How To Combat Hat Hair
Turn Up The Volume
One of the main concerns with wearing a hat is that hair can be left looking a little flat. Avoid limp locks by using a volume-boosting shampoo; we love Living Proof’s. Powered by thickening and cleansing agents, the shampoo not only works to clean hair but leaves it feeling fuller and thicker. Next, spritz damp hair with Aveda’s enhanced with the brand’s signature Pure-Fume aroma. The tonic not only helps to improve texture and body in fine to medium locks, but also works to soothe and uplift your senses. Mist through damp hair from root to tip to add natural volume and protect from the damaging effects of blow-drying and heat styling.
Style It Out
Leaving the house with damp hair in winter is a no-no, but leaving hair to air dry under a hat is asking for trouble. We suggest towel-drying with AKA the cleverest towel on the market. It cuts drying time by 50% and protects hair with a unique fibre called Aquitex. Finish by tipping your head upside down and blasting the roots with the until bone dry. If you’re prone to flyaways, run a pump of IGK Hair Cry Baby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum, £22 through the ends.
Because there’s no way of telling how your hairstyle will fare under there, it’s worth putting together an arsenal of touch-up tools to have on hand if hair needs a little finessing on arrival. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £45 is perfect for adding a little oomph to lacklustre locks and absorbing excess oil that may have accumulated in roots. To tame frizz and flyaways, as well as eliminate static energy, look to Ouai’s handbag friendly . One quick sweep leaves your hair looking smooth and sleek.
Wearing a hat is a little bit like sticking your head in a warm, humid microclimate, especially if your hat is made from manmade materials which make it more difficult for your scalp to breathe. To prevent sweat from building up and blocking your hair follicles, try incorporating a detoxing scalp treatment into your weekly haircare routine. This doesn’t have to be a labour-intensive step. In fact, thanks to exfoliating salicylic acid and AHAs, Malin + Goetz Detox Scalp Mask, £28 gets to work in just five minutes. Massage into your scalp in sections and wait as this foaming mask gently fizzes away removing excess oil, product build-up and impurities. Rich in fatty acid oils, this clever formula also helps to deliver essential hydration to nourish, condition and soothe dry, itchy or irritated skin.
Regular scalp massage can also help improve overall scalp health. Again, this doesn’t have to be an arduous process, you can stimulate blood flow by simply using the tips of your fingers to vigorously massage your conditioner into your hair for a just few minutes in the shower. Investing in a tool, such as Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Stimulating Therapy Massager, £16 – a handheld scalp massager with firm rubber tips, can also help to boost circulation, stimulate and support healthier locks and hair follicles.