The Easiest Way to Break Up with Hat Hair
Riddle this: what looks good, keeps you warm and saves you on bad hair days? Answer is obviously HATS! Throw on a hat and go seems like an easy peasy way to look chic with minimal effort, but imagine taking it off indoors – yep we are talking about hat hair. Luckily we have some good tips to tackle this problem head on (pun intended!). Read on for hat hair preventives + remedies and our fave hats roundup.
take a break from thermal styling
The main reason that causes hat hair is static. To reduce static drastically, it is time to take a break from hot tools. Instead of using a blow dryer, allow your hair to air dry. Static is caused by dehydrated hair and crisp cold air in the winter adds to the problem. Another effective way to prevent static is by using amika silken up dry conditioner. Formulated with Provitamin B5, it strengthens the hair and protects against split ends and breakage. This most-loved dry conditioner really lives up to its name as it makes your hair super silky and smooth after use.
The #trending hat of the year is, yes, the beanie. Made of cotton, wool, or yarn, the form-fitting hat keeps you chic and cozy in a cinch. This one from Rag & Bone is our absolute favorite. Beanies are one of the tightest among most hat styles, it’s important to take it off every now and then throughout the day so your hair can breathe.
make sure your hair is dry before putting on a hat
Your hat can leave an indentation on your strands if you put it on while your hair’s wet, or worse, you can’t get rid of the dent until you wash it the next time. Recap: taking a break from heat styling is of utmost importance. What’s more, you can reduce frizziness by using amika glass action universal elixir, which conditions, boosts strength and restores healthy glow.
Another hat style we all have in our wardrobe all year round is the baseball cap. Baseball cap can shield us from the hot summer sun’s rays and keeps us warm in the colder months. We are loving this Daddy cap from Urban Outfitter, it has an adjustable back strap and comes in multiple colors (pro tips: set the backstrap wider to reduce hair indentation)
volumizing mousse is your friend
Hat hair is usually associated with dry and lifeless flat hair. Regardless of the hat style you pick, try amika plus size perfect body mousse. Just a palm-sized amount of mousse can make a huge difference, work it from roots to ends evenly throughout hair and you’ve got it – fuller and airier hair! For even BIGGER hair, try 5th avenue blowout spray – spray evenly on damp hair and blow dry for the ultimate plump-ness.
tie your hair into a low bun
Here’s the easiest solution of all – tie your hair into a low bun if it’s long enough. Just set it, throw on a beret and go, and you’ve achieved an effortless French style. Just keep in mind to use a leave-in like amika supernova moisture + shine cream, which makes your hair so much more manageable by smoothing damaged cuticles and increasing its natural shine. Next, pull back your hair and tie it up with Invisibobble slim elegant hair ring – it doesn’t tug your hair and has a strong grip at the same time.
And with that, hat season can be a pleasure for your hair. It’s all about how you take care of your mane and how you wear your hat. Enjoy the cold season while looking good doing so!
By Wendy Sy, The Strand Contributor
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