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Unfortunately for your hair’s sake, everyday can’t be sunny with an ever so gentle breeze. The reality is, some days are cold, some are rainy, and some are windy…extremely windy. The wind in particular can seem like a death sentence for a good hairstyle. One second your hair looks as well coiffed as it ever has, the next your tresses are totally askew. And of course, no one wants to put lots of effort into their beauty look only for the weather to wreak havoc on it. On the other hand, it’s no good to abandon styling your hair altogether. It may sound like a lost cause, but that’s where windproof hairstyles come into play. Not every look is equally as likely to be curtailed by windy weather. In fact, we’re sharing four hairstyles that can withstand the wind (with the help of hair spray and hair gel). Wait for a windy forecast, then put them to the test.
If you ask us, the top knot is a foolproof style for any occasion. Heading to the gym? Toss your hair into a quick top knot. Have a meeting? Create a chic top knot. Dealing with a seriously windy day? You guessed it—pile your hair into a top knot. The tight style is sure to stay intact despite the wind, so you won’t look any worse for wear after a battle with mother nature.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Gather hair. Collect all of your hair in a ponytail on top of your head, but hold off on securing it with a hair tie.
Step 2: Smooth out bumps. Using a round brush, smooth out any bumps that may be disrupting the sleek look of your style.
Step 3: Twist and secure hair into a bun. Once your hair is bump-free, start twisting the ponytail. When you have one big twist, wrap the end of the ponytail around its base to make a bun. Slip an elastic over the bun, looping it around two or three times to secure.
Step 4: Add bobby pins. Place bobby pins anywhere you’re concerned your bun might need additional support.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. As with most hairstyles, this one should end with hairspray. The only difference is, you’ll want to stick with a hair spray that can help fight the effects of harsh weather. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray does just that, locking out humidity and taming unruly flyaways.
One French braid is good, but you can probably guess what’s even better—two French braids. Adding an extra braid is a surefire way to make everyone wonder just how much time you put into perfecting your hair. And who doesn’t want to spark a little hairstyle-inspired jealousy? Plus, two tight braids can easily survive the wind, so you’re envy-inducing look won’t be lost.
Step 1: Split your hair down the middle. Use a fine-toothed comb to create a middle part, effectively separating your hair into two equal sections.
Step 2: Braid one half of your hair. Taking the top layer of a single section, forming three smaller sections. Cross the right section over the middle section, followed by the left section over the right section. Continuing braiding, adding hair from the bottom layer into the braid as you go. When you’re out of hair, fasten the end of the braid with an elastic.
Step 3: Repeat. Apply everything you did in Step 2 to the opposite side of your head.
Step 4. Finish with hair spray. We weren’t kidding about hair spray being a standard step for completing a hairstyle. Give your braids a few spritzes, then you’re free to brave the wind.
Hairstyles with a slicked back, “wet look” are undeniably on trend—you’ve surely seen the look on your favorite stars—and they just so happen to be ideal for days when windiness is a major concern. While anything that’s not an updo might seem like an odd choice when it’s windy out, the key is that your strands are so slick—held in place by the power of hair gel—that no amount of wind can make them budge.
Step 1: Start with damp hair. Your hair doesn’t need to be sopping with water to obtain a wet look, damp hair will work just fine.
Step 2: Slather your strands with hair gel. Using a high shine hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, apply a generous amount to your hair. The more gel you add, the wetter your hair will look!
Step 3: Comb your hair back. Starting right at your roots, comb your hair back and away from your face. Keep combing until you’re satisfied with how your hair is sitting, and then you’re done. Just wait for the hair gel to dry before facing what the weather has to offer.
Keeping your look under lock is one way to ensure your style is windproof, but it isn’t your only option. You can also try sporting a style that’s already mussed up. That way, when you’re blasted by a gust of wind and your hair gets blown about, the messiness that’s sure to ensue will only enhance your style even more. Instead of pulling your hair into your staple messy bun or leaving your locks loose, try an unfussy fishtail. Not only does forgoing a flawless braid in favor of one that’s a little unkempt make more sense for windy weather, but you’ll also save time since you won’t be struggling to achieve a plait that’s unparalleled.
Step 1: Use texture spray. If your hair is naturally smooth, you’ll need to give it some grit before braiding. Spritz with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist, focusing on your roots.
Step 2: Separate into sections. Split your hair into two sections.
Step 3: Swap hair from one section to the other. Move a small piece of hair from the outside of one section, crossing it over to the inside of the other.
Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat. Keep going, repeating Step 3—alternating sections as you go—until you’ve braided to the bottom of your hair.
Step 5: Secure with an elastic. Tie off the end of your fishtail with a small elastic.
Step 6: Mess it up. Don’t bother to fix stray strands sticking out from your braid. In fact, you want to make the plait even messier! Gently pull apart your braid to loosen the sections for a more undone effect.
Wind isn’t the only environmental factor that can mess with your beauty game. Next, read up on Your Anti-Pollution Skin Care Routine.