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Easy Long Hairstyles for a Rainy Day

Don't let a downpour ruin your hair day -- hit the street with styles built to hold up in a hurricane
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When I wake up and see rain coming down outside, my first thought is, "Well, I'm going to look like crap today." I've never seen a point in really doing my hair if the rain and humidity will turn it into a frizzy, droopy heap in 60 seconds. I go for the classic, easy (okay, lazy) rainy day hair: a quick topknot or messy bun.

But after seeing all of the model-cool slicked-back hairstyles on the runways at New York Fashion Week, assistant editor Tiffanie got inspired ... and I was her guinea pig. These twists on a basic slicked-back hairstyle look crazy high-fashion, but won't wither in a rainstorm. Best of all? You don't have to be a hairstyling savant to accomplish these surprisingly sophisticated looks. Click through and ditch the topknot.

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City Slicker
1. On dry, tangle-free hair, create a deep side part.
2. Apply a smoothing serum, like Redken Glass Smoothing Serum, $16, onto your hair on either side of your part. Smooth it down evenly using a soft bristle brush.
3. Gather your hair back to the nape of your neck, using a soft brush to slick your hair down as you go. Then secure your hair with an elastic.
4. Tighten your ponytail gently, as necessary. Take a 1- to 2-inch section of your hair from underneath your ponytail and tease it using a fine-toothed comb.
5. Wrap the teased section of your hair around the base of the elastic, then secure it underneath with a bobby pin. 6. Tease your ponytail ends using the fine toothed comb, then finish with a workable hairspray, like Joico K-Pak Protective Hairspray, $13.99.

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Waterproof Pouf
1. Mist a frizz-taming gloss like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist, $5.39, onto dry hair.
2. Using a soft bristle brush, gather your hair up high into a ponytail at the top of your crown. Be sure to keep hair smooth as you go.
3. Secure your hair at the crown with an elastic. Then wrap a 2-inch section of your hair around the base of the elastic to conceal it.
4. Tease your ponytail ends gently, then wrap a clear elastic around your ponytail about two inches from your elastic. Wrap a section of your hair around the clear elastic to conceal it. Repeat for the rest of the length of your hair.
5. Gently tug on each section in between the elastics to create a bubble appearance, then finish with a strong-hold hairspray.

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Fish Out of Water
1. Sweep the front portion of your hair over to one side, then divide your hair down the center from your crown to the nape of your neck.
2. Create a fishtail French braid on the side of your head with the most hair. Continue braiding down until you reach behind your ear, then fishtail braid regularly down to the ends of your hair.
3. Repeat on the other side of your hair, fishtail French braiding until you reach behind your ear, then fishtail braid regularly to the ends.
4. Braid the remaining section of your hair at the nape down to the ends, then wrap it into a small bun. Secure with bobby pins.
5. Tug on the two fishtail braided sections to loosen them, then wrap them over the bun, crisscrossing the pieces as you go. Secure with multiple bobby pins as necessary.
6. Finish by misting with hairspray, like Umberto Super Hold Hairspray, $12.99.

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Knot Raining (On My Parade)
1. On dry, detangled hair, wrap 1-inch sections of your hair around a styling wand. Make sure to wrap your hair around the wand as closely to the roots as possible, then let loose.
2. Once your hair is curled, brush through the curls to create loose waves. Then create a shallow side part.
3. Separate 2-inch sections of your hair on either side of your part. Clip them off to the side as you gather the rest of your hair into a ponytail at the back of your crown.
4. With your ponytail secure, take one of the sections on the side of your part and divide it into two. Then create three loose knots by tying them together. Space your knots out to achieve the twisted look. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. Pull the two knotted pieces back to your ponytail and wrap them around the elastic to conceal it. Then, secure the pieces with bobby pins.
6. Finish by spritzing with shine serum, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum, $4.49.

When I wake up and see rain coming down outside, my first thought is, "Well, I'm going to look like crap today." I've never seen a point in really doing my hair if the rain and humidity will turn it into a frizzy, droopy heap in 60 seconds. I go for the classic, easy (okay, lazy) rainy day hair: a quick topknot or messy bun.

But after seeing all of the model-cool slicked-back hairstyles on the runways at New York Fashion Week, assistant editor Tiffanie got inspired ... and I was her guinea pig. These twists on a basic slicked-back hairstyle look crazy high-fashion, but won't wither in a rainstorm. Best of all? You don't have to be a hairstyling savant to accomplish these surprisingly sophisticated looks. Click through and ditch the topknot.

BY TIFFANIE PETETT, HAYLEY MASON | SEP 23, 2013 | SHARES
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