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20 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair

Damaged Hair

20 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair 20 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair 20 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair

Do you have color-treated hair? How about split ends? Are you always heat styling your hair? Or are you a total ponytail fanatic? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance that your hair damage level isn’t ideal. If that’s left you wondering how to stop hair breakage and how you can style fine, damaged hair, you aren’t alone. Thanks to damaging hairstyles, heat styling, and hair coloring, many of us have damaged hair. And if you’re in the same boat, the last thing you want is for your hairstyle to hurt your hair even further. That’s why we’ve rounded up 20 of the best hairstyles for damaged hair. And not only that, we’re also sharing a few of our favorite styles that can help keep damage away in the first place. Healthier, happier (less damaged) strands, here you come! 

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #1: LOW PONYTAIL UNICORN BRAID

If you’re a ponytail girl, you’re well aware that your favorite hairstyle can get a little basic after a while. That doesn’t mean you can’t still rock a pulled back look! Just perk up your go-to low pony (low ponytails put less stress on your hair) with this magical Unicorn braid.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse

Mini clear elastic

Rat tail comb

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum

Get the look:

STEP 1: SHAMPOO AND CONDITION

Hop in the shower and lather your locks with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

STEP 2: ADD HAIR MOUSSE AND AIR DRY

Instead of reaching for a blow-dryer, grab a hair mousse. Apply an egg-sized amount to wet hair, then let it air dry.

STEP 3: CREATE AN INSIDE-OUT BRAID

Use a rat tail comb to separate a middle section of hair from your hairline down to the nape of your neck. With this section of hair, weave under instead of over to create a Dutch braid. Secure the end of your braid at the nape of your neck with a mini clear elastic.

STEP 4: MAKE A PONYTAIL

Take your remaining hair and brush it back into a low ponytail with your Dutch braid.

STEP 5: ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH

With your ponytail in place, all that’s left to do is add some shine—after all, unicorns are known for being eye-catching! To finish your hairstyle, apply a hair serum.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #2: CROWN BRAID

Want to style your mane into an intricate updo? This boho-chic hairstyle is sure to turn heads—and it’ll protect your damaged strands at the same time!

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

Clear elastic

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

Get the look:

For a step-by-step tutorial, read our article, How to Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #3: SIDE-SWEPT FISHTAIL BRAID

It’s no secret that we’re suckers for braids. But with a million new braiding techniques and styles on the hair scene, it can be tough to decide which look to rock. When in doubt, go with a classic. You can never go wrong with a single fishtail braid. And for all of you asking for ideas on how to style fine, damaged hair—this one’s for you.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo

Fine-tooth comb

Mini clear elastic

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

Get the look:

STEP 1: USE DRY SHAMPOO

If you’re looking to create a stunning, blog-worthy braid, the key is to use dry shampoo first. Spritz it onto roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair, then brush or finger comb it through.

STEP 2: CREATE A SIDE PART

Take a fine-tooth comb and drag it down the side of your head to create a crisp side part that separates your hair into two thick sections brushed over one shoulder.

STEP 3: GET FISHY

In typical fishtail fashion, you’ll take a small section of hair from the outer section and cross it over to join the other side. Then, take a small section of hair from the outermost edge of that side and cross it over to the other. Repeat this process all the way down to the ends of your hair. Secure your braid with a mini clear elastic.

STEP 4: PULL APART AND SEAL IN PLACE

Gently tug apart your braid starting at the ends and work your way toward the top. Feel free to pull out a few face-framing tendrils for extra effortless appeal. Once your braid looks just right, seal everything in place with a generous spritz of hair spray.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #4: BRUN

Love braids? Love buns? Why not combine the two? This braid-meets-bun hairstyle is super easy to recreate and it’s the perfect look to showcase on your Instagram feed.

What you’ll need:

Brush

Clear elastics

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray

Get the look:

Head over to our step-by-step tutorial, Braid Meets Bun: How to Get a Brun Hairstyle.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #5: BRAID ACCENTED BEACH WAVES

If we had to name our most frequently recommended hairstyle, it would have to be beachy waves. It’s a tried-and-true style whether you have damaged hair or not—and it even works well on fine, damaged hair. But what if you want to spice things up? Introduce a few braids into the mix and you’re all set.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

Bobby pins

Get the look:

STEP 1: START WITH FRESHLY WASHED HAIR

Before you begin styling your look, shampoo and condition your hair.

STEP 2: ADD TEXTURE

Once you’ve towel-dried your hair—remember to pat, not rub—spritz your hair with a wave spray. Be sure to flip your head over and spritz the underside of your mane, too so that your hairstyle looks as voluminous as possible.

STEP 3: TWIST AND PIN HAIR

Wait for your hair to dry a bit and then twist a few sections of damp hair into small coils. Hold your coils in place with bobby pins to help your look gain body and dimension while it dries.

STEP 4: REMOVE BOBBY PINS

Once your hair feels dry, take out the bobby pins and uncoil your pin curls for a head full of relaxed curls. Since this hairstyle is all about being laidback and beachy, flip your head a few times and run your fingers through it to help create a disheveled, lived-in look.

