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You likely spend most of your summer work days wearing a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Hats are important, but what about your poor hair?! Wearing hats can completely rob your hair of volume, moisture and style, resulting in the dreaded “hat hair.” If you plan to go anywhere without a hat afterward, you have to style your whole head of hair again.

Luckily, there are a few ways to combat this pesky problem – without giving up any of your hats.

Dry your hair first.

If you put on a hat while your hair is still wet, it’ll dry in the shape of the hat. Not what you’re aiming for, probably. Instead, wait until your hair is completely dry before putting on a hat.

Prepare your hair.

If you have straight or wavy hair, prep your hair with some texturizing spray to avoid flattened hat hair. If your hair does end up a bit flat, bring it back to life with a quick spritz of hairspray or salt spray.

If you have curly hair, put your hair into a protective style such as braids, twists, or a low bun. Moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner, then apply a mousse or gel to hold it in place. If you wind up with flat hair, spray it with some water and a bit of conditioner and fluff away.

Use a satin-lined hat or wear a scarf underneath.

Look for hats that are lined with satin, which will prevent your hair from getting dried out and frizzy. Grace Eleyae is the pioneering brand of satin-lined hats. If you’re crafty, you could even make your own!

Otherwise, you can simply wrap a loose scarf around your hair before you put a hat on. It’s a little extra effort, but it’ll save you from having to fix your hair after the hat comes off.

Wear a looser-fitting cap.

Your hat doesn’t need to squeeze your head to effectively shield you from the sun. The looser the cap, the less wild your hat hair will look. Simple!

If worst comes to worst and you do end up with hat hair? Keep a fashionable scarf or hat on-hand, like a boater, bucket hat, or fedora. That way, you can look put-together in public without having to fix your hair at all. Voila!

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