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Switch Up Your Look: 23 Unique and Different Hairstyles to Try

Hairstyles that are different can mean different things to a variety people. For some, different hairstyles are avant-garde and showcase their inner artist. For others, different hairstyles can simply mean a small tweak from their normal style. We’ve rounded up an array of different styles to get your creative hair juices flowing. Whether you prefer to play it safe or throw caution to the wind, there’s a different hairstyle for you to try no matter what your preference!

  • Pretty Frizz

    This gorgeous hairstyle is reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw’s pretty frizz curls in Sex In The City.

    Pretty Frizz Medium Tapered DIfferent Look

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, mist hair with a thermal heat protectant.
    2. Using a tapered curling wand (or 7/8 inch curling iron), curl hair in small horizontal sections, starting near the neck.
    3. Continue working up until you reach the top of the ear.
    4. Using a 1¼-inch curling iron, curl hair in the crown area diagonally away from your face.
    5. Gently backcomb the crown area.
    6. Using a teasing brush or fine toothed comb, lightly backcomb the curls.
    7. Run fingers through top and underneath to blend everything together.
    8. Finish with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun Finish for a light and airy finish with soft hold.

    Face Shape and Hair Density:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair types.

  • Slicked Back

    Love the slicked back look? Try a twist on the look by adding volume to the top.

    Slicked Back Medium Length Different Hairstyle

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with clean wet hair, apply a volume mousse and root boost.
    2. Blow dry hair with a flat paddle brush, drying hair up and away from the scalp for maximum volume.
    3. Once hair is dry, flat iron ends.
    4. Backcomb front and back to desired height.
    5. Smooth out backcombing and set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    For maximum volume and body, try Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder Mousse.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair types.

  • Bluntly Asymmetrical

    Love angular hairstyles? Try this angled blunt bob with an asymmetrical bang for an eye-catchingly different hairstyle.

    Blunt Asymmetrical Red Angular Unique Cut Blunt Asymmetrical Red Angular Unique Cut

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with wet hair, apply a frizz-fighting blow drying lotion.
    2. Blow dry hair with a Denman brush. Work in small sections, pulling the hair taught.
    3. Once hair is dry, flat iron hair by working in small sections from the bottom to the top.
    4. Finish this style with a mist of your favorite shine-enhancing hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Kevin Murphy’s Body Guard for heat protection and sleek locks.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best for oval, heart and oblong face shapes. It will work best with medium to thick hair densities.

    Styling Tip:

    When flat ironing hair super straight, use a fine toothed comb to lead the flat iron. This will ensure you get the straightest and smoothest results.

  • Banded Volume

    Channel your inner Scarlett Johansson with this gorgeous up style.

    Banded Volume Blonde Different Hairstyles Different Banded Volume Blonde Hairstyle Side View

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, mist hair with a texturizing spray.
    2. Separate bangs, then back comb the crown and sides.
    3. Put on headband and smooth backcombing.
    4. Pin hair under at hairline.
    5. Flat iron bangs
    6. Finish style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Bumble and Bumble’s Pret a Powder to add texture and volume to dry hair.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with all face shapes and hair types.

  • Piled High Curls

    Try this romantic up style next time you’re looking for a different hairstyle for an evening out.

    Different Piled High Curls Stacked Volume

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair and working in small 1-inch sections, curl hair with a 1-inch curling iron.
    2. Allow curls to cool and gently finger comb them out.
    3. Twist medium to large sections of hair lightly and pin on top of head.
    4. Repeat until all hair is loosely pinned on top of head.
    5. Gently pull on various sections to pull hair until tendrils frame face.
    6. Gently fluff curls on top of head.
    7. Set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Aveda’s Air Control for a flexible and workable hairspray.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with all face shapes and hair types.

  • Lady Samurai

    Want to add a twist to your high bun? Try adding a loose twist!

