Frizz and flyaways are the worst. But when El Niño-grade downpours are in the forecast, you basically brace yourself for bad hair days ahead. But, if you prefer not to look as if you stepped straight out of an ‘80s prom photo, there is a solution. We tapped Union Square favorite Cinta Salon’s director, Sara Watson, for her expert tips on how to beat the rain. Here are her five tips.
1. START IN THE BATHROOM: FOR THE PLANNER IN YOU
If you see wet weather in the forecast, plan ahead. Use anti-humectant products to repel moisture and further combat frizz. Aveda’s smooth infusion line has before-and-after styling products that should hold up to El Niño’s strongest storms. Finish your look off with a light coating of hairspray--our expert stylist likes Bumble and Bumble’s classic spray--which will tame flyaways and frizz.
2. TRICK THE RAIN: FOR A CASUAL WAVE
First, make sure your hair is completely dry before you step outside. The less moisture in your hair before you leave the house, the better your style will keep. You can also try braiding it back or putting it up in a twist for your commute. Then, when you get to where you’re going, let your hair out for a beautiful wavy look.
3. SPLASH A LITTLE WATER: FOR A TEXTURED ‘DO
After washing your hair, avoid scrubbing your wet tresses with a towel. This can ruffle the cuticle and cause frizz. Blot excess moisture with a towel instead (just like you would blot a stain) before blow-drying. If you don't mind a little texture, keep your hair loose and let the rain sprinkle on it when you step outside. Once at your destination, use your hands to scrunch and bring out the natural wave in your hair as it air dries. Texture is back, and this is a great (read: lazy girl’s) way to get the look.
4. KEEP IT STRAIGHT: FOR WHEN YOU CAN’T AFFORD ONE FLYAWAY
Take the necessary precautions. Use an umbrella, put a hat on and tuck any loose hair into your jacket to stop moisture from getting to your hair. (You could also buy a travel flat iron for your desk drawer to touch up hair at work.) Here’s our refresher on how to properly use a flat iron.
5. GO WITH THE FLOW: FOR WHEN YOU’RE OUT OF OPTIONS
If all else fails, just go with the weather instead of against it. Do a little teasing (aka back combing, as the stylists say) and put your hair up in a fun twist or top knot. Or embrace the wet look completely with a few extra layers of mousse. But first, take a look at the right way to use mousse.