How to Combat Hat Hair, This Winter and Always
There's no denying that sometimes a cute hat can spare you from a bad hair day. But other times, hats (especially winter ones) can wreak havoc on your hair.
Not to mention, if you live somewhere with a cold winter season (ahem, fellow New Yorkers), a warm hat can be a necessity, even when what comes after isn't so pleasant. Your once perfectly styled hair is almost always frizzy, dull, static-ridden, and flat.
To manage hat hair, whether it's winter, fall, or even summer (we love a sun hat moment), we tapped professional hairstylists to share their expert advice. Keep reading for their best tips.
Make Sure Your Hair is Hydrated.
One of the biggest culprits of frizzy hair is dryness. Pair dry hair with a hat, and you have a recipe for even more flyaways and frizz.
"Your best defense is to apply some type of serum to the hair to add back a bit of hydration," says Michelle Cleveland, a professional hairstylist and owner of Hair Addict Salon. The Maria Nila True Soft Argan Oil ($31, marianila.com) is a great pick for adding softness and shine to the hair while reducing frizz. It also makes your hair smell warm and sweet thanks to the vanilla and floral scent.
Gently brushing out any knots or tangles before your serum or oil will also be a big help in getting frizz-free hair post-hat. "Imagine already having knotty and frizzy hair and then placing a hat on it all day long," says Cleveland. "It's a recipe for disaster."
Prep Your Hair.
On top of hydrating the hair, prepping with the right products can help reduce static once you remove your hat, says Jennifer Korab, a professional hairstylist. "An anti-static spray works wonders," she says. One of the many benefits of the Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Multi-Benefit Spray ($22, ulta.com) is it controls frizz and reduces static without feeling too heavy or greasy.
Choose the Right Hat.
"Certain hats can aggravate your hairstyle more than others," says Korab. "To minimize hat hair, go with a looser fitting hat."
Also, consider getting a hat made of a soft material or one lined with silk or satin, like the Grace Eleyae Slouchy Satin-Lined Premium Quality Warm Cap Knit ($50, amazon.com). It's like the equivalent of a silk pillowcase for when you're on the go.
Travel-Size Hair Products Are Your Best Friend.
In addition to frizz, lack of volume is a concern when it comes to hat hair, which is why easy-to-use hair products are a must. "While on the go, travel-size dry shampoo or hairspray are saviors in fixing hat hair," says Korab. "Spray dry shampoo at the roots, and gently run your fingers to tousle around to create volume and restore its shape."
Cleveland says applying dry shampoo before you put on your hat can also help preserve volume and keep any sweat from ruining your hair. Additionally, a portable hair styling tool, like GHD Unplugged Styler Cordless Flat Iron ($300, ulta.com) is game-changing and can fix any hair concerns with ease.
Flip Your Hair to Create Volume.
Jordi Martinez-Fenoll, a hairstylist at FEKKAI, recommends flipping your hair in the opposite direction that you want it to lie before putting on your hat to maintain your hairstyle. "Then when you take the hat off and [style] the hair in its usual way, it'll have lots of extra body." This works best for side parts. "For middle parts, push all the hair back, look up, and then put the hat on."
Once you take off the hat, Martinez-Fenoll recommends flipping the head upside down and spraying a dry texturizing spray at the roots, shaking it out to help restore the shape and look of your hair. "I like the FEKKAI Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray ($20, ulta.com) for this hack," he says.
With these tips, you're sure to help reduce frizzy, dull, and flat hair this season and always.