Australian men love a hat, be it a Fedora in summer for shade or a beanie for warmth in winter. Of course, for all their style, headwear carries the scourge of hat hair: lank, dank, shapeless and flat.
But Paul Macnamara, the blade-runner behind emerging Australian hairdressing brand Jack the Snipper, believes you shouldn’t have to choose between hats and decent looking hair.
Here’s how to enjoy both.
It’s all about short back and sides. “Make sure your barber cuts it high and tight around the sides, minimising indentation caused by wearing a hat,” says Macnamara.
And be sure that your hat fits properly and isn’t too tight.
Also, keep it on the down low. “Hairstyles with height are not so great when wearing hat. For example, quiffs and hats are not mates. Short and textured on top is perfect but make sure the hair isn’t weighed down with too much product – especially mousse or wax that dampen the hair, as they will flatten out in a flash.” Slicked back styles, says Macnamara, are the best. “A flat cap or trilby may even help keep the hair in place, provided the side are nice and short.”
You want to start from a clean slate every time. “A shampoo like Redken Go Clean Daily Care Moisturising Shampoo, $25.50 (300ml), can be helpful for hair that is prone to static,” says Macnamara. It gives the hair that little bit of moisture, without weighing it down.”
A pocket comb is essential. “Once you remove your hat, it will allow you to restyle super quickly.” Try Mason Pearson Pocket Comb $19.95 (5.5”)
And Macnamara suggests a styling product that easily re-disperses through your mop with a small amount of water. “Once you get to the office, dampen hair and comb it back into the shape you want.”
Not surprisingly, he suggests Jack the Snipper Original Styling Creme, $22 (100g).
THE GOLDEN RULE
To avoid hat hair altogether this winter, dry your hair thoroughly before putting on your favourite headpiece. “The heat created from wearing a hat will dry your hair into that same shape for the entire day”, says Macnamara. “Not a good look.”
*This article was originally published in GQ Australia Magazine – May Edition 2014