Hat Hair Woes

by Leandra Medine
December 19, 2012
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Poof, be gone, see ya later.

It’s getting cold and your ears don’t deserve to feel like you’ve just glued them to an igloo and pulled them off all the while still attached to your head, ultimately procuring the world’s worst headache. As such, it might be time to consider a hat. I know what you’re going to say though, you don’t want hat hair and I get it, I really do. Static flatness isn’t much my jam either but here’s a suggestion, why don’t you just instead keep the hat on forever (but when I say that I mean through the immediately foreseeable future)?

They’re hip, they’re with it, they conceal oily hair and in some iterations may have you looking like you live on Bowery, which is also hip and with it.

Now, provided you agree with me, I think we should collectively invest our time and energy into thinking about and subsequently styling the hair that matters which does not manifest at the root and instead falls below the hat. Three chronicles below.

For the Bowery hat (see what I mean?): Conjure tousled, wavy (dare I say, French?) motion to compliment the hat’s knit, slouchy demeanor. I achieved this look using Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray and small splash of Semisumo. (Alexander Wang hat, American Apparel sweater, Rag + Bone pants)

For the pseudo-Cowboy hat, (though generally, I’m more comfortable calling it the hat that once forced a homeless man to ask me where I parked my horse,): I suggest trying a more dramatic wave but when I say dramatic I only mean it in the same way you probably use italicized text. This one was achieved with a curling iron and Bumble and bumble’s Grooming Cream. I’m pretty sure I also used Thickening Hairspray for volume. (Gigi Burris hat, Club Monaco blouse, Dannijo necklace)

Finally, the cat hat. This one deserves nothing but a very sleek, straight head, which is why all you’ll need is Bumble Defrizz and Straight Lotion. (Eugenia Kim hat, Iro jacket)

u4CtZF on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

Candy corn fostered walrus tusks and a terrible nod to winking are optional. Photos by Aram Bedrossian

Part III of a Bumble x MR collaborative series.

REPLIES
  • Tia LeVie

    Yes! Love hats and completely agree that a hat is a great option/distraction from unruly hair…from a Floridian perspective, oversized sun hats and fedoras have the same effect. Also, this literally cracked me up.

    TLV

    http://www.tialevie.com/

  • Chaima

    I love your blog

  • The Style Engineer

    All these hats and looks are fabulous! Hats are the best- especially in the winter, a good beanie does wonders for both warmth and style! I can go stays without washing my hair with the help of a good ole’ hat! Thanks for this!

    xx

    http://lestyleengineer.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/selenaaponte Selena Aponte

    That Gigi Burris hat is majestic. The “Bowery” hat you refer to is, dare I say is slightly more Williamsburg than LES. This leads me to question, when are you ever coming to Brooklyn?

    • Leandra Medine

      I was in Dumbo twice last week! Twice!

  • Alice

    Love how slouchy that American Apparel fisherman’s sweater is on you! what size did you get?

  • Natali

    Third outfit is my favorite!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.fashiondenis.com/ Denisa

    I love hats so that second is my winner. Have a great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  • Maria

    Ahahah! Perfect GIF to end the story, Leandra. :)

  • monkeyshines

    amazing looks!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Styleclouds

    Loving the various hats!! xo, Christina

    http://www.styleclouds.de

  • http://iamturquoise.wordpress.com/ iamturquoise

    love the glitter blazer

    http://iamturquoise.wordpress.com

  • emma

    can we be best friends? is that too forward? whatevs. lurve your hats!

  • http://www.puglypixel.com Katrina

    hahaha. best animated gif ever.

  • http://melissadv.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    that gif! hilarious, love the first hat x

  • julie
  • Jennifer

    You look great in hats!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • http://theurbanpromeneur.blogspot.com/ THE URBAN PROMENEUR
  • Sophie

    The third look is definitely my favorite but your hair looks incredible in all three! O and i saw the dannijo instagram-happy birthday and stay fabulous

    http://scattergirll.blogspot.com

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    This was a good post, instead of “hat hair”- hat appropriate hair.

  • kcomekarolina

    how cool is that!

    xoxo from rome

    K.

    kcomekarolina.com

  • Steph

    Hi! Please check out this article about your bibliophilic tendencies: http://herbookshelf.com/. I’d love to hear your feedback!

  • Reptilia

    You look great Leandra!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • Cait

    Where is your t-shirt from in the last look?

  • Jeanne

    Leandra, you & your hubby are on page 56 in the fall/winter Town & Country Wedding mag!

  • http://twitter.com/i_prefer_heels I Prefer Heels

    Actually though, it’s the perfect greasy hair solution. As are several other (fairly questionable) methods I’ve concocted.
    http://ipreferheels.com/2012/11/30/10-ways-to-hide-greasy-hair-illustrated-version/

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.giampa.1 Lori Giampa

    i love entries on your outfits! i miss them. its crazy to look back in your archives to 2010 and realize ive been reading your blog for that long and your looks have always been the same in terms of ur personal style, but theyve been becoming more polished. i likey. your blog has helped me hone in on my personal style and insteado f wasting time searching for clothes in forever 21, i take the time to buy a couple expensive pieced every few months. totally worth it. anyway luv this entry… more personal style entries pweez?

