In winter, hair is not living its best life.
Between the wind blowing it into complicated knot systems, the tragic reality of hat hair, extra hot showers dehydrating your scalp and the bizarre fact that hair actually gets drier in winter (because of the heating and cold weather sucking the moisture dry), scoring a good hair day can be an illusive goal.
But, while most of these woes can be fixed with some seriously good product, there’s one kind of winter trauma that’s notoriously hard to come back from: rained-on hair.
We’ve all been there: The one day you left your umbrella at home because the sun was peeking out just a little and then the Armageddon of storms just casually rolled on in. And of course you happen to be walking through a treeless, cover-free zone at the time so there’s nothing to do except get drenched. Of course.
Well, it turns out there is actually a fix for that, and Richi Grisillo, owner of Acadèmie Salon knows all the tricks.
And while we can’t guarantee you’ll nab a starring role in the next Pantene commercial afterwards, these tips will get you through the day looking professional and presentable.
Why the hot mess?
First, let’s talk about the why. You know how rained-on hair somehow looks far worse than your regular post-shower mop?
Richi says that’s because of the concentrated humidity, which only gets worse when you run to get out of the rain. And while your hair does actually need moisture to stay soft and fresh, when it’s already dehydrated (see: winter heating) it seeks out the moisture to replenish itself… which leads to frizz. So now, to the game plan.
Get to a bathroom.
Don’t have an emergency hairdryer stashed under your desk? Just us, then? Well, something you are likely to have nearby is a bathroom, and bathrooms come with hand dryers which is almost as good.
If you managed to catch your hair before it reached drowned-rat status, you can usually save it with a quick spin under the dryer. Getting the moisture out as soon as possible will minimise the chance of frizz later in the day. No dryer? Try blotting (not rubbing!) as much moisture out with paper towel instead.