The Windproof Hairstyle You'll Wear All Autumn
Autumn can be glorious in many ways (most of which involve layering up in chunky knits and sipping cups of chai), but there are things about the pre-winter season that definitely suck. Rainproofing every shoe and leather good you own is one. Chapped lips, another. And then there's carting an umbrella around 24/7 just in case. But possibly most annoying of all (at least for us) is the constant threat of drizzle and wind, two elements renowned for their ability to turn even the best blowdry into a rat's nest in minutes.
The solution? Leaving the blowdry on pause for a few months in favour of an easy, breezy style that looks even better a little wind-ruffled. (That, or braids.) Keep scrolling for a visual.
Disclaimer: Just because this style looks effortless doesn't mean it *is*, at least not completely. In hairstylist Alan White's words (he created the style for Country Road's stunning new winter campaign above): "The general trend is to look like you haven’t done anything to your hair, but the reality of it is that very few can actually get away with not having to do anything to their hair in order to achieve this look." That said, you can get the look in five simple steps.
Keep reading for the how-to!
Y.S. Park Black Carbon Tiger Brush 650 ($115)
Blowdry hair directing the roots forward as you go using a combination pure bristle and nylon brush (like Y.S. Park's Carbon Tiger Brush, $115) to create texture, body and a hint of curl.
Tip: Be careful not to over-dry as this reduces volume and can also damage the condition of your hair. As a rule of thumb, leave hair 95% dry to help retain moisture.
Use a conical tong (like Ghd’s Curve Creative Curl Wand, $230) to wave hair by wrapping medium-sized vertical sections around the wand, going both towards the face and back the other way. Aim to create an S-shaped bend at the mid-lengths leaving the ends free.
Tip: Avoid curled ends—they tend to age this look and kill the cool factor.
Mason Pearson Handy Pure Bristle and Nylon Brush ($195)
Use a cushioned hairbrush (like Mason Pearson's Handy Pure Bristle and Nylon, $195) to brush the curl out. Don’t be afraid to get in there and give your hair a good brush, this technique helps create the relaxed, undone feeling that makes this style so appealing and modern.
Tip: If your hair still looks a little too curly, apply warm air from the blowdryer to the over-curled areas to relax them, especially the ends. Use your fingers to smooth out the curl and form a softer wave.