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How to Survive A Rainy Natural Hair Day

By January 27th, 202125 Comments
How to Survive A Rainy Natural Hair Day
Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

I can’t tell you how many concerts and outdoor gatherings I’ve been caught in pouring down rain walking around looking a hot mess and left with no devices to salvage my look! Two such occasions come to mind as I write this. One time I was at an outdoor concert and even though rain was in the forecast, I was hell bent on wearing it straight. The rain poured down from the moment we arrived and never stopped. Here I was with nothing except my pumps, an umbrella and a smile. I had no choice but to hit the restroom, wet my hands and slick my mane back in a baby bun (my hair was a lot shorter then). I didn’t have a pony tail holder but my girlfriend had a pencil in her purse. Off all things… a pencil, and I used it to secure the bun. It was a complete disaster! A few years later, I was at Mary J. Blige concert and again, I went with the straight hair option. No I didn’t learn from the last fiasco. Prior to the start of the show, I went to my then stylist three times in one day for her to re-straighten it! Really? #Whodoesthat? This time the rainfall wasn’t as heavy but the warmth in the atmosphere, also known as humidity was hella high and I was determined to wear my hair straight. #straightstupid – no pun intended. Again, no pony tail holder, no nothing to help save me. I was beyond embarrassed and we still had an after party to attend. On the way to the after party, we stopped at my friend’s house where I threw my entire head under her sink, slapped on a little hair gel and a cut off stocking and I rocked a puff for the remainder of the night. Exactly what I should have done from the beginning. Checking the weather beforehand is always a good idea and helps you prepare your look. However, we all know the weather man’s prediction is not always correct. This doesn’t mean you have to get stuck out there like I did. These are quick, temporary fixes to help you brave the rain while still celebrating your natural texture.

1. Satin scrunchie – I stay armed with one at all times. If your mane ends up swollen and gynormous, but not in a good way, a satin schrunchie is the best remedy from the 80s. I gently gather all of my hair on the very top of my head and loosely wrap the scrunchie around it. My tresses go from hot mess to just hot in minutes. A few strands pulled out around the perimeter give the bun a sexy, messy look.

2. Headband – sometimes a headband is all you need to salvage a hair style. It will give you a little control over what was originally a cute look while fashionably holding the hair down and off of your face. Headbands work well with any length.

3. Hairpins – keep a few hair pins on deck so that you can pull your hair back or up at a moment’s notice. No one will ever suspect that you didn’t leave the house with an adorable pinned up style initially.

4. Gel – a gel stash will be a lifesaver if caught in an unexpected downpour. You can always run your damp hands through your hair with a little gel to calm down the rain induced frizz. Aloe Vera gel is perfect for this because it is super light and does not produce crunch or flake.

What rainy day survival tips do you have? 

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.


  • watkinsabob says:

    you know how they tell you to keep an emergency kit in the back of your car…like a blanket, flashlight, etc.

    Naturals, need their own emergency kit in their purse or car at all times. hahah! Great post!!

  • marianela says:

    I just let my hair do what it do honestly, I find that walking around with a scrunchie and a very tiny travel sized gel in your purse works wonders on a rainy day. I actually enjoy rainy days now compared to when I was relaxed and couldn't step outside without every layer on my head possible SO THAT IT WOULDN'T GET WET.

  • Unknown says:

    SOOOOOO helpful with this consistant heavy London rain, luckily for me my hair's in twists, the kind with extensions.

  • Tea Wash says:

    i never even thought there was a bad natural rainy hair day! i complete embrace all the moisture thats being given to me on these days. no pins, scrunchies, or anything just fro!

  • Anonymous says:

    Personally, I love rainy days! I take advantage of the moisture by putting a light oil or leave-in on my hair and then wearing my hair in flat twists with a cute rain hat over it. When I come inside I let my hair air dry and it always feels so soft afterwards!

  • Bronxgirl says:

    My hair is past arm-pit length, fine and porous and poufy! It drinks in water and dries quickly. I can NEVER expect to keep a braid out/twist out or any free style on a humid day. Won't happen no matter how much gel I use. When it's in twists, I don't care about rain-my hair loves it! If I have it pulled back into a bun, usually the light gel that I set the front with in the morning keeps some semblance of decency going, lol. I keep a Goody's Spin Pin in my bag. Ladies do not sleep on this little hair miracle! If you need to pull your hair back in a bun, ONE Spin Pin will hold it! (forget the dozens of hair pins). I have only one holding all my hair tucked under in a banana clip bun right now-just one! So keep that and a soft brush in your bag (maybe a few decorative pins to dress up a bun) and you're good to go in an weather emergency!

  • Anonymous says:

    I wear my hair in a 5 inch tapered TWA, and my hair is fine and porous with TIGHLY coily maximum shrinkage. Yeah.

