Foolproof Hairstyles to Withstand Rainy Weather

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. Keep scrolling for the best rainy-day hair options that don't skimp on style.

The Wet Look

Embrace the rainy forecast and try out the wet look. Tease your roots for extra lift and part hair to the side, then work some mousse into wet hair while scrunching for texture.

Ballerina Bun

A low ballerina bun is easy enough to configure any day of the week, but we gotta say, it works especially well on overcast days. Add a few bobby pins to keep things interesting just like Kathleen did here.

High Puff

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. 

Pineapple Updo

Pineappling your hair is a great way to maintain the integrity of your curls regardless of the weather, but especially when dense, humid air is in the forecast.

High Bun

Leave a few strands out of a high bun updo. Let them curl around your face for a romantic, rainy day style.

Bridal Knot

Here’s another hairstyle that looks much more difficult than it is. Properly called a Classic Bridal Knot, this low bun looks wispy and relaxed for an everyday hairstyle. Wrap a strand of hair around the elastic to jazz it up.

Knotted Ponytail

The only time we’re okay with our hair actually being 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.

Half-Up, Half-Down Knot

Or try a half up half down knotted style if you want to create a mini version of the popular look.

Silky Scarf Bandana

Keep hair long and natural under a silky scarf. It's easy to maintain and looks so cute. Points added for an extra bright scarf pattern.

Half Bun

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.

Headwrap

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

Fishtail Braid

Even novice braiders can achieve this braided 'do. Not only does this keep your hair out of your face, but it keeps your hair looking super whimsical despite the downpour.

Topknot

Topknots on a rainy day will always get our nod of approval. Not only do they hide frayed ends but they also mask awkward-length hair if you're trying to grow out your mane.

Twisted Bun

After slicking back the hair into a low ponytail, split the hair in half and twist either side tightly before coiling them both up into the based of the ponytail and pinning in place. Rain doesn't stand a chance against this taut 'do.

Low Braid

When there's a torrential downpour and you know your locks are doomed, try the universal style that (literally) everyone can do: a simple braid. Not only is this the perfect time to show off some chic ear candy, but it's a fool-proof way to keep any frizz tamed.

Space Buns

Go for double buns this time—space buns, to be exact. Keep the fringe curly to play up the youthfulness of the style.

Scarf Headband

Don't be afraid to use your scarf as a hair accessory. If you're bored with hair ties—or just expect your hair to fall out of them—throwing on a small scarf can be a great way to accent your outfit.

Low Pony

Or, opt to keep the pony low and relaxed like this slightly messy (but still chic) look.

Half-Up, Half-Down Bun

It's not difficult to figure out this style, which just necessitates pulling the top half of your hair into a half-bun while leaving the rest of your strands loose. Easy.

Tiny Braid

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. Best part? It's so relaxed that no hair tie is needed.

Chunky Barettes

Chunky barrettes aren't just for the discount bin at J Crew anymore. Now, they're cooler than ever. Everyone from Gucci to Cult Gaia has thrown their hats in the hair clip game, so to speak.

Bun with Loose Tendrils

With a style that's as versatile as a topknot, the options are endless. Not only can it mask frizziness that so often ensues as a result of rain, but you can play with your bangs: pull them out for a face-framing finish or keep them in your bun for a ballerina-esque vibe.

Half-Up Topknot

We're all about styles that we can wear with second or third day hair, and this half-up topknot fits the bill.

Side Part Top Bun

We love a good side part moment, and here is a prime example of how it can be done with a high bun. To achieve, wrap the majority of your hair in a bun, making sure to leave out a big chunk of your bangs. (This is especially functional if you're in the process of growing out your fringe.)

Jumbo Clip

Sick of topkots and braids being your go-to rainy day 'do? We have the perfect fix: Add a jumbo clip.

Scrunchie

The rain can't mess with what it can't touch, so wrapping your with a scrunchie is a great way to get it out of your face without having to worry about your ponytail getting soaked and matted down.

Dainty Pearls

Diamonds aren't the only thing that can be a girl's best friend, as proven by this dainty pearl 'do. It's simple yet oh-so-elegant.

Flipped Ends

Similar to Ashley Graham's wet look, this style takes on more of a slicked-back approach with flipped out ends for a bit more of an edgy flair.

Slicked Back

Here's another slicked back style that disguises any evidence of rain or humidity wrecking havoc on your 'do. To tame baby hairs and keep them weather-proof, apply a heavy-duty pomade.

Ribbon Bow

Sometimes just piling your hair up and finishing with a cute ribbon is enough for the day. Not only does it stay put all day, but an additional hair accessory is a chance to dress up a casual outfit.

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