When graduation day comes, you want to spend the entire day reflecting on your time at school and enjoying your last moments as a student before heading out into the real world (or college), not thinking about how much damage your hairstyle is suffering underneath your cap. Sure, the cap is the enemy of any good hair day, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right products and techniques, you can turn a graduation cap nightmare into Instagram-worthy hair in no time.
To help graduates everywhere fight the good fight against hat hair, we’ve come up with eight simple tricks for fixing graduation cap hat hair. Take a look through the tips above and tell us how you’re planning on styling your hair for graduation in the comments below!
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8 quick fixes for graduation cap hat hair are right this way!
If you're going to throw your hair into a ponytail, graduation day is not the time to