Can you feel the weather changing? It’s fall, and winter will be here before we know it. You know what that means.
I’ll confess, I have more hats than necessary, but I wear them all. I swear. I’m not obsessed. I just love a fashion piece that will help me combat my greasy hair symptoms. As a hairstylist, I do hair all day long, so my hair gets the least love. I’ll save my raving about hat styles and trends for Emily, our fashion columnist, but I will share some easy hairstyles that will help you feel confident and feminine as the weather grows frigid.
If I’m wearing a hat, I don’t want to spend more than a few minutes on my hair. The best hat hair is natural and simple. Don’t second guess it, just go for it! The first fix is usually the best, but we have our doubts and try to recreate the look. If you’re like me, you always regret taking it down. Don’t think too much about styling when you are only hiding that dirty, greasy hair. Spray some dry shampoo or texture spray in that hair and try these five-minute hairstyles to make hat hair acceptable and freaking adorable!
TEXTURED TOPSY TURVY
Just a little bit of twisting and tucking gives a textured look to your average ponytail. First, secure all of your hair into a loose, low ponytail. Poke the fingers of one hand through the hair near your scalp to create a pocket of space in the hair. Keep the pocket open and lift the ponytail up and through the pocket with your other hand. Pull the ponytail down and tighten it. Now, you can express your personal style in this last step. You can either pull some of the hair from the twist to give it texture striving for the ‘lived in’ look, or you can smooth the hair for a more sophisticated outcome.
MESSY TUCKED BUN
This off-of-the-neck look is perfect for the combo of wearing a hat and a scarf as the weather starts to cool down. To get the look, do not brush your hair. The messier and more textured, the better. The key is working with the hair as is (insert praising hands emoji). Pull all of your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic ponytail holder. Then, flip the ends of your ponytail up and secure it with another elastic band to create a tucked (upside down) bun. Then pull the extra hair hanging from the bun to the side to add fullness and texture. Add some texture spray into the loose hanging hair on the side, as well as pulling a few pieces of hair down in front of your ears to emphasize the ‘messy’ tucked bun.
FISHTAIL PIGTAILS OR SINGLE FISHTAIL BRAID
Braids, braids, braids. Braids have become a major trend over the last year. Braided pigtails used to sound like something only a 12-year-old would wear, but now you can create a more grown-up, super chic look by adding texture and creating an intricate braid, such as a fishtail braid. To get started, part your hair in two different sections. Remember, your putting a hat on, so don’t worry about making a perfectly straight part line. Begin to fishtail braid each section by separating your hair into two sections. Grab a small piece of hair from one side and cross it over to the other side. Now, from the side you just added hair, pick up a strand from the back of the section and repeat, cross it to the opposite side. I highly recommend going to Youtube and learning how to fishtail. It’s easy, but you may need a visual for this kind of thing. Once you have completed a braid on each side, tease the ends to secure your braid, which will keep the flow of the braid rather than blunting the braid off with a hair tie. Gently tug to flatten your braids and give a messier, fuller look
To coincide with the 70s hat vibe, let’s create the illusion of fringe around your face. Pull your bang section on your hair forward and dampen with water so that you can reshape it. Press your hair to your forehead to flatten the hair until it dries. I recommend using the palm of your hand for low maintenance and pressure purposes, but a firm brush will also do the job. Once set into place, sweep only the ends of your hair away from your face and leave the section near your roots pulled forward to create the illusion of long bangs. And hello, Farrah Fawcett look-a-like! Your hat will help add pressure to your bangs so that they can form and stay pressed in forward motion.
ADDED ACCENT BRAIDS
Instead of wearing your repeated down hairstyle, give it a twist–literally. Let’s spice it up by adding a few simple braids and twist. Smooth your hair out straight, or use your second-day hair. Add some texture spray, even a little loose curl. Create the style you want for your hair to be worn down, and then grab a small section of your hair on the side of your head and begin to braid down to the ends. You have multiple options. Add a fishtail braid, a simple three strand braid or a twist to add texture. Get creative! When you have an inch or so left, backcomb the ends to prevent your braids from unraveling. Ta-Da, hair accessories, is what I like to call these little accent pieces.
I want to leave you with a couple of my favorite product jams. Basically, my life support! My go-to texture spray is Kevin Murphy DOO.OVER Dry Finishing Spray. It gives the perfect amount of tact for texture but not so much that it dries your hair out and leaves it feeling brittle. I have searched forever for this God-sent product. My fav! I also had the hardest time finding a dry shampoo because I have dark hair, and every time I would buy an aerosol dry shampoo spray it clogs. Aveda came out with a Shampure Dry Shampoo that has been my life saver. The product is so concentrated that a little takes you a long way, which means it will last you forever. And bonus! It smells amazing giving your hair a lift as well as a fresh new scent. I have totally tricked everyone into thinking my hair is clean. Once you learn the tricks of the trade, you’re golden!
Let’s step into fall with our new hats, our saving grace, day-two hair styles, and ten minutes of extra sleep!