How to Avoid Hat Hair during Beanie Season
As temperatures continue to drop, we’re swapping out our wardrobes accordingly. High-waisted shorts and halters have officially been replaced with boots and beanies until further notice. While a knit hat can be a cute and cozy way to top off a winter outfit, you may find yourself torn between keeping your ears warm and showing off that stylish new haircut or color.
End-of-day hat hair is one surefire way to wreck your ‘do… or is it? With the right tips and tricks, you can have a good hair day and stay cute and warm in your favorite beanie (or, if you don’t have time to do your hair in the morning, consider beanie season the perfect excuse to take some shortcuts!).
Fight the static
One of the main culprits to blame for hat hair is static. If your hair is too static-charged, it’ll be out-of-control frizzy. Luckily, you can reduce this effect by keeping your hair moisturized. Static increases when your hair is dried out from the winter winds, the heater in your building, and even the beanie itself. So don’t skip the conditioner! You can also use a moisturizing anti-frizz spray or cream before and after beanie-time to keep your hair in tip-top shape. Use your time at the salon to ask your stylist for product and hair care recommendations!
Style your hair first
If you simply throw on a beanie without thinking and run out the door, don’t be too surprised if you battle with some frizz later in the day. Take some time to style your hair before slipping into your beanie and you’ll be glad you did. Certain styles hold up better under a beanie than others. A slightly teased low ponytail or bohemian braids can work wonders!
Don’t put a beanie on wet hair
Don’t even think about putting a beanie on if your hair is still wet in the morning. Wait until it’s completely dry — otherwise, it’ll dry under your hat, and the resulting creases and frizz will stick around until the next time you wash your hair.
Pick your beanie carefully
Not all beanies are created equal. If the beanie is too tight, it’ll ruin all your hard work. Additionally, some materials will make your hair frizzier than others. Avoid rougher textures if you can and opt for smoother materials such as cashmere, silk, or angora.
Be ready to take it off
Be prepared for when you take the beanie off! Having a brush and some travel hairspray on hand can help ensure you’re still looking your best. And if hat hair still rears its ugly head after all your preventative measures, you can always put your hair up in a cute top knot.