There’s just something about a new year that feels like an entirely blank slate.
Which is why so many of us come up with resolutions about improving our diet or exercising more regularly or spending more time with loved ones.
But if you’re like me and find it difficult to stick to those kinds of resolutions for longer than a few weeks, it might help to keep your plans for the new year a little simpler – like trying some new things with your hair.
Whether you want to improve the condition of your locks or want a fresh, new look, here are a few things you might want to try with your hair in 2015.
Co-Washing For Softer, Shiner Hair
If dry hair is starting to get you down, co-washing may be something to try in the new year. Short for conditioner-only washing, it is a process that calls for skipping your usual shampoo, whose suds can be pretty drying, and using a condition to get your locks clean. It’s a good option for hair that’s naturally dry, such as curly or wavy tresses, but you can also give it a try if you have chemically-treated hair or you heat style frequently.
These days, there are products on the market specifically for co-washing called cleansing conditioners. The Wen Cleansing Conditioner is probably the best known, but the L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Conditioning Cleanser and Pantene Cleansing Conditioner are also effective options. If you have super thick hair, though, you can just use the conditioner you already have in your shower — as long as it’s silicone-free.
To co-wash, make sure your hair thoroughly saturated with water. Use enough of your cleansing conditioner or conditioner to coat all of your hair from root to tip. Work the conditioner into your hair and scalp to help break down oils and then let it sit for at least several minutes. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue behind – and wash with a clarifying shampoo such as the Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo once or twice a month depending on how thick your hair is to get rid of any build-up.
Chalk For Colorful Streaks
Dying your hair is commitment that some people just don’t want to make – particularly if the color you’re thinking of is a funky shade like turquoise or hot pink. But if you’re headed out for a night with the girls, adding a bold streak of color to your tresses can give you a fierce, head-turning look. So in 2015, consider giving hair chalk a try when you’re hitting the town.
Hair chalking is just what it sounds like – using chalk to temporarily color your hair. You can purchase chalk specifically made for hair such as the Splat Hair Chalk or take a trip to your local craft store and purchase a pack of soft chalk pastels — don’t get oil pastels, though! They’re a serious pain to get out of your hair.
Use a spray bottle to wet the section of hair that you plan to color – blondes can skip this step, though, because it can make getting the chalk out of your hair more difficult. Run the chalk along the section of hair in a downward motion. Next, allow the hair to air dry completely and use a flat iron or curling wand to seal the color in with heat. You can chalk a single streak, do several different colored streaks, or use a few different shades on one strand of hair for an striking ombre effect.
Mix Up You Look with Clip-In Bangs
If you’ve been thinking about cutting bangs into your hair and keep getting cold feet – or just want to be able to try the look out from time to time – 2015 is the perfect time to play with clip-in bangs. Just like clip-in hair extensions, these babies snap into your hair to give you bangs for a night … or two. You can find styles that give you an instant blunt cut fringe or long, side-swept styles for a softer look.
But there’s definitely a trick to getting them to look like part of your natural hair. Taking them into your stylist is a good idea because she can trim them to blend with your real hair. Make sure the bangs match your hair color well too — if your clip-in is made of natural hair, you can even dye it to match for a seamless look.