Everybody knows that on a rainy day, hair styling can be frustrating and nearly impossible because of the moisture in the air. The rain makes hair frizzy and limp even under an umbrella. The trick to a successful hairstyle for a rainy day is to keep as much of the hair under control as possible. This can be achieved with the use of a few simple accessories and hair products.
The easiest and most effective hairstyle for a rainy afternoon is the classic sleek ponytail.
The ponytail works because it pulls the majority of the hair from the face and controls it in the back. Pre-condition the hair with a deep conditioner of your choice, blow dry with a round brush and pull back. Product such as the Paul Mitchell Silk Serum can be used to weigh down the hair and create a sleek look. Also, don't forget to apply Silk Serum to the ends to prevent frizz.
As a general rule, for a rainy day, the less loose hair the better. A chunky headband can be used to create control and hold down fly- a -ways. If you have bangs, sweep them to the side because nothing looks worse then limp frizzy bangs! A side fringe can add detail to a ponytail or a headband, and gives you another option other then to pull it all back. Use a small dab of silk serum in the bangs to prevent curling and frizzing.
Another good idea is a headscarf or bandana, which will also look cute while controlling the hair. A headscarf can cover most of your do and can be removed once you are out of the rain. Both of those look great with a side bang as well.
If you want to try something different, you can try low pig tails or braids. A braid or two is a great way to control the hair and keep it from flying away or frizzing, and pigtails are a classic and cute look. Both braid(s) and pigtails can be worn with a chunky headband or scarf.
If you tire of the ponytail you can easily transform it into a classic bun by winding it abound the hair tie and tucking in the ends. Be aware that a "messy bun" can look ragged and frizzy on a moist day, so it’s better to keep it simple and neat.
There are many products that you can use to add control and weight. Pomade can be used on shorter hair to control the ends and provide texture. It has enough weight to control and hold down any frizz, while still allowing for some hair to remain loose. I would highly recommend a serum such as the Paul Mitchell Silk Serum or the tigi Rockaholic Shine Blaster (although its a bit lighter it still works very well). Also, the CHI Silk Infusion product is fantastic to hold down frizz and flyaway’s. A light hair spray can also be used but only a small amount, over spraying can cause the hair to stick and separate.
Always precondition the hair if you wash it that day and use the silk serum or pomade on any loose pieces such as the bangs and the ends of your pony tail(s). A light wax such as "fiber" by Crew can also be used. Avoid using and curl enhancement products or oils because those can cause separation and limp frizzy hair. If your hair is naturally curly, that's ok, run a small amount of silk serum through the hair (root to end) and pull back or use a headscarf. The serum will keep your curls together and under control.
Also, avoid gels. Many gels are water based and will react to the moisture in the air, causing the hair to frizz and go limp.
Comb the hair or the ponytail with a wide toothcomb if necessary.
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Written by Wardrobe Wire Hair Specialist: Victoria Selezinov