For such a soft and pretty attribute, hair has a whole lot of enemies. Air that's too humid, air that's too dry, hot, weather, cold weather - are your strands ever satisfied?
As you probably already know, one of the top threats to perfect tresses is rain. Precipitation seems to make your hair frizzy and puffy while somehow simultaneously making it flatter. Your gut feeling says it's some kind of cruel joke the universe likes to play on you, like it's pointing and laughing while yelling "If the rain delaying your commute and soaking your socks wasn't enough, why don't you have a terrible hair day, too!"
But it turns out there's science at play here and not just an angry atmosphere with a personal vendetta against you. Each fiber of your hair is composed of packets of keratin proteins, explained Birchbox. These protein packets form two types of bonds: permanent bonds that provide hair's strength and hydrogen bonds that are created as your hair dries. These hydrogen bonds are weak and only last for a brief while.
"Increasing humidity and moisture in the atmosphere cause an increase in this bonding, resulting in each fiber folding back on itself and becoming curlier and frizzier," said Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a hair and scalp expert at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York, in an interview with the site.
Believe it or not, you can still have good hair on a rainy day.
So as your hair bounces between dry and wet throughout the day, it's bonding over and over again. Too much bonding is stressful for anyone - just think about that 2-week vacation you went on with your husband's family a few years ago. Luckily, you're not destined to be powerless against precipitation. There are some simple tips and tricks you can use that will protect you against all that nasty rain.
Surrender the straightener
The first thing you can do to set yourself up for shiny tresses even during a rain storm is setting down your straightener. Everyone has a unique, one-of-a-kind hair texture, and rainy days are a perfect opportunity to practice a little gratitude and work with what your mother gave you.
On a humid, rainy day, your hair absorbs moisture out of the air. If you've got dry, parched strands, you may be thinking that this extra moisture sounds great, but the absorption process actually makes hair even frizzier, noted The Hair Web. If you try straightening your hair on a rainy day, you only add to the inevitable frizz, so it's best to just let things be.
A perfect hair day might be a stretch, but for a decent hair day on a rainy day it's vital to think ahead and strategize your approach. Start by hitting the showers the night before the day rain is on the forecast, suggested The Fashion Spot, since your beauty rest will give your hair enough time to deflate a bit and smooth out frizz.
Then, rise and shine with that early morning bugle call and start making some calculated adjustments - a little mousse and an anti-humidity product like the Phytolisse Finishing Serum worked through hair is the best defense for the battle to come. Before you head out to the trenches, toss a travel bottle of styling cream in your bag - it will help repair any damage gained from the black ops mission to get to your office. By making sure your hair is adequately moisturized before you march courageously into the rain, you can reduce the amount of water your hair absorbs from the air.
If you have a special dinner or work function to attend and absolutely need your hair to be in impeccable shape, you'll have to get creative with your styling. Updos are best because they keep the hair out of the face and contained, even in the face of strong winds or stubborn downpours.
"Dreary weather can be maddening but don't let that get in the way of feeling great about your look," said hairstylist Ted Gibson in an interview with The Huffington Post. "On humid, rainy days I would recommend a top knot, braid or try a side braided bun."
So don't stress if rain is on the forecast. With these tips, you can rock great-looking tresses through even the most intense rainstorm.