No matter what your hair type, there’s only one point in the drying process when hair can actually be styled. It’s that critical moment when your hair suddenly goes from damp to dry. Use your fingers and blow-dryer to dry hair until it’s just slightly damp — then pick up your styling brush.
If you don’t have time to style your whole head, concentrate on the front and sides of the hairline, which frame your face, and the diamond section on the top of the head, which creates the top layer of the hairstyle.
Here’s how you can style your rained-on hair:
Use a wide-tooth comb (carefully!) to detangle. Don’t add more styling products — you’ll be redistributing those you used earlier.
Blow-dry until hair’s just a little damp. If you’re at work, the hand-dryer in the bathroom makes a passable substitute — or let hair air-dry.
Take a few long curler clips (available at most drugstores) and insert them wherever you want to restore wave or shape.
Let hair set for a few minutes, remove the clips, and shake.
If you’re caught without time to wash your hair, spritz it with hot water and a little light spray gel, then blow-style as usual.