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Winter Hat Fun and Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202118 Comments

Remember when Gia brought all the Boyz to the yard?

Well, in the comment section, a few of y’all inquired about my hat.

Winter Hat Fun and Natural Hair
*blushes* what, this old thing?

Early spring 2011, during one of those dangerous ‘I’m bored so let’s go spend money’ trips to the mall, I wandered into Aldo. Just beginning to toy with the idea of rocking twists to get me through the summer, I decided that tams would be my salvation. The solution to that ‘scalpy’ look I was so desperately trying to avoid. I had seen a few around… Claire’s, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe all carried them but they looked and felt, well, cheap.

So here I am in Aldo and they have two… one in black and one in gray. They’re perfectly chunky with lots of character and, AND only 10 bucks a piece. Score! I bought both and at the time, I didn’t realize that the adorable chunky and warm threading also made it completely inappropriate for the summer. So, sadly, I shelved them, managed NOT to lose them in the move to PA and broke ’em out this fall.

Winter Hat Fun and Natural Hair
I searched the Aldo site and while they no longer carry my exact hat, this one is pretty darn close. It’s only 15 dollars and it comes in gray, midnight black and taupe.
Winter Hat Fun and Natural HairI also found a super cute purple one that looks very similar at Target last week, so you may want to check there as well… it was like 17 bucks.

When I wear tams, I always rock a protective satin bonnet underneath. This one, to be exact.

Happy hat hunting!


Found a cute hat for winter? Dish!


  • NaturalEE Me says:

    They're so cute, think I'll knit a few :-)

  • CurlyDivaCandy says:

    I read an article about protecting your hair from the cold element. SO… I purchased some hats from T.J.Maxx and I wear my satin cap under them to keep the fabric from snapping my hair. I also bought a black, turquiose and hot pink tam from Target this summer on clearance for $2.49 each. (I'm a bargain shopper.)

  • JJohnson117 says:

    Love the look, just bought 2, they are 5.50 apiece!

  • Anonymous says:

    Go to YouTube and look up Beloved Osaruchi, she makes scarves and satin-lined tams. I special ordered a black one and it's on the way! They are about $18 and then shipping but satin-lined, handmade…it's ok with me. I also wear the ones from the beauty supply stores but only when hitting the gym, they are cheap looking and I'm not really a fan.

  • Tea says:

    I'm on the case with the tams this season as well. I also have hair the looks "scalpy" when twisted. Now I bag my twists , throw on my bonnet (inside out to avoid the elastic on my edges)and top it with my tam. I've gotten to the point where I hardly ever where my hair untwisted unless I'm doing something special.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes! I got 5 beanies for $35 at this website. The natural blogger named Tiffany will make any color you want. They're beautiful.Just copy and paste the link below. She'll give you discounts for the more you buy.She's super nice too!

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    I get my hats from Forever 21 and H&M. They have lasted for quite few years now.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hat is a grey cute crochet french hat. So cute, and it makes my hair look good too :D Got it from H&M

  • Anonymous says:

    I am rocking my tam from i think her name is Dottie. She makes some really cool tams and hats for fall and summer. I think Curlynikki has rocked it a while ago. i too protect my hair with a bonnet as well. It is quite chilly here in VA great day for a tam.

  • Missy says:

    I plan to knit and crochet my own hats for this winter and match them with cute scarves or cowls.

  • Ashley says:

    I get mine from a store in the Mall called The Body Shop for about $3.50. I'm more of a wash and go girl but if I decide to do a protective style like braids, I can wear this hat over my hair for a couple of days and then take my hair down for a braid-out.

  • Anonymous says:

    Check out Shelli of Hairscapdes friend, Dottie of Threadmill on She crochets the nicest slouchy beanies, tams, etc. and she will even do custom lux yarns (merino, alpaca, angora) with or without satin linings and they have "personality"!

  • Nashira says:

    Do naturals wear braid outs, twist outs, etc. in the winter? I'm transitioning and lately I've been wondering how I will be able to keep my head warm without messing up my hair. I know the hats featured in this article are meant for NOT wearing your hair down and out, but more for low-maintenance protection while still being fashionable, but what do you do when it's cold and you want to wear your hair out? I'm not really a protective style person…

  • Sophie says:

    I like that hat! I have not been a hat person mostly due to my hair (earmuffs 4 lyfe), but I never thought of using a bonnet. I may knit one of these, actually!

  • MO says:

    i bought this one last month. it's sooo wonderful and reminds me of my youth (see pom pom!) lol. anyways, glad i can share:

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm getting ready to call my girlfriend in Vegas she makes those kinds of hats and scarves and I've never been one to wear them and since I am rethinking a bunch of things I use to not do this will be one of them. I'm going to pay her to make me a few with the scarf to go with them.

  • Anonymous says:

    I get all my hats from Forever 21. So far they have survived for 4 years. yes!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Don't forget your local beauty supply! I got mine for like 3-5 bucks each.

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