How to Make Windswept Hair Work for You This Winter

Winter winds ruining your vibe? Find out how you can use Mother Nature to your advantage and embrace windswept hair this season.  

It’s common knowledge that the blustery British weather is not on our side, especially when it comes to our permanently windswept hair. But if you’re fed up of spending the winter looking like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, it’s time to put an end to your suffering.

As much as we love ultra sleek styles, there’s a place in our hearts for more disheveled, perfectly-imperfect hair, too. With just a few little tweaks to your morning routine, you can ensure that rather than ruining your style, the wind can actually be your friend after all! Not convinced? Read on to find out how.

Add Volume at the Roots

Street style shot of a blonde woman with windswept hair wearing sunglasses
Where’s my wind machine? Credit:

Spend ages trying to get hair advert-worthy volume in the mornings only to find it falls flat as soon as there’s one strong gust of wind?

The key to fending off flatness is to use a plumping product, such as the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder. A quick sprinkle of this light dust creates masses of volume at the roots, which, when backcombed, remains lifted all day. Plus, it’s small enough that you can pop it in your bag just in case flatness strikes.

Style the Lengths

You might resent spending any time styling your hair if you think the wind is just going to ruin it, but don’t let that put you off.

One pro is that windswept hair happens to everyone, so embrace it and see how it can enhance your regular style. Straight hair will benefit from more volume, while curly locks will have a more casual, tousled look rather than defined ringlets. See, it’s not all bad after all!

Tease Your Hair

While we can’t help but sometimes love the added oomph that comes with windswept hair, it’s rarely in the areas we’d like. To give the illusion of a more intentional style, once you get into work you can use a comb to tease any less voluminous areas, giving an allover glam windswept look.

Read our guide to teasing hair here, to find out how to get the best (and most pumped-up) results.

Windswept hair: Street style shot of a brunette woman with her hair in a messy bun wearing an oversized denim jacket
Come rain or shine, messy buns are a girl’s best friend. Credit:

Become an updo pro

If you’re the kind of girl who carries a brush around with her at all times, why not make life easier for yourself by trying out an updo on bad weather days?

The messy bun is our personal favourite when the weather isn’t cooperating, as the wind will only serve to make your bun look even more lived-in and effortless. Use the weather to your advantage!

Setting your style is a must

This might seem a given, but many of us only tend to reach for the hairspray when we’re going out for a special occasion. However, with bad weather to contend with, curls are likely to drop faster and frizz is more likely to ruin sleeker styles (sigh!).

So whatever your hairstyle that day, whether you’re rocking spiral curls or a smooth and straight style, always remember to finish off with a spritz of a good hairspray, such as the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, before you head out the door.

This one’s great as it also offers humidity protection, so you’re covered against all possible weather outcomes. Take that, weatherman!