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When it comes to styling damaged hair, we know the struggle is all too real. The truth is, our hair goes through a lot of manipulation, including daily brushing and combing, hot tools sessions, dyeing and even too-tight hairstyles at times. If done too often it can all lead to a path of damaged hair, and styling damaged hair can, in turn, create more damage. Get off of that dangerous cycle and instead try one of these easy-to-do hairstyles for damaged hair, while you stop hair breakage and nurse your tresses back to health.
If you’re a ponytail person, you’re well aware that your favorite hairstyle can get a little basic after a while. So perk up your go-to low pony (low ponytails put less stress on your hair) with this stunning unicorn braid.
Get the look: For the best results, you’ll want to start off with clean hair. Use the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner. This pair will work to fix signs of damage thanks to its extra-strength protein formula. Then apply an egg-sized amount of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle
Boost It Volume Inject Mousse for some volume and texture. Separate a middle section of hair at the crown of your head and create a dutch braid with that section. Secure the end of your braid with a hair tie and combine the remaining hair into a low ponytail with your dutch braid.
If you’re looking to style your mane into an intricate updo, this boho-chic hairstyle will work best for you—and it’ll protect your damaged strands at the same time. Keep the braid loose for an ethereal look that won’t pull on your strands.
Get the look: For a step-by-step tutorial, read our article, How to Create a Beautiful Crown Braid.
It’s no secret that we’re suckers for braids. But with so many braiding techniques and styles to choose from, it can be tough to decide which look to sport. When in doubt, go with a classic single fishtail braid.
Get the look: To create a stunning, Instagram-worthy fishtail braid, start by styling your hair with dry shampoo first. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo and spritz it onto your roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair. This will give the hair volume and texture. Then pull all your hair into a low pony over one shoulder and split the pony into two sections. Begin fishtail braiding the low pony and secure the braid with a hair tie at the end. For a tousled look, 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.
If you enjoy styling your hair with braids and buns, you should definitely try combining the two styles. This braid-meets-bun hairstyle is super easy to recreate and it’s the perfect look to protect weak and damaged hair.
Get the look: Head over to our step-by-step tutorial, Braid Meets Bun: How to Get a Brun Hairstyle. You can also accessorize this look by wearing a headband. Opt for a soft, cloth headband rather than one that will grip onto your strands.
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 if you want to spice things up even more, try adding a few braids into the mix.
Get the look: Begin by working the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo through your hair to help add volume to your roots. Then gather all your hair into one large ponytail at the top of your head and create a regular three-strand braid. Once your hair feels dry, undo the braid, and you'll be left with soft waves. After that, add some accent braids by taking a few small sections of your hair and create an array of mini classic braids all around your head. Finish off by spraying some L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold to help keep the waves from falling throughout the day.
Sweep your strands into a ballerina bun for an instantly put-together look. This is the perfect ‘do for work, class, or running errands.
Get the look: Check out our article, How to Create a Super Slick Ballerina Bun, for everything you need to know. You can also spruce up your bun with colorful scrunchies, which are gentle on your strands and won’t cause damage.
Looking for a heat-free style that looks a little less laidback? Give this super-simple chignon a try.
Get the look: 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—either one will look great, and secure it with a hair tie. Then start creating a low bun by wrapping the ponytail around itself and use a few bobby pins to help keep it in place. Finish off the style by spraying it with the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to help add shine and softness to dry and damaged hair.
This timeless hairstyle will not only protect your damaged hair, but it’ll also make for a totally chic and classy beauty look.
Get the look: For a step-by-step tutorial, check out our article, How to Create a Classic French Twist.
We’re sure you’re familiar with the space buns hairstyle, but for this look we recommend opting a more gentler style like low twisted buns.
Get the look: Begin by spritzing your hair with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In to keep away any static and frizz. Then part your hair down the middle of your head and create 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. Take the section of hair that’s hanging free and twist it from roots to ends. Keep twisting until it forms a bun on one side of the lower back of your head. Secure it with a hair tie and repeat the same process to the other side.
Sometimes it’s best just to leave your hair down and free from any styling. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look nice–reach for a trendy accessory, like a barrette, to amp up your look.
Get the look: Need some specific style inspiration? Find six different ways to rock these hair accessories in our article on How to Wear a Barrette.
There’s more than one way to spice up the perfect ponytail while still taking care of your damaged hair. We love creating ribbon ponytails to add a fun twist to this simple style.
Get the look: Start by prepping your hair with the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner. It’s formulated with castor oil, vitamin B3, and B5 to help repair damaged hair and split ends. Then brush all your hair toward the back of your head, making sure to smooth out any bumps or knots. Gather your length into a low ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Then wrap a ribbon around the hair tie and begin braiding the ponytail while also weaving the ribbon into the hair as well. This can also help cover up any damage and add a cute style to your ponytail! Finish off the look by creating a small bow with the ribbon at the end of your braid.
If you prefer wearing your hair down, be sure to keep it away from your face so that the focus isn’t on your damaged strands. Try this go-to style that you can perfect in just minutes.
Get The Look: Start by brushing your hair to get rid of any knots or tangles and create a middle part down the center of your head. Then take a one-inch section from the front left side of your hair and begin twisting it down. Secure that twist with a small elastic rubber band and then repeat the same step to the right side of your made as well. Once you have two twists in total (on each side), you can pin them together at the back of your head. Finish off the look by locking it into place with a few spritzes of the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold.
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