Hats are generally thought of as a solution to a bad hair day rather than the reason behind a good one but they can, in fact, be both! Hats are great accessories for curly hair as they throw a lot of emphasis on the lengths, creating a real showcase for all that beautiful texture. The thing is, if your hair is really curly, you might find you need to style it, or just tweak it a little, before you put your chosen hat on.
Curls create volume that won't necessarily want to be squished into a hat, so you might need to deploy your powers of persuasion (read: hairspray and bobby pins) in order to make sure they behave themselves.
First of all, it depends on the hat. Loose beanies are obviously a whole lot easier to pull over your locks than, say, a fedora. It all depends on the look you want and the amount of time you're prepared to spend on achieving it.
Once you know which hat you're planning to wear, you can start prepping. Scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse through your hair and dry with a diffuser. This will keep your curls defined for up to 24 hours. You should also spray your hair a long while before putting on your hat with a fixing spray like Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.
Top tip: To avoid hat hair, go for a style that is a little fuller than you normally do. That way you'll have more volume to flatten, making the 'hat hair' effect less noticeable.
Once dried, it's time to choose a hairstyle. This all depends on how curly your hair is and whether you want the curls to keep their shape even under your hat. For a quick fix, take two sections of hair from either side of your head, twist and pin into a half-up style. This will help to flatten the top of your hair so your hat can sit comfortably over the top.
Alternatively, spray your curls again and lift it with your fingers before putting your hat on. Then, every now and then, take your hat off, shake your hair out and put it back on again so your curls keep their shape.