How to Do Hair With a Sun Hat

Jennifer Lopez rocks her floppy sun hat with loose waves.

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Sporting a floppy sun hat is a great way to protect your scalp and hair from UV rays. The added bonus: They're super chic. Sun hats are more versatile than you might think, which means you can wear your hair in all sorts of ways. Just remember that sun hats also create the dreaded hat-hair, so plan accordingly.

Loose Waves

Loose waves or soft curls look effortlessly chic with sun hats. Because sun hats are usually worn on those easygoing days of summer, wearing hair down and loosely waved matches the informal mood. To get loose waves, blow-dry your hair after you've applied a sun protector and a medium-hold root lifter. Use a 2-inch curling rod and wrap sections of your hair around it. Don't brush through your curls -- gently separate them with your fingers and shake them loose, then finish with hairspray that's medium-hold.

Straight

Long, stick-straight hair looks fab with most sun hats -- especially the wide-brimmed, floppy kind -- because it gives off that '70s vibe. Part your hair in the middle after washing it and give yourself a straight blow-out after applying a heat and sun protecter. If you have naturally curly hair, use a flat iron, and don't forget to apply a shine serum or shine spray to tame fly-aways and add gloss.

Loose Bun

There's no fashion rule mandating that you have to wear your hair down with a sun hat. Gals with thick hair tend to stay more cool and comfortable on hot summer days by wearing their hair up. Whether you have thick or fine hair, wear it in a loose bun so it fits beneath your sun hat. Pull your hair back and loosely twist it, then secure it with some bobby pins or barrettes.

Low Pony Tail

Low pony tails look sleek when worn with sun hats. If you're going to wear a pony tail, make sure it's low, otherwise your sun hat won't fit properly. Wear a low pony tail to the side, so your locks cascade softly down your shoulder or wear it in back. Remember to apply a sun protector to ward off damage from UV rays.

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