6 Ways to Deal With Winter Hat Hair

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The one thing that keeps your head warm in the winter can also seriously mess with your style. We’re talking about the winter hat. Don’t let the perennial hat-hair dilemma get you down or allow your winter hat be your hair’s worst enemy — because it’s really just doing its job to keep you nice and warm. Here are six ways to deal with winter hat hair.

Prevent static electricity

One of the biggest problems that comes from wearing a hat is static electricity, which makes it look as if your hair is trying to run away from you, a problem that is exacerbated by wearing wool hats. Chase Danielle, head barber at The Modern Man Barber in Portland, Ore., told Men’s Journal that on colder days you should try using a hydrating shampoo, because dry hair is more likely to get frizzy. In addition, your hair is more likely to dry out during the winter months. This does not mean that you should put a hat on wet hair. “Never put your hat on wet hair because it will lock your hair into whatever shape it takes beneath that hat for the rest of the day,” says Danielle. And that’s definitely not what you want.

Run water through your hair

Do this only after it’s dry and after you already made it to work or wherever else you’re going. Once you remove your hat, get your hands damp and run your fingers through your hair to maneuver it back into shape. “If you’ve used a water-soluble pomade, cream, or gel, your hair will cooperate. If you’ve used a petroleum-based one, your hair will be stubborn and won’t move,” Danielle explains in Details. They recommend using these water-soluble products that help maintain your pre-hat hair Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade for thinner hair, Claymation from Hanz de Fuko for average hair, and Imperial Barber Classic Pomade for thick hair. Pomades work well for when you’re re-adjusting your hair.

Fight frizz

To prevent hat hair damage, Esquire recommends using a light finish dash of frizz controlling spray like John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Care Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray before you put that wool hat on your head. It’s also great for increased manageability without any hardened feeling on your head.

Try this trick

If for some reason your hair is not having it and continues to be un-tamable, try this trick: Rub the inside layer of your hat with a dryer sheet before you put it on, says Men’s Health. Not only will your hat end up smelling great, but any static electricity charge or frizz will be less powerful. If that doesn’t seem to help, then switch our your wool hat for a beanie or a winter hat with fleece lining to lessen your hat hair mess.

Wear a hood

Jon Roth, Details grooming editor, gives us the most sane and obvious advice that never occurred to us. “If you’re that concerned about hat hair, don’t wear a hat! A hood isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s better than all-over helmet head. Since dudes can’t really pull off earmuffs, I’m waiting for the ’80s ski headband to come back in style,” he says. Another obvious way to deal with hat hair, he recommends, is getting a cut that resists mussing and fussing, “A buzz cut, long hair, modified Caesar, or slicked-back hair are some options.” And good ones at that.

Embrace it

If all else fails, embrace your winter hat hair. This may be hard to believe but a lot of men actually put a lot of work into having their look messy and like they rolled out of bed. Maybe it’s not so bad after all.

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