Hair Solutions for Every Forecast

Let us be your styling meteorologist.

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My hair is a different texture every single day. Curly, wavy, frizzy, or all three at once—you name it, my hair has tried it of its own accord. Genetics is partially to blame, but what it really comes down to is the weather forecast. Hair-wise, if I'm not a slave to it, I pay a dear price.

And since we all know the perils of stepping out sans umbrella or not prepping hair for 80% humidity, here are the simple tricks every woman can use to keep bad hair days at bay. 

The forecast:

Rainy: The Wet Dog

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Retire your hair tools. Think of it as an excuse to sleep in for another 30 minutes, because anytime you spend straightening or curling your hair will be wasted.

Be careful with what/how much product you use.  It can be a catch-22, because you want to prep your hair, but you don't want to go overboard. We recommend a serum like John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Serum ($8.99) or a light hairspray such as Living Proof No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray ($26) but used sparingly.

Don't brush your hair after the fact. As tempting as it may be to right what the rain has wronged, brushing out your hair will only make it worse. You can lightly tousle it or even run your fingers through it if there are tangles, but now's the time to embrace your natural texture.

If you're feeling bold, embrace the wet look. Using your hands, slick your hair back with a non-hardening hair gel like L'Oreal Paris Studio Light Headed Gel ($3.97). Editors' Note: This will look even better with dirty hair.

The forecast:

Humidity: The Big Frizz

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Prep begins in the shower. Since certain times of year (ahem, summer) are prone to humidity, it's worthwhile to invest in a shampoo and conditioner that targets just that. Try the TRESemme Climate Control range, which works to hydrate and strengthen hair with Keratin and olive oil so that it can withstand the elements.

Braid your hair. Want an 100% guarantee that frizz doesn't have a fighting chance? Pretty plaits to the rescue! Try a taut fishtail braid or double French braid updo.

Embrace the puffiness. In case you haven't noticed, puffy hair is in. Own it.

The forecast:

Snowy: The Texture Mishmash

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Wear your hair up. Sigh, we know, but you'll be relieved of so much hair trauma. Not to mention you'll look super chic if instead of just throwing your hair up in a ponytail or messy bun, you opt for a polished top knot or cool chignon.

If you wear it down, wear a hat. You'll not only look après-ski chic, but you can easily tuck your hair 'neath your topper when the snow's coming down hard. 

Use a styling cream. If you're determined to rescue your texture, it's best to opt for a styling cream that will smooth it out. We love Moroccan Hydrating Styling Cream for All Hair Types ($33.40) because let's face it, you're working with 450,687 different textures. Bonus: It'll also help to repel frizz when you have to brave the snow again.

The forecast:

Windy: The Bird's Nest

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When you're outside, tie it up. On a blustery day, the best solution to salvaging a precious blow-out is tying it back. The key is not to do it too tight and to use a plastic clip or crease-free hair ties like these Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics ($3.99)

Embrace the mussed-up look. If the wind had its way with your hair, it could actually be a blessing in disguise. The bedhead look is more coveted than ever, and if you need more proof, look no further than this messy hair inspo.

Try an accessory. You can easily wind-proof your 'do with a headband or a hair clip to control the shorter pieces in the front.

The forecast:

Freezing: The Static Strands

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Use extra product. Cold weather hair static is caused by lack of moisture. To compensate, and weigh hair down, use a versatile styling cream like Bumble and Bumble's BB Styling Creme ($26).

Keep dryer sheets in your pocket. The same way they cut down on static in your washing machine, Bounty Outdoor Fresh Dryer Sheets ($5.49) can be used to smooth out the strands that have gone rogue.

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Beauty Editor

Lauren Valenti is Vogue’s former senior beauty editor. Her work has also appeared on,, and in In Style. She graduated with a liberal arts degree from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, with a concentration on Culture and Media Studies and a minor in Journalism.