STEP 5: ADD ACCENT BRAIDS

Sure, you could stop once your waves are in place, but why not take it a step further? To really up the ante, take a few small sections from the underside of your hair and create an array of mini classic and fishtail braids. Paired with textured waves, you’ll look flawlessly boho chic.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #6: HEAD WRAP

The right hair accessories can give your damaged locks a break while being totally on-trend. One accessory we’re totally vibing with? Head wraps! Not only are they en vogue, but they can also easily be paired with just about any hairstyle!

What you’ll need:

Head wrap

Styling products of your choice

Get the look:

Want some style ideas? Here’s How to Wear a Head Wrap or Hair Scarf.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #7: SLEEK, SLICKED BACK HAIR

From red carpet beauty to street style, fuss-free, sleek strands are dominating the hair game. Want to get in on this celeb-approved ‘do? We’ve got you covered.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner 

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream

Rat tail comb

Boar bristle brush

Bobby pins

Hair spray

Get the look:

STEP 1: START WITH CLEAN HAIR

Since any hairstyle is sure to only be as good as its foundation, start with clean hair.

STEP 2: ADD HAIR CREAM

After you’ve hopped out of the shower, allow your hair to air dry a bit before massaging a half dollar-sized amount of hair cream from roots to tips.

STEP 3: TEASE AND BRUSH BACK

Once your hair is completely dry, use a rat tail comb to part your hair at the crown of your head, then tease your roots for added volume. Tease gently to avoid doing any more damage to your tresses. After you’ve pumped up your hair to the desired height, use a boar bristle brush to comb the top section of hair back over the hair you just teased.

STEP 4: SMOOTH AND PIN BACK THE SIDES

With your boar bristle brush in hand, smooth the sides of your hair as close to your scalp as possible and use a couple of bobby pins that match your hair color to hold each side in place. Keeping the sides slicked down will allow the top of your hair to look even more volumized which is—in our opinion—always a good thing!

STEP 5: SEAL THE DEAL

Since this hairstyle is relatively low key, you’ll definitely want to do everything you can to help it stay in place all day long. Hello, hair spray.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #8: CLASSIC BALLERINA BUN

Sweep your strands into a ballerina bun for an instantly put-together look. This is the perfect ‘do for work, class, or running errands!

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel 

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

Get the look:

Check out our article, How to Create a Super Slick Ballerina Bun, for everything you need to know.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #9: SHINY CHIGNON

Looking for a heat-free style that looks a little less laidback? Give this super-simple chignon a try!

What you’ll need:

Boar bristle brush

Elastic

Bobby pins

Shine spray

Get the look:

STEP 1: PULL YOUR HAIR INTO A LOW PONY

Using a boar bristle brush, smooth your hair back into a low ponytail. You can do this with a side part or in one fell swoop—both will look gorg. Secure with an elastic.

STEP 2: CREATE A BUN

Using your ponytail as the base of your messy bun, wrap your hair around itself and secure with bobby pins.

STEP 3: ADD SHINE

For added allure, coat your loosely pulled back look with a shine spray.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #10: FRENCH TWIST

This timeless hairstyle will not only protect your damaged hair, but it’ll also make for a totally chic and classy beauty look.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray

Hair elastic

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

Get the look:

For a step-by-step tutorial, head over to our article, How to Create a Classic French Twist.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #11: PULL-THROUGH PIGTAILS

Think pigtails should be left in your childhood? Think again! Pigtails are making a huge comeback—and they’re a great way to style damaged hair. Pull-through pigtails are a seriously chic way to pull off this throwback hairstyle.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream

Boar bristle brush

Rat tail comb

Clear mini elastics

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

Get the look:

Ready to style your hair like you did back in the day? Here’s How to Rock Pull-Through Pigtails.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #12: LOW TWISTED BUNS

We’re sure you’ve seen space buns making a name for themselves in the beauty world as of late (especially with festival season in full swing), but they aren’t the most damaged hair-friendly. Instead, opt for their gentler counterpart: low twisted buns!

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb

Hair elastics

Get the look:

STEP 1: PART YOUR HAIR

Use a rat tail comb to part your mane down the middle, creating two equally-sized sections. Loosely tie one section off with a hair elastic to keep it out of the way while creating your first twisted bun.

STEP 2: TWIST, TWIST, TWIST

Taking the section of hair that’s hanging free, begin to twist it from roots to ends. Keep twisting until the twist begins to twist into itself, forming a bun on one side of the lower back of your head. Secure with an elastic.

STEP 3: REPEAT

Remove the elastic from your other section of hair, and repeat step two. Be sure your buns are in line with each other for an even, symmetrical look. All done!

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #13: SLEEK BUN

More buns, more fun! Buns are such a great hairstyle for damaged hair because they protect your locks without putting too much strain on them. Another variation we love is a sleek, slicked-back bun.

