How to Avoid Hat Hair

Two Parts:Preparing in AdvanceFixing Hat Hair on the Go

Hat hair can be a difficult, frustrating problem, especially on those cold, winter days where you can't avoid wearing a hat. Although hat hair is common, you can usually remedy it with a few easy steps to help maintain the volume in your hair as well as prevent extra static or frizziness that might occur. If you have stubborn hair that won't be tamed with a few products, you can always consider wearing a cute up-do that won't be affected by a hat.

Part 1
Preparing in Advance

  1. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 1
    Moisturize your hair with leave-in conditioner. Adding moisture to your hair before you wear a hat is important because it will help combat the static that is usually created with a hat. Squirt a small dollop of leave-in conditioner in your hands and then apply it to your hair, using your fingers to run it through your hair.[1]
  2. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 2
    Apply a volumizing mousse. Because your hat is likely going to flatten your hair, you'll want to build volume with products in your hair. Apply a nickel size amount of volumizing mousse to your hair, building volume at your roots and scrunching your hair to keep it from lying flat.
    • This doesn't always work, especially if your hat is a material that will weigh your hair down. Too much product on your hair will make your hair feel sticky after you have taken your hat off. Use volumizing products sparsely, only using a little bit to add some moisture to your hair.
  3. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 3
    Dry your hair. The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to hat hair is wearing a hat when your hair is still wet. This will cause your hair to flatten out and take the shape of the hat. To avoid hat hair, allow your hair to dry completely before you put on your hat. You can blow dry your hair with a diffuser to create even more volume in your hair.
  4. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 4
    Part hair in the opposite direction. This may feel strange, but if you part your hair differently than you normally do, you can then flip your hair back to its original part after you take your hat off. This will help create volume in your hair, because you've mainly flattened out your hair in one part. When you flip your part over to it's original part, it should have more volume.[2]
  5. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 5
    Apply hairspray to your roots. After you hair has dried, spritz hairspray into your roots. This will help the static in your hair as well as maintaining the volume you created in your hair. Start by lifting sections of hair around the roots and spray a small amount of hairspray underneath those sections. Then, to create more volume, push the hair at your roots upwards with your fingertips, so that it is lifted from your scalp. [3]
  6. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 6
    Choose a hat friendly hair style. Some hair styles will almost always be affected by a hat, no matter how hard you try. But, you can go for a hair style that looks cute even when you take your hat off. Some styles that work well with hats are braids, twists, low buns, low ponytails, and even wavy hair. A hat may seem limiting, but you really have many options for styling your hair.
    • Wavy hair is a bit harder to maintain with a hat. If you have long hair, style your hair as usual, creating tighter waves at the bottom part of your hair. When you take your hat off, the top of your hair may be flat, but the bottom should still be very wavy. Wavy hair often looks good like this, with the bigger, more voluminous waves at the bottom.[4]
  7. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 7
    Choose a hair friendly hat. A hat that is 100 percent cotton or wool will be much better suited for your hair as it won't create so much static. A hat made from synthetic material will create more static and so it should be avoided. Choosing a hat like a beret or floppy style hat is the best way to avoid hat hair as these hats won't cling to your head. Beanies and trapper hats are usually the worst for your hair as these usually force hair flat against your head.[5]
    • If you are wearing a hat for warmth, you can get away with a hat that is cozy against your head and still have decent hair at the end of the day. You may just have to do more work to restyle or revamp your hair when you take your hat off.
    • A baseball cap is also okay for your hair as it usually rests on your head, but not too tightly. Because it does have a firmer rim, a baseball cap is probably not the best for when you want to wear your hair down. A braid, ponytail, or low bun can look very stylish and attractive with baseball caps. If you choose to wear your hair down, just know that you may have a hat crease in your hair if you wear it for a long period of time.
  8. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 8
    Follow tips for short hair. Even with very short hair you may still be worried about getting hat hair, but you can follow these same tips to help avoid or lessen hat head. Before you put your hat on, spray some frizz controlling spray on your hair, and rub the inside of your hat with a dryer sheet. This will help remove static in your hat that can create hat hair. Then, fix your hair as follows.[6]

Part 2
Fixing Hat Hair on the Go

  1. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 9
    Take your hat off inside whenever you can. To prevent a permanent crease from being made in your hair or from totally flattening it out, remove your hat when you are inside. This will not only help you maintain the volume and moisture in your hair, but you can also use it as an opportunity to restyle your hair.
    • When you go inside, try to visit a bathroom and take your hat off in front of a mirror. Then, try not to run a brush through your hair if you are in an especially dry environment as this can create more static. Instead, use your fingers to brush through any tangles or messy looking parts of your hair. [7]
    • To add extra volume to your hair, after you have brushed it out with your fingers, flip your hair over. Then, flip it back over quickly. This will help add volume to your hair and keep it from looking matted down.
  2. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 10
    Apply dry shampoo or texturizing spray. Once you have brushed through your hair, you may need to add products to it to help style it. Dry shampoo is a great product for hat hair, because it can help lift hair from your roots, especially if your hair is feeling greasy. A texturizing spray also works great to add volume to flat hair.[8]
    • Spray dry shampoo along the hair that frames your face and then along your roots. Run your fingers through your hair to smooth out the shampoo and to create volume. Dry shampoo often leaves a powdery, white substance, so make sure that you have smoothed it into your hair as much as possible.
    • To apply the texturizing spray, flip your hair over and spray evenly throughout your hair for a few seconds. Then, brush the product gently through your hair and shake your hair out a few times as the product dries. Flip your hair back over and smooth it out with your fingers if it looks a little messy.
    • If you have very short hair that doesn't require much styling, to help with hat hair, you can apply a small amount of gel to your hands and run it through your hair. You can also use dry shampoo or texturizing spray -- you just won't need to use as much.
  3. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 11
    Use hair styling sheets. These are similar to drying sheets, and can be used to remove static from your hair. Take a sheet and gently swipe it over the areas of your hair that are especially staticky. Each styling sheet has smoothing product, so as you wipe it on your hair it should remove some of the static.
    • The styling sheets can be found at a drug or cosmetics store. They come in a box with individually packaged sheets, so you can grab one package and bring it with you to fix flyways.[9]
  4. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 12
    Restyle hair if necessary. In dire situations, take a bathroom break to restyle your hair. All you need is a travel size container of your preferred styling product. Wet your hands and run them through your hair to make your hair somewhat damp. Then, apply mousse, gel, or any other styling product you use to your hair. Shake your hair out if you want to create extra volume. To finish your style off, apply anti-frizz serum or hairspray to tame fly away strands.
    • This may be difficult for long hair, especially if you need a blow-dryer to style it. In that case, consider finding a hairstyle that looks good without heating products. Make sure you allow your hair to dry before you put your hat back on.
  5. Image titled Avoid Hat Hair Step 13
    Change your hair style if it's not working. If your hair remains limp and flat no matter what you do, take off the hat and put up your hair in a more hat friendly hair style. These can still look cute, and in a way are more practical because you won't have to bother with your hair continually throughout the day. Store a hair tie in your purse so you can do this on the go.
    • Since hat hair tends to affect only the top of your hair, you can tie up just the top and leave the rest hanging down.
    • Once you return home you can try to restyle your hair, or lessen some of the frizziness that has happened during the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Hairspray
  • Anti-frizz serum
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair styling sheets
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Travel size of your favorite hair styling product
  • Water (optional)

Article Info

Featured Article

Categories: Featured Articles | Hair Remedies