3 Ways To Fix A Winter Hair Disaster

UPDATE: This post was originally published on January 23, 2014.
Sure, between November and March, the city of Chicago is a permanent polar vortex—but there's no need to spend the rest of the season with limp locks — at least, not as long as you've got some killer DIY expertise at your frostbitten fingertips. So, with the help of Stevie Smith of Smith and Davis Salon, we present you with three perfect 'dos for fixing any cold-weather hair disaster — that dreadful wintry mix included. Oh, and did we mention that they were super-easy, too? From an updo with purposely exposed bobby pins to a textured bob to a bun that doesn't require a hair-tie, these hairstyles will make you happy you got caught in a snowstorm.
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Double Option 'Do
With this style, you'll have the option to get all that hair off your neck (as pictured), or stop mid-way for a half-up 'do. The choice is yours!
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Start by scrunching about a quarter-sized dab of finishing cream or hand lotion into your hair to tame any frizz. "Before you leave the house, don't O.D. on the product — especially hairspray — as it will become gummy when in contact with snow or an icy drizzle," suggests Smith.
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Pinch a section of hair at the top of the head and secure with bobby pins.
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Because these bobby pins are going to be visible, have fun and experiment with colored and/or decorated versions.
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Once you've secured the top section of hair with about four pins, take a small chunk of hair over the ear to create a twist along the side of the head.
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Secure with bobby pins once you reach the center of the head.
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Repeat on the other side.
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Secure both twists together with one bobby pin in the center.
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At this juncture, you can leave your hair as is, providing you didn't get caught in a serious blizzard on the way to your destination.
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If you don't like the feeling of tresses on your neck, split the remaining hair in half.
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Make a simple twist with the two sections of hair.
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Continue to coil the twist into a side bun.
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Secure with bobby pins.
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No one will ever know your hair wasn't perfect right from the start!
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Bun Fun
We're all guilty of twisting our tresses up in a messy bun to quickly fix a hair disaster. But, with just a few extra steps, you can create a stylish 'do that will turn heads everywhere from the office to the bar.
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Using your pinkies, "comb" back hair to create a section on the top.
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Twist the section you just created.
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Coil the twist upward.
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If hair is long enough, tie the end of the coil in a loose knot. If not, secure the coiled "bun" with bobby pins.
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In this case, the hair was tied in a knot. For additional hold, secure the coiled bun with bobby pins.
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Make a second section right above the ears.
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Repeat the same process you just completed with the first coiled bun.
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Make sure you secure with bobby pins to ensure your 'do stays in place.
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Repeat the process one more time with the remaining hair.
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Because the nape of the neck is smaller, you may have to pin the final bun into the middle bun to secure.
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This style is so sharp, we would even sport it in the summer without a snowflake in sight.
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Use your fingers to create a little volume on top.
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As gorgeous from the front as it is in the back. See ya later, hat head.
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Cute and Quick
If time is really of the essence, this quick and easy style can be executed in a matter of minutes.
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Make a side part with your fingers — it doesn't have to be super smooth.
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Pin hair on the part heavy side with a bobby pin.
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Use three to four pins for a greater effect.
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Make a ponytail in the back.
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Twist the tail.
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Continue to twist the tail upward until it begins to coil.
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Tuck the coiled tail under.
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Secure with bobby pins.
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Be sure to pin the entire roll so it's completely secure. Bobby pins shouldn't be visible if at all possible.
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This style wins our vote as a savior at the office!
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