6 Easy Hairstyles For Damaged Hair To Help Protect Your Strands

Treat your tresses with these hairstyles for damaged hair!  

There are many reasons why your hair may not be looking its best right now. Whether your poor strands are feeling the brunt of excess heated styling or you’ve been overindulging in seasonal hair colouring, we say it’s time to go au naturel with our hairstyles for damaged hair round up.

These fuss-free hairstyles for damaged hair are easy to create, super stylish and, best of all, won’t cause further damage to your strands! We have beautiful braids, updos for both short and long tresses, plus a handful of hair care tips and tricks – everything your mane is crying out for.

1. Side braid

Side view of brunette model with side braid
Quick and easy side braid, Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Braided ‘dos, as you will soon come to realise, are one of the most popular hairstyles for damaged hair.

Great for keeping your hair neatly secured and up off your face, woven styles come in all shapes and sizes, and can be worn by any hair texture! But if you’re a bit of a braiding rookie, yet still want an on-trend way to keep your mane protected, we suggest opting for the A-list fave: a chic side braid.

Tip: Add a ribbon at the end of your ponytail for a super fashionable, Emily Ratajowtski-inspired touch.

2. High ponytail

side view of kate bosworth with blonde long hair in high ponytail
You can’t go wrong with a high ponytail. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Not just reserved for P.E. class, a high ponytail can also be worn outside the realms of sporting events. No matter what occasion, you can always go with a ponytail and what we love most is that it’s one of the easiest hairstyles for damaged hair.

No heat or fancy styling tools are required for creating a gorgeous high ponytail, as it’s a simple 1-2-3 process!



Get the look:

  • Start by using a snag-free hairband to secure your look in place.
  • Then, to get a tousled wave finish, simply spritz your pony with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray before braiding the length of your hair.
  • Then just before leaving the house, unravel the braid et voila: you’ve created heatless waves.

3. Milkmaid braid

blonde model with hair in milkmaid braids and loose tendrils falling around hairline
This milkmaid braid is far easier to create than it may seem. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

We have seen milkmaid braids on everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Katy Perry and, while you may thinking the style looks a little tricky, you will be pleased to know it’s far easier to create than it first seems  especially for those with longer hair.

Get the look: 

  • Start by separating your hair into 2 equal sections, starting from the front hairline down to the nape of your neck.
  • Braid each section as you would pigtails and secure with an elastic.
  • Wrap each section across the top of your head and secure discreetly with a bobby pin.
  • Finish the look with a spritz of the VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray to tame any flyaways.

4. Wet-look updo

side view of Lucy Hale with brown long bob in wet look low ponytail.
Work the popular wet look style to your advantage. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

From short to long hair, anyone can work the popular wet-look style we’ve seen at almost every red carpet event. Now, this look isn’t all about being style over substance, oh no, as you’re going to have the added bonus of actually treating your hair all while looking on trend…

How, you ask? By simply adding a hair oil, like Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerate Nourishment Serum-In-Oilyou will not only be left with a wet-look, high-shine finish but the oil penetrates and nourishes deep inside the hair shaft, strengthening brittle and damaged hair.

5. French braids

side view of hailey baldwin with blonde hair in french plait
Style your damaged tresses with this protective hairstyle. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Who doesn’t love a French braid? It’s the perfect hairstyle for damaged hair and has one of the best hair hacks your damaged hair could ask for (more on that, below).

When it comes to hairstyles for damaged hair, you want a style that is not only going to prevent further damage to your hair but is fashionable, too, right? Then look no further than this chic French braid.

You can wear this style from the gym to the office, and even after work drinks, and rest assured that your hair will still look as fabulous as it did in the morning.

6. Braided beach waves

front view of Jenna Coleman with long bob and natural waves
Lover of wavy styles? Create this heatless look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If your biggest hair vice is being too familiar with your curling wand, then cheat your way to Victoria’s Secretstyle waves  all without a degree of heat!

After styling your tresses into a French braid, spritz with hairspray. Now you have 2 options, sleep in your French braid overnight or wear the style throughout the day and, when you’re ready, simply unravel the style to reveal cascading beach waves that are full of natural texture and movement.

This look may not need any heat to create it, but it sure is hot, hot, hot!



Editor’s tip: Remember the key to repairing damaged hair starts in the shower, which is why we suggest equipping yourself with TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Intensive Mask. Use this 1-2 times a week following TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Shampoo to help protect, strengthen and nourish your hair.


Want to know more about how to care for your damaged hair? Read all our expert tips and advice over on our Dry & Damaged Hair page and let us remedy all your hair woes.

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