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Hat Proof Your Hair

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Hats are a great way to (partially) protect yourself from whipping winds and icy precipitation. However much we welcome keeping warm and dry, we know that there’s a downside to winter hats that makes us loathe to take them off when we come inside: hat hair!

hat-proof hairDepending on the weather outside and the conditions inside, yanking off a knit cap may result in sweaty, tangled locks or static-y flyaway tresses. While there’s no way to completely hat-proof your hair (you are somehow squishing it into, under, or below material that causes some friction) you can certainly eliminate some of bundling up’s after-effects with the right styles and products.

Healthy hair already has a head start when it comes to looking good once the cap comes off, so condition your hair regularly and trim split ends frequently. Add a volumizing product such as mousse to your hair while styling. Jackie Chan, a designer stylist, educator, and blogger for Maximus Spa & Salon of Carle Place, recommends using a little serum on the ends after blow-drying to smooth out the cuticle and cut down on frizz. “A good one is Kerastase Touche Finale,” she says. Chan also finishes off pre-hat styling with a moveable working hairspray such as Aveda Air Control.

Whether you blow-dry or air-dry your hair, be sure that it is completely dry before heading out (that was good advice from our mothers for avoiding chills, and it’s also good for dodging flattened or funky post-hat hair).

Pre-hat hairstyles shouldn’t be too fussy or too perfect-looking. If you expect every curl to be in place when you arrive, or anticipate that your hair will lay down stick-straight and even, you’re setting yourself up for a bad hair day. Instead, encourage your hair’s natural tendencies — such as loose waves — or tame its penchant for funkiness by creating a low braid or faux bob. If your hair is long enough, create a top bun with bobby pins or a static-repelling band, and then undo it and shakeout your tresses as soon as the hat comes off.

Before donning your hat, cut down on the likelihood of static by lightly rubbing your hair and the inside of the hat with a chemical-free, reusable dryer sheet such as Purecosheet. Tuck the sheet in your purse, or take along a travel-size hairspray, for tamping down errant strands when you arrive at your destination (spraying a bit of frizz-taming hairspray on the bristles of your brush and lightly going over your hair will help, too).

When it comes to hats, natural, non-fleecy fabrics generally produce less friction than synthetics; if you have a synthetic style you really like, try lining it with satin or silk. Avoid hats that are too tight or that tie flat against your head, as well as closely ribbed hats. Some looser options include a beret or a cowl-type scarf that cradles your head and also keeps your neck warm.

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