Does Your Dream Hairstyle Suit You? Climate, Maintenance and Budget

Women with different hairstyles

In our last part of the series, we’ll talk about the practical side of things when it comes to choosing a perfect hairstyle – climate, maintenance, and budget. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be boring and technical. We’ll show you how to slay your hair game, regardless of where you live, how much you’re willing to spend, or how much time you have to maintain your hair. So sit back, grab a drink, and let’s dive into the final chapter of our hairvolution!

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In this article:

  1. Climate
  2. Maintenance
  3. Budget


Women in sea climate

Let’s start with how to keep your hair looking great no matter what the weather throws at you. Whether you’re dealing with humidity, heat, cold, or rain, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you find a hairstyle that can handle anything.

Firstly, you need to adapt your hair care routine to the climate you live in or are traveling to. This may involve using different hair products, adjusting the frequency of washing, or incorporating additional treatments to maintain hair health. Invest in hair products designed for specific climate conditions, such as anti-frizz serums for humid climates or hydrating conditioners for dry climates.

In certain climates, air-drying your hair can be beneficial. For example, in a dry climate, allowing your hair to air-dry can help retain moisture. In contrast, in a humid climate, air-drying may contribute to frizz, so using a diffuser or gentle heat setting on your hairdryer might be more suitable.

Regardless of the climate, take steps to protect your hair from damage caused by the sun, wind, and other environmental factors. Use hair products with UV protection and consider wearing hats or scarves when outdoors for extended periods. In general, hair accessories like hats, scarves, or headbands can not only protect your hair from the elements but also add a stylish touch to your look. Besides, weather can be rather unpredictable, so it’s essential to be prepared for sudden changes in climate. Keep travel-sized hair products, hair ties, or accessories in your bag to quickly adapt your hairstyle as needed.

A good idea is to learn to work with your hair’s natural tendencies in different climates. Embrace your natural texture and experiment with hairstyles that work well with the changes in your hair caused by the climate. You can also consult a professional. A hairstylist can provide personalized recommendations for choosing hairstyles and hair care routines that suit the climate you live in or are visiting.

There are various types of climates in different regions, and the weather changes with each season. However, there are times when the weather is kind to your hair and other times when it can cause damage. When the conditions are favorable, you can rock any hairstyle you desire. But what about when the weather is unfavorable? Let’s take a look at different scenarios and recommendations for each.

Hot and humid climates

Woman in hot and humid

In humid environments, hair tends to frizz and lose its shape. Embrace your natural hair texture and choose styles that work with the natural volume and curl that humidity can create thus avoiding the need for heat styling tools. To manage unruly hair, utilize anti-humidity and anti-frizz products. But avoid heavy styling products that can weigh hair down or become greasy in the heat.

As for the hairstyles:

  • Pixie cuts and short bobs can help keep you feeling cool and refreshed.
  • Choose easy-to-manage and breathable hairstyles like braids, buns, or updos that help keep hair off your neck and face.
  • You can try loose, messy updos like a casual top knot or side bun to stay stylish without too much effort.
  • Opt for haircuts with layers to promote air circulation and minimize frizz.

Dry and arid climates

Woman in dry and arid climate

Dry climates can make hair brittle and prone to breakage. Use moisturizing hair products and incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments to keep hair hydrated and healthy. Limit heat styling to prevent further dryness and damage. Opt for silk or satin hair accessories to minimize friction and breakage.

Regarding the hairstyles:

  • Choose protective hairstyles like twists, braids, or low buns that help retain moisture and tuck away your hair ends, reducing exposure to the dry air and sun.
  • An interesting option is bohemian-inspired braids or twists to keep hair secure and minimize breakage.
  • Another option is slicked-back, low ponytail to minimize exposure to the harsh environment and maintain a polished look.

Cold and windy climates

Woman in cold and windy climate

Cold weather can strip hair of moisture, while windy conditions can cause tangles and knots. Consider using leave-in conditioners or hair oils to keep your hair moisturized and protected. Protect your hair with hats, scarves, or hoods, especially when wearing loose hairstyles. Avoid going outside with wet hair, as this can make hair more prone to breakage in cold weather.

