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8 Hairstyles You Can Attempt At Home – That Don't Involve Cutting Or Dyeing Your Own Hair

Don't let boredom butcher your hair. 

Learn something from the last lockdown...don't cut your hair

There are two types of people in this world of isolation: those who bake and those who do stupid things to their hair. 

First, there was the pastel pink obsession (Dua Lipa, Lottie Moss and even Ricky Martin reached for the candy-floss coloured dye). David Beckham decided it was 2002 again and gave himself a buzzcut. Then Caitriona Balfe took scissors to her hair and gave herself a rather questionable choppy bob. And that's not even mentioning the self-isolation fringes the rest of Instagram have been attempting. It's been a journey, to say the least. 

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If you've made it this far without throwing a box dye onto your hair or drunkenly taking the kitchen scissors to your mane, we applaud you. You're a lot wiser than us. But if you're starting to feel that itch to do something new to your hair, there are plenty of ways to get creative with your hair - no hair dye or scissors required. 

From changing your hair parting to hide your overgrown roots to clever hacks for achieving salon-worthy blow-drys, here are eight easy hairstyles you can try at-home to cure quarantine boredom.

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You're bored

The French plait is classic for a reason—and it's one we always go back to time and time again. Yes, this one takes a while to master, but what else have you to be doing? Enrol yourself in french plait 101 via tutorials. Once you get it down, you can impress friends by how you can do it with no mirror or help (just like this smug Irish Tatler writer). 

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You want to hide your roots

If you've resisted the urge to conceal your roots using a box dye, we commend you. While there's a whole host of root touch up sprays and powders, the harsh reality is that they're now becoming as sought after as toilet roll and flower. The good news is that you don't need to be spending money on fancy hair products, all you need is a comb and a mirror. By simply changing your part to the side that contains less grey hair will completely transform your hair or try hairstyles like a topknot or braids that cover your roots completely. Your last resort: Throw on a bandana to effectively cover hairline greys.

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You desperately need a haircut

It's been 4,567,891 days since you last got a haircut and your hair has decided to grow at lightspeed. You've now so much hair, you don't know what to do with it. Well, the good news is that long hair is easily the most versatile of all lengths. You can wear it pulled into a ponytail, bundled into bunsbraided, twisted or left loose. Whether you're busy and want it all off your face or have a little extra time to experiment, long hair gives you the ability to play with styles in a way that short hair simply doesn't. But long, thick hair can be hard to manage at the best of times, let alone in lockdown but this super sleek '90s pony will make life easier. To get a clean, smooth look with minimal effort, use a smoothing treatment to brush your hair back with a flat brush. Spray a little hairspray directly onto your flat brush to provide extra hold as you bring your hair back to be tied. Once you’ve secured your ponytail, wrap a small section of hair from the bottom of your ponytail around your hair tie and secure using a hairpin. 

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You've recently cut your hair into a bob

So you finally did it, you chopped off all your hair. Whether you love it or hate, chances are you're missing being able to throw your hair up into a messy bun. The bad news is that creating buns with short hair isn't quite as effortless as it is for those with 12 inches to work with. The good news is that it is possible. In fact, it's more than possible. As long as you have an arsenal of dry shampoo, elastics, and bobby pins (the short-hair updo's best friend), your options for buns are wide open. Take a cue from fellow bob enthusiast Aideen Kate and part your hair down the middle and tie into two cute space buns. 

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You just can't

The top knot (aka, the hun bun), was made for can't-be-bothered-to-wash-your-hair days. Prep strands with a dry shampoo like Batiste to add volume and thickness, then section off the top section and pull it back into a messy topknot. Secure with a few pins, then gently tug at strands to loosen the style and give an 'undone' finish.

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You want to become TikTok famous

You can learn a lot of new things on TikTok. Dance routines, fashion hacks and what the purpose of purple shampoo actually is. And now, thanks to the latest viral trend, we’ve learnt the secret to getting luscious curls without using any hair damaging heat and it’s not what you would expect. It's a belt. All you need is damp hair which you separate into sections and then weave a bathrobe belt into a crisscross pattern. After the hair has dried, you pull out of the belt to reveal flawless ringlets. It’s simple, effective and really does work. 

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You've cut yourself a self-isolation fringe and hate it

So you ignored all our efforts and decided that cutting yourself a self-isolation fringe with nothing but a nail scissors was an excellent idea. (We hate to tell we told you so...) Rather than give you a smug lecture on what it is you've actually done to your hair, we're here to help you hide your mistakes. Thankfully, it's a lot easier to master than cutting your own hair. All you need is to part your hair in the middle, add a few colourful hair slides on each side of your parting and voila! you're fringe free. 

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You miss your curly blowdry 

Achieving a salon-worthy blow-dry (whether it be for dress up Fridays or just as something to pass the time) is no mean feat. First, there’s choosing the best shampoo and conditioner for gravity-defying volume. Then, there’s juggling the brushes that’ll - hopefully - give you accidentally perfect, Kate Middleton-inspired waves and you also have to choose the right heat setting on your hairdryer without burning your scalp. That’s all before you’ve even encountered the inevitable arm ache that ensures after just a few minutes…We say skip all that and achieve salon-worthy results with your hair straightener. Just remember to brush those ghd curls out so you get more cool-girl waves and less Irish dancer ringlets. 

Main image by @kaiagerber on Instagram

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