t have to do something dramatic to switch up things. Plenty of subtler ways exist to switch things up that can give you the style change you crave without going overboard.

Get Highlights and Lowlights

With the perfect highlights, you can bring some depth to your hair without committing to a whole-head dye. Talented stylists are great at weaving highlights or lowlights into your hair while making them look as natural as possible, and natural is a good thing to strive for when you’re trying to make a subtle change.
Although you can do highlights on your own, you’ll always run the risk of making them look artificial or heavy-handed. To get a good subtle look out of this, make sure you consult an expert.

Curl or Straighten Your Hair

If you have straight or slightly wavy hair, curling your hair can be a great way to change your style without making any permanent moves. Likewise, if your hair is already curly or wavy, straightening it will change your look.

Although this isn’t a permanent change, remember that chemical treating or heat-treating your hair can have significant effects if you do it regularly. If you do decide to use a straight iron, chemical relaxer, or curling iron to get this effect, only do it occasionally and give your hair the red carpet treatment before and afterward.

Part Your Hair in a Different Way

This is very simple, but it can provide you with some interesting functional changes in the way your hair looks. In addition, depending upon your face shape, a different part may actually make you happier with the way you look in general.

Different parts have different effects, and if you plan to do an extreme side part or part your hair on the opposite side, it’s probably not going to lay flat on its own for a few days. If you like the way it looks, just continue to do it, and your hair will eventually come along with you.

Add Layers around Your Face

For many people, layering is a scary word, on par with a haircut in the significance of a change. However, layering can be a great way to maintain your current hair length and general hairstyle while giving you a bit of a different look.

Adding some soft layers around your face is the perfect way to add some lift to a long or medium style, and even short styles may benefit from a bit of layering. Just remember that you should leave this one to the experts, as messing up your layers can have severe consequences.

Try Out Accessories

Spicing up your hair gradually
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There are endless accessories available on the market for you to use, and they’re one of the easiest ways to jazz up your style a little. Even if you’re not used to using accessories, you can find something small, such as a decorated bobby pin or two, and try it out for your next outing.
The key here is to use just a few. You don’t need to go overboard with accessories. If you’re just getting started, buy a bow or two, a couple of hair clips, and a sleek hairband. Switch them out with each other for a new look every time.


You can change your style in many ways without having to change it so far as to be unrecognizable. Moreover, with these style switch-ups, you don’t have to worry about being stuck with something you hate. If you decide something isn’t for you, take your hair down and go back to the basics.

If you do end up going with something such as highlights, layers, or even a small trim, it’s a good idea to hand things over to an expert that will know more about how to make it look perfect. Visit an Ogle School salon near you to get that helping hand and make sure you come out looking gorgeous.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.