What does a hat in the winter have to do with loc health? Everything.
For one, your hat helps keep you warm. You can lose 30% or more of your body heat by not wearing one. Another necessity is choosing a fabric that won’t rob your locs of moisture. Finally, and most importantly, your hat needs to be comfortable (and look good!). Here’s the Loc’d Life guide to winter hats for locs….
Avoid wool. Wool acts as a razor to black hair. Rubbing against it over time and locs will weaken and can snap off at the point of friction. There’s many more options out there. Good other choices: knits or fleeces made from acrylic, polyester, nylon, and various blends of these fabrics that allow the fabric to stretch.
Line it up. Linings can add to the warmth a hat provides. A full lining is warmer than a partial one.
Keep your neck warm too. The same properties you would look for in a hat also applies to scarves. Avoid wool, and choose a fabric that keeps in warmth without itchiness.
Avoid lint. Choose yarns that don’t fuzz into balls or disintegrate after washing or with wear. Yarns should hold their strands securely. If in doubt, choose a hat color that matches your hair color. Wash your knits gently as well.
Tams. The veritable loc hat that can protect all of your locs from the winter’s wind and snow. This hand crocheted tam is available from ChicFanatic on etsy.com. There’s also the red, yellow and green variety. Tams are bigger than berets. They are made to hold long locs.
Beanies/skull caps. By far these are the lowest cost cap you can buy. Ranging from $1 at the beauty supply store to more lavish options, this style does the trick for cold, winter days. Get a style that is long enough to cover your ears. This style is a slouchy beanie also available from ChicFanatic at etsy.com
Trapper hats. These cute and warm hats are not just for kids and the outdoor types anymore. This style also keeps your head and ears warm during the long winter months.. Choose a style that is fun and keeps you warm. This style from Dick’s Sporting Goods (http://www.dickssportinggoods.com) is under the Peruvian Hat category from Columbia. It is made with an Omni-Heat and Omni-Wick technology that retains heat and wicks away moisture.
Have fun during your hat shopping! Winter is just beginning, Stay warm with style. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Loc’d Life.
‘Till next time,
Loc’d Life Magazine
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