8 Free Ways To Repair Damaged Hair
If you’ve never dyed or chemically processed your hair before, you might be resistant to change your ways. It’s no wonder, considering how much damage some dyes and products can do to your hair.
However, just because you don’t want to expose your hair to unnecessary chemicals, doesn’t mean you can’t temporarily change your look. Here are eight ways to repair damaged hair for you.
Eight Damage Free Ways to Repair Damaged Hair
1. Dye it With Henna
Henna is an all natural ink used as an alternative to hair dye and for decorating the skin. It is derived from a tropical shrub, which is dried, powdered, and mixed to create a liquid.
The liquid can be applied with a brush to stain the skin or hair. Henna is commonly used in Asian and African cultures, typically on a bride as a traditional form of wedding jewelry.
There are different Henna hair dye brands on the market right now. Before buying, be sure to review the ingredient list. If you have a lot of grey hair, you might need henna with indigo. Henna doesn’t cover grey well, but the indigo additive (which is also natural) sticks better to the silver strands.
2. Use Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are designed to lengthen and thicken your hair without causing lasting damage. They come with a variety of attachment methods, including tape-in, sew-in, clip-in, micro-link, and fusion or pre-bonded extensions. There are pros and cons to each, with clip-ins being the least permanent and least damaging.
Don’t limit yourself to your natural color. Get a different hue of your current color for an ombre look. Look for something zany, like neon pink, for some fun streaks you can remove at any time.
3. Dip Dye With Kool-Aid
Dip dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid might be something you left behind when you left junior high, but it is a fun, temporary solution for boring hair. If you have an event or just need a change, dip dye your hair using one of the fun shades of neon green, blue, purple, or pink.
If you have light hair, the color should easily become apparent. If you have dark hair, it may be difficult to see the colors, but the Kool-Aid can add highlights that become apparent under the light.
4. Flat Iron Your Braids
If you have straight hair, adding some waves can create body, volume, and texture. Put your hair in braids and run a flat iron over them a few times. This will create instant waves without exposing your hair to too much heat damage.
Try a few different sized braids and layers to create a more tousled, less uniform effect. You can also twist your hair rather than braiding it, or try different braid styles.
To avoid the heat entirely, simply wet your hair before putting in the braids and let them dry naturally before taking them out. Adding product will help maintain the integrity of your waves all day long.
5. Use Beach Spray
Like the flat ironing your braids, beach spray can add texture and volume. Beach spray is a product you can make yourself to look like you’ve just spent a day hitting the waves.
Mix warm water and sea salt in a spray bottle. Add melted coconut oil and leave-in conditioner to offset the crunchy feeling sea salt often causes.
You can also throw in a splash of lemon juice for a mild lightening effect when in the sunshine. If you like the refreshing smell but don’t want the highlights, add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to complete the tropical combination with the aromatic coconut oil.
6. Change Your Bangs
Changing your bangs can change your overall look. Changing them doesn’t mean cutting them or growing them if you prefer one way over the other. There are various ways to change your bangs temporarily! If you have long hair, you can put a high bun on your head and style the tips of your hair to look like bangs.
If you have bangs already, consider slicking your hair back or pinning them to create a bouffant. Use gel and oil to create the wet, beach-ready look. Alternatively, slick your hair back with a lot of product to create a modern, no-nonsense look.
7. Change Your Part
Changing your part is a subtle way to change how your hair rests around your face. The process can feel surprisingly uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to it with time.
If you usually have a middle part, change it to a severe side part. This adds a tousled look similar to an undercut while giving the illusion of layers. If you do a severe side part, you may want to use bobby pins to hold pieces in place.
If you typically do a side part, change it to the middle. Add some zig-zags or a gridlock effect to change the texture of your hair, add body, and incorporate a tribute to the 90s.
Experiment and see what works best for you. The bonus to this change is that you can immediately go back to the way things were before if you decide you don’t like it.
8. Create a Faux Bob
Not only can you fake bangs when you have none, but you can also fake a bob when you have long hair. To do so, pull your long hair into an elastic, about a quarter of the way up in the gathered hair.
Then roll the hair up and use bobby pins to secure the elastic underneath. This will essentially fold your hair, creating the illusion of a cut.
Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may need to section it into different bunches before pinning. This will hold better if your hair is particularly heavy. Also, if you divide your hair into sections you can create a trendy, faux asymmetrical bob.
There are endless ways to change your look without committing or damaging your virgin hair. Try out a of eight ways to repair damaged hair and see which method you like best.