Deepen Your Color
Feel enriched—or at least enrich your haircolor with a tinted gloss. In-salon treatments are great, but an at-home version works well, too, and keeps your color lush for about a month.
Every couple of months, you can use clear henna to add shine. Mix the powder with warm water, work the mixture through your hair and leave it on for the recommended time (about 45 minutes).
Wake Up Gorgeous
Before bed, apply a liberal amount of leave-in conditioner on dry hair. With a soft elastic that won't leave a ridge, put it up in a high ponytail (which will create volume when you take it down). In the morning, your hair will be shinier and silkier. Or, if your hair is always stringy in the morning, apply a little hair powder at night. The powder absorbs the oils in your hair, making it fluffier.
Freshen your cut with a few skillful strokes of a curling iron. Mist the ends of your hair with a thermal protecting spray (which adds shine and flexibility), then wrap them around the barrel of a medium or large curling iron. Your style will immediately look more polished.
Do the Flip
Create a new hairstyle with a flatiron. Run it down four-inch-wide sections of your hair. When you reach the ends, flick your wrist upward so that the bottoms flip up and out, giving you a lifted look. (This trick is great for heavy, bulky hair.)
Buy a boar-bristle brush. Unlike plastic, boar bristles evenly distribute your hair's natural oils from root to tip, and they help the outer layer of the hair lie flat, making it shiny.
Make an Easy Change
Switch your part! Moving it from the center to the side (or vice versa) can give you a refreshing change.
To get loose waves, separate your hair into two sections (as if you were going to make two pigtails), wrap each section around a chopstick, and push the point of the chopstick through your hair so it's secure. Then mist your hair with water (unless it's still slightly damp after a shower), set the style with a blow-dryer and wait about five minutes before taking out the chopsticks.
Bangs don't work for everyone, but they're a great way to get a new look without going shorter. Ask for a few tapered, side-swept bangs, cut at an angle and not too thick, so they'll grow out easily. (Don't consider side bangs if you have a cowlick at the hairline or very curly hair.)