Baby, it’s cold outside! We all know that one of the best (and trendiest) ways to stay warm is with a cute hat. But that same beanie that keeps you looking stylish outdoors can wreak havoc on your curls underneath, which means bad news when it’s time to take it off! Here are four easy tips on how to prevent dreaded “hat hair” so you can maintain your fabulous style with the cap on AND when you take it off!
Before you slip on the hat
One of the best ways to prevent hat hair is to be mindful of your style, namely by utilizing one that gives your hair maximum volume and body.
Start by using products that build volume (such as AG Hair Cosmetics Foam Weightless Volumizer ) in order to combat your hat’s tendency to flatten your tresses. Since a hat pushes your hair down, if you style your hair a bit fuller than you normally would, it stands to reason that it will retain some of that volume when you take the hat off.
A little teasing, or back-combing, at the roots and crown will also help to counteract dreaded, flat hat hair. You can also try loosely twisting longer curls into a bun that sits high up at the crown of your head. Hold it loosely in place with a hair elastic or clip and then put on your hat. When it’s time to remove your hat, just remove the elastic, flip your head upside down and shake out the bun.
Choose the right hat
Hats made of wool, cotton and cashmere are better than those made of synthetic materials in the fight against hat hair, but they can still be rough on your curls.
Try sewing in a piece of satin or silk to the inner lining of your hat. This will help to prevent that dent that often occurs when wearing a hat, as well as frizz and static.
You should avoid hats that fit too tightly. Not only will they crush your curls, they can make your scalp sweat which will only make the situation worse.
Avoid wet hair
Wet hair plus a hat equals flat hair, so make sure your hair is completely dry before putting on that chapeau!
If you’re used to air drying your hair in the warmer months, think about trying a handheld blow dryer with a diffuser attachment to enhance your curls and speed drying time. Making sure your hair is dry before putting on your hat also helps to prevent tangles!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
If your locks are properly moisturized, they won't fall victim to frizz and static. Use a leave-in conditioner like Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia to add moisture to hair, and fight static caused by dryness.
If you remove your hat and are still plagued by static and frizz, try a little spritz of hairspray on your fingers and gently distribute it over problem areas as necessary. Curlisto Structura Spray is a perfect choice for this.