Whether you need something to keep your ears warm or just a cute accessory, beanies are a great option. The only problem is donning one of these caps is basically committing yourself to having hat hair all day. Or is it? Turns out there are actually a number of products that will refresh hat hair, so you can rock a slouchy beanie and boast volume and texture in the same day. And you probably already have one or two of these products sitting in your bathroom.
So to find out some tips for bringing beanie hair back to life, I emailed with John Redmond, Renpure Marketing Director, and Jana Blankenship, founder of Captain Blankenship. While they both agree that wearing your favorite beanie isn't a flat-hair sentence, Redmond does warn that you should never put a hat on wet hair. Because even if you can revive it, you may not be able to get rid of those dreaded hair creases without a wash. He adds that, regardless of what styling aid you choose to use, a small brush will help lift hair at the roots and bring some volume back to your tresses. If you still need a little extra assistance reversing hat hair though, here are eight products to try:
1. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is almost always the answer for everything. And it's no different with hat hair. Blankenship says the first step to reviving flat, beanie hair is to massage some dry shampoo into your roots to help add volume and mask grease.
2. Salt Spray
For texture, body, and gentle waves, Blankenship recommends spritzing a salt spray throughout your strands. Just a quick scrunch is all you need for refreshed locks.
3. Hair Oil
If your beanie left you with dry, frizzy hair, smooth a tiny bit of hair oil through your strands. This, says Blankenship, will add shine and moisture back to your locks.
If an oil is too heavy though, try a treatment mist to add shine and moisture, and revive flat hair. Bonus: This formula can also be used on your skin for a quick pick-me-up.
Using a cleansing conditioner will help create or add texture to your hair, says Redmond. In fact, all you have to do after removing your hat is fluff your hair with your fingers to reactivate the texture and bring your locks back to life. It doesn't get easier than that.
According to Redmond, a leave-in conditioner will help reduce the static and dryness that can come with winter weather and wearing a hat. He recommends smoothing a small amount of product over your strands before putting on your beanie, so your locks will be hydrated and frizz-free when you take it off.
7. Defining Gel
If you have curly hair, Redmond suggests using a curl-defining gel pre-beanie. This, he says, will help "create bouncy curls or textured waves that will prevent hat hair and keep strands from looking flat."
8. Texturizing Spray
Of course, if you just need some good ol' fashioned body and texture reintroduced to your strands, whether at the root or throughout your locks, a texturizing spray will always have your back.
Because loving your beanie doesn't mean you have to be stuck with hat hair.