How to stop the wind and rain from ruining your hair—save your locks with these easy tips

Don't let the weather get in the way of a good hair day—here's how to stop the wind and rain from ruining your hair

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Aside from a bad cut, nothing can ruin your hair quite like the weather, with wind and rain often playing havoc with our locks.

There's nothing more infuriating than getting ready to go out and styling your hair to perfection using the best hairdryer, only to step out the front door and have wind and rain ruin all the effort you've just put into your look.

But don't worry, we're here to help. We've rounded up ideas and top tips to help you save your hair from the wind and rain using the best hair styling products or by trying styles like a messy bun. Give them a go when the weather threatens to ruin your style, it's easy when you know-how.

How to save your hair from wind and rain

Adding a product is the first step in saving your hair from the wind and rain, there are three products that we recommend investing in.

1. Try a styling primer

Primers aren't just for your face, it's well worth investing in hair primer. Work a little through your damp strands before blow-drying, and the clever formula helps give your hair extra hold and style memory. This means that even if your hair is blown about, you can simply brush it through and it'll return to your style, whether it's loose waves or a bouncy blowout.

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, $28 | bumble and bumble

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, $28 | bumble and bumble

Backed by a medley of featherlight oils, this leave-in treatment tames, defrizzes, softens, and protects hair against breakage. It's a versatile solution that's suitable for a variety of hair densities, types, and textures—be it dry, coarse, or brittle.


Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray, $4.99 | L'Oreal

A spritz of primer spray will help keep your hair looking good, whatever the weather.

2. Buy a stronghold hairspray

This may seem obvious, but a good quality hairspray can work wonders for preventing kinks and frizz from setting in. Simply mist over your hairbrush and then run it through the lengths to ensure every strand is coated. Hairspray coats strands with an invisible film to prevent moisture from triggering frizzy flare-ups.


Bb. Strong Finish Firm Hold Hairspray, $32 | Sephora

This hairspray works well on all hair types, spritz over your finished style to keep flyaways at bay.

3. Hair cream is your quick-fix savior

You've been battered with gale-force winds en route to work? Don't worry! When you get to the office grab a nourishing hair cream and work a small amount through your lengths and ends. A nourishing hair cream will tame any flyaways and restore your hair's glossy sheen.


Nourishing Styling Cream, $28 | Living Proof

Smooth through hair to eliminate frizz, smooth strands and add shine.

Hairstyles to try after wind and rain has battered your locks

There comes a point when you have to admit defeat and style out that weather-induced bad hair day. Here are three easy options to save your hair from the wind and rain...

1. A topknot

Tie your hair out of your face with this sleek, chic and classic style. Sleek not your thing? A messy topknot looks just as good. Gather all hair up to the highest point you can manage—this style works best with medium hairstyles or long hairstyles—and secure with a snag-free band. Smooth back stray hairs with hairspray or pull a few strands loose if a messy bun is more your style. 

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2. A low ponytail

The great thing about this style is that you can lean into the blustery weather. If a few strands fall by your face—it looks even better than before. This look works just as well on short hairstyles too, secure your hair at the nape of your neck and allow a few strands to come loose for a weather-proof look.

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3. A loose plait

Again, you can lean into the weather by putting your hair into a loose plait. When strands fall out, it just looks even better than before. Gather all hair over one shoulder, plait away and simply secure with a snag-free band. No one will ever know you got caught out in the wind and rain!

woman with low side plait

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It's time to say goodbye to weather-induced bad hair days for good!

Fiona McKim
Beauty Editor,

 As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.