How to style damaged hair

Have you ever experienced damaged hair and you were not prepared to have a big chop to remove the thin ends you were left with? Then keep reading because I will help you with how to style your damaged hair to create a look that will give you style confidence when your hair needs to grow and strengthen again.


I had the heartbreaking experience at a salon I visited back in early 2020, just before Melbourne went into lockdown; my hair got damaged after a hair lightening service. This meant that even if I wanted to have a haircut to remove my ends, I couldn’t until the lockdown was over. So I had to do everything I could to take TLC of my hair while also being able to style my hair to still feel confident in myself.


This is a list of what you absolutely need:


- Olaplex hair treatment #3

- Leave-in hair moisturiser

- StayStyled naturally satin pillowcases & hair scrunchies

- Hairdryer that has Hot, Med & cool settings

- Wooden round brush with boar Bristles preferably

- Creative texture spray for a light volume enhancer


When styling your damaged hair - heat must be monitored. Hair that is damaged via a chemical hair service is very vulnerable and has very little elasticity or bond support. For this reason, do not expect to achieve a curl in your styling. But a wave will be what we strive for. By creating a wave, you can hide and disguise the damage in your ends. The technique is to turn the sections of hair around itself so that the shorter and damaged hair can be hidden in amongst the longer hair, and the illusion of fuller and healthier hair is seen.




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Using a brush and hairdryer will result in a softer and fuller finish which will avoid you getting a compressed and flattened look the way using hair straighteners will do to the hair. The last thing you want is, even more, flat exposed ends.


Before you begin styling with the hairdryer and brush to create your waves, I suggest drying your hair off to 80% dry, using a medium heat setting on your hairdryer. Once you get better with your technique, you can begin your styling on slightly wetter hair, but this will be more gentle.


After you have twisted your hair into spiral coils using the hairdryer and brush, allow cooling completely. Then using a volumising spray or powder, lightly go over each coil before you begin shaking out your waves. You should see a fuller and soft bend in your hair, with the ends nicely tucked and hidden away.


Be gentle with how you shake out the hair and try to avoid washing your hair more than once a week if possible.


To see this in action, check out my YouTube tutorial HERE and allow me to personally take you through the steps of styling your hair to give it the appearance of more life and confidence.


To see tutorials on any of the other products I listed in this blog, scroll through my YouTube list of videos.


Good luck, and I would love to hear from you if you found this helpful?


Nat xx