As for the hairstyles:

  • You can try loose waves or curls paired with a cozy beanie to keep your head warm while maintaining a fashionable look.
  • Opt for a chic, low ponytail or chignon to keep hair secure and protected from the wind.
  • An interesting option is a Dutch or fishtail braid that stays secure and tangle-free in windy conditions and can be easily tucked into a coat collar.

Rainy climates

Woman in rainy climate

Rain can cause your hair to become limp, frizzy, or unmanageable. Use water-resistant hair products like anti-frizz serums or hairsprays to help maintain your style. You can also use dry shampoo to combat flat, limp hair resulting from dampness and humidity. Embrace natural texture and waves, as they can be more manageable during rainy weather.

Considering the hairstyles:

  • Choose low-maintenance hairstyles that can withstand the dampness, like ponytails, or buns.
  • A low, sleek bun is a great option for a polished look that withstands moisture.
  • Try a braided crown or French braid to keep hair secure and stylish, even in wet weather.
  • For longer hair, consider wearing it in waves, or soft curls.

Coastal or beach climates

Woman in coastal climate

Exposure to saltwater and sun can damage your hair, making it dry and brittle. You can protect your hair from sun and salt with a leave-in conditioner or UV protection spray. Try using a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle hair and minimize breakage from the wind and saltwater. Rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming in the ocean and use hydrating hair products to restore moisture. But remember that you can use saltwater to your advantage by embracing natural beach waves.

As for the hairstyles:

  • Try beachy waves or tousled curls to embrace the natural texture created by the saltwater.
  • You can also try half-up, half-down styles that keep hair off your face while still showing off your length.

By taking climate into consideration, you can choose hairstyles that not only look great but also help maintain the health and appearance of your hair. And healthy hair = beautiful hair!


Hairstyle maintenance

Choosing the perfect hairstyle is not just about the initial look, but also about how much time and effort you are willing to put into maintaining it. Some hairstyles require more maintenance than others, and it’s important to consider your lifestyle and schedule before making a decision.

Start by being realistic about your commitment to hair care, taking into account your daily routine, lifestyle, and personal priorities. Mastering a few essential styling techniques can help you achieve various looks with minimal effort, so invest time in learning how to use hair styling tools such as a flat iron, curling iron, or hairdryer. It’s also important to consider your skill level when choosing a hairstyle. Be honest about your ability to create and maintain a specific hairstyle. If you’re not confident in your skills, opt for a more manageable option or seek professional help.

You should also be prepared to adapt your hairstyle to your changing lifestyle. If you experience a significant life event or start a new job, you may need to reconsider your hairstyle’s maintenance level. Choose a hairstyle that can adapt to your evolving needs and preferences.

Keep in mind that embracing your natural hair texture can make maintenance more manageable, so you may choose hairstyles that enhance your natural texture and require less styling effort. Keep your hair’s health in mind, ensuring that the maintenance routine for your chosen hairstyle aligns with your hair’s needs. Over-styling or using harsh products can damage your hair over time. Selecting the right hair products can make maintenance easier and more efficient. Don’t hesitate to consult your hairstylist to find the best products for your hair type and chosen hairstyle. 

Consider periodic maintenance. Scheduling regular trims is crucial for maintaining the shape and health of your hair, regardless of your hairstyle. The frequency of trims may vary depending on the hairstyle and the rate of hair growth.

Some hairstyles require more upkeep than others obviously, so it’s crucial to choose a style that aligns with your desired level of maintenance. Let’s explore some hairstyle recommendations based on maintenance levels.

Low-maintenance hairstyles

Women with low maintenance hairstyle
  • Bob or lob: These short to medium-length cuts are versatile, easy to style, and require less time for washing and drying.
  • Pixie cut: A short pixie cut is simple to style and maintain, requiring minimal time and product.
  • Braids or twists: Protective styles like braids or twists can last for several weeks, reducing the need for daily styling and manipulation.
  • Long layers: This hairstyle is easy to manage and requires minimal styling. The layers add movement and can be left to air-dry for a natural look.

Medium-maintenance hairstyles

Women with medium maintenance hairstyle
  • Shoulder-length hair with layers: This hairstyle provides versatility and may require some styling, such as blow-drying or curling, to achieve the desired look.
  • Long hair with bangs: This combination may require more frequent trims and styling to maintain the shape of the bangs and the overall style.
  • Curly or wavy hair: Embracing your natural texture may require some styling and specific hair products to maintain the shape and definition of the curls or waves.

