In Oulu, I wore a hat outdoors from about the end of September until mid April. Seven months of wearing a hat in a very dry and cold environment teaches you a thing or two about overcoming the hassle of hat hair and, I thought I would share them (and my little drawings) here.
First of all: what is hat hair?
Hat hair is what happens to your hair after it has been under a hat too long. Hair becomes flat on the top and sticks out at the ends. Hairspray does not help. The hat normally forms a slight kink in your hair just where the hat ends which can make you look like something Tim Burton had a nightmare about once. And then, to add insult to injury, it is very very dry which makes everyone’s hair do all sorts of crazy. For mine, the dryness makes it static and taking a hat off and on only makes that effect stronger. Oh Joy. It aaaaaaalmost doesn’t matter what type of hair you have… If you are wearing a hat on top of it, it’s gonna do something bad. Something that will make you want to keep your hat on indoors.
Which leads us straight on to option one for how to overcome hat hair:
#1 Keep your hat on.
This is a fine idea if the place you are going to is a bit chilly but chances are, as soon as you go inside anywhere in Finland in autumn, winter or spring, it’s going to be heated and you will quickly overheat if you (in the words of Joe Cocker) leave your hat on.
#2 Wear a scarf over your head
Silk scarves are great for keeping your body heat in and the cold weather out. I don’t know how silk does it, maybe, it is magic.
#3 Put all your hair to one side
Wear your hair loose and pull it all to one side and put your hat on. The hat holds the hair to the side and you look a bit fabulous which is nice.
#4 Plait or pony to the side
A variation on #3 just with a bit more certainty. Also, then when you get to wherever you are going, voila, you have a messy side plait or pony which pinterest tells me is very cool.
You can get all sorts of headbands from the more thin and sporty to the more fluffy and fun. Either way, the idea is the same… Cover the ears and do something with you hair that will survive a tight headband being put on and taken off.
#6 Get dreadlocks
Dreadlocks (that are kept in good condition) don’t seems to suffer from hat hair. Maybe they keep one a bit warmer too.
When I asked my Finnish friend what she did to overcome hat hair as a teenager, she said that they just did not wear anything on their heads, even when it was minus 30C. I have seen this in Oulu often (especially with the young and foolish). Sometimes girls will wear the hood of their jackets up s that it stands out from their head. It covers their head but does not scrunch their hair. And it does actually keep you warm… I tried it once.
So, all in all, there seems to be no valid reason left to have bad hat hair, ever…