Sometimes you just need a hat when the weather’s especially cold or nasty. You can take precautions, though, to up your odds that your hair will still look good when you get to where you’re going and get to take your cap off.
Prep your hair: Use all the volumizing products and techniques you want before you put on that hat. If you start with tons of volume, some will be left when you take off the hat and the fluffiness will disguise any indentions from the hat around the perimeter of your head.
Also, always remember to thoroughly dry your hair before you put on your hat. If it’s damp and it dries in the flattened position most hats will have your hair in, there will be no hope for it.
Style it: You could always throw your hair into a bun or a braid and take it out when you arrive at your destination. You’ll be left with beautiful waves left unaffected by the need for a hat. Take that, winter!
Just be sure you don’t tie your hair up too tightly or you’ll be dealing with indentions from ponytail holders, not the hat, which will defeat the whole purpose of the style.
Skip synthetic materials: If you have a choice, go for a natural fabric. Cotton, wool, and cashmere are some of the best choices for winter hats because they don’t cause as much static.
Pack smart: Take a travel-size hairspray with you to fluff up your roots if you need to. You can also use a light spray of it over the length of your hair. Run your hands down the length of your strands to flatten down flyaways and frizz.
To fight static, you can also rub a dryer sheet across the surface of your hair after you take off the hat.
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