What’s your go-to winter plan for your hair? With all the chilly drizzles, you probably just tuck it in a winter hat and forget about it. And when you’re indoors, chances the air conditioning frizzes it out. Well, just because the weather sucks doesn’t mean your hair should too. There’s a lot you can do with your tresses, even in this weather.
A hairdo that’s particularly popular is the side braid. It’s easy to style and can be dressed up or down depending on your itinerary. It works best if you have an oval-shaped face because it lengthens your facial features. For round or oblong features, soften the look with bangs.
When you braid your hair, use a good product to keep flyaway hairs in place, especially if you choose to add bangs. Your hairdresser can advise you on the best product for your hair length and texture. To assemble a braid, hold your hair in a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Plait the ‘tail’ into a single braid, then lay the braid over one shoulder.
To prevent your hair from coming apart, secure the tip of the braid with another elastic band. Holding up your hair in a braid prevents it from drying out or losing excess moisture, but it also keeps it in place so that it doesn’t get damaged by precipitation.
If you do get rained on, undo your braid and dry it out with a towel or hand dryer at low heat. This will prevent your hair from getting that damp smell and will keep your scalp comfortably dry. If you like, you can re-do the braid once all the moisture is gone.
If your hair is shorter, you can jazz your look and your dreary mood with a playful curly bob. It will put a bounce in your step as well as your hair and could be just what you need to brighten up the winter gloom. You need a protective spray to prevent heat damage, so start with that. For the curls, use a medium iron and set each lock individually.
The curls need time to set, so put a curling pin into each one and wait until the curls cool. The longer you wait, the better the curl will set, and the longer it will stay. A little patience will go a long way in giving you day-long curls that will resist foggy winter drips.
Once the curls are completely cooled, remove the pins then use a pick to lightly shape the curls. Don’t comb them out completely otherwise your hair will straighten out. Just tease them gently into your preferred silhouette. When you’ve achieved the look you want, use a holding spray to keep it in place.
Have you heard of the pompadour hairstyle? It’s a classic look first worn by Madame de Pompadour in the 1700s. It has reappeared and disappeared over the centuries, more as a male style than a female one. Elvis made it famous, but then it faded away again. It’s now making a comeback and is a clever way to create a trendy haircut effect without scissors.
The female pomp is flattering if you have a wide face, and you can achieve it with any length of hair. Start with a dollop of volumizer at the top of your head. Your hair should be dry, to begin with, but after applying volumizer, blow dry the top to build more volume.
Now apply a texturizing product on the rest of your hair, including the top. Use a comb on the sides of your head to flatten your hair, guiding it towards the back. Use your fingers to fluff the hair at the top of your head, teasing it into the pomp. Finish off with holding spray.
If you’d prefer a style that looks simple and elegant at the same time, go for the feminine smooth-to-curl. The roots of your hair will be sleek and straight while the ends will curl into girly twirls. Keep your hair safe with a heat protection spray to prevent damage.
Use your curler at the ends of your hair and twist it halfway up, leaving the roots straight and tugging outward. Let the curls cool, then use your fingers to loosen the ringlets. Set them with styling spray. This hairdo is versatile because you can wear your curls up or down.
Curly tips work well with faces that are narrower towards the chin, and it only takes a few minutes. You can tong them into shape at home, but if you’d like something a little more complex, talk to your hairdresser for ideas on how to beat the dull, dreary chill.