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Still Time to Make Hair Part of Your New Year's Resolutions

Commit to climbing out of that hair rut! Your hair may be beautiful, but if you've had a single style for a long, long while (several years?), it's probably time for a change.
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If you haven't made time for your New Year's resolutions, there's still time. Don't forget your hair. Here are some ways to include your lovely locks in this annual ritual of positive change in our lives:

• Commit to climbing out of that hair rut! Your hair may be beautiful, but if you've had a single style for a long, long while (several years?), it's probably time for a change.

• Shake it up a bit! Now is a great time to get out of that box, try a new look. Take a chance. You'll probably look in the mirror and wonder, "Why didn't I do this a long time ago?"

• Get on a new regimen of hair care. Make it a resolution to take better care of your hair, or if you've been using the same products for a long time, see what's new. Maybe you've had a little too much fun with your hair, and it shows. Your hair is over-processed. Fall and winter months typically bring darker shades, which give your hair a rest from the harsh chemicals needed to get those bright light shades, but maybe you've been among those hanging on to summer blonde shades and your hair is due for some rehab. Consider a clarifying shampoo or mix of baking soda and water followed by a quality conditioner.

• Change, for its own sake, is important to experience. Maybe you think it will be too much trouble to change. Maybe you're apprehensive or even afraid. You'll be amazed at how you become comfortable with change and welcome it. Begin now.

• Hair grows back. No worries if you don't like what you did. And maybe that's one of the important lessons about change that you can learn with hair: you can change again.

Some style suggestions:

• Have you always been a blonde? Go darker. Always a dark brown? Try some highlights. On the conservative side but always flirted with being a red head? Take the leap.

• The scariest thing in the world can be to cut your hair short if you've had it long your entire life. Now's the time! Bobs are trending strong with huge style variety and this is a great way to refresh your look. Or maybe you're just going to go for it with a pixie. Bangs can be a great way to change your look without cutting a lot of hair off. Lots of people balk at bangs because the want their hair long enough to pull back, but you'd be surprised at how short you can go and still have a ponytail.

• Bangs can be a great way to change your look without cutting your hair off. A lot of people resist bangs because they want to be able to pull their hair back, but bangs are a great way to soften a look when your hair is pulled back and you don't want to lose length.

Happy New Year! Embrace change!