High-maintenance hairstyles

Women with high maintenance hairstyle
  • Precision cuts: Hairstyles that require a specific shape, like a sharp bob or an intricate undercut, often need frequent trims and daily styling to maintain their look.
  • Color-treated hair: If you have color-treated hair, you may need to follow a specific hair care routine, use specialized products, and schedule regular touch-ups to maintain the color.
  • Complex updos or extensions: These hairstyles often require more time and effort to style, as well as additional care to maintain the health and appearance of your hair.

Consider these factors when choosing a hairstyle, so you can find a look that not only suits your personal style but also aligns with your desired level of maintenance. By choosing a style that matches your desired level of upkeep, you can maintain healthy hair and a flawless look at the same time. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you. With the right care and attention, you can rock any hairstyle with confidence.


Hairstyle budget

At last we’ve got to one of the most interesting sections. Let’s talk about the almighty dollar, or rather, how your budget can impact your hairstyle choices. We get it, we all want that fabulous, red-carpet ready hairdo, but we also don’t want to break the bank. Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for every budget that can still give you the hair of your dreams. Let’s dive into some recommendations that won’t have you crying over your bank statement.

Let’s start with the most important thing. Regardless of your budget, prioritize the health of your hair. Avoid over-processing or using the cheapest or harsh chemicals, as damaged hair may lead to more expensive treatments or haircuts in the long run. Hair products can be a significant part of your hair care budget. You can look for budget-friendly alternatives, and use products sparingly to make them last longer, but anyway try to not use products that can damage your hair. In the end, beautiful hair comes down to good health.

A good idea is to invest time in learning how to style and maintain your hair at home. This can save you money on salon visits and professional styling. Cut costs by using at-home hair treatments or creating your own hair masks with natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, avocado, or honey. Another option is to choose hair products that serve multiple purposes, such as a leave-in conditioner that also provides heat protection or a styling product that adds both volume and hold.

Now, let’s be honest, if you’re on a tight budget you will have to opt for simpler hairstyles and coloring options. Choose hairstyles that require fewer salon visits and less expensive treatments. For example, choose a basic haircut that doesn’t require frequent trims, or a single-process color instead of highlights. Consider lower-maintenance coloring techniques like balayage or ombre, which require less frequent touch-ups than full-head coloring or highlights.

You can optimize your salon visits too. Investigate pricing at various salons in your area to find one that offers services within your budget. Look for salons with good reviews, recommendations from friends or family, or promotions and discounts. Keep an eye out for deals or special offers at local salons or online. Usually salons offer discounts for first-time clients, student discounts, or loyalty programs. Some of them may offer referral discounts or incentives for referring new clients. Share your positive experiences with friends and family to save on your next appointment.

Try to schedule salon visits strategically. Space out salon visits by opting for hairstyles that grow out gracefully or require less frequent maintenance. You can also trim your own bangs or split ends between salon visits to prolong the time between appointments. Finally, be open with your hairstylist about your budget constraints. They can often suggest options or adjustments to a hairstyle that can reduce the overall cost while still achieving a look you’ll love.

Okay, now we’re getting to the nitty-gritty of things: let’s break down each budget level and find the perfect hairstyles options for you.

Budget-friendly hair styling

Woman with low budget hairstyle

One of the best options here is DIY hair care. Learn to trim your hair or maintain your color at home to save on salon expenses. Choose hairstyles that require fewer hair products and less frequent visits to the salon. Opt for classic and straightforward haircuts which often cost less at the salon and require minimal maintenance. Embrace your natural hair texture, whether it’s straight, wavy, curly, or coily. It can save you money on hair treatments and styling products.

Some of the best hairstyles options in this category include:

  • Bob or lob: These classic short to medium-length haircuts usually require less maintenance and fewer styling products, helping you save money in the long run.
  • Pixie cut: A pixie cut is a low-maintenance, short hairstyle that requires fewer salon visits and minimal hair products, making it a budget-friendly option.
  • One-length haircut: Opting for a one-length haircut means there are no layers to maintain, which can help you save money on salon visits and styling products.
  • Buzz cut or short crop: These ultra-short haircuts are low-maintenance and require minimal styling, helping you save on salon visits and hair products.
  • Blunt-cut bangs: While bangs may require regular trims, choosing blunt-cut bangs can be more budget-friendly than other styles, as they can be easily trimmed at home.
  • Shaggy layers: This laid-back, low-maintenance style can help save money on salon visits, as it’s designed to look intentionally messy and grows out well.
  • Long layers: This versatile hairstyle is easy to maintain and grows out gracefully, allowing you to space out your salon visits.
  • Simple updos: Master a few basic updos, such as a bun, ponytail, or braid, which can be easily created at home with minimal styling products and no salon visits required.
  • Half-up, half-down styles: These simple and versatile hairstyles can be achieved at home with minimal hair products, making them a cost-effective option.

