By the sounds of your explanation I think you could get away with a form of fringe and it would certainly make you feel like you have had a change.
A couple of tips first; do not have the fringe cut to thick or too far back. Try to go for a thinner softer fringe at first. Also make sure it is cut almost too long, like it is a little grown out, as by the sounds of it the fringe will íjumpí up a bit when it is dry. ...More >
You will probably have to use the straightening irons on it to get the finish you require.