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11 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair

Damaged Hair

11 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair 11 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair 11 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 might not be in tip-top shape. You’re not alone; many of us have damaged hair. With the constant wear and tear that you put your hair through, it makes sense that your tresses might not always look and feel so great. But it’s time to show our strands some major love. Put down the heat tools and embrace your hair’s natural texture—whether you have straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, or anything in between—by letting it air dry. There are so many pretty hairstyles you can create with air-dried hair, ranging from funky braids to beachy waves to anything-but-ordinary ponytails. Ready to be inspired? Here are five gorgeous hairstyles for damaged hair.

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 will put less stress on your hair) with this magical Dutch 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.

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 through the rest of your hair, brushing 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 working your way towards 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 while looking totally Instagram-worthy.

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 article, Braid Meets Bun: How to Get a Brun Hairstyle, for a step-by-step tutorial.

HAIRSTYLE FOR DAMAGED HAIR #5: BRAID ACCENTED BEACH WAVES

Cold temps have you feeling down? We feel you. To cheer up your damaged hair (and spirits), embrace summertime vibes for serious style sans heat.

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.

Step 2: Add texture

Once you’ve towel-dried your hair—remember to pat, not rub—spritz your hair with some wave spray. Be sure to flip your head over and spritz the underside of your hair in order for your hairstyle to look 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 Trendy Head Wrap.

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 back the top section of hair over your teased hair.

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 roots as possible and use a couple of bobby pins that match your hair color to hold each side in place. When you keep the sides slicked down, this 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 need to be left in your childhood days? 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.

Want more damaged hair tips? Read our article, How Do You Take Care of Damaged Hair?