April showers can do wonders for your garden, but your hair? Not so much.
The rain can ruin even the most perfect hair. Rain doesn’t discriminate wavy hair becomes frizzy, curls get matted and straight locks look flat. No matter your hair type, here are some tips to remember to help your tresses weather the storm.
Prep well. If you absolutely need to wear your hair down, start by misting your hair with a heat-protective spray. While this protects your hair from damage caused by heat styling tools, it also creates a barrier against moisture from the air. Apply an anti-frizz serum, then blow-dry until your hair is absolutely, positively desert-dry. Let it cool completely before stepping into any humidity – when hair is still warm, moisture is able to seep in and cause frizz.
Braid it. French braids are the ultimate hairstyle for rainy weather. Since the trend is to make them look a little messy and undone anyway, a little rain only adds to the kinky texture you were going for. Try a French braid that starts at one side of your part and snakes around your head into a bun. Or, if you tend to get those frizzy flyaways in the front, tuck them away into a tiny braid right against your hairline and let the rest of your hair down. Spray a bit of hairspray on the strands before you braid them and again once the braid is complete to make sure no stray hairs fly away.
Carry your ammo. It never hurts to carry a little bit of pomade, hairspray or gel in your purse for rainy hair emergencies. If your hair is naturally straight, stash a volumizing hairspray or a lifting spray. Once you have arrived at your destination, sneak off and spritz your roots with your head upside down to give them a lift. If your hair is wavy or curly, carry a small bottle of smoothing hairspray to put flyaways back in their place, whether you are wearing your hair up or down. Sometimes a little clear mascara is perfect for those sneaky curls around your hairline or part.