How To Banish Winter Hat Hair, For Good

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Like the last hint of your summer tan and that succulent you accidentally left on the windowsill, a few things just weren’t meant to last the winter. There are also certain seasonal sacrifices, like activities that require leaving the house after sundown, footwear of the uninsulated variety, and hair that doesn’t make you look as though you’ve permanently wedged a finger into an electrical socket.

Ah, yes, hat hair: the bane of our sartorial pulled-togetherness.

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There’s no better way to instantly negate the effects of your shampoo and deflate volume than to jam on a wooly toque (er, hat — our Canadian is showing). From squashed curls to staticky bangs, it’s a near-constant battle to keep our heads looking more “I woke up like this” than “I woke up like this and then promptly got my head stuck in a cotton-candy machine.” Then again, with temperatures like these, hats are kind of a necessity.

So, we called upon one of our go-to hair-tamers, Rebekah Forecast (who also happens to style the likes of Olivia Wilde and Heidi Klum, ergo we trust her) to help us get rid of toque hat hair, once and for all. Read on for her tips.
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On the secret practicality of silk scarves come wintertime: 
“Static is your worst enemy in the winter, when it comes to hair. The friction from a hat can create more static, so natural fibers are better; stay away from manmade ones like nylon. Silk is the best, but it's not used in the winter, as it's not as warm. Using a silk scarf under your hat does help with the friction issue.” 

On the top-knot trick:
“Most hats are snug to keep you warm, so they will flatten your hair. Depending on the length of your hair and the areas where you like volume, this will determine how and which type of hat to wear. If you like volume on the crown, then choose a hat that has a higher profile on the top of your head, like a fedora style. A great thing to do with long hair is pull it up into a messy top knot before you put the hat on. When you arrive, remove the hat, take out the knot, and you have a great wave with volume.” 

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On using the hat to your advantage:
“Curly hair tends to fare better, as it retains its own volume and tends not to get oily from extra heat produced by your head under a hat. Or, you don’t see it as much, as it bounces back easier. If you have short hair, then you can sculpt it into place; even use the journey [from point A to point B] as a finishing time for your hair. When you remove the hat, your hair is dry and you can use your fingers to lift.”  

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On the products to keep in your shower and desk drawer:
“Because of the static, I always recommend a cream leave-in conditioner, like the Fekkai Glossing Cream or Shu Uemura Essence Absolue, applied to the length and ends when you remove your hat. I prefer creams over hairspray, as hairspray often makes the hair stiff and harder to reshape. Applying product on a brush and then sweeping through the hair will also help. Use something like Phyto finishing spray or Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Those are my favorites right now, as they’re so light and give hold at the same time.” 

On the midday touch-up:
“The top knot is great for this. Also, two twisted buns behind the ears works. Keep your hair like this while you redo or apply makeup. Leave your hair in the style for about 20 minutes with a light mist of the Oribe spray before twisting. When you remove, apply a small amount of the cream, shake out, and you’re all set.” 

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