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.
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
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.
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 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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.