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How to Prevent Hat Hair And Still Stay Warm This Winter

Women with wavy hairstyle under a hat

The holidays are over, the temps keep getting colder, and we’ll do just about anything to stay warm. Yep, that means even covering up our beautiful heads of hair with hats, headbands, earmuffs, and the like.

While we love the heat-keeping winter accessories in all their styles and colors, we kind of really hate what they leave behind—the dreaded “hat hair.”

The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way. You can have your hat and love your hair, too. Read on to find out how to prevent hat hair plus some of the gorgeous ways to style your hair beneath your hat.

Ensure A Proper Fit

A hat that fits too snug will leave your hairstyle in worse shape. It can trap excess, frizz-inducing heat, and also cause creases or dents. When hat shopping, be sure to find styles that fit well, but not tight.

Materials Matter

Knowing just what your hat is made of is key to preventing hat hair. If keeping your hair fresh underneath is of importance, you may want to skip the wool beanie and opt for a cotton one instead. As far as other hat fabrics and inner linings, we love cashmere, silk, and other smooth, loose knits that aren’t abrasive and will allow your hair to breathe.


It’s not just your skin that needs extra moisture in the winter—your hair does, too! Being diligent with a leave in conditioner is an excellent idea not only for hair health but also to combat hat hair! If your hair is properly hydrated, it will be more elastic and protected against friction, thus much more likely to retain its shape and style underneath a winter hat. Looking for a leave-in conditioner to add to your routine? We recommend Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier Spray. This lightweight mist primes, protects, and perfects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair.

Don't Skimp On Drying

If you throw in the towel on drying your hair before heading out the door, you’re pretty much asking for a bad case of hat hair. No skimping on the styling here! Your hair will need to be completely dry before rocking that fedora, or you’ll pay for it when you take it off.

Be Prepared With Products

As any tried and true hair aficionado knows, you never want to be unprepared. Be sure to toss your favorite travel-sized hair spray or smoothing oil into your purse so you have it at all times. A few spritzes can help tame whatever your hat may have left behind. Plus, who doesn’t love to freshen up their style throughout the day?

We love Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Hair Oil to protect against frizz and puffiness. Redken Anti-Static Oil Mist is also an excellent option to combat static—an unfortunate byproduct of cold, dry weather and of course, hats.

Now that you know how to fight against hat hair, Maxim Rokitskiy, L'Oréal Professionnel Russia creative partner and brand ambassador, shares how to properly style your hair under a hat.

The Best Ways To Style Your Hair Under A Hat

Woman wearing a beret

Textured Curls

Adding a hat on top of curled hair can create a sophisticated look—a good reason to try a chic beret! The first step towards textured curls is choosing the right haircut.

“A texturized haircut is the best choice for sculpting,” Rokitskiy says. “We’re talking texturized hair ends, choppy or layered lengths, or just short cuts with a defined shape.”

Woman with fishtail braids wearing a beanie hat

Braided And Beautiful

Braids are perfect for keeping your hair back and creating a bohemian vibe. Wear your braid to the side underneath a cozy, slouchy beanie. Maxim also suggests another useful way to get the most out of a braid.

Woman with long straight hair wearing hat

Straight And Subtle

Go sporty with minimalist straight hair neatly tucked under a fitted beanie. Prioritize hair care for straight hair, especially during the cold season.

“Don’t forget about continuous nutrition for the hair,” Rokitskiy says. “Use a concentrated hair cream or oil.”

He suggests incorporating L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque into your routine.

Woman with long ponytail in floppy big hat

On-The-Go Ponytail

Look good even as you do errands around town with a low ponytail. You may even want to leave out some wavy face-framing strands for a laid-back look. For an intentionally disheveled hair texture, always use a texturizing spray like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray.

“Always keep a mini version of it in your bag to quickly reestablish volume and texture,” Rokitskiy says.

With these simple yet chic ways of styling your hair under your beloved accessory, you’ll be turning heads and taking names all winter long!

Interested in more expert styling tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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