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Hats always feel like a good idea—that is, until you take them off and your hair is flattened out (seemingly) beyond repair. It’s the phenomenon known as hat hair, and the good news is it’s completely salvageable. Read on for expert tips from Sacha Mitic, hairstylist, co-founder of Swedish haircare brand SACHAJUAN, and hat-hair spirit guide.
On the go:
Travel-size hairspray and dry shampoo are saviors while you’re out and about. Fluff with dry shampoo and “flip your hair upside down and use a hairspray to create volume from the base of your hairline,” says Mitic. If you don’t have any products handy, “tousle your hair roots with your fingers to reintroduce volume,” advises the hairstylist. If your hair is long enough, throwing it into a high ponytail or topknot can camouflage flat hair too.
At the gym:
Baseball caps have become an athleisure staple, but Mitic recommends taking them off once you’ve started to break a serious sweat so your scalp can breathe. “If you wear a hat over damp hair, your hair may end up drying matted to your head or in an erratic pattern,” he says, adding that it may result in dandruff in the long term.
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For curly and natural hair types:
The key to restoring natural texture from hat hair, according to Mitic? Steam. “Steam will help soften out hair ridges from hats and…