  • Jenny Reid

    I will forever be in love with your styling! xo
    my-floordrobe.blogspot.co.uk

  • follow me around

    Amazing looks!!:)

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    dude your hair looks gorgeous in all three of the photos!! I personally love hats but don’t feel like they look all that great on me~ so conveneient tho!

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Lydia

    luv the cat hat

  • Eva

    Love hats all the time, even when I have a good hair day ;) xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • Christina

    Love the first pic :)

  • Valerie

    Great hats (and hat hair)! I love that “cat hat”. Meow.

    Run With the Hunted Blog

  • The Unknowns sisters
  • Alba

    yo también soy una admiradora de los gorros en invierno, le pueden aportar a tu look un toque ideal :) un besazo desde http://alba-mehasdadounaidea.blogspot.com.es/

  • felicity

    Love those hats, all of them. I’ve been wearing a beanie all week and my hair looks hilarious when I take it off, all flat around the crown and huge at the ends. Sexy x

    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://twitter.com/Marquis_Fashion Mark St. James

    Love the sequin. Always have… Always Will.
    Mark
    http://www.fashionbloginc.com

  • myblissisthisway

    i adore alexander wang beanies.. i’ve got two myself :)

    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

  • http://dressupwithlola.com/ Lola

    i like your solution to hat hair but indoors my head gets too hot. second hat, my fave!

  • Amber

    Your hair looks fabulous in every picture! I’m especially loving the beanie, may have to give it a go myself. Also, congratulations on making the Forbes list!

    http://floralics.blogspot.com

  • bbBeauty

    Forbes 30 under 30!!!!!

    A HUGE congrats to you!!!

    :)

    :)

    :)

  • Donna Cosky

    Great post. I love hats, Bumble & Bumble, and cat hats.

  • Jasmine Anderson

    Hats are a wonderful tool for women. When worn properly, they can be a special accessory that makes a bold fashion statement. http://shoeporn.com/

  • Alyssa

    Love that cat hat! I literally lived in my sock wool knit pom pom cap… until someone informed me that overuse can lead to hair loss! Now I only wear mine a few times a week… sadly. I miss not having to do my hair.

    Shop Vintage!

  • catarina tosellon

    The last one is funny :D

    http://www.gloria-agostina.com

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
  • thesmokyobsession

    love the hat cat :)

  • StyleNonsense

    Beanies Are My LIFE! They’re Amazing, Hat Hair.. Not So Much!
    StyleNonsense.blogspot.com

  • her persona

    great head gear, can’t pick a fav

    http://herpersona.blogspot.com.au/

  • rhodawong

    you have the perfect collection of hats!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • Zuzankita Koprdova

    haha funny the last picture :)

    GINATRICOT GIVEAWAY:
    http://www.karissaworld.blogspot.sk/2012/12/ginatricot-giveaway.html

  • Madalina Tita

    love the fedora hat, love hats in general for this season…

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/christinageorgopoulos1 Christina Georgopoulos

    hah loved the photos congrats :)loved the blue jacket !

  • Weirdo

    hothot as always

  • Addison

    awesome ideas!! I always hate taking hats of inside when my head starts to cook. THANKS!

    http://willcodeforclothes.com

  • Chael

    I love hats and Im so happy that they dont have any more that matronly appeal!

    http://www.viennarightnow.wordpress.com

    • Leandra Medine

      the appeal is only what YOU make it!

  • Lemon Stripes

    a hat is always a perfect solution for a bad hair day. i am loving the one from the second look

  • Leslie Anne

    Between your cat ears and suggestion to never take off your hat, you remind me of Louise from Bob’s Burgers. (and damn! now I want that American Apparel sweater…)

  • http://www.seriouslyspain.com/ Seriously Spain

    OMG, I think that lost one just sent me into an epileptic fit :) Scary.

  • DEEDEE

    well-written!

  • http://fashiondacci.blogspot.com/ fashiondacci

    omg , this is so details!!!

  • http://fashiondacci.blogspot.com/ fashiondacci

    thanks so much for sharing! Fashiondacci.blogspot.com

  • Jenbklyn

    i need that Young NY tee! Where’d you get it from? Oh please do tell!

    • Leandra Medine

      It’s from a charitable initiative called Young New York! Not sure where it’s avail for purchase :(

  • The Minx

    hahaha love it all. especially the first beanie, it looks so cozy and I love that it’s oversized.

  • Lorna – CovetWithMe

    Loving the sequined Iro jacket! I’m going to try wearing mine like a cape too – thanks for the inspiration.

    http://www.covetwithme.com

  • lizachloe
  • Lara Greenblatt

    Hi
    thanks for giving me some great hair inspiration for a long overdue 5 year haircut.
    Your blog is fab, love from Cape Town, SA

  • Natalie

    hi Leandra! what size is your AmApp sweater on the first pic?