As women, we put our hair through the ringer on a daily basis. During warmer months it’s easy to towel dry your hair, spritz a little sea salt spray, and call it good (hello, beachy waves!). Winter is a whole different story. Wind, rain, sleet, snow…you name the phenomenon, winter will test the limits. Instead of throwing in the towel and settling for hat hair or a messy bun, I’ve compiled a list of cold weather hairstyles that are both chic and practical when it comes to winter weather. Keep scrolling to see five hairstyles that will have you looking put together while at the same time withstanding the elements…

Sleek Double Pony

A sleep double ponytail via Byrdie.

If you’re going to throw your hair into a ponytail this season, let it be this one. This sleek double ponytail via Byrdie is bound to keep your hair from getting swept away in the winter wind. All you need is a deep side part, two elastics, and a spritz of hairspray to keep those fly-aways in tact. Viola!

The Wand Wave

The wand wave via Refinery29.

Picture-esque curls just won’t do when the weather is uncooperative. Since braving a storm is bound to mess up your hair anyways, embrace your natural texture or spice it up a bit. This rock-n-roll waves tutorial via Refinery29 is easy to achieve and looks great under a floppy hat or snow beanie.

Braided Bun

The braided bun via A Beautiful Mess.

For those of you that want a scarf friendly hairstyle (no tangles here!), this tutorial is for you. The ladies behind A Beautiful Mess created a sleek bun with a bit of a twist. It’s simple; you begin by braiding your hair, twist the braid into a bun, and secure it with bobby pins. When you take your hair out at the end of the day you’re sure to have perfect waves!

Infinity Bow

The infinity bow via Brit & Co.

I have a sweet spot for romantic hairstyles and this one takes the cake. If you have second-day hair or loose curls, this infinity bow tutorial via Brit + Co is a chic way to keep your hair out of your face. This ‘do requires a lot of volume, so get your teasing comb ready.

Dragon Braid

The dragon braid via Free People.

It’s easy to get intimidated the first time you glance at this beautiful braided pony. Trust me when I say dragon braid tutorial via Free People is less complicated than it looks! Start by curling your hair into loose waves. Next, French braid a section of hair above your ear and secure it at the end. Tease the crown of your hair for extra volume and pull all of your hair into a ponytail. The end result will have heads turning!

What are some of your favorite cold weather hairstyles? 

I’d love to hear your ‘dos in the comments!

XO Lauren

1. Byrdie
2. Refinery29
3. A Beautiful Mess
4. Brit + Co
5. Free People