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The 10 Best Hairstyles to Wear Under a Winter Hat

These hat-friendly hairstyles give new meaning to winter hair.
January 09, 2023


With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to bundle up in comfy sweaters and cozy beanies. But while a winter hat may be a necessity for keeping us warm during the winter months, it’s not always so practical for the hairstyle we’re trying to rock

Still, though, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your ‘do for staying warm this winter. In fact, there are a variety of hairstyles that you can wear under your beanies, berets and fluffy bucket hats that are still stylish and noticeable. From textured waves to fun pigtails, here are eight of the best hat-friendly hairstyles to wear under your winter hat. 

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1. Bubble Braids

Level up your ponytail with bubble braids, an alternative to classic plaits — with no braiding skills required. Instead of weaving tresses together to form a braid, this low-maintenance hairstyle involves wrapping hair elastics continuously down and around your ponytail until it forms a bubble effect, hence the name. 

In addition to hair ties, effective hair-smoothing products are essential for achieving this look. Apply an anti-frizz serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In, throughout your strands to prevent flyaways. Then, when you’re done, lock in your style with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented.

2. Low Space Buns

One early aughts hair trend that’s everywhere again is space buns. While the playful style is typically worn at both sides on the top of your head, you can also wear space buns low to fit under your winter hat. 

All you’ll need to do is part your hair two from two low ponytails, then twist each into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure it.

3. Textured Waves

Sure, rocking straight hair under your beanie is simple and fuss-free — but adding some texture and loose waves to your mane can give the entire look some oomph, and it’s great for all hair lengths. Before styling with a crimper or curling iron, spritz on a heat protectant — such as the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant — to prevent damaging your hair with heat. 

If you have wavy or curly hair, you’re in luck. Just spray the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Refresh & Reshape Leave-In Spray onto your strands and shape your spirals into your desired look.

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4. Side-Swept Natural Curls

Wearing a winter hat on curly hair is a great way to show off your texture, and it won’t take a lot of products to get this look. Just use an ample amount of the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In to nourish your hair and define your curls, then part your hair to the side. Take some bobby pins and pin them in where your part is so one side of your hair is swept back. To avoid hat hair, try opting for a silk-lined hat, or wrap the hair that will be covered by your cap with a silk or satin hair scarf before putting on your hat.

5. Fishtail Braids

As far as hairstyles go, braids — especially fishtail braids — are extremely versatile. You can wear them loosely on the side or turn them into a low updo. No matter the style you choose, the intricate yet easy-to-achieve look is bound to stand out from under your cap.

6. Elegant Lob

If you’re sick of your hairstyle, perhaps it might be time to pay a visit to your hairstylist. And with the new year just getting started, there’s no better time to freshen up your ‘do with a new haircut like a lob. Timeless and chic, this haircut will make a statement and look amazing under all kinds of winter hats. If you don’t want to cut your hair, you can also create a faux bob or lob with pins.

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7. Low Ponytail

There are few styles more classic than a low ponytail. It requires minimal styling and suits just about every face shape and hair texture. Best part of all, there are many ways you can make a statement with it from under your hat. You can keep things smooth and sleek or you can add some drama to your look with a makeshift knot or a twist. Add some beads or other charming hair accessories to give your low pony more flair. 

8. Pigtails

Good news: Pigtails aren’t just for kids — you can rock them, too. Perfect with all hair types, the classic pigtail look is a great way to showcase your tresses from under your hat. Keep it simple with two ponytails, or take the pigtails up a level by making them into chunky braids — the choice is yours.

9. Straight-Back Slick Back

Slicking back your strands is a great way to let your hat be the focus of your look, especially if you have short hair. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel, then take a comb and brush your hair backwards towards your neck. Top the look off with your hat, and you’re ready to go.

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10. Knotless Box Braids 

Knotless braids are great during any season, but they’re especially great as a winter hairstyle because the lack of knots will let your hat sit nicely on your head. Use a hair oil like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Simply Clean Sheer Oil to keep your braids moisturized under your hat.

Next: 15 Of the Best Blunt Haircuts for Your New Year Glow Up

Photo Credit: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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