Hairstyles & Coloring for Medium to Long Hair

Musician Jenny Lewis sports some knockout fringe.

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The best way to beat the hair doldrums is to change your style. You don't need to be drastic and chop those locks. Sometimes a subtle change can radically alter your look. This is good news for long-haired gals who don't want to lose that length. Get the dish on simple style solutions that can turn your boring tresses into something to talk about.

Fresh Cuts

If your long or medium length hair is feeling one-note, add some layers or a great angle. Long layers give depth, body and add shape to hair that was previously all one length. They're also a safe bet for just about any face shape. If you're looking for something a little messier, try a style with long and short layers like a gypsy shag. Round- and square-faced gals should avoid loads of layers that hit at the cheek or the chin. They'll only accentuate the width and roundness of your face. Ladies looking for something sleek and sophisticated should opt for a long, angled bob. Like layered hair, this is a cut that just about any gal can rock with style.

Beautiful Bangs

A quick fix for style boredom is a little fringe. Before you grab the scissors and snip away, know that not all styles of bangs looks good on every face. Oval- and square-faced gals can wear long bangs cut straight across. This is also true for gals blessed with a high forehead. Don't overwhelm your face with thick, heavy bangs. Get feathery fringe that accentuates features rather than hiding them. Round-, square- and heart-shaped faces should opt for sideswept bangs. Feathered, layered and a little wispy, these bangs help thin out round cheeks and soften angled features.

Sweet Styles

In a pinch, a fresh style can make locks feel like new. Skip the standard bun and go for a sexy side chignon. This romantic do looks good with or without bangs and can be dressed up with a party frock or dressed down with jeans and a sweater. Another perfectly tousled look is a half-up do. Pull side strands back and secure with pretty barrettes. Or go super bohemian and braid or twist the side strands before securing them. Opt for super sleek and chic with a dramatic top knot. Hide the hair band by winding a 1-inch section of hair around the base.

Cool Colors

Totally transform your look with a bold color change. That's right ladies, don't be afraid to take the plunge! Go from dishwater blond to platinum or mousey brown to a rich mahogany. Choose eye-catching shades like deep auburn or jet black to really make a statement. If an all-over color change feels like too big of a commitment, opt for highlights instead. Highlights can add depth and movement to thin, flat locks and brighten a dull shade.

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