3 Perfect Hairstyles For A Windy City Winter

The only thing worse than dressing up like the Abominable Snowman this time of the year? Having a perpetually bad-hair day. Seriously, between the notorious Chicago wind and coiff-crushing hats, conquering the elements seems like an exercise in futility. Well, hold on to your (winter) chapeau, ladies. We're here to prove otherwise.
We called upon celebrity-hair guru (and Trump Tower salon owner) Anthony Cristiano for some serious winterizing-style advice. This master of manes has three, chic braided-looks that are guaranteed to keep you looking gorgeous no matter what Old Man Winter has in store. Whether your goal is to simply keep your locks out of your face (and lip gloss) or you're in need of a full-blown, snow-proof 'do, we promise, you'll be able to whip up one of these styles faster than it takes to dress up in all those layers.
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Style Prevention: Hat Head

See how nicely that cap (or earmuffs) will fit over this style? This look may take a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you'll never have hat head ever again!


Model: Molly Divane of Ford Models
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Step 1:

Make a part in the middle and separate the hair into two sections.
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Step 2:

Apply a small dollop (about the size of a nickel) of styling cream such as Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel Styling Cream. "It takes away any dryness and aids in styling the hair," says Cristiano.

Starting at the top of the ear, twist a half-inch section of hair (toward the scalp) right at the hairline. Gradually introduce more hair from the divided section as you make your way down the scalp.
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Once you make your way to the bottom of the scalp, make a ponytail with an elastic hair tie. Repeat the entire process on the other side of the head.
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Step 4:

Once you have the two "ponytails," secure them both together with another elastic hair tie.
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Step 5:

Secure the two twisted "rolls" with a few hair pins. Place as many as needed until the style feels anchored.
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Step 6:

Fold the ponytail in half upward and secure with another elastic band.
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Step 7:

Pull the folded ponytail "loop" up toward the scalp and start to secure with bobby pins. Important: Don't overthink this step. Shape the "loop" into anything you want — have fun!
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Step 8:

Keep pinning down the "poof" until it lies flat against the scalp and feels secure. (Cristiano says this creates a modern look.) Give a little tug to the roots so there's lift and added volume.
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Finished Look

Almost too pretty to put a hat on, no? But don't worry — you'll still look just as gorgeous when you take it off.
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Style Prevention: The Wind

This super-easy style is something you can do in a snap to keep those Windy City breezes out of that gorgeous face of yours.
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Step 1:

Split hair into three sections: One on each side of the scalp (these are the two you will be working with) and a larger section in the back.
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Step 2:

Use a bit of hairspray, such as Phyto Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hairspray, to tame down any frizzies. Start by making a braid against the hairline at the top of the ear.
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Step 3:

Secure the bottom of the braid with an elastic hair band.
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Repeat on the other side.
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Step 5:

Pull one of the braids up and over the top of the hair like a headband.
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Step 6:

Secure the "tail" with a couple of bobby pins by the ear. Tuck it behind the hair that is down, so that both the tail and the pins are hidden.
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Step 7:

Repeat on the other side.
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Finished Look

Mist with another light mist of hairspray to keep those pesky whispies intact.
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Finished Look

Now you're Windy City ready!
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Style Prevention: Wintry Mix

Yes, it's next to impossible to look fetching going through sleet, snow, and icy rain. But with this chic side braid, you'll still be able to pull off a put-together appearance.
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Step 1:

Start by making a side part. Next, section off a small amount of hair on the lighter side (the side where the hair is not flipped over) of the part.
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Step 2:

On the heavy side of the part (where the majority of the hair is), start making a French braid on an angle, all the way down to the nape of the neck.
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Step 3:

Once you reach the nape of the neck, continue to wrap the braid around the back of the head.
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Step 4:

Secure the bottom of the braid with an elastic hair tie.
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Step 5:

Roll the braid tail up toward the scalp.
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Step 6:

Tuck the ends and secure the rolled braid tail with bobby pins. Do this until you feel as though the braid doesn't move when you shake your head.
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Finished Look

Stringy, soaked, icicles-forming-at-the-ends hair? Not with this gorgeous braided updo. You may never have a bad hair day all winter.
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