Foolproof Hairstyles to Withstand Rainy Weather

Updated 07/21/19

Is there anything worse than commuting in rainy weather? Over here in NY, looking outside to see another rainy day (in summer or in winter) can sometimes feel like the bane of our existence. Nobody wants to have to worry about keeping their things —and themselves—dry, all the time. Plus, each time the storm clouds roll in, we adjust our beauty routines accordingly; this is particularly an issue for anyone who styles their hair. A freshly curled mane or a straightened style doesn’t stand a chance against a washout, so we toss it up in a ponytail, bun, or whatever hairstyle we can muster with a hair tie or clip. But why should boring hair be synonymous with bad weather? Instead, we should take a stand against a gloomy day and make the most out of it with a cute ’do.

This tri-twisted pony is literally just three sections of hair twisted down into a low ponytail secured with bobby pins. And any frizz might actually help this look. Looks a lot trickier than it sounds, right? Check out this tutorial to see for yourself if you don't believe us.

If you have natural hair, try pulling it up into a high puff. To smooth out the back of your head, work a bit of Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($26) through your strands. 

Fend off rain-induced unruly hair by twisting small sections and pinning them back with bobby pins. In this case, natural wave and texture only boost the look of the ’do. This one, however, might not be the best idea if your hair is flat and thin, as it might fall.

Here’s another hairstyle that looks much more difficult than it is. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create the spiraled bun that will seriously impress your friends and co-workers.

The only time we’re okay with our hair being actually knotted, this style is chic, simple, and totally rainproof. Watch this knotted ponytail tutorial to learn how to do it yourself in one minute, tops. It's one of a few styles that you can be sure won't slip.

Whether long or short, pulling your hair into a half bun is an easy way to cure the rainy-weather-hair blues. Add a few spritzes of Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray ($26) for a little extra oomph.

If the gloomy weather proves to be too much and you can’t muster up more than a messy bun, dress an average hairdo up with a pretty scarf, leaving a knot on the top for some added flair.

Create this low, braided bun by starting out with two braided pigtails (truly!). Take a look at this step-by-step tutorial to learn how. Fair warning: this is only really possible for people with long hair.

Speaking of buns, a knotted bun like this can look like a high-effort endeavor, but just pin it in place and you should be fine, even in the rain. You can find a tutorial for a similar look here.

Don't be afraid to use your scarf to embrace the mess. If you're bored with hair ties—or just expect your hair to fall out of them—pulling your hair back with a small scarf can be a great way to accent your outfit.

It's not difficult to figure out this style, which just necessitates you wrap a piece of your hair around your tie and then tuck it back under. Easy.

Chunky braids are incredibly cute, and it's impossible for the rain to mess up a hairstyle that's messy to begin with. Put your hair in two loose dutch braids for a lazy-chic look.

Not quite a knotted ponytail and more of an accent, this half-up half-down hairdo gives the best possible case for knots in your hair.

A tiny braid, pinned to the side, is one of the most classic and easy ways to change up your hair from a day to night look. It's also easy to re-do in any mirror.

Chunky barrettes aren't just for the hair accessories bin at J Crew anymore. Everyone from Gucci to Cult Gaia have thrown their hats in the hair clip game, so to speak.

This certainly isn't a wake-up-and-go hairstyle, but for anyone with medium-to-thick hair, this is a great option. Pull the top half of your hair back, placing a band every inch and a half or so. Gradually integrate the rest of your hair into the new bands so it's slick to your head, portioning it so the last of your hair is fully in the ponytail when the hairbands reach the back of your neck.

It certainly takes some foresight, but knotless box braids are a great protective style for rainy weather.

The rain can't mess with what it can't touch, so wrapping your hair tightly in a ribbon—particularly a velvet one, like Jasmine Sanders is wearing here—is a great way to get it out of your face without having to worry about your ponytail getting soaked and matted down.

Add hair from along your hairline to a twist along the side, pulling your hair fully back into a bun once it reaches the base of your neck.

Embracing the weather outside may feel like a last resort sometimes, but if you can get away with an edgy look, putting some pomade in your hair and roughing it up can be great with the right eye makeup.

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