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Straightening Hair with Tight Curls

Woman with tight curls

If you have naturally, tight curly hair you know it can be difficult straightening your hair.  It can be even more difficult to straighten curly hair without causing insane amounts of damage to your natural hair.  But although it may seem next to impossible to straighten your hair at home without causing damage and seeing real results – it’s totally possible!  In fact, we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips for getting straight hair for the curly haired beauties.

Prep Your Hair
It’s really important to start off with hair that’s been properly prepped to be straightened.  Showering with shampoo and a straightening/smoothing conditioner is a really great place to start, this way as you’re washing your hair your hair is getting prepped to be straightened.  If you can, let your hair air dry to towel dry as much as possible, this helps avoid as much heated styling as possible.  Add some straightening product to your freshly washed and damp hair.  Once your hair is mostly dried, go through with a round brush to straighten your hair a tad.  Many experts suggest rotating from warm to cool setting on your hair dryer to avoid your hair getting too heated.

Straighten in Sections
Straightening your hair in sections can help you make sure you get your entire head straightened and avoid trying to straighten too much hair at a time.  Use a clip to pull up your hair, leaving a small section at the nape of your neck down.  Start the straightening process by repeating the process of bringing down a small section of hair from the clip at a time and straightening just that section.  When you have curly hair just doing small sections at a time can help you have more control over the hair you’re straightening and really allow you to get the hair fully straightened.

Set Your Straight
Once you’ve straightened all of your hair, you’re going to want to use a product to hold the straight in place – especially since you have naturally curly hair.  This will help your hair hold the straightened style much longer, help your hair’s health, and help give you an overall straighter and more polished look.  It’s recommended to use a serum or spray that has silicone to help hold the shape of your hair.

Unfortunately, there’s no one product or technique that will give you that straight style you’ve been eyeing for years.  However, with a combination of a few different factors you’re definitely able to achieve a straight-haired look without over damaging your hair.  It’s important to keep your hair’s health in mind, so it’s really not advised to go through this entire process of straightening your hair like this daily.  Keep it to a minimum, and be sure to give your hair a break from heated styling every once in a while.

If you have curly hair, what tips or tricks have you found work best for achieving a gorgeous straight hair?

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Eccentric Form

Lady Gaga

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It’s no secret Lady Gaga is known for her eccentric style, including her hair.  From the minute she stepped onto the scene, she had us all wanting to know who she was and what her story was.  She continued to leave us speechless every time she stepped onto the red carpet in a new, eccentric look.  As we saw more of her, it became fun to see what she was going to do with her hair/ wigs this time.  Not many people or celebrities have the courage to step onto a red carpet in looks that eccentric.  But Lady Gag did it with ease and excitement.  We’re taking a look back at some of her most memorable eccentric looks over the years.

Where it All Started
It was in 2008 when Lady Gaga first turned heads with her long hair that was accented with hair in a bow shape.  Women and girls have been trying to recreate the hair bow ever since.

Lady Gaga

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Button Hair 
Yes, that’s right a button!  In 2009, Lady Gaga stepped out with an over-the-top sized button with hair wrapped around it.  It was definitely unlike any hairstyle we had seen before, but as always Gaga wore it with pride and grace.

Blunt Crop and Bangs
Again in 2009, Gaga came out with a new album and graced the cover of the album with another over-the-top hairstyle.  This time, she had a short, blunt haircut that flared out at the bottom with blunt full bangs.

Lady Gaga

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Mellow Yellow
While 2009 was a big year for Gaga and her hair, she kept it going into 2010 when she arrived at the Grammy awards with bright yellow hair.  Prior to this she mostly stuck to her signature platinum blonde hair.  Adding in the bold yellow was definitely a shock!

Silver Locks
Later Lady Gaga went for another shocking color change with gray locks.  She kept the gray for a bit.

