Don't let the rain ruin your hair!

By Victoria Riedl

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I’m sick and tired of rain, sleet, snow, wind – all the elements that are intent on ruining my hair.

I am the proud owner of a fringe; it is my crowning glory. Without it I feel exposed, flawed. Yet at present, this wretched weather is causing it to misbehave. “Will you please sit still,” I berate, only for it to laugh in my face as it frizzes and parts as it pleases.

I have thought of trying the beanie hat method. Let me enlighten you:  Wearing a tight fitting woolly hat with the purpose of flattening the fringe. But what if one is wearing a bit of a do? I’d look like Marge Simpson. I have tried using mini hair straighteners to iron the flighty flyaways down, but more often than not, the result resembles a fright wig. Help is needed. Pronto.

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Adam Reed, creative director at Percy &Reed salon in London says,

"Use the right product.  A good styling cream like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Tasai Cream (£21.50) will give hold and smooth hair – it’s not too lightweight or too heavy. Usually you wouldn't apply product at the roots but as you want the fringe to stay in place, applying product here will give the desired staying power.  Use a round natural bristle brush (these will reduce static) and blow-dry the fringe smooth. Avoid heated appliances like straighteners as these can create static, which will react with the humidity and wind.  Finish with a shot of the cold button on the hair dryer to seal in the smoothness and shut down the cuticle to prevent humidity getting in.  If you have curly hair, apply the cream as before, blow-dry with a round natural bristle brush and then run a fine tooth comb through the hair from root to end and then do a cold shot from the hairdryer.”

Et Voila, one well behaved fringe.

Rain, wind – I cackle at you.

Katy Perry and her not-so-naughty fringe.

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