10 Best Hairstyles and Haircuts to Protect Damaged Hair

The key: looks that mimic fullness and work with your texture (and not against it).

If you’ve ever damaged your hair by overbleaching, processing, coloring or simply just everyday styling, we have good news for you: There are tons of hairstyles for damaged hair you can try. Take it from us: We’ve done so many things to our hair (we are called All Things Hair, after all) but with the right tools, skills and inspiration, have actually managed to come out at the other end with, hey, pretty healthy-looking locks that can hold up a style as long as our hearts’ desire. It just takes a bit of patience, some strategic hair cuttery and the right products!

To start off, we here at HQ usually start our morning routines with the right prep. Get in the habit of using a revitalizing shampoo like Dove Repairing Ritual Shampoo and Dove Repairing Ritual Conditioner every time you wash your hair. This moisturizing wash-and-care system is infused with turmeric, coconut oil and a slew of nourishing blends to help make hair look and feel at its healthiest again.

Another #HairHack: Cutting off damaged hair can make any style you choose to wear look healthier and, depending upon the cut, even considerably fuller. Why not use this opportunity to give a new hairstyle a whirl while your hair gets healthier?

Read on for some hairstyles for damaged hair that still keep your locks looking and feeling their best:

1. Angeled Pixie

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Layers change a pixie.

Angled pixies are longer in length than traditional pixies. As far as hairstyles for damaged hair go, they’re relatively easy to maintain. The layers help you style your hair more than one way, while making thin hair appear fuller.

2. Wet Look

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Go for the wet look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Whatever your hair length, creating a wet look style is a smart and sneaky way to hide damaged tresses. Slicking hair back is a technique that can be used no matter how long or short your hair is. Do use an alcohol-free gel like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel on your hair to style it. For a pixie cut, simply gel it back and add a deep side part. Longer hair can be worm with either hair pushed back and left loose, or gathered into a small bun at the nape.

3. Textured Bob

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Work with it. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Sometimes damaged hair changes its texture; we say, work with it. Blunt bobs are chic hairstyles for damaged hair, as they cut hair off at their thinnest and give the appearance of fullness, while ridding strands of split ends. To create some fun texture, air-dry hair to show off your waves. To keep frizz at bay, use Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum.

4. Angled Lob

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Angles can keep hair long and manageable.

An angled lob gives you length and style options.

5. Top Knot

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Top it off with a fun, chunky high bun.

Easy to do by just following our tutorial, but leave out the hair on the sides and the back.

6. Make Waves

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Play up the wave! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Sometimes the best way to camouflage damaged hair is to harness it in a hairstyle!  Waves are hairstyles for damaged hair that have the potential to transform frayed locks into a head-turning style with a simple play on texture via the right products. Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus takes fine, limp hair and adds body and volume. Apply to damp hair, then create pin curls. When hair is dry, just finger-style in place.

7. Shag

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Very rock n’ roll. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’ve had long hair forever and now have a fried, overprocessed mess, getting rid of the damaged tress can make your entire head of hair look healthier and more “virgin.” Shags will give you longish hair and are a great transitional cut too. If you’re looking for hairstyles for damaged hair that’ll help you ease back into long hair, this could be the one!

8. Choppy Layers

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Choppy layers make your hair look thicker.

Choppy layers are a quick way to freshen up your style. You can wear choppy layers long, or have them just brush your shoulders. Thin hair looks thicker and fuller with choppy layers.

9. Messy Bun

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Nerd chic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For girls who love #doingthings and can’t be bothered, we present the multi-tasking messy bun. This look helps hide damaged tresses, as well as give us lazy gals a second chance at chic!

10.Micro fringe and Bob

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Add a bow to it.

Bobs are a go-to hairstyles for damaged hair, possibly because they’re so cute. Add a mico-fringe to it to create a cutting-edge style.

How to Treat Heat Damaged Hair Once and for All helps you understand how to take care of damaged hair.