Lady Gaga

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Meat + Blue
Oh the infamous meat dress, no Lady Gaga list would be complete without the mention of this look.  While her outfit was definitely eccentric, she didn’t hold back with her hair for this look either.  Opting for long platinum blond locks and the ends a bright blue hue, accenting it with a slab of meat – it’s a look that will be remembered for years to come.

The list can continue on and on, it’s easy to see she’s not a woman who’s afraid to experiment when it comes to her hair or the use of wigs.  She loves the over-the-top shocking looks, many of which can only be achieved with the use of wigs.  Lady Gaga is an incredibly creative individual, her use of color, style and wig changes all show that she brings her creativity into every area of her life.  There haven’t been many celebrities that have been as embraced for their eccentric style as Lady Gaga has.  Since her earlier years, she has started to tone things down a bit but we never know what she’ll step out in next!

Do you have a favorite eccentric Lady Gaga hairstyle?

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galaxy hairstyle

Rainbow Hued Hair

Rainbow and galaxy inspired hair has been a trend that’s sweeping the nation (and social media) by storm.  With the continued popularity of sci-fi genre movies and TV shows it’s not surprising that hair trends are adapting inspiration from the sci-fi world.  The popularity of the Star Wars franchise continues to skyrocket, and we’ve had new sci-fi movies join the roster (like The Martian).  So, how have these sci-fi thrillers influenced hair?  We’re going to break it down a bit.

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Galaxy Theme
It’s true, girls (and guys) are getting inspiration for their hair color from the actual galaxy.  There are a ton of side-by-side pictures floating on social media with a picture of the galaxy next to the hair that was colored as inspiration from the picture.  While it may seem out of this world (pun intended) to think that we’re getting inspiration from the galaxy, it’s actually reality!  The gorgeous purple, pink, and blue tones that are found in images of the galaxy look incredible when applied to hair.  Both men and women are adapting this trend and the outcome is magnificent.

Space Cadets
With the continued rise in popularity of sci-fi thrillers like the movie The Martian and everlasting popularity of Star Wars, it’s really no surprise that so many people are feeling inspired by these movies and looking for ways to adapt what they see in these shows and movies into their lives.  It’s typical for us to get trends and inspiration from movies and celebrities, it just hasn’t been often that those movies and shows take place in space – but it seems to be working out for some great inspiration!

Rainbow hair

Celebrating the Unique
What’s interesting about sci-fi shows and movies is the storylines aren’t your typical storylines.  They’re a little out there (again, pun intended), but that’s often what draws people to enjoying them so much.  The different ideas and experiences are celebrated in the sci-fi genre.  Thinking that way, it’s no wonder people are feeling more comfortable trying to dye their hair in something that may not be traditional.  The influence of the sci-fi world may even be helping people want to celebrate being unique and different themselves.  Take Princess Leia and her infamous buns for example.  Not your normal hairstyle, but it’s continuously celebrated and mimicked time and time again.

The rainbow-hued hair is definitely a new look for so many people, it’s fun to see how celebrated this trend is.  Even more exciting is the fact that we’re gaining inspiration from different sources.  Who would have thought we’d be gaining hair inspiration from outer space?  Or sci-fi influences?  Well, we may not have expected it, but the outcome sure is great and it will definitely be memorable.  It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be forgetting the rainbow (otherwise known as galaxy) hued hair anytime soon.  But to think we’ve already gone to outer space for inspiration…what’s next?

What do you think of the rainbow-hued hair trend that’s sweeping across social media?  Would you give it a try?

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Princess Leia

Being Princess Leia

Princess Leia

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It’s safe to say Princess Leia was the breakout super girl in the Star Wars series.  Princess Leia played a huge role in the movies, showing us all the girls can most definitely play a huge role in the war.  The fictional character paved the way for other super girls to follow after the Star Wars series came out.  While Princess Leia is an icon (to say the least), we thought we’d take a look at what we’ve learned from Princess Leia over the years.

You Can Accomplish Anything You Want
In the movie series Leia set some records like becoming the youngest Senator, among other incredible things.  Despite being raised to do things one way, it didn’t stop her from doing what she felt she needed to do to stay true to herself.  She set forth in accomplishing what she wanted to accomplish, often regardless of what others may have thought or told her to do.  Additionally, as she was held as a slave to Jabba during the movie she did her best to believe that there was a way out of the situation.

