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Offset the side effects of winter hats

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NEW YORK — Hats are as much a part of a winter survival kit as boots or gloves, but those latter pieces don't really have side effects. Hats do.

Hat hair can come at you from any angle and attack any style and hair type. Just ask anyone who's taken off their hat to find every strand of hair on their head going in a different direction.

Hairstylist Marc Anthony is Canadian, which gives him an instant pedigree when it comes to knowledge about cold-weather hair. He says cold-weather hair is entirely different from rest-of-the-year hair.

"Essentially, static is caused by dryness," says Anthony. We all know that rubbing a balloon on your hair will make your hair stand up — that's just static electricity. Have you ever tried that on damp hair? It doesn't work."

Maybe Anthony is on to something.

"Moisture creates a barrier preventing static from forming," he explains.

Of course, wet hair can turn to ice in cool climes, so Anthony suggests using a moisturizer, particularly a leave-in product. Apply a small amount of moisturizer to towel-dried hair before blow-drying.

Style, both of your hair and your hat, also can cause "hat head."

Anthony says someone with straight hair should consider a knit cap, with the hair pulled into two loose braids right after it's dried. Secure the braids loosely, so there'll be no kinks when you take them out.

When you get to your final destination, take the hat off and untwist the braids. You'll be left with a loose wave. Anthony also suggests touching up the top with a finishing spray or gloss.

With an aviator cap — which is among the warmest styles because of its ear flaps — you can have either pin-straight or slightly bouncy hair.

If you want a straight look, use a straightening cream as you blow-dry; if you want a gentle curl, use a curl lotion.

Either way, your hair should be completely dry when you first put the hat on, Anthony says.

Slide the cap on gently without having the hair move too much as you're putting it on.

When you take the hat off, comb straight hair or run fingers through curly hair. You might not even need gloss or finishing spray.

If you like the look of a beret, go with curly hair, Anthony says, gently pulling the hat on over styled hair. With your fingertips, slide the hair up and the root under the beret just a little bit to give added lift at the crown.

A wrapped scarf also works for curls, especially if it's stormy and windy outside, because it can accommodate big curls.

Anthony recommends using both a curl lotion and curl booster on damp hair and then using the diffuser on the blow-dryer to get the shape of the curl that you want. Next, gently drape the scarf over your curls and lightly wrap around your neck, which will hold your hair in place.

A fedora requires more upfront styling work since Anthony suggests a low-slung bun at the nape of the neck, but the upside is the hat doesn't interfere at all with the style so there's nothing to do when you take the hat off.

To create the bun, roll the ends of fully dried hair and pin them in at the nape, resembling an old-fashioned bob. That hat protects the curl at the bottom from becoming stringy.

Another option is to slide out the pins you've worn under a fedora, use a small amount of gloss and pull it through the hair.