Baby, it’s cold outside. The weather has changed and it’s safe to say that everyone is bundled up. Bundling up can mean more than just your body, it can also mean your head and your hair. The first thing we tend to do to keep warm is grab a hat and throw it over our head.
Everybody wears hats, but in the colder months, we tend to go for hats because of necessity instead of aesthetics. That drives us toward the thicker and more durable hats. The ones that will actually keep us snug and cozy. And those hats are great for what they’re made for, but they can also be a little rough on our strands if we aren’t careful.
To keep your hair from breaking or matting under the stress of winter hats, there are a few things you need to keep in mind during these blustery months.
You need to prep your hair so that you can wear winter hats without sacrificing hair health. How you prep your hair for hats is very similar to how you would prep it for other things that could cause stress on your strands.
Keep in mind that moisture is key. Wool, thick knits, and felt can cause friction when rubbing against your hair. To avoid damage from that friction, you want to make sure that your strands are properly moisturized and smooth. Adding a little more moisturizer than usual is going to help tremendously.
Make sure the additional moisture you add is placed on top of your hair after you have finished styling it. Since the hat will sit atop your head, you want the outermost strands of your hair to be shellacked and smooth.
What’s good for the top of your hair is also excellent for your ends. The ends of your hair may be tied up and depending on your hair length and hair style, they may come into contact with the fabric of your hat. If the ends of your hair aren’t touching your hat, they may rub up against the fabric of your shirt. Shirts and sweaters tend to have the same impact on hair as hats. So, be mindful.
Keeping extra moisture on your strands is important, but don’t confuse it with over application of products. Product buildup is not good for your hair and it can be worsened when you consider that your hair strands will be under a hat for extended periods.
Getting rid of product buildup can be harsh on your hair. Add the necessary amount of products for protection, but don’t go overboard.