Princesses Don’t Have to Wear Crowns 
Although Princess Leia is well… a princess, she wasn’t prancing around in crowns and dripping in jewels constantly.  Because she was a different kind of a princess, the kind of princess that wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and be a part of the fight during a war.  Most all of her outfits throughout the series were pretty simple and easy.  Of course, she had a little more fun with her hair.  Instead of wearing the traditional princess crown we think of, she had fun hair styles she rocked out – probably more functional when you’re busy fighting a war!  Regardless, just because she didn’t wear a crown didn’t mean she wasn’t a princess.  She was a princess, just not your average princess – which is what makes her so unique and…Princess Leia-like.

Princesses can be Tough
We know Princess Leia wasn’t your average princess, especially since she wasn’t afraid to get in the mix during fights.  It’s empowering and fun to see a Princess that isn’t afraid to be one with the guys and show them what she’s got.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines, she showed us what girl power is really all about.

Princess Leia showed us so many amazing lessons of being a super girl throughout the Star Wars series.  It really comes to no surprise that she left a legacy and lasting impression on those that followed the popular series.  No matter which of these ‘lessons’ you resonate with most from Princess Leia, we can’t deny she’s a princess unlike any other we’ve seen grace the big screen.

What do you think makes Princess Leia different and memorable?

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Galaxy hairstyle

Galaxy Hair

Galaxy hairstyle

The past couple of years have been full of different hair color trends and techniques.  From ombre to bright colors to color block, we’ve seen it all.  Until galaxy hair came onto the scene, that is!  The galaxy hair trend has been exploding on social media.  The inspiration for this hair trend?  The galaxy!  Girls (and guys) are coloring their hair in a wide range of different colors to look like photos found of the galaxy.  Mind blown yet?  The trend is out of this world (pun intended).  While it’s not the easiest hair look to maintain, it’s absolutely stunning.  We’re breaking down a few of the galaxy hair attributes.

Since the galaxy hair trend is a multi-tonal look, it’s made up of multiple colors.  Most often, galaxy hair is made up of shades of purple, blue, pink, and green sometimes with a little silver weaved throughout.  You can choose what colors you like best, of course, these are just the most commonly used colors.  Since galaxy hair is made to mimic… the galaxy, most people take inspiration from images of the galaxy that include these colors.  Since the colors are blended throughout the hair, the combination of the colors results in your hair looking like a flawless galaxy of locks.

Naturally, there are multiple ways of achieving the galaxy hair trend and both men and women are getting on board!  Some people are having the galaxy look over their entire head of hair, while others just do the ends of their hair to achieve more of a colorful ombre type of look.  Whichever way you choose, you’re bound to turn heads and have gorgeous colorful hair.

Galaxy hair inspiration

With galaxy hair being made up of a stunning combination of out-of-this-world colors, styling the hair results in an outrageously gorgeous outcome.  There are countless images flying around Instagram and Pinterest with girls that have styled their galaxy hair in braids.  Braiding galaxy hair isn’t like braiding the typical hair.  The mixture of colors takes the braids to a WHOLE new level.  Those that have galaxy hair have shown the internet how much fun you can have styling it!  Whether you’ve done a simple French braid or a braided headband, something about braids with galaxy hair is leaving us all in awe.  This is definitely a hair color trend that leaves the many styling options open.

It’s safe to say that galaxy hair is space-worthy.  Who would have thought we would be getting hair color inspiration from the galaxy?  Well, it’s lucky we did because it’s giving people an awe-worthy outcome.  If you’re considering embracing the galaxy hair trend, it’s worth doing some internet browsing of galaxy pictures.  That’s pictures of the actual galaxy, anyways.  You’ll probably find a lot of side-by-side images of galaxy hair next to pictures of their galaxy inspired images.  Warning: the comparisons are insane!  But getting some inspiration will help you narrow down colors you’re most interested in including for your own galaxy hairstyle.  Don’t forget to play around with braids if you decide to try this hair trend – the results will be Instagram-worthy!

