There's no doubt that the fall and winter weather summons some of the best fashions back into the splotlight every year. Who doesn't love a great pair of riding boots, classic wool peacoat, or even those outfit-perfecting scarves? In terms of hair, however, the chilly weather can often leave us thinking we may have actually had it good with all that summer humidity.
Because arguably, rain and wind are the even bigger obstacles standing in the way of a seamless hair day during the more dismal months. There's nothing worse then taking the time to polish your 'do only to have it look like you just rolled out of bed again by the time you make it into work. And we all know the effects of a bad hair day can extend well past morning. Luckily, there are a few simple, speedy, and super cute hairstyles that can help you circumvent this dilemma all winter long. Each will save you time and frustration whether you're headed for work or play, and can even be dressed up for a night out.
1. The Ballerina Bun: It's no wonder that the ballerina bun, quite possibly the simplest of all hairstyles, is back and better than ever. It can literally refine your look in seconds and works for any hair type. Simply twist your ponytail around in a spiral motion once it's up, and secure it high enough that it just peeks above your head from a forward view. Stars have been seen rocking the trend while running errands or parading the red carpet. Model Chanel Iman goes for the casual look, while Kate Bosworth styles hers with extra spray to add polished elegance for night.
2. The Messy Side Braid: Most of the time, braids are only appropriate headdress for grade school or Halloween, but this trendy take on the style is certainly an exception. The trick to getting it right is the messy method. It works best if you don't really attempt to style or tame your hair before braiding, which means this look is another that you can acquire in minutes flat. Simply start the actual braid a few inches below where your scalp meets your strands, angle it to the side of your choice, and continue braiding with a loose hold. For a daytime getup, pull out some intentional flyaways like Audrina Patridge. For an after-hours affair, get Molly Sims' textured look by spraying some loose ends down and slicking bangs back with a glaze.
3. Crochet Hat: This hair accessory is getting plenty of play now that the cold weather has hit. Especially ideal for rainy days, it can shield your mane from the elements and step up your look at the same time. No matter how you style your hair - up, down, wavy, straight - the crochet can be thrown overtop for the epitome of a no-fuss hair day. Lightweight knit styles work great for all-day wear, while thicker knits will keep you extra cozy if you're headed outdoors. Lindsay Lohan's crochet keeps her waves intact on the go, whereas Rihanna uses the crochet to edge up her chic pixie while at an awards show. Plenty of varieties are available on the cheap and will cost you under $10.
So the next time you're weary of the weather, pressed for time, or just want to switch up your style, try one of these celeb-inspired go-to hairstyles. There's no easier way to combat the bad weather blah's and stay chic all winter long.