How to weather-proof your hair against autumnal showers

With changing seasons comes new challenges for your hair. Get one step ahead of the wet weather with our frizz-fighting guide

With September here and spooky season fast approaching (make mine another pumpkin spice latte, please!), we’ve already seen the return of shorter days, darker nights and drizzly British weather. This can play havoc with your hair, especially if you’re unprepared and prone to frizz. To keep your style looking nice for longer than a few minutes after leaving the house, now is the time to freshen up your hair routine in anticipation of rain days. That’s why we have collected the best expert tips to help you deal with future downpours – so no matter what the weather throws at you, you’ve got this.

One of the best defences is be prepared and invest in a treatment that will protect your hair – so if it does get wet, it will dry nicely. “One of the biggest concerns my clients have at this time of the year is how unpredictable the weather can be and the toll it takes on their hair,” says Sam Burnett, owner and creative director of Hare & Bone salons in Fitzrovia and Esher. “The Kerasilk Control De-Frizz service from Goldwell is perfect for combatting this, as it is a smoothing and taming service that helps to reduce frizz, soften and control curls. Unlike traditional straightening treatments that create poker straighter hair, Kerasilk smooths not straightens.”

If a smoothing service is out of your budget, you can still minimise rainy day frizz with the right products. “Frizz is caused when hair is damaged: the damaged section of hair leave a gap in the keratin which is where moisture gets in, swelling the hair and causing frizz so you need a product that gets in and fills that gap first,” explains milk_shake ambassador Shelley Pengilly. “What you need is a product you can dry into the hair, sealing the cuticle and preventing frizz – I always recommend milk_shake Styling Potion.”

And that cool shot on your hairdryer (yes, the one you probably rarely use) is super useful for keeping frizz at bay too. “If you are blow-drying your hair, be sure to seal your final look with a cold blast of air from your hairdryer – turn the setting to cold then press the cool shot button. Follow the movement of the brush, focusing on the root area with the cold air for about 5-10 seconds per section to seal the cuticle for amazing shine, longevity and hold,” explains Zoë Irwin, ghd global ambassador.

Our final tip is from Adam Reed, who is founder of Adam Reed London and responsible for some of the coolest catwalk looks, and also a ghd global ambassador. “Spray hairspray directly into your hands and press down onto the hair using your fingertips,” he suggests. “I don’t usually spray directly onto the hair – using your hands means you can apply with precision. Press the hairspray from your hands into the key areas of the hair that can be affected by damp and frizz e.g. your parting and baby hairs at the front! Then, use the warmth of the back of your straightener (turn it off after styling so it is still warm!) to seal down any additional loose hairs. This fills the hair strand and prevents rain getting in by warming the resin of the product for long lasting protection.”  So next time you lose your um-ber-ella (ella, ella, ella), don’t panic – just bookmark this page and enjoy lovely frizz free hair whatever the weather!

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