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 approximately 5 seconds. Tragic.
But while soggy strands aren’t exactly glamorous, we’ve got 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 help you stay looking put together.
So, umbrella or not, we’ve got your coif covered.
1. Bobby pins
If your frizzes up at the very sight of rain, enlist the help of bobby pins to keep your strands looking sleek and under control. Practical but stylish, too, they’re a hair kit essential and can be worn be in so many different ways. We’re in love with this street styler‘s statement slides and the zig-zag design adds extra detail.
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2. The hair tuck
When wind and rain strikes, opt for the hair tuck to stop your hair flying around all over your face. This lazy girl-approved style couldn’t be simpler – all you have to do is tuck your lengths into your jumper or scarf to pull off this faux bob effect.
3. 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.
4. Budge-proof braids
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.
5. 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.
6. Hair scarves
Caught in a sudden downpour without an umbrella? If you have a scarf with you, use it to wrap around your hair for a handy retro head wrap! For our natural-haired girls, you’ll know all too well that rain and curls are a recipe for disaster, so this is also a great protective style to keep your curls defined.
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7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.