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel

Hair elastic

Get the look:

STEP 1: BRUSH YOUR HAIR

Begin this hairstyle by brushing your hair toward the back of your head, making sure there are no knots or tangles in sight.

STEP 2: SLICK IT BACK

Apply some hair gel to your mane, slicking it backward for a shiny, sleek look.

STEP 3: CREATE YOUR BUN

Take the length of your hair and twist it into a low bun. Secure with an elastic and you’re good to go!

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #14: MESSY BED HEAD

Who said your hair has to be styled to perfection? Perfectly imperfect is where it’s at, if you ask us. This is another great hairstyle for fine damaged hair as it’ll create some necessary volume without taking a toll on your locks.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty

Get the look:

STEP 1: MESS IT UP

Take a dime-sized amount of pomade and rub it between your fingers. Work the product throughout dry hair, gently scrunching to create texture and definition. Add more pomade as you need and make the look as messy as you’d like!

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #15: BARRETTE ACCENTS

Sometimes it’s best to leave your damaged strands down. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t add some style and flare to your look! Reach for a trendy accessory, like a barrette, to amp up your look.

What you’ll need:

Barrette(s) of your choosing

Get the look:

Need some specific style inspiration? Find six different ways to rock this trend in our article on How to Wear a Barrette.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #16: TOPPED OFF WITH A HAT

If you want to keep your damaged hair under wraps, rocking a hat can be an amazing option. No one will know your tresses are looking anything less than their best and your hair will be protected from the elements.

What you’ll need:

A hat

Get the look:

You don’t need a full tutorial to toss on a hat, but you may want to read up on How to Help Prevent Hat Hair.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #17: SOCK BUN

Another updo, anyone? Your sock can actually come in handy when it comes to creating the perfect bun.

What you’ll need:

Hair elastic

Sock bun

Bobby pins

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray

Get the look:

To learn how to make your own sock bun and create a flawless updo with it, here’s How to Create a Sock Bun.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #18: TWISTED ACCENT

Let your hair hang mostly free—whatever texture you have—and add a simple twist for a stylish touch.

What you’ll need:

Rat tail comb

Bobby pins

Get the look:

STEP 1: CREATE A MIDDLE PART

Use a rat tail comb to part your hair down the middle.

STEP 2: TWIST AWAY

Take a one-inch section of hair from one side of your part (pick whichever side you like best) and twist it back.

STEP 3: PIN INTO PLACE

Pull the twist toward the back of your head and pin it into place behind your ear, using your bobby pins to form a criss-cross shape that will offer extra security. Hide the pins with your hair and you’re good to go.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #19: RIBBON PONYTAIL

There’s more than one way to spice up a ponytail while still taking care of your damaged hair. We love a ribbon ponytail for a girly, youthful beauty look.

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

Clear elastic

Ribbon

Get the look:

STEP 1: CREATE YOUR PONY

Brush your hair toward the back of your head, taking care to smooth out any bumps or knots. Gather your length into a low ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.

STEP 2: GRAB YOUR RIBBON

Take your ribbon and place it below the base of your ponytail. Tie a bow, wrapping the ribbon around your clear elastic. Easy and so pretty!

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #20: HALF-UP TWISTS

Keep your hair out of your face with half-up twists!

What you’ll need:

Hair brush

Bobby pins

Get the look:

STEP 1: PART YOUR HAIR

Create a middle part, brushing your hair to get rid of any knots or tangles.

STEP 2: TWIST, TWIST, TWIST

Take a one-inch section of hair from the front of the left side of your mane. Twist the section halfway down, then pin it into place above your ear with bobby pins. Repeat on the right side of your mane. How cute!

3 HAIRSTYLES TO HELP KEEP DAMAGE AWAY

Now that you know how to style damaged hair, you may be wondering if there are hairstyles to prevent damage in the first place. We’ll let you in on a secret: there are! Using the right hair accessories is a stylish and efficient way to keep your strands free of damage. Here are three hair accessories to use for styles to prevent hair damage.

OPTION #1: ROCK A SCRUNCHIE

Scrunchies are making a major comeback as part of the ‘90s revival, but they aren’t just trendy. They’re also super gentle on your strands and won’t cause damage. Win, win! Use one to style your hair for an on-trend look sans breakage, taking inspo from our article, Embrace the '90s Resurgence by Trying These 4 Scrunchie Styles.

OPTION #2: USE A BANANA CLIP

Another gentle hair accessory that’ll help protect your strands from damage? Banana clips! There are multiple ways to put one to use—from ponytails to buns. Here are 3 Hairstyles That Use a Banana Clip.

OPTION #3: TRY A HEADBAND

One of the easiest ways to style your hair (and prevent damage) is with a headband. You can rock straight, wavy, or curly hair and wear your hair down, in an updo, or pulled into a ponytail! The options are endless. Opt for a soft, cloth headband rather than one that will grip onto your strands. Bonus: Your hair will be kept out of your face and oily roots will be easily disguised!

Next: The 30 Best Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair