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Fighting Hat Hair- Natural in the Winter

By January 27th, 202126 Comments

Fighting Hat Hair- Natural in the Winter
Kelleemudiva writes:

Well it’s finally time to pull out the coats, hats, scarves, and sweaters. The air is definitely colder and the moisture in the air has decreased. Last year this time I was not concerned with retaining moisture in my hair since I was relaxed, but now that I am a newly chopped natural I have no idea how to fight dryness. I love wool sweaters and most of my coats are made of wool, which I have been told that its terrible for your hair.

How do the TWA rockers fight hat hair?
We can’t do protective styles, so how are you maintaining moisture?


  • Anonymous says:

    I just discovered, as well. Just ordered a hooded scarf. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I just found this website:

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought about turning a hair bonnet inside out (smooth banded side facing my hair) and stitching it inside my hat. The only problem is finding a hat big enough for my nugget.

  • Niki says:

    How about bandless ear muffs? I have a ton of hair, so my scalp very rarely gets cold, but my ears can get pretty chilly. These seem like a great compromise.

  • Anonymous says:

    My new (size LG) hat from fits even my too-big-for-OSFA head. Trying to resist the urge to buy more of them…

  • LyriCurLLy says:

    Upon close inspection, the site does have adult sizes. It says large which measures 24.5 inches.

  • Anonymous says:

    I usually just wear a satin bonnet under my hats or wigs.. they are extremely light weight and they cost very little. My hair is protected and does not dry out. It is nobody's business what I got going on under my hat or wigs…hehehe

  • NaturallyNay says:

    I have big chopped at least 8 times in my natural life and it never fails that as winter approaches (harsh, frigid midwest winter) I only have a few inches of hair that I wash n go daily. Because of the wash n go style hats are just never an option because the twa would be smushed and frizzy and crazy. Call me vain but I just suffer the cold to keep my style in tact 🙂

    …and no I don't get sick and I do my best to air dry at least an hour before leaving the house to avoid freezing.

  • Naturally Zee says:

    Before I went natural I made hats more suitable for hair. You can go to the sewing store or even Walmart, pick up some sewing "tape" or glue. Sewing tape is just like a stronger double sided tape mostly used to fix hemlines. Then buy some fabric or use an old satin scarf to line your hats with. That way you don't have to hunt for lined hats or wrap your hair up underneath your hat.

  • Closet Confections says:

    I don't have a TWA, but I just loosely tie a silk scarf around my head before donning one of those big floppy knit berets. This way, I can fit all of my hair underneath without worrying about it getting dried out or smushed.


  • PinkGirlFluff says:

    I plan on rocking a lovely print scarf under my hat. I just tie it around and let the ends flow free over my shoulder on the side. I usually where a big beannie or one of those cabby hats like Justin Timberlake wears. The cabby hats usually are lined with silk underneath and I'll keep a bottle of a water and olive oil mixture to take care of hat head.

    I really like those big furry hats with the ear covering. I have never had one but they are too cute and I can easily hide a cute scarf underneath.

    Yay to my first winter natural!

  • SweetThang says:

    The only satin lined hats I've seen are from Curly Zebra. But it looks like they only have kids sizes. I wish they made some adult sizes.

  • Sheena LaShay says:

    @kimmie When I have a style that I don't want to get smushed, I do the ear muff or headband thing too. If my hair is twisted or something, a hat is fine. Or it also depends on the type of hat that you wear. Most of my hats are more loose fitting, so I just need to fluff my hair out a bit. Someone above mentioned looking for silk lined hats. When you find a seller on ETSY or anywhere else for that matter, POST THAT LINK IMMEDIATELY because I'll need that kind of hat in green, black, brown, a burnt orange and maybe a cream. Just saying.

  • Ladybug says:

    Hello everyone,
    I found this site that specializes in hair lingerie (I know…funny), they have silk beanies (which I wear under my hats), scarves, pillowcases, head wraps, etc! Here is the site:

  • Anonymous says:

    I am struggling with this. I knit, and I've been struggling with all of my old hats not working with my new hair. But my head is SO COLD! My scalp is all exposed! I'm thinking of sewing on of those earflap watch cap type hats.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL – I wasn't going to rest until I remembered where I saw that article on lined hats so here goes. I found the article at Name of article is Curly Zebra Makes Wildly Beautiful Hats. The name of the company is Curly Zebra – Sort of looks like the hats are for children, but check it out anyway.

  • kimmie0810 says:

    Forget the hats & wear earmuffs/headbands. I love those things and they work well! Target has a lot of really cute/stylish ones that come in sets. I only wore hats when I had bone straight long hair. Any other time I wear the headband style earmuffs or the traditional ones. They also have this new-fangled thing that ties somehow. Once I figure it out I'll buy a few lol.

    If u have to wear a hat, why not wear a silk or satin scarf under it. Or a sleep bonnet with a nice beret. Nobody will even know it's there. If you have a very short TWA & smooshing isn't an issue, one of those satin du-rag caps they sell in beauty supply (with out the tail) would work under a skully. Then just fluff when u take it off.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Shones last year I found a site w/info about hats lined with silk and satin. Do a search at the following sites., Mane and Chic, Damn age – I can't recall the site.

    And sometimes, I just put a silk or satin scarf on under the hat. I should probably do like Chez Cerise and give sewing a real girl scout try. : )

  • Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres says:

    So far there has been no shame in my game, I wrap my silk scarf on my hair before I put my hat on. Oh, well! One of my female students caught me and said, "Mrs. I know that's right! Protect that newly natural hair, who cares that under that hat you look like you just got out of bed!!"


  • Chez Cerise says:

    I'm a huge hat fiend and I actually buy pieces of silk from a fabric store and stitch them inside of my hats.

  • Balls Of Beauty says:

    lol this is too cute! last winter when i had my twa, i just wore whatever hats that i had. its really NOT that bad, i mean ur not wearin it all day right? i was searchin for satin lined hats (newly natural spotlighted someone who makes em) but i just never got around to purchasing some n ur right…u never find any stylish ones. so unless u wanna DIY ur own n line em wit satin, i'd say dont over think it too much.

    as long as u keep up with ur same routine n keepin it moisturized, wearin a wool hat n etc for as long as a car ride will not harm ur hair 🙂

  • Madeaj says:

    I've been looking too. I think I am going to try to make a snood. Its basically a loose tube that goes around the head, neck and shoulders. I see some on the internet knitted, crocheted and sewn. I think one sewn in silk or smooth cotton might work. Actually depending on the yarn even a knitted one or crocheted one would work too.

    I have cotton, so I am going to try that first.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so happy this was posted because I have APL hair that can get kind of big and when I put on my winter hats they are really tight and then at the bottom is just a giant explosion of hair sticking out. I was actually contemplating straightening my hair just so I would be able to fit my hats over my head but I am so afraid of causing heat damage to my ends. It's a big decision to make…1) heat damage so my head doesn't freeze off or 2) look like I have a small animal stuffed under a little knit hat.

  • Unknown says:

    Has anyone found a nice line of silk- or satin-lined hats? I'm on the hunt… didn't see much at Etsy.

  • Anonymous says:

    I feel the same way I have been doing twist but I untwist them after a day or two & wear my TWA I have decided to shampoo, condtion, & DC wkly I hope it works

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    This is a great post! I'm looking forward to reading the responses because I'm in the same boat. I've never been a fan of hats because they mess up your "do" and suck the moisture out, and I definitely don't want to rock a dried up lop sided TWA.

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