Everyday hairstyles to finesse your tresses, whatever the forecast…
We know the drill. You’ve just spent the best part of 20 minutes styling and spraying your locks into place, only to step outside and have the Great British weather undo it all in one rain-splattered, wind-blasting swoop. Tragic.
But while soggy strands aren’t exactly glamorous, we suggest leaning into the attributes of less-than-perfect climes with a few looks that will see you through the elements in style. Come rain, wind, or worse, these everyday hairstyles for bad weather are guaranteed to blow you away.
So, umbrella or not, we’ve got your coif covered.
Rainy day hair: Everyday hairstyles that will hold up in bad weather
Windswept and interesting
Rather than letting a gust of wind unravel your strands, use it as inspiration for an on-trend undone look with I-woke-up-like-this vibes.
If you’re looking for an updo with a wind-friendly finish, check out our tutorial on perfecting an all-weather messy ponytail:
Alternatively, if you want to keep your tresses loose, try adding in a few gentle waves to your hair before you leave the house.
If you’re worried about coarse or damaged tresses getting tangled in the breeze, keep them firmly in place with a pretty, practical plait.
Master our top 3 weather-resistant braids to make sure you’ve got plenty of braiding options in your all-weather styling arsenal:
Editor’s tip: Fight any signs of frizz before they appear by securing your woven styles with the humidity-resistant VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.
The high bun
When in doubt, opt for an easy updo. Whatever finish you prefer, a top knot can be styled in a number of ways – but if you’re planning on braving the biting winds and blinding rains, then your best bet is to opt for an undone high bun.
Learn how to perfect an unpolished, high-fashion top knot below:
If you’re feeling extra fancy or need to add a ‘wow’ factor to your tresses, try your hand at an upside down French bun. Delivering maximum impact with minimal effort, it looks much more complicated than it actually is to create. Trust us.
P.S. Head to our curated Updos page for more looks that will keep your hair stylishly protected from the elements.
The low, long-lasting ponytail
Have an extra 5 mins to spare? Try your hand at a minimalist side ponytail:
Editor’s Tip: Just because you’re trying to safeguard your tresses from the elements doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Jazz up your pony using a slick hair accessory for instant chic factor.
Half-up half-down hair
Want to keep your mane flowing freely but still manageable against the weather? Try a half-up half-down ‘do. There are plenty of variations on this style to suit every aesthetic (and forecast), including on-trend bun and braided options.
Editor’s Tip: Use the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray on your loose hair to help you achieve a laid-back, perfectly-undone effect.
Not sure which look will suit you best? Visit our inspo gallery for more texture, length and cut-specific takes on the trend.
When all else fails… grab a hat
If you’re stuck for time, caught in an unexpected downpour or just want to shield your tresses from a less-than-ideal forecast – grab a hat.