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5 Hats That Will Keep You Warm Without Messing Up Your Curls

Hats like baseball caps, knitted beanies, and felt fedoras are wardrobe staples for numerous reasons. Typically, they come in clutch as a form of protection from the elements; other times, a chic hat is the icing on top of a simple outfit. But most of the time, they're our favorite (and easiest) way to hide a bad hair day.

While hats are cute and functional for most people, they aren't always beneficial for those with natural hair. Many of the materials in these headpieces may work against your curls. According to Michelle O'Connor, Matrix Artistic Director, bulky knits and fabrics like wool, often used in winter hats, can cause dryness and brittleness in curly hair. Plus, nothing is worse than putting on your favorite dad hat only to be met with a flat 'fro full of creases. 


The good news is there's a new wave of hats on the market made especially with curly hair in mind, and many of them were created by Black women themselves. Ahead, we rounded up our favorite curl-friendly hats to keep your hair safe and stylish this season. 

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CurlCap Natural Hair Backless Cap

Hat hair happens when your hair is smushed by a cap without room for your curls to breathe. The CurlCap eliminates this concern with its backless design, which allows you to loop through your loose coils or a ponytail. It's also satin-lined and has a scrunchie-like back strap that won't tug on strands, which ultimately causes breakage.
Curl Cap Natural Hair Backless Cap, $10.00 Buy
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Tress Chocolate Faux Suede Cap

At first glance, you see a hat that'll look good with all the chunky cream-colored sweaters you ordered online. Correct — but if you look a little closer, you'll find a hat that is fashionable and functional for curly hair. The backstrap of each Tress cap is replaced with three elastic bands so you can put your hair in a ponytail even if you forget a hair tie at home. The inside is covered with satin, which minimizes frizz when you take your hat off.
Tress For Us Tress Chocolate Faux Suede Cap, $40.00 Buy
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Gracey Eleyae Dark Gray Foldover Warm Slap

Torn on which new curl-friendly hat to purchase? Just know that Oprah vouches for this one from Grace Eleyae. The brand is notorious for its line of "Slaps," a.k.a. satin-lined caps, and recently added a weather-friendly collection. We love this knitted option, which features the brand's signature satin interior but will still keep your head warm. It also has hidden adjustable drawstrings so you can tighten your hat as needed.
Grace Eleyae Gracey Eleyae Dark Gray Foldover Warm Slap, $40.00 Buy
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Curl Code Bidi Bidi Pom Pom Ponytail Knitted Hat

Most knitted beanies aren't designed to accommodate a puff or pineapple, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice your style for your warmth. This Curl Code piece allows you the best of both worlds: It's designed with an opening at the top of the hat for your ponytail to be left out. The inside is also satin-lined, so if you're trying to preserve a sleek bun or curly puff, this hat is your best bet.
Curl Code Curl Code Bidi Bidi Pom Pom Ponytail Knitted Hat, $25.00 Buy
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Layd The Bucket Hat

This classic denim bucket hat from Layd is a great accessory investment. Not only is it on par with fashion trends, but it has a pure silk lining that won't frizz up your fresh wash-n-go or blowout. The interior is also removable, so you have options if you don't want — or need — to wear it with each use.
Layd Layd The Bucket - Dark Denim, $72.00 Buy
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