If, on the average day you spend more time than you might be willing to admit perfecting your coif (it's the finishing touch to your personal style), you're even more bummed than the rest of us about the blisteringly cold weather in many parts of the country. Why? Because to avoid losing an ear to frostbite your winter weather savior is probably a hat, a.k.a. hairdo destroyer (and no, we do not condone the use of ear muffs on men, no matter how gender neutral they're purported to be). Herein lies the perennial hat-hair dilemma. We spoke to a few of the most dapper guys around our offices to get their tips on how to handle this heady situation.
1. Let it dry first. "One thing I try not to do is put a hat on wet hair right out of the shower. That way you're not locking in the indentation as it dries."
2. Use a lightweight cream hair product rather than a pomade or paste. "It functions less like sticky glue and keeps the hair pliable, so hair can be easily reshaped."
3. Check the mirror behind the banquette. "A guy should typically be taking the chair anyway (it's just good manners) so it's usually pretty easy to do a discreet check when you sit down. Once I take my hat off I always make sure to give my hair a quick brush through with my hands. And to be honest, I think a guy being a little disheveled in the hair department when everything else is right is kinda hot."
—Justin Berkowitz, Details senior market editor
4. Wear a hood "If you're that concerned about hat hair, don't wear a hat! A hood isn't a perfect solution, but it's better than all-over helmet head. Since dudes can't really pull off earmuffs, I'm waiting for the '80s ski headband to come back in style."
5. Pick a hat that does minimal damage "Another option would be to try a driver's cap or one of those really oversized, loose-fitting beanies."
6. Get a hair cut that resists mussing "A buzz cut, long hair, modified Caesar, or slicked-back hair are some options)."
—Jon Roth, Details grooming editor
7. Beeline it for the men's room "I'm a big fan of hats, from baseball caps to beanies. I practically live in one year round. If I'm going out and need to take my hat off, I'll head straight to the restroom and run some water through my hair. It helps reset the shape and by running my hands through I can undo the damage."
—Matthew Taylor Ruggieri, The Motley managing director
8. Embrace the muss "If you're not willing to carry product with you, remember that lots of guys spend hours trying to achieve a messy look. Just go with it."
—Bret Waters, The Motley grooming concierge
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