How to Maintain Your Look Without Going to the Salon

Check out these simple at-home hair hacks to hide an awkward length, get rid of split ends, and maintain your hair color.

Getting a haircut is part of every woman’s hair care regimen. A regular haircut helps you maintain your look, prevent split ends, and keep your hair healthy. But there are times when you’ll miss your salon appointment, and when that happens, your hair starts to grow to an awkward length. And if you have colored hair, you’ll notice your roots showing, too. These hair transitions may not look pretty, but they can be remedied right in your own home so you can still maintain a neat, smart, and well-groomed appearance.

1. Try a new hairstyle.

Asian woman with headband braid on short hair
Try a headband braid to keep your hair from looking awkward. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your short hair is growing out and is in serious need of a trim, simply put it in a half updo or braid. A half updo or a headband braid for short hair can help keep strands off your face and help divert attention from the awkward shape that your hair may be currently in.

2. Embrace the tousled look.

hair transitions: girl is wearing dangling earrings and a jumpsuit as she flaunts her messy hair
A tousled look can hide your hair’s awkward length. Credit: Hariono Halim

A tousled, textured hairstyle can disguise an awkward hair length. You can do this by scrunching your hair and sealing the look using a dry shampoo or hairspray. If you have a flat iron at home, you can also create C-shapes on your short hair to nail a messy-chic look. Just curl your hair inwards one section at a time and finish with a few spritzes of hairspray.

3. Go for a wet look or a slicked-back hairstyle.

Girl is looking at the camera in an aristocratic way while wearing earrings
Look sleek and smart even when your hair is starting to grow out. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Not a fan of tousled, messy looks? Make your hair super neat and polished by brushing it back and spritzing a generous amount of hairspray to keep your strands in place. When spraying, hold the bottle around 10 cm. away from your head so the mist is distributed evenly on your hair. You can do the slicked-back hairstyle on any hair length.

Editor’s tip: Make your slicked-back ‘do last all day with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Hairspray. It gives your smooth and sleek hairstyles a lightweight and invisible hold that lasts all day.

4. Use hair rollers.

Hair transitions: Asian woman with hair rollers wearing an orange cardigan
Say goodbye to tikwas with the help of hair rollers. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Flyaways are a common hair problem when you miss your regular haircut. The solution? Hair rollers! To deal with your tikwas, take a small section of hair and wrap them inwards around a hair roller. Repeat this process until you’ve rolled all sections of your hair. Then, blow-dry your hair to set the shape. Gently remove each hair roller and you’ll notice that the tips of your hair are now pointing inwards a.k.a no more flyaways! This is useful especially if you have layered hair.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair healthy and strong by using Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo. It has Biotin that helps nourish and strengthen your hair as it grows!

5. Trim your split ends.

Asian woman with long black hair wearing a yellow top
Avoid further hair damage by getting rid of split ends. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You’ll normally see split ends when you haven’t had a trim or a haircut for months. When left unchecked, your hair may split all the way to the hair shaft and cause more damage. But the good news is you can easily get rid of split ends at home. Just take a section of hair that’s around an inch wide and twist it tightly. You’ll then see small strands of hair popping out of the twist—these are your split ends. Get a pair of sharp scissors and cut these small strands so you can say goodbye to split ends.

When trimming, remember to cut one strand at a time to avoid overcutting and uneven tips.

Editor’s tip: Nurse damaged hair back to health with Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Dove Intense Repair Conditioner. These products help repair visible signs of damage and help your hair become smoother and more resistant to breakage.

6. Accessorize

hair transitions: Asian girl is holding her hair gently while flaunting her short hair with clips
Hair clips are useful when dealing with an awkward hair length. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Use bobby pins and hair clips to keep your growing hair off your face. You can even mix and match different hair clips for a bit of fun. If you want a simple but sophisticated look, try the side sweep hairstyle by parting your hair deeply on one side and putting an elegant metallic bobby pin on the other.

1. Add texture to your hair

Hair transitions: Asian woman with long brown hair standing outdoors
Draw attention away from your roots by going for a textured hairstyle. Credit: Michelle Pedron

The best way to disguise regrowth is to choose hairstyles with lots of texture at the roots. Add volume to your roots easily by creating soft waves or simply teasing your roots.

Editor’s tip: Maintain your gorgeous blonde hair color by washing it with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner. This duo has purple formula that neutralizes brassy tones and jojoba oil to keep your bleached hair from getting dry and dull.

2. Flip your hair parting.

Asian woman with long wavy brown hair wearing a white blouse
Switching your hair part can add bounce to flat hair and disguise regrowth. Credit: Michelle Pedron

When you part your hair on the same side every day, hair tends to look flatter. Use a tail comb to flip your part to the opposite side or switch a center part to the side instead. It will make your roots less obvious and give your hair more volume, too.

Editor’s tip: Give your colored hair the three benefits of keratin by using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Ultra Conditioner. This sulfate-free conditioner tames frizz, revives damaged hair, and restores shine to dull hair. It also helps replenish lost nutrients to colored and chemically treated hair. 

3. Braid your hair.

Back shot of an Asian woman with braided dark brown hair
Braids done on colored hair can look simple but chic. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Braids show off the different tones in your hair. So if your roots are showing, a braided hairstyle can help disguise them. You can try a simple but classic French braid or a messy side braid for a more relaxed vibe.

4. Wear a headband.

Asian woman wearing a bandana and a bun hairstyle
You can also wear a headband or bandana to cover up roots and split ends. Credit: Hariono Halim

What better way to hide your roots than by wearing a wide and colorful headband! Or you can opt to wear a stylish bandana that you can wrap around your head to hide regrowth and split ends. Both are perfect summer looks that can disguise your hair woes.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair color vibrant by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner. With Color Radiance Booster, these products help lock color in your strands and prevent fading so your hair color can last longer.

Hair transitions can be bothersome but with these easy tips, you can still make your current haircut or hair color look stylish, smart and well-groomed. Aside from maintaining your look, don’t forget to keep your hair healthy by using products that keep your hair soft, smooth, and nourished while you’re staying at home.

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