    Lady Samurai Twisted Up Black Different Style

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, section off the bottom.
    2. Pull top section into a high ponytail.
    3. Wrap ends of ponytail around elastic to create a bun. Secure it with bobby pins.
    4. Loosely twist the bottom section up towards bun and secure where they meet.
    5. Wrap ends of twist around bun and secure.
    6. Finish style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Finish the style off with a strong hold hairspray like Aveda’s Force Control to keep every strand exactly where it should be.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work well on all face shapes and hair densities.

  • All Combed Over

    This stylish French twist features a face framing side sweep to give it a cool vintage vibe.

    All Combed Over Stylish Formal Look All Combed Over Stylish Formal Look with Bangs Rear View

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, create a diagonal section from just behind one ear to the opposite corner of the forehead. Clip section out of the way.
    2. Divide the rest of hair into two sections. Backcomb both sections vertically.
    3. Smooth both sections together and twist into a large French twist that starts at the neck and ends at the top of your head.
    4. Secure French twist.
    5. Take front section and backcomb at the roots.
    6. Sweep hair over to the side and arrange as desired.
    7. Smooth sections together and secure with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    For a strong hold hairspray with tons of shine, try Moroccan Oil’s Luminous Hairspray Strong.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and those with medium to thick hair densities.

  • Pretty As A Pin Up

    Looking for a way to share your love for beautiful pin up girl styles? Try this different hairstyle that’s modern with a cool kick of retro rockabilly.

    Pretty as a Pinup Rolled Bangs Long Blonde Different Style

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with damp hair, apply a thickening texture crème.
    2. Blow dry hair and scrunch as you go.
    3. Once hair is dry, create a side part and section off the bang area.
    4. Taking a 1-inch section, wrap hair around a 1-inch curling iron.
    5. Gently slide the curling iron out. Without letting go of the curl form, secure with bobby pins.
    6. Continue down the sides.
    7. Taking large sections of hair, wrap around curling iron until hair is warm. Release hair and finger comb.
    8. Set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort for a messy, beachy texture.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and those with medium to thick hair densities.

  • Faux Beehive

    Want to recreate a mod beehive look, but don’t quite have the length? Try this modification for a different hairstyle that gives the cool illusion of a beehive from the front.

    Faux Beehive Different Formal Updo with Volume Faux Beehive Different Formal Updo with Volume with Bangs Side View

    How to Style:

    1. Prep dry hair with a texturizing spray or powder.
    2. Section off the top and create a small French twist in the back.
    3. Create a deep side part and backcomb the crown.
    4. Pull hair back and secure.
    5. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Prep hair with Oribe’s Texturizing Spray to create long lasting hold.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work with all face shapes and hair densities.

  • Split Personalities

    Can’t decide between leaving your hair down and putting it up? Then don’t! Have the best of both worlds with this different, avant-garde-inspired hairstyle that’s gorgeous enough to go for an evening out.

    Split Personalities Twisted Long Curly Look

    How to Style:

    1. Prep damp curls with a texturizing spray and apply a generous amount of mousse.
    2. Diffuse hair on low twisting curls as you dry.
    3. Round brush bangs forward and sweep to the side.
    4. Mist hair with a dry texturizing spray and ruffle curls.
    5. Pull one side up into a side ponytail.
    6. Wrap ends around ponytail to create a messy and loose bun. Secure with bobby pins.
    7. Gently pull on bun to loosen various strands.
    8. Set style with a strong hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray for tousled waves with texture and a matte finish.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and all hair densities.

  • Defy Gravity

    This gravity defying style will grab the attention of everyone around! It’s rocker chick, bohemian, and 100% gorgeous.

    Defy Gravity Textured Blown Back Different Hairstyle Short Look Defy Gravity Textured Blown Back Short Look Rocker Chic Bohemian Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, create a small three-strand braid in the bangs.
    2. Using a small flat iron, run iron over braid.
    3. Allow braid to cool.
    4. Create deep side part.
    5. Apply a liberal amount of styling wax.
    6. Pull hair on top of head, straight up.
    7. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Kevin Murphy’s Night Rider for a strong hold paste with a matte finish.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • Super Hero

    This hairstyle is different and eye catching at the same time.