Mid-range budget hair styling

Woman with mid range budget hairstyle

With a moderate budget, you can explore partial color treatments, which typically require less upkeep than full-head coloring. Invest in quality hair products that cater to your specific hair needs, as they can improve the overall health and appearance of your hair.

If you can afford more frequent salon visits, you may opt for trendy hairstyles that require regular maintenance. Here are some good options for you in this category:

  • Shoulder-length layered haircut: This versatile hairstyle offers styling options but may require more frequent trims and a moderate investment in hair products.
  • Long hair with bangs: This combination requires regular trims to maintain the shape of the bangs and may involve purchasing some styling products.
  • Curly or wavy hair with layers: Enhancing your natural curls or waves with layers can add definition and volume, requiring some investment in hair products designed for curly or wavy hair.
  • Balayage or ombre: These color treatments can create a natural, sun-kissed look with less frequent touch-ups compared to full-head coloring.

High-budget hair styling

Woman with high budget hairstyle

With a higher budget, you can visit upscale salons for premium services, such as intricate haircuts, specialized color treatments, or hair extensions. A good idea is to allocate funds for regular salon visits to maintain the health, color, and shape of your hairstyle. You may also invest in top-tier hair care products, including salon-grade shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, to maintain your hairstyle’s appearance and health.

As for the hairstyles, you have really interesting options here, such as:

  • Precision cuts: Sharp bobs, intricate undercuts, or other precision haircuts often require frequent salon visits for trims and maintenance, as well as high-quality styling products.
  • Full-head coloring or highlights: Regular salon visits for touch-ups and color maintenance, along with specialized hair care products, can make this option more expensive.
  • Hair extensions: The cost of purchasing and maintaining hair extensions can be significant, as well as the required salon visits for adjustments and upkeep.
  • Complex updos or elaborate styles: If you prefer elaborate hairstyles that require professional styling, frequent salon visits or hiring a hairstylist for special occasions can be costly.

Closing thoughts

When choosing a hairstyle based on budget, it’s essential to balance the initial cost of the haircut or treatment with the ongoing expenses related to maintenance, hair products, and salon visits. Determine how much you can spend on hair care each month, and allocate funds accordingly for salon visits, hair products, and styling tools.

By the way, regarding styling tools, while the initial cost may be higher, investing in good quality styling tools can save money in the long run, as they tend to last longer and often provide better results, minimizing the need for frequent salon visits.

In the end, here are some additional tips and hints to help you save money on making a hairstyle:

  1. Attend hair schools: Hair schools or beauty academies often offer discounted services or free haircuts, as students perform the treatments under the supervision of an experienced instructor. This can be a budget-friendly way to try new hairstyles or maintain your current look.
  2. Use drugstore products: Instead of spending money on high-end hair care products, consider trying out affordable options from drugstores.
  3. Cut back on coloring: Coloring your hair can be expensive, so consider cutting back on how often you do it. If you do color your hair, try extending the time between salon visits by using color-protecting products and doing touch-ups at home.
  4. Share hair products with friends or family: Split the cost of hair products with friends or family members who have similar hair types and needs, and share the products to save money.
  5. Swap services with friends: If you have friends with hair styling skills, consider swapping services. Offer to help them with something you’re skilled at in exchange for a haircut, color, or styling session.
  6. Air dry your hair: Skip the blow dryer and let your hair air dry. This will not only save money on electricity but also reduce heat damage to your hair.
  7. Experiment with accessories: Use hair accessories such as headbands, clips, or scarves to extend the life of a hairstyle or disguise the need for a trim, allowing you to save money by spacing out salon visits.

Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to achieve a fabulous hairstyle. With some careful planning, research, and smart shopping, you can find a look that suits your style, lifestyle, and budget.

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