The days of warmth are nearly gone and it’s time for the short, cold days of winter. Amidst all of the snowfall, celebrations and comfort food, there are negative zero days that remind us to layer up. Along with our mittens and heavy coats, we usually wear something on our heads. Since we’re constantly told to keep our heads and our feet warm, our hair is usually stuffed underneath some sort of hat. Here’s how to get by with wearing your winter hat without the trouble of hat hair.
One of the most important things we can do is think before we even decide to put on a hat. The material of the hat is important- Wool and materials that aren’t synthetic (like cashmere and cotton) are better at avoiding flattened hair. You also want to make sure your hat isn’t sitting too tight on your head. Any perspiration on your scalp can cause your hair to become matted down. As far as your hair goes, make sure it isn’t wet. Wet hair will just air dry flatter than usual if you add a hat to the mix, so allow yourself a little extra time in the morning to make sure your hair is dry before you head out the door.
When styling your hair, throw in some volumizing products- like Aveda’s hair potion or volumizing tonic- to help give your roots an extra boost. Softly backcombing a small amount at your roots will also help provide a cushion to prevent flattening. Invest in a good leave in conditioner or smoothing products like Aveda’s Smooth Infusion’s Nourishing Styling Cream. It will add a little extra moisture to your hair which helps combat any frizz. For touch ups throughout the day, grab some Air Control Hairspray, spray it lightly on your fingers, and smooth away any static. Whatever you do, do not brush your hair. Since it’s already dry from the air, brushing will only cause more frizz.
You can always discuss haircuts and styles that are “hat friendly” to further avoid a bad hair day with your XEX Stylist. Remember to always take care of your hair and avoid using heat styling (flat irons, curling, ect.) as much as possible. Heat styling will dry out your hair and along with the dry, winter air, will leave you with dull, dry, flat hair.