8 Celebrity Hair Transformations That Will Yank You Out Of A Hair Rut
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8 Celebrity Hair Transformations That Will Yank You Out Of A Hair Rut

Refinery29 | Samantha Sasso

Despite how hopeful you felt at midnight on January 1, no one — not even you — is immune to feeling the unmotivated dread of a rut. Some experience it behind a desk and laptop, others sense it in outdated relationships, and even more tend to feel it when they look in the mirror and toss their year-old haircut over their shoulder with an unenthusiastic sigh.

Sure, signature cuts and colors work for some people, but everyone — celebrities and plebeians alike — can experience intense fatigue over their hair at one point or another. Hair ruts are brutal, but totally fixable. Getting your hair cut, colored, or simply styled can do a whole lot for your mental wellbeing: It’ll make you feel like you have your shit together (even if your life is chaos). So, just in case you do feel like your life is the plot of Groundhog Day, but instead of Bill Murray all you have is existential dread and the insatiable craving for a trim, then you’ve come to the right place. All you need is some curated inspiration.

Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of solutions to common hair ruts — from the same old, same old wash-and-go to the ultimate ponytail fix. Keep clicking to find a solution that works for you.

If You… Never Dyed Your Hair

Then Try… Subtle Highlights

You consider yourself a purist. Any time your best friend would buy box dye from Ulta to DIY a new look in her parents’ bathroom sink, you silently scoffed, ” Not me.” Now, decades later, you’re sensing it’s time for a refresh — but not the kind that will leave you with long-term damage to your hair cuticle. Instead, pull a Meghan Markle and shock everyone with a smattering of subtle highlights that are so discreet not even your S.O. will notice — and that’s sort of how you like it.
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If You… Always Wear A Ponytail

Then Try… Adding An Accessory

Hey, you’ve got no reason to feel ashamed of your ponytail. Hot tools just don’t seem worth it for daily use and, frankly, the predictable updo keeps rogue hairs out of your face so you can, you know, focus on other things. But even Ariana Grande and Kate Middleton’s signature ponytails need sprucing up from time to time. Their fix: hair accessories. While Middleton prefers hair bows and Grande relies on pearl pins, the shared solution easily transforms an otherwise simple hairstyle into something worth noticing.
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If You… Have A Blunt, Single-Layer Cut

Then Try… Shaggy Curtain Fringe

If you’ve been happily rocking a one-length, blunt style for the better part of 2018, you’re probably ready to shake things up with some additional texture. Instead of trying stacked layers throughout your whole head, consider a shaggy set of curtain bangs to add instant movement to your two-dimensional look. Not into the center-parted cut birthed by Brigitte Bardot? Check out our bang guide to land on the right type of bangs for you.
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If You… Over-Processed Your Ends

Then Try… Rocking A Pixie

Going icy-white blonde like Daenerys Tararyen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals — okay, you get the picture — can seem exciting in the moment, but after months of processing your roots with peroxide, you’ll learn that going platinum isn’t always worth it. Just ask Emilia Clarke who ultimately copied her Game of Thrones character in 2017 and immediately regretted the decision because of the damage. To rid her head of the split, brittle ends, hairstylist Jenny Cho chopped Clarke’s over-processed hair into a chic — and healthy! — pixie.
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If You… Your Hair Grazes Your Belly Button

Then Try… A Chic Bob

There are two types of people in this world: People who get regular trims once a month, and people who never let shears within a foot of their head. You, my friend, are in the latter camp, and you know it’s been a long time since you saw the inside of a hair salon. Still, you’ve reached your breaking point: Despite your unidentified mistrust of hairdressers, you’re prepared for something new and shocking, like a bob. Sure, it’s a drastic undertaking, but the haircut is so worth — and the whole world knows it.
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