The beanie, beret, and page-boy hat—aside from keeping our ears toasty-warm—are also essential winter tools for concealing dirty or lifeless locks. Plus, according to our friends at Pinterest, searches for these cold-weather hairstyles are up 208%.
So, what to do? Our tip is to play with some subtle variations that still feel cozy and won't take forever to create. Keep reading for seven hat-inclusive hairstyle ideas.
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We love the undone look of Joan Smalls's braid—you really have to look twice to see that it's there. Follow her lead by gathering your hair loosely to one side and braiding the bottom half of it. Let some strands fall out of place, et voilà.
It's official: Blunt bobs somehow look good with everything. Our only advice is to really amp up the volume so your hat doesn't overshadow the short hair underneath. Use a liberal amount of Bumble and Bumble's Dryspun Finish ($30) in conjunction with a curling iron.
Yes, you can wear an updo with a beanie! Go for a loose chignon or low bun, and wear your hat a little further back from your forehead than you normally would. Let some front strands fall loose, and you're good to go.
Your natural texture looks great peeking out from underneath a hat—but in order to keep the fabric from roughing up your curls, opt for a silk-lined or silk-blend hat if you can.
For that barely polished cool-girl look, use a wide-barreled curling iron to give your hair some subtle bend. Use a flexible hairspray like R+Co's Outer Space ($29) to keep the look intact.
For those days when the mane is just a lost cause, tie it up and tuck it all into your hat instead.
But again, we still love the classic way to wear the beanie: no fuss, cozy, and cool. (And concealing those un-shampooed roots? The ultimate bonus.)
What's your favorite way to wear a hat? Tell us in the comments below!