    If it's drizzling, I just go bareheaded and enjoy the mist. I'll use an umbrella when rains heavily.

    I don't bother with rollersets anymore, because my hair is just too coily (4c) to keep those styles on humid/rainy days. My go-to style is "chunky twist-out" because it ends up frizzy and poufed anyway.

    I just keep a black and a white headband in my purse for bad hair days, e.g. shrinkus maximus.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas/tips ladies. Im 8 months post relaxer and see so many articles that say water is a naturals best friend, not when its rain!

  • luvnM3naturally says:

    I work in law enforcement & I am never without hairpins or a headband. @ Anon 2:55pm thanks for tip about the satin scrunchie.

  • Anonymous says:

    for me personally, i carry conditioner, dilute it and smooth over my head. Does anyone else use conditioner?

  • Jeannette says:

    I generally keep my hair in mini two strand twists or yarn braids, the rain or humidity doesn't bother me. Whether it gets wet or not, before I got to sleep, I put a moisturizing oil on my hair, braid it up, put a satin scarf on and I wake up it looks so good! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I really didnt think rain matter!! Just the other day I was walking in the rain while my other friends were frantically looking for something to cover their hair. I got home and my hair was a bit puffy, yet curly. I think Im going to carry bobby pins from now on though lol

    Ashley L.

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    Sabino Moisture Block saved my straight hair last weekend when it rained and was humid and I spent 2hrs dancing and screaming for the New Edition. Hair stayed straight and didn't even shrink at the roots.

    Otherwise, I always have several Ouchless bands in my bag. Usually a whole pack. And Goody hair clip. I don't really do the bobby pin thing too much but I put a few in a container in my bag just in case. My hair doesn't really frizz–it will just curl up or swell so I don't use gel so I wouldn't carry that. If push comes to shove, i will do like I used to do at camp and use hand lotion lol

  • mangomadness says:

    I try to check the weekly weather forecast on wash-and-style day. If it's gonna be rainy/humid (AND I feel like being "reasonable"), I'll style my hair into a bun, updo or puff and use an umbrella. If I'm being unreasonable, I just use an umbrella and hope for the best.

    [NOTE: I never used umbrellas when I had chemically-straightened hair but I didn't care for or style my hair by (completely) myself back then.]

  • adelh says:

    i gave up on EVER trying to keep my hair straight – no more heat, and i don't do twist outs. i have been doing the protective styles stuff, so i have had no issues with rain – i use a ton of gel anyway.

  • leslie says:

    It's pouring rain as i'm reading this!As a new natural, i didn't know how my hair would react to humidity and water until i went to the car wash and washed my car. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and lost my mind! My braid out turned into a scrunched up afro! I jumped in my car sped home home as fast as i could!So now i carry a ouchless head band and PLENTY of large bobby pins.

  • Anonymous says:

    A loc soc and a scarf wrapped up all purty like.

    Nicol C.

  • Anonymous says:

    that's what scrunchies and bobby pins are for. i love natural hair because you can come up with the best styles on a whim 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Anon @2:13pm…you can find satin scrunchies at Walmart!

  • Dana says:

    An updo or bun is a MUST on rainy days for me; I sometimes add a headband also if I'm starting with frizzy hair from jumpstreet!

  • 'Chone says:

    wow this was the story of my life last weekend. i had used cocoa butter to seal in the moisture for my hair but it really weighed my hair down. my bantu knot looked amazing after i took it down but once i got outside the curls dropped alot. i was on my way to work and thankfully i had like 10 bobby pins so i was able to pin one part of my hair back and pin up some of the sad curls lol bobbypins=life saver

  • Anonymous says:

    Satin scrunchies?! Where can I find those!

  • VioletFem says:

    How timely! It's raining here in Atlanta today and thankfully I had my hair up in a bun with scarf tied around my head as a headband. I always keep an extra headband and hairpins just in case my hairstyle falls apart on a rainy day.

  • Anonymous says:

    I, too, was under the impression that once I went natural, rain would not matter at all—–> wrong!! lol

    I check the weather and/or I'll glance outside before I leave to go to an outdoor event. And it is cloudy or raining, I will do an updo.

    I also am going to start keeping a stash of Bobby pins with me. Oh, how I love Bobby!

  • Anonymous says:

    This was ANOTHER one of those MISCONCEPTIONS that I had about natural hair. I really thought that once I was natural. I could wear my hair out in the rain REGARDLESS of style. lol BOY WAS I WRONG!!!

    Like the article states, it's good to know what the weather is ahead of time. This will help with determining the best style to wear. Don't think you can't look a Hot Mess!lol

    Now I ALWAYS, carry back ups whether it's raining or NOT!:)

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