12 Ways to Maintain Straight Hair When It Rains

Get beautiful, straight hair with these tips that are absolutely weather-proof!

Straightening hair that’s naturally wavy is not a walk in the park. Maintaining straight hair (after hours of styling, no less) is a downright struggle. Now, add in the weather factor and well, your hair is doomed to get frizzy and point to different directions within a few hours.

When it rains, the air becomes humid; and our hair, especially if it’s damaged, quickly absorbs the water vapor like a sponge. This causes hair to frizz and behave like a stubborn teenager. So we don’t blame you if you find yourself giving up on the whole idea of styling your hair straight as soon as the first raindrop hits the ground. But you see, you don’t have to let the rainy season put a cramp on your style!

Are you paying attention? Great. Because we’ve got tips on how to keep your hair straight even when there’s an all-out storm outside! (Just, you know, don’t plant yourself under a direct downpour and your hair will be fine).

1. Use a shampoo that’s meant to relax your strands.

Start by washing your hair with a shampoo that is meant to relax your strands. It will help keep your hair straight and frizz-free even before you style it.

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These products act as powerful hair serums that can help straighten your hair. Credit: All Things Hair Studio

Editor’s tip: Want silky smooth hair? Use DOVE Straight & Silky Shampoo to nourish each strand, tame frizz, and give you smooth and sleek hair. You can also use TRESemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner to help calm frizz and make your hair more manageable. Is your hair dull and dry? Touch up with a drop of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops. 

2. Give extra TLC to damaged hair.

Damaged hair will need extra care to keep it beautiful, especially during the rainy season. You can provide more nourishment by using products with a lot of keratin to repair and protect your hair from further damage.

Editor’s tip: When you don’t have the time for salon treatments to nourish your hair with keratin and keep it sleek during rainy days, you can always use Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Conditioner. It helps tame rebellious frizz, repair damaged strands, and restore lost shine so you get hair that’s smooth, shiny, and beautiful. 

3. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair.

Asian woman combing her long straight hair
A wide-tooth comb is best for getting rid of tangles. Credit: Shutterstock

Hair is at its weakest when wet, so you risk breaking and damaging your strands when you use a brush after washing your hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb and start detangling from the tips before you make your way up.

4. Always spray heat protectant on your hair.

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Don’t forget to spray heat protectant on your hair before styling. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Making your hair stay on point all day may involve a lot of heat styling. Don’t forget to spritz heat protectant on your hair before blow-drying or ironing so your strands won’t get damaged from the heat. 

Editor’s tip: We’re loving TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray! It reduces frizz and acts as a barrier from heated styling tools.

5. Make sure your hair is dry before leaving the house.

Asian woman wearing a white robe blow drying her long black hair in the bathroom
Prevent frizz by making sure your hair is dry before you go out. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Blow-dry your hair and make sure to remove moisture completely. The key to a perfect hair straightening routine is making sure it’s 100% dry before stepping out into a hot and humid or rainy weather.

6. Let hair cool down before touching it again for further styling.

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Cool air from your blow-dryer can help seal your cuticles. Credit: Shutterstock

This helps make sure hair cuticles stay flat and prevent moisture from sneaking its way back in. You can do this quickly by setting your blow-dryer to its coolest setting and letting the air blow through your hair. 

7. Divide your hair into small sections and iron part by part.

Asian woman ironing her dark medium-length hair
When straightening your hair, iron the lower sections of your hair first. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Clip the sections of hair you’re not currently working on so you can effectively straighten your hair.

8. Use scrunchies to straighten hair.

Asian woman with several scrunchies on her long hair wearing a red silk top
No-heat hair hack: Use scrunchies to make your hair straight! Credit: Hariono Halim

Don’t have a blow-dryer or flat iron? You can also straighten your hair without using heat. To do this, tie a series of scrunchies to your long hair. Leave them for about half an hour or more. When you’re about to leave the house, remove the scrunchies and say hello to straight hair!

9. Nourish hair using a leave-in conditioner. 

Asian woman wearing a light blue blazer applying a hair product on her short tresses
Apply leave-on cream from mid-lengths down to the tips of your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You need every help you can get in this weather! Just a coin-sized amount is enough to help control frizz and revive dull tresses. 

