Combat the Rain! Save Your Hair!

By on May 14, 2014

Seeing the skies turn dark and open up, unleashing torrential downpour below, is quite literally the worst thing that can happen to my hair. Long, wavy, and incredibly thick, my hair reacts to moisture like it’s been electrocuted – essentially it grows in size and frizzes in tenfold. Nothing can be done to stop this horrifying reaction, besides staying inside with all doors and windows firmly locked. I have learned a few tricks however, to help save my hair when those storm clouds are looming.

Quite obviously, the easiest thing to do is constantly carry a hair elastic with me at all times – I will absolutely never leave the house without one. As much as it may not always be the most flattering look, throwing my hair into a quick topknot definitely helps combat the frizziness that will quickly ensue. A hat also works wonderfully – beanies in the winter and a nice big floppy hat in the spring and summer.

To take a more preventative approach, I’ll use a shine serum and a de-frizzing gel in the morning if the weatherman is calling for rain. This helps calms my hair at the roots, and coats my strands to reduce breakage and from any unnecessary moisture from maximizing my frizz. Conditioning regularly also works wonders – as much as I try to wash and condition my hair very infrequently (letting my natural oils do their thang), I will indulge in a dollop of conditioner every few days once the air becomes more humid and moist.


Applying a hair mask once every week or two will also help combat the humid air that is a given when it rains in the spring and summer. Products that contain coconut or argan oils help calm my hair, and although sometimes leave my natural waves looking a bit weighed down, applying an oil treatment will help reduce breakage and the mad scientist look that I unfortunately sport every time it rains. I like to apply the mask before shampooing, and letting the steam of the shower work its magic and really infuse my hair with the oils. I don’t advise conditioning after an oil treatment, as it often leaves the hair with a greasy look and feel.

After so many years of having horrible hair days the second that the weather turns, I’ve learned many ways to help stop the frizz in its tracks. But I must say, emphasizing the volume and frizz can sometimes be a good thing as well! Let your mane grow to obnoxious heights and work that “full volume” look that so many women would kill for. You can only do so much to fight Mother Nature, and after a while, I just give in and hope that people are only noticing my fabulous rain jacket and ignoring my out of control locks.

Megan Dussin

About Megan Dussin

Megan is a marketing student living in Toronto, working in fashion merchandising. She spends her time scouring thrift stores and flea markets for the perfect vintage pieces, sipping coffee on her balcony with friends, and exploring the city on foot. Obsessions include anything black, leather, or shiny. Follow her on Instagram at @megadeexo

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