5 Quick Tips for Eliminating Hat Hair

Learn how to revive it in a snap

Man in a hat
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Hats are just plain great, and for some men, they can really become part of your style. Hat hair, on the other hand, is not so great. While you might try to avoid removing your hat in public, there are times when you just have to.

The most logical way to avoid "hat hair" is pretty obvious: Don't wear hats. Taking a shower and washing your hair will also get rid of the problem. Sometimes, especially in cold weather, hats are necessary.

And often when you take off your hat you are at the office or at restaurants or entertainment venues. A full-on redo with a shower is just not possible. There are a few easy things you can do to handle hat hair no matter where you are.

Before You Put on the Hat

The first step in the battle against hat hair begins before you even put one on. A small indentation will almost always occur, but there are a few things you can do to minimize that hat line.

  • When buying hats, choose ones that do not fit too tight on your head.
  • Avoid putting a hat on while your hair is still damp. Either wait for it to dry completely or use a blow dryer.
  • Carefully place the hat on your head in a manner that does not mess up your hair too much. Simply place it on your head and leave it.

Fixing Hat Hair on the Go

If you cannot get through the day without taking off your hat, there are a few tricks you can use to make hat hair disappear.

That's right, you don't have to sit through that impromptu dinner worrying that everyone is staring at the ring around your head. Simply excuse yourself and step into the restroom.

The easiest technique is to take a small towel and soak it with the hottest tap water you can stand. Wring it out so it's damp and not wet, then wrap it around your head.

Keep it there for a minute or two. This will help "iron out" the indention left by the hat. Run the towel over your entire head (so the sides and back won't be the only damp parts) and then re-style with your hands so you get an intentionally tousled look.

Of course, your hair will be damp afterward, but the hat hair will be gone. If there's a hand dryer in the restroom, you've struck gold. Use that to dry your hair a bit; just make sure the dryer has a nozzle that will turn upward. 

If you don't have access to a towel, use your hands to dampen your hair a bit. Get them wet under hot water and brush your hair upward for a few moments. This will wake up the hair and relax that indent.

A bit of styling product (a styling paste or a dry volume spray works well) can be used to restore body and get your hair back in place as well. You probably don't regularly carry a styling product with you, but if you know you are going to be taking your hat off, it's a good idea to take some along.