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It’s finally cooled down which means I can wear some of my favorite fall staples: chunky boots, fuzzy sweaters, berry lipstick, and lots of hats. While I love all hats from the fedora to the knit beanie, I definitely don’t love hat hair. But the great news for all of us is that we don’t have to suffer from bad hair days and can still rock cute hats as the temperature continues to drop. I have four great dos and dont’s on how to avoid hat hair this season and still wear your favorite topper. Click through to the notes for the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

Do Make Sure Your Hat Fits 

Whether you’re rocking fedoras, cloches, or beanie, you need to make sure your hat fits your head correctly if you want to keep your hair looking great. If a style is too tight, you may end up with dents, but if a style is too loose it will encourage frizz from constantly rubbing around your head. The general rule is that close fitting hats like beanies should fit tightly on your head so they don’t slide down but still have enough room to place two fingers underneath without stretching. For stiffer hats, you should be able to have it sit on the back of your head and still have room for one finger to slide under the band.

Don’t Wear Wet Hair Under 

I realize it’s tempting to just run out of the house with wet hair under a hat if you’re running late, but don’t do it. Wet hair underneath a hat makes for a bad hair day. So if you don’t want weird dents, angles, and cowlicks in your hair, make sure your tendrils are dry before topping of your head with a hat.

Don’t Use Too Much Product

In general, we should all avoid using too much product. If you’re into layering a number of products into your hair every AM, you might want to stop. You’ll likely end up with a smooshed look once you take of your hat after your morning commute. Do yourself a favor and only use on or two products in the morning when you’re going to be rocking your favorite topper.

Do Wear Hat-Friendly Hair styles 

Not all great hair styles are created equally, there are more options that just a classic pony when you’re donning a bonnet or bowler. Opt for a tight chignon at the nape of your neck or a loose side plait. You can even play with a faux bob style, loose waves or a low half-up style.

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group






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