Will you be trying the galaxy hair trend?

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Michelle Rodriguez

Almost Country Girls

We all know country girls aren’t afraid to get down and dirty, and do what needs to be done!  It’s no surprise there are similarities between action star actresses and country girls.  After all, country girls are into action.  It’s all about country girls and being the tough chicks they are, and it’s is a huge common trait action actresses have so we decided to round up a list of a few action actresses that have serious country girl skills.

Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle Rodriguez
Is any Hollywood action actress list complete without a mention of Michelle?  She’s been in a handful of action films and never disappoints.  It’s clear Michelle isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and probably why she’s been known to play the tough girl role more than once.  Instead of playing the ‘pretty’ Hollywood roles, Michelle goes for the parts that will most likely require her to get dirty and not be afraid to work with what she’s got.

Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie 
Again, we couldn’t include an action actress list without mentioning Jolie.  Angelina is also known for playing action-packed roles that require her to get real (in terms of little glam involved), sweat, and not stay clean.  Angelina definitely shows country girl skills by embracing who she is and taking the action roles in strides.  In true country girl fashion, she worries less about getting a role that has a lot of glam and more about a role that will require her to get really involved.

Uma Thurman

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Uma Thurman 
Another iconic action-packed actress.  Uma brought herself into Hollywood royalty with her roles in action movies like Kill Bill.  She shows off her country girl skills by doing things in the movies that may not typically be “girly” activities.  But she owns them and shows the powerhouse she is.  Uma is also trained in martial arts and swordsmanship – talk about a tough chick, huh?!

There are a lot of common characteristics among these action actresses and country girls.  They’re not afraid to get dirty, put a little elbow grease into anything, and do things that may not necessarily be the “girl” thing to do.  But they do them all regardless and take everything in strides.  Country girls know how to make an impact on people, and it’s clear so do these incredibly talented action actresses.  Next time you watch an action movie, you probably won’t look at it the same.  Who knows, maybe some of these action actresses even got some inspiration from country girls!  We may never know for sure, but regardless we can enjoy the fact that they have great similarities that all of the women in the world can embrace a bit of.

What do you think of the relationship between action actresses and country girls?  Do you see the similarities?  Can you think of any other almost country girls we missed?

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Voluminous hair

Purposefully Big Hair

Voluminous hair

There’s something about big hair that women just love, but it’s not always the easiest look to achieve.  However, just like any other hairstyle, there are a few secret tricks that can help you achieve your desired look easily!  If you’re ready to have purposefully big hair without the frustration that can generally come along with it, we’re breaking down a few of the ways to achieve it!

Quality over Quantity
When you’re looking to create voluminous hair you want to use products strategically.  Often times if you wear too many hair products it can actually weigh your hair down, and when you’re going to big hair you don’t want your hair to be too heavy!  Using minimal, quality products is much more beneficial to achieving the look you desire.  Look for products specifically made to create volume, there’s everything from serums and mousse to shampoos that have extra volume boosters in them for you.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
If you’re looking to achieve this look by using a hairdryer make sure you’re using a high-quality hairdryer.  Investing in quality tools will give you a huge payoff when trying to create a big hair look.

Don’t Brush Your Hair Down
Since you’re looking to create a voluminous look, you want to keep as much natural volume as you can.  So when your hair is wet you don’t want to brush down your hair.  Additionally, when you’re using the hairdryer use your fingers to dry the majority of your hair.  When you’re about halfway dry create more volume by flipping your hair so you hair (and head) is upside down.  This will definitely give you an extra volume boost.  When you’re upside down use the hairdryer closer to your roots to dry that portion of your hair.

Don’t Forget this Trick
When your hair is dry, flip your hair back so you’re facing up again.  Hold up the top layers of your hair and continue to blow-dry like this at the roots.  While doing this you’ll be holding the so the air is blowing upwards towards your hand/the ceiling.  This will give you even more of a boost.