    Super Hero Long Wavy Different Hairstyle with V Cut Bangs

    How to Style:

    1. Prep damp hair with a light hold gel.
    2. Blow dry hair using a medium-sized round brush, working in small sections.
    3. Touch up curls using a 1¼-inch curling iron.
    4. Flat iron bangs straight down.
    5. Set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Aveda’s Confixor for lightweight hold with shine.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for oval, oblong, triangle or square face shapes. It will work with all hair densities.

  • Smooth Halo

    This adorably different hairstyle is a super cute way to keep your hair out of your face and still be able to wear it down and BIG.

    Smooth Halo Long Blonde Curls with Bangs Smooth Halo Long Blonde Curls with Bangs Rear View

    How to Style:

    1. Prep dry hair with a heat protectant.
    2. Set hair in small to medium-sized hot rollers.
    3. Allow rollers to cool.
    4. Remove rollers and backcomb the crown.
    5. Smooth the crown and secure a small section with a bobby pin. Continue taking overlapping sections of hair and securing just under the crown.
    6. Continue around head until the entire top is pinned down.
    7. Gently backcomb curls.
    8. Set style with a firm hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Prep hair with Davines’s No. 9 Structuring Mist for long lasting curls.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will suit all face shapes and hair densities.

  • Straight and Curly

    Can’t decide whether to curl your hair or straighten it? Try both!

    Straight and Curly Long Blonde Look

    How to Style:

    1. Prep hair with a heat protectant.
    2. Working in small sections, take each section and begin by smoothing it with a flat iron.
    3. About halfway down hair shaft, twist the flat iron 180 degrees and continue sliding down.
    4. After a couple of inches, untwist flat iron and go back to smoothing hair.
    5. When you reach a couple of inches above the ends, twist flat iron again to curl hair.
    6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all hair has been smoothed and curled.
    7. Set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Sachajuan’s Straight and Shine Spray for heat protection and super shiny locks.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style work for all face shapes and hair densities. It will work best for those with long hair.

  • Braids And Mohawks

    This adventurous and daring style is modern with a dash of Victorian era drama.

    Blonde Mohawk Updo -Different Hairstyles

    How To Style:

    1. Prep dry hair with a texturizing spray or powder.
    2. Curl hair with a 1¼-inch curling iron horizontally.
    3. Allow curls to cool.
    4. Backcomb bangs and top to desired height.
    5. Pull sides back and secure with bobby pins.
    6. Work the front and top backwards to desired smoothness.
    7. Create a simple three-strand braid with ends and secure with elastic. Tug gently at your braid to loosen and fatten it up.

    Product Recommendation:

    To achieve the perfect amount of airiness and hold, try Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun Finish Hairspray.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

  • Retro Waves

    Channel your inner Jessica Rabbit with these drop-dead gorgeous waves.

    Retro Waves Long Curly Different Look Sideswept

    How to Style:

    1. Set dry hair in medium-sized hot rollers.
    2. Allow rollers to cool.
    3. Remove rollers and apply a small amount of texture paste.
    4. Using a boar bristled brush, gently brush out waves.
    5. Finish with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    For weightless shine, try Davines’s No. 10 Universal Polishing Coat.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best for those with medium to thick hair densities and all face shapes.

  • Heidi Braids

    Looking to show off your romantic, boho side? Try this sweet style with or without flowers!

    Heidi Braids Cute Red Style Heidi Braids Cute Red Style with Flower Accessories

    How to Style:

    1. Prep hair with a small amount of argan oil.
    2. Part hair diagonally starting on the side in the front and moving towards the center.
    3. Create two simple. three-strand braids on each side.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Aveda’s Force Control for a strong yet flexible hold.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • Greased Lightening

    Channel a girlie version of John Travolta’s character in Greased Lightening!

