Serious breakage seems totally implausible to those who have never experienced it—because how in the world can your hair just break off mid-strand, leaving dreaded “breakage bangs” or a tiny mullet in its wake?—but, as anyone who’s ever dabbled in damaging hair experiments (we’re looking at you, platinum) well knows, it is very, very real. Unlike most hair damage, which can be treated with deep conditioners and plenty of protein, the problem with breakage is that the damage is already done, and you can see it… but before you panic and chop it all off, give these easy temporary solutions a try. Sure, it’s like slapping a bandaid on the issue, but what can you do? Here’s exactly how to hide broken hair.
Change your part.
If your hair has broken off into much shorter pieces around the crown, it can be incredibly difficult to conceal. Dramatically switching up your part can help to cover and weigh down the shorter pieces to better blend them into the rest of the hair, not to mention prevent them from sticking straight up. If you usually part down the center, a deep side part will hide breakage from view; if you always part to the side, try switching your part the opposite way or creating a diagonal part with one side tucked behind your ear for balance.
Hold it down.
The breakage isn’t going away, so the trick is to blend the broken areas with the rest of your hair. Short of slicking the whole thing back and calling it a day, you can use product to blend those pieces with the longer ones beneath them. Avoid gel—too shiny!—and instead use a dab of pomade to smooth the shorter sections down. If you have fine hair, you can also use a light mist of hairspray to keep things in place.
Pull it back.
An obvious solution: an updo or ponytail will generally hide most breakage, provided you’ve got a few bobby pins on hand. A loose, messy bun will serve you well, as a look that’s meant to be disheveled won’t be thrown off by a few errant strands. If you find broken pieces still falling loose, use bobby pins (as few as possible!) to tuck them into place.
A braid enables you to group short, sad sections in with the rest of your hair to keep them under control—and better still, a bit of messiness adds texture and interest. Oscar Blandi Pronto Braid Paste is perfect for imparting a strong grip that will really hold those strands together—breakage be damned.
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