Woman using a hairdryer

Let Your Hair Cool Before You Brush 
The key to keeping the volume in your hair is letting your hair dry after using the hairdryer before you brush it.  If you want even more volume, use a clip to lift your hair at the roots while your hair cools.

Curl the Roots
You can use hot rollers or large barreled curling irons to add an extra volume boost to your hair.  These tools are best used after drying your hair and will help create a most streamlined finish.

Dry Shampoo 
Dry shampoo is actually a great product to add extra volume to your hair, and no your hair doesn’t have to be dirty to use it.  It’s a quick easy way to get a little extra bounce to your look.

Next time you’re looking to get big hair, consider trying these tips to help you achieve it!

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Woman looking in the mirror

Do You Have a Signature Hairstyle?

Woman looking in the mirror

Few things in life are constant, but there are many women who found a hairstyle they loved so much they kept it through much of their life.  If you look through old family photos you may even find that you have family members that have a signature hairstyle they’ve kept through the years.  Creating a signature hairstyle has been something celebs like Anna Wintour, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Barry have taken to heart and rolled with.

While many women love constantly changing up their hairstyle and color, a lot can be said for having a signature hairstyle.

The #1 takeaway from developing a signature hairstyle is it’s yours!  It’s kind of fun to have a hairstyle that you’re known for.  It’s something that can become a constant in your life.  While so much in our lives aren’t constant, creating a style that is a signature for you can be a fun way to create something that’s consistent in your life.  Not only is it constant for you, but other people can even find comfort knowing that they always know what to expect with your hair.  Additionally, it’s a great way to celebrate your individuality instead of trying to constantly chase the trends.

If you haven’t found your signature hairstyle and you want to here are a few things to consider.

Experiment
That’s right!  In order to find a signature hairstyle that you love, you have to experiment to find what you like best.  So play around with changing the layers, the length and even the color.  You’ll eventually land upon a hairstyle that just feels right and you will most likely find you want to stick with it.

Forget the Trends
When you’re looking to create a signature style it’s not about keeping up with the trends.  While we all want to be up-to-date creating a signature style is about finding a hairstyle that represents you, not the latest and greatest trend.

Try Different Stylists
It may sound odd but try out different hairstylists when you’re looking to create your signature hairstyle.  It may be something as simple as a different haircutting technique that sets apart your signature hairstyle from the prior way your hair was cut.

Take Your Time
Creating a signature hairstyle isn’t something that’s going to be accomplished overnight.  So don’t rush it!  Each time you get your haircut take some time to look in the mirror, look at photos and analyze how you feel in the hair.  It may sound silly but if you’re looking to create a signature you want to be sure it’s something that’s been thought out and makes you feel like yourself.  So take some time to think about these things, if it doesn’t feel right you know the next time you can make some adjustments and communicate them to your stylist.

Creating a signature hairstyle can definitely be a process, but a process that’s worthwhile to many.  What do you think of creating a signature style?  Will you, or have you done it?

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Woman with layered hair

Undercuts for Mid-Length Hair

The undercutting hair trend has been one that has been on the rise for a while now.  But up to this point, most of the undercutting hairstyles have been geared towards short hair.  We’re now seeing undercutting hairstyles make their way to longer, mid-length hair.  If you’re not familiar with undercutting it basically means that the layers of hair closer to your scalp are shorter than the outer layers of your hair.  It’s a trend that can be as minimal or drastic as you desire, much like many hairstyle trends you can make it what you want.  Let’s break down a few of the popular undercut hairstyles for mid-length hair.

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Layered Hair
The great thing about this trend is you can make it as natural or dramatic as you want.  For the mid-length beauties, you can keep your longer layers on top and just ask for a small section at the nape of your neck to be cut short.  So essentially you wouldn’t see the undercut part of your hair unless you’re wearing it up.  Keeping the layers fun, textured, and loosely curled is a fun modern way to add this trend into your hair.