    Grease Lightening Light Blonde Different Hairstyle Grease Lightening Light Blonde Style Back View

    How to Style:

    1. Prep damp hair with a volume-enhancing mousse.
    2. Using a small round brush, dry hair away from face.
    3. Using a medium hold paste, define and separate style by raking fingers backwards through hair.
    4. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    For separation and definition, try Onesta’s Play Paste.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best for oval, round and heart face shapes. It will work with all hair densities.

  • To The Side

    Show off your natural curls with this different hairstyle by pulling all of your curls to the side.

    To The Side Medium Brunette Curls

    How to Style:

    1. Prep wet curls with a curl enhancing crème and a medium hold gel.
    2. Allow curls to air dry.
    3. Pull curls to the side. Pull some to the crown and secure and some to the side and bottom.
    4. Finish style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Make the most of your curls with Aveda’s Curl Control. It really enhances curls and helps soothe frizz.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and curly hair types.

  • Side Bun

    This exaggerated side bun frames the face and looks almost like a hair accessory. It’s perfect for those who love the artistic side of hairstyling.

    Side Bun Silky Red Flapper Different Updo

    How to Style:

    1. Prep dry hair with a shine-enhancing argan oil.
    2. Pull hair into a side ponytail in front of one ear.
    3. Create a fishtail braid with ends of the ponytail.
    4. Wrap the fishtail braid around ponytail holder and secure.
    5. Pull sides of braided bun to loosen it.
    6. Curl bangs with a 7/8-inch curling iron.
    7. Gently finger comb through bangs.
    8. Set style with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Moroccan Oil’s Treatment Oil for shine and frizz control.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work on all face shapes and hair densities.

  • Hot Roller Curls

    A little vintage and a little modern, this style is just the right mix of different and the usual.

    Different Hot Roller Curls Long Flowing Brunette Waves Different Hot Roller Curls Long Flowing Brunette Waves Hairstyle Side View

    How to Style:

    1. Prep hair with a small amount of texturizing paste.
    2. Set hair in medium and small hot rollers. Roll hair towards the face.
    3. Allow rollers to cool.
    4. Remove rollers and gently brush out curls with a boar bristle brush.
    5. Ruffle curls for added frizz and mist with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Aveda’s Light Elements Defining Whip for definition and hold.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

    Styling Tip:

    In the back of your head, don’t place rollers any higher than the top of the ear. In the front, set hair in rollers even with eyebrows.

  • Reverse Braid

    Looking to try a different type of braided hairstyle? Try this reverse braid!

    Reverse Braids Tight Curls Different Hairstyles

    How to Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, flip over and grab a small section near neck.
    2. Separate section into three sections. Create a simple, three-strand French braid.
    3. Take hair from each side and work the braid up the back of your head towards crown.
    4. At the top of the head, stop where desired and secure hair with bobby pins.
    5. Gently loosen braid.
    6. Mist hair with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    Try Moroccan Oil’s Luminous Hairspray for shine and hold.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and medium to thick hair densities.

  • Pompadour Punk

    Show off your inner rock chick with this slick and stylish pompadour.

    Pompadour Black Smooth Different Hairstyle

    How to Style:

    1. Prep hair with a volume-enhancing mousse and root booster.
    2. Blow dry hair away from face using fingers.
    3. Using a flat iron, smooth then and bend hair away from face.
    4. Apply a shine enhancing wax, styling the top backwards and the sides downward.
    5. Finish with hairspray.

    Product Recommendation:

    For shine, definition and hold, try Aveda’s Control Paste.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work on all face shapes and hair densities.

    These gorgeous and different hairstyles run the gamut from slightly different to truly avant-garde. Thinking of trying something a little out of the ordinary? Pick one and it’s sure garner the attention you’re looking for!