5 Best Weekend Looks for Heat-Damaged Hair

Do you have the guts to unplug?

We’re nearing the end of the summer season and our hair is feeling it—and not in the good way. Time swimming, extreme weather and daily styling have left most of us dealing with the effects of heat-damaged hair: dryness, breakage and even split ends. Those with colored hair (me included) are also sometimes left with a general blah-ness that’s so frustrating it just, well, almost makes you want to tear your hair out. Almost.

Heat damage can render hair rough and unmanageable—two things no one wants to face with the weekend looming near. And although we’re being good about showering our locks with love and affection and conditioning treatments, these things take time to take effect, and in the meantime, we’re missing out. Jolly good times and super-cute hairstyles are waiting to be experienced!

The next best thing? Styling around it. Luckily (or not?), we’ve dealt with heat-damaged hair long enough to know a few fake-it-till-you-make-it tricks. And since we’re all in hair rehab together, we’ve listed down fun looks you can recreate without the help of any heat tools! Read on:

5 Ways to Style Your Heat-Damaged Hair This Weekend

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Thin Dutch cornrows on the underside of one part mimics a cool undercut. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Friday Night: Faux Side-Shave

Call your girlfriends! Punctuate the end of the workweek with a slightly rebellious ’do that needs just some texture and little else. A fake undercut can be easily recreated by affixing small, sidewinding French braids or Dutch braids on one side of your head. Meanwhile, the rest of your locks can cascade, ever so wildly, over the opposite shoulder. Take advantage of your natural gritty texture accrued over the course of a hectic Friday, or perhaps reinforce it slightly with some mattifying wax. We like the edge we get from Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte shimmied carelessly from root to tip.

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Saturday Afternoon: Half Top-Knot

A half-updo that’s as fierce as you are at Pilates keeps you style-savvy, even if it’s just running around doing errands. Washing with a gentle clarifying shampoo—we like the clean feeling we get from Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo and Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Conditioner—helps rid hair of grease and buildup, without stripping moisture. Afterwards, a texturizing spray such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray scrunched in before you air-dry helps some flirty waves to come in on the lengths, and also gives a bit of traction for your top-knot.


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Casual bends make this look effortlessly sexy. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Saturday Night: Chunky Waves

And you’re good to go! Unfurling your high bun from this afternoon’s look can result in a tumble of sexy, loose waves that aren’t too ~done~. Low-key glam is the best kind of glam, especially during balmy (or downright unbearable!) summer nights in the city, painting the town a Big Apple red. Give your locks a last-minute fluffing up with a revitalizing dry shampoo, such as TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo, to help refresh your scalp and extend your look to withstand the assaults of the dance floor.

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Allow some wisps to soften the look. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Sunday Brunch: Summer Bun

As any true-blue city girl knows, nothing goes better with eggs benedict than the messy brunchy bun. Being exposed to token Saturday-night fare—smoky clubs, sweaty subway rides—may have left your locks a bit ripe, so a fresh-smelling moisturizing shampoo, like Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Oxygen Moisture Conditioner, can be a great picker-upper the morning after. Air-dry after blotting with a towel, and affix into an easy low chignon with a few bobby pins to minimize tugging.

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Pancaking your braid gives it more personality. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Sunday Night: Side braid

True, chilling out with your sweetie doesn’t need a fussy look. A flirty side braid has enough sex-kitten appeal to make it through a dinner and a movie, whether out on the town or just on your couch. To achieve, simply shake out this a.m.’s bun and gather hair over one shoulder. Begin a fishtail braid and pancake the sides to loosen and create more slack. A light, sweet-scented hairspray, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Comb Thru Finishing Mist, finishes the look and makes your ’do snuggle-proof.

How do you care for heat-damaged hair? Check out other ways to care for dry, damaged hair this summer.

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