17 Hairstyles That Can Withstand Bad Weather

Two women holding their coats above their heads to shield themselves from the rain.

There isn't anything great about bad weather (especially its ability to ruin the best hairstyle within minutes of us leaving the house). Autumn and winter have a hair-destroying combination of wet and windy and don't even get us started on the disappointment that is spring and summer—the changeable days, the unrelenting heat, and the swampy humidity that guarantees frizz! But it's not all doom and gloom (we promise); we have a stunning visual menu of hairstyles that will help you withstand whatever the weatherman has to throw at us, even those pesky cats and dogs.

Keep scrolling for the weatherproof hairstyles you need to know.

Milkmaid Braids

Milkmaid braids

Okay, this may look tricky, but it's super simple. If you have long hair, then pull it into pigtails, and braid each one, securing the ends with elastics. Then take the plaits and wrap them around your head and pin them in place. Totally windproof.

Windswept to the Side

Windswept hair

Another way to tackle a windy day is to take back control of anything the elements throw at us. In other words, go with that windswept look! Sweep your hair over into a side parting with your fingers and mist with Redken Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray ($20); it holds your desired volume and texture in place.

Low Ponytail

Low ponytail on a model

If you can't be dealing with your hair on a wet or windy day, then pull all the tendrils and flyaways into a low ponytail.

Tucked Behind the Ears

A model with her hair tucked behind her ears.

A telltale sign of the weather wreaking havoc is around the hairline, where it can go frizzy and wavy (and not in a good way). By wearing a sleek center part and tucking the hair behind your ears, you minimize the possible destruction that can occur. Mist your parting with Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray ($19).

Floral Headband


Look 5: The Hairband

Another way to control and protect your hairline from ending up a complete mess is to use a headband to disguise what lies beneath.

The Half Updo

A model with her hair half up

Sometimes it's best to go with the flow. Texture-wise, don't spend too much time if the weather is particularly blustery or damp. Use Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo ($28) and Conditioner ($28) for some extra frizz-fighting power, rough-dry your hair, and pull the top into a hun.

Bobby Pin it Back

Asian model with red bobby pins

Not only does the addition of decorative bobby pins look great (we love this lipstick-matching moment), but on a practical level, they help prevent your hair from twirling out of place, especially if you have a cowlick.

The Faux-Hawk

Anna Sui - Runway - February 2018 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows
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Lean into the style-ruining potential of a windy day with a fauxhawk. Slick back each side of your hair toward the center of the head and secure with hair combs or bobby pins (you can also use elastics to make small, messy buns—just be sure to leave enough ends hanging out to camouflage the space between them). Fluff and pin hair into the shape you like and don't stress if it's not perfect. This style looks better the messier it gets.

Sleek Topknot

A model with a sleek top knot

Look 8: The High Bun or Ponytail

If you limit the movement in your hair down to the swish of a ponytail or prevent any movement whatsoever with a sleek bun, you'll be in safe territory.

Dutch Braids

A woman with Dutch braids in her hair

Look 9: Boxer Braids

Dutch braids are a totally on-trend way to weatherproof your hair. Use a silk sleeping cap at night, like Slip's Pure Silk Hair Wrap ($85), and you can get several days' wear out of this style.

Hair Comb

A model with a hair comb in her hair

Look 10: Add a Comb

Backstage hairstylists have been making a feature out of hair accessories that were once always hidden: think pins, grips, and combs. The joy of a comb on a windy day is that it also helps keep hair in its place (by your head).

Textured Waves

A runway model with textured, red hair

Backstage at Tanya Taylor's show in New York, hairstylist Allen Wood revealed how to create waves just like this without the need for hot styling tools. Just be sure to mist with hair spray and you'll be good to go.

Slicked Back

A model with slicked back hair

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. These wet-look roots and dry mid-lengths and ends are a great way to pre-emptively handle flat, rained-on hair. Just add a bold lip.

Full-On Wet-Look

A model with very wet-looking hair

Look 13: Embrace That Wet Look

You don't have to stop slicking once you're past your ears if you want to go all the way! Use a combination of products, so the hair doesn't end up too crunchy or greasy.

Head Scarf

A woman in a red hair scarf

A scarf is a delightfully retro-inspired way of keeping your look together on a blustery day. Close your eyes and pretend you're in a convertible somewhere instead of stuck at your desk.

Braided Bangs

A model with braided bangs

The fringe really does take the brunt of any bad weather, so hide it away in a braid. Spritz the rest of your hair with a light-hold hairspray to give it a little bit of staying power, also.

Ultra-Sleek Parted Ponytail

A model with a sleek ponytail

Look 16: The Sleek Ponytail

A super-sleek ponytail can look really cool, not to mention that it would take a tropical storm to move it out of place. Moving your part around will give the look a few different options.

Front Topknot

A model with a top knot at the front of her hair

This placement offers all the weatherproof security of a traditional topknot with a funky twist—without being so editorial that you'll get strange looks in the elevator.

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