Editor’s tip: Always have a bottle of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream in your bag or office drawer. It’s a non-sticky and ultra-light formula that deeply nourishes hair to make it soft, smooth, and gorgeously shinier.

10. Take your time before stepping out the door.

Asian woman wearing a long-sleeved shirt reading a book
You can read a book while waiting for your blow-dried hair to cool down. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Wait five minutes before going out to let hair cool down and seal the hair cuticle. You can fix your bag or double-check if you have your phone and wallet while waiting for your hair to cool down.

11. Hands off your hair!

Asian woman with a sleek center part bob wearing a light blue blazer smiling
Just leave your hair be! Credit: Natasha Estelle

The excess oil in your hands as well as the heat of your palms won’t help keep moisture out, so resist the urge to run them through your hair.

12. Avoid getting your hair wet with rainwater.

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Always bring an umbrella to protect your hair (and yourself) from the rain. Credit: Shutterstock

It will do you no good in any way. Rain brings down pollutants from the air, so when you get your hair wet in the rain, you let your hair catch all that dirt that can clog your pores. Plus, rain-drenched hair doesn’t smell good. When you do get your hair wet in the rain, though, wash your hair immediately when you get home to remove trapped dirt.

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1. Long Brown Hair with Side Bangs

Filipina woman with long brown hair with side bangs wearing a printed dress outdoors
Let your hair down and show off its gorgeous color. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Colored hair may be more prone to dryness and frizz because of the color treatment, but you can definitely keep your hair sleek and straight. Switch to shampoos and conditioners made for colored hair to combat dryness and fading. Also, you can give your hair a moisturizing mask treatment once a week to keep it nourished.

Editor’s tip: For brown, red, and other hair colors that didn’t use bleach, we recommend TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner. This duo has color radiance boosters that help prevent fading, so you get to enjoy your brown or red hair twice longer. These products also have jojoba oil to keep your hair moisturized. 

2. Shoulder Length Hair with Bangs

Asian woman with shoulder length hair with bangs wearing a white top
Whether your shoulder-length hair is blunt or layered, a sleek down ‘do is a great way to wear it. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Nail a shoulder-length down ‘do by making sure that your hair is free from flyaways and split ends. You can also add blunt bangs to make your hairstyle edgy or if you want to balance out a heart-shaped face or a long face shape.

It’s no easy feat to achieve the look that you want especially if the weather won’t cooperate, but there’s always a trick to getting what you want–at least as far as hair straightening is concerned. Now that you know how to make your hair straight and keep it that way all day long, you can go out, do a hair flip, and slay!

3. Bobby Pin Hair Crown

Asian woman with a bobby pin hair crown wearing a mustard-colored top
Metallic bobby pins on dark hair look edgy and elegant at the same time. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Jazz up your straight hair with a bobby pin hair crown. Use pins that contrast with your hair so the shape of the hair crown can be seen. You can wear a bobby pin hair crown when you’re going out on a Friday night or even when you just want to look a bit more glammed up during the day.

4. Vintage Ponytail Retro Hairstyle

Asian woman with a vintage ponytail hairstyle wearing a dark blue top
Put a vintage twist to a simple ponytail by adding volume on your crown. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you want to tie your straight hair, a low ponytail is a good option. Add a bit of volume on your crown to create a vintage ponytail retro hairstyle, a day-to-night ‘do that can give your look a #throwback twist.

5. Sleek Pixie Cut

Asian woman with a sleek pixie cut wearing an asymmetrical white top
Sleek and sexy, this hairstyle can go well with your party dresses. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you have a straight pixie cut, make it sleek and sexy by brushing it backward and sealing with a generous amount of hairspray. Just remember to hold your hairspray bottle around 10 cm. away from your hair while you spritz so the mist is evenly distributed to your hair. A sleek pixie cut can also make you look elegant in cocktail parties or formal events, especially when you complement it with statement earrings.

Maintaining straight hair and combatting frizz can be challenging when the weather is not cooperating, but it can be done. You just need the right products and hairstyling tricks to help you make it happen.

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