Winter is creeping up and you know what that means: cozy caps, felt fedoras and Left Bank-look berets add a sassy finishing touch—and body-warming heat—to your winter-wear ensemble.
But along with statement-making style, those chic chapeaus add something a little less welcomed: hat hair. The dreaded static, frizz and flat lines that ruin your hair—and your entire look. But not to worry. You can fight hat-induced style disasters by with these five easy-to-follow tips:
1. Slather on leave-in conditioner. Dryness causes static hair. A moisturizing leave-in conditioner is your first line of defense. We love It’s a It’s a 10’s Miracle Leave-In Product that works on both wet and dry hair. If you have thin hair or naturally oily hair, spray only the ends of your hair with the conditioner after your shower. Comb the product through your hair with a wide-tooth comb to gently hydrate locks from root to tip.
2. Blow-dry your hair completely. Damp hair flattens and indents when topped by a hat. To avoid strangely sculpted hair, dry your tresses completely. As importantly, let your hair cool down after blow-drying before slipping on your hat. This quick extra step reduces indents and helps hair retain volume. But, before you blast your hair with a dryer, read our next tip…
3. Spritz on heat protective styling spray. Blow-drying your hair can create the static-causing dryness you’re trying to thwart. A heat protective styling spray, like Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray, infuses hair with essential oils and micro-polymers to defend your strands against heat damage.
4. Wind hair into a bun. Preserve your hair’s volume by twisting your hair into a bun before tucking it under your hat. Once it’s dried and cooled, wrap your hair into a loose top-knot at the crown of your head. Secure with a clip or bobby pins. If your hair is naturally wavy, you can keep your hair’s curly texture by braiding your hair before wrapping it into a bun.
5. Brush your hair upside down. Once you reach your destination, remove your hat, flip your head over and shake out your locks. Amazingly, you’ll find your hair has maintained its pre-hat style and silky volume. Spritz a hairbrush with hairspray and gently work the spray through your overturned hair. This final step will detangle your hair without creating static.
Now that your hat hair dilemma is resolved, send an Instagram photo to @VinceCamuto of your favorite winter hat with the #VCWinter.