Fall is finally here and that means that I can FINALLY dig into my colder weather clothing, particularly my hats. I am a woman into hats, despite the fact that I have an abnormally large cranium. (To quote Mike Myers, my head is like “an orange on a toothpick.”)
I also have the same drama many do when applying my beloved millinery on my dome, which is Hat Hair (a.k.a. Ring Around the Head, Hat Head, Ass Hair, etc.). Flat hair, crazy rings above your ears, looking like a member of the Great Unwashed -- all attributed to hats, all making many of us semi-homicidal.
What must one do to avoid hat head? Easy. Here are three solutions to avoiding hat head and chances are that many of them are simple -- and cheap.
1) Dryer sheets –- This sounds crazy, but the whole flyaway-crazy static thing? Yep, you can slap a dryer sheet on that bitch and make it go down, down, down. Stick a dryer sheet in your purse and then rub it on your head once you take your hat off. Use your fingers (brushes and combs can just add it back in) and roll on about your day.
2) Anti-frizz serum and a hand dryer –- Ring around the head can be prevented by applying a wee bit of anti-frizz serum throughout the hair (I love John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution ($7.49), particularly since I have fine hair) and then hitting it with your friendly neighborhood hand dryer. Here’s the trick: smooth the hair AGAINST the crease the hat created for about three minutes-ish. It should snap back into place. You can also buy a bigger hat. Just sayin’.
3) Use cotton, not wool hats –- I know that’s crazy, but if your hair is already sensitive or over-processed (use a little more heat to get it to behave, do you?), then the materials you place on your hair are just as important as your products. Wool can rough up the cortex of the hair, making it prone to frizz and damage. Cotton is gentler and won’t cause as much crazy hair or damage.
Because at the end of the day, we all just want a small hug from our hats, not a full-on ring-inducing, flyaway-causing frenzy. Try these tips and see if they don’t help the hat hair problem.
Of course, you can always say fuck it and go with earmuffs. That would just solve it altogether.
But let’s talk about this hair-raising problem below. Do you loathe ring-around-the-head? Do you have Bride-of-Frankenstein-level hair static? Let’s split some hairs below in the comments section.