Side Sweep
If you’re looking for a more dramatic look, undercut (or shave) one side of your hair above your ear.  This will create a natural part in your hair, when you leave the rest mid-length.  You’ll achieve a fun, edgy side swept look having one side shaved short and the other left long.  Leaving you to have fun with the longer side of your hair, having the option to curl, straighten, or even braid the long hair.

Woman with bob haircut

Bob it Out
Want a fun way to freshen up your bob?  Add an undercut touch to it!  Whatever length you choose to rock your bob, you can add a touch of the undercut to the nape of your neck.  The blunt cut of the bob with the undercut touch can be a fun way to add a unique twist to your more traditional bob.

Get Fancy
There’s also been a big trend of adding design to the undercut portion of the hair at the nape of the neck.  This is a fun way to add a unique twist when wearing your hair up.  When you have mid-length hair often the undercut portion will be hidden until you wear your hair up.  So it’s a fun way to add a twist that many won’t expect.  Throw your hair up in a ponytail or bun and suddenly you’ve taken simple hairstyles to a whole new level with your designed undercut.

The undercutting trend is really limitless, depending on how drastic of a look you’re looking to achieve it can be subtle or more prominent.  If you’re considering trying out the undercutting trend think about some of these options and what feels like it would be the most enjoyable for you, and most fun for you to style.  Hair is a great way to express yourself, so have fun with it!

Will you (or have you) try any of these undercutting hair styles?

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence’s Hair Color History

It’s no secret that Jennifer Lawrence isn’t afraid to switch things up when it comes to her hair.  She’s consistently, and daring enough to always be changing the style and color of her hair.  While Jennifer is probably best known for her blonde locks, she’s gone through quite a transformation throughout the years and has been almost every common hair color since she’s stepped onto the Hollywood scene.  Let’s take a walk down memory lane with Jennifer and her ever-changing hair color.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer started to make more and more public appearances in 2007, when she first came around in Hollywood we saw her having long blonde hair.  It was perfect for her youthful appearance and gave her that California beachy girl vibe.  It wasn’t long after she stepped on the scene in her long blonde hair that she slowly started to darken her hair color.  In 2009 and 2010 she had a darker, dirty blonde with more brown tones mixed in.  While she kept the long length she did bring more of a darker hue into the mix.

Jennifer Lawrence

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While she did bring in some darker tones to the blonde, in 2011 she went back and lightened things up going with full blonde hair again.  However, by the end of 2011 Jennifer went to a dark brown hue with her hair.  She still kept the long length but went through a drastic hair transformation with the much darker hair color.  Jennifer kept the dark color hair through 2012, but then slowly went back to a lighter color.  During 2012, Jennifer lightened up her locks to a dirty blonde and added full bangs with the look.  (See what we meant? She’s not afraid to switch things up!)

In 2012 Jennifer went back to her bright blonde hair color, but shortly after ended up back with her dark brown locks.  She kept the dark brown hair throughout the rest of 2012, but did lose the full bangs by this point.  It wasn’t long after this she made another big switch.  This time to a strawberry red!  In 2013, Jennifer went outside her usual routine of going back to blonde and went to a red color.  The brighter red didn’t hang out too long with Jennifer; she started to then transition back to a more dirty blonde, with more brown tones than blonde.  She still kept her hair in a longer length, and side swept bangs.

Jennifer Lawrence

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By 2013, Jennifer added more blonde tones to her hair and then went for the chop by cutting her hair into the lob look with side swept bangs.  The end of the year came, and Jennifer went for a drastic pixie cut hairstyle.  She kept the blonde hair but went for the dramatic short look.  The following years, Jennifer has kept her hair a bright blonde hue and mixing things up with her haircuts and styles.

Whew!  That was quite the history of one person’s hair color, wasn’t it?  It’s hard to believe Jennifer has gone through that much hair transformation in just 8 years.  I’m sure she’s going to keep us guessing, what color do you think Jennifer will step out with next?

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