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In A Hair Rut? 5 Easy Ways To Change It Up For Every Hair Type

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    Whether you pull your strands into a tight top knot because you're always inexplicably five minutes late or you just feel more like yourself with straight hair instead of your natural curls, you know how easy it is to style your locks the same 'ol way day after day. While there's nothing wrong with playing favorites, wearing the same tight knot or reaching for the straightening iron on the reg can be harmful.

    Thinning hairline, scorched ends — sound familiar? Of course, we'd never tell you to stop doing you. Instead, we're recommending a few hairstyle tweaks that you can add to your styling repertoire to help alleviate any stresses your go-to look might be causing.

    We called in hairstylist Nate Rosenkranz to tackle the hair ruts of five R29ers — each with a different type of hair texture and styling addiction. With some Pantene styling products and no pro skills required, these change-ups can be just the thing you need to inspire your own 'do-over.



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    Editor: Neha Gandhi, VP of editorial strategy
    Hair type: Curly and medium-coarse
    Daily 'do: Down and straight with the help of a blowdryer and flatiron

    In our many years at R29, we've never seen Neha Gandhi without straight hair. Of her natural texture, she says, "I like curls — especially on other people — but I’ve never learned how to master mine with the right amount of product." So, to help her embrace her natural waves, Rosenkranz shares a quick 'do-over that won't totally nix the need for a flatiron or give her the crunchy curls she dreads.

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    Start by separating your hair into three sections — around the crown, from ear to ear, and at the bottom. If you have thinner hair, just create two sections from top to bottom.

    To curl, first spray a one-inch section of hair with a heat protectant, like Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray — a crucial step to protect your hair from damage. Twist the section around your fingers in a forward motion and then wrap it backward around the barrel of a curling iron. This forward-then-backward step will give your strands a lived-in, not-so-perfect look, says Rosenkranz. You can also alternate the direction of how you curl for a more natural-looking texture.

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    Once you've curled your entire head, lightly spray with a flexible-hold hairspray, and then rake your hands through your hair to break up the curls. Finish with a shine serum for shiny, static-free strands.

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    See, natural-looking curls that didn't take a ton of time and aren't crunchy.

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    Editor: Zooey Purdy, product manager, publishing platform
    Hair type: Thick and curly
    Daily 'do: Top knot all day, every day

    As you can see, Zooey Purdy has very curly hair — and a lot of it. "When I want it out of my way, I just do a top knot," says Purdy. "It’s hard to do a lot of styles because my hair tangles easily." Ready for a challenge, Rosenkranz created a simple plaited style that didn't take much more time than it takes for Purdy to pull up her hair on the reg. Click ahead to get the look.

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