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Lose The Winter Hat Head Without Freezing Your Ass Off

Photo by Jennifer Ryan Jones

Baby, it's cold outside! This is not the time to expose yourself to the elements. Wearing a knit hat will keep your noggin nice and toasty, but it can also make for a damn bad hair day. Both your hair and scalp are drier in the colder months. Blame it on the indoor heating, hot showers and the extra chill in the air; your hair takes a real beating during the winter. If you want to avoid hair-raising static electricity styles and flat matted hair dos, take our advice for avoiding winter hat head.


Go natural. When wearing a hat, choose one made of wool, cotton or cashmere because the natural fibers are less likely to conduct hair-raising static electricity. Who wants their hair standing on end anyway? And don't put a lid on your wet head. Hair plastered to your head isn't a great look either.We like this wool/cashmere blend knit rugby stripe hat from Polo Ralph Lauren.


Use the right shampoo. Look for formulations like Grooming Lounge The Best Shampoo that will strengthen and clean your manly locks without drying out or stripping the natural oils from your hair. And if you have dandruff, address it. Use an anti-dandruff shampoo like Malin + Goetz Dandruff Shampoo every time you wash your hair.


Condition. Don't be a dull guy. Using a moisturizing conditioner will keep static at bay and give your hair a healthy shine. You don't have to use it every single day but when you do make it count with a high-quality formulation like V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner. We like it because it's super lightweight and won't weigh your hair down.


Get control. Use a workable styling cream to control fly-aways and frizz. Got hat head? Don't leave your hair flat hair stuck to your dome. Use Baxter of California Grooming Lotion. It’s a lightweight styling product that will allow you to rework your hair into shape after the hat comes off.


Sheet happens. Did you miss these healthy hair, winter hat head ending steps? Simply take a dryer sheet to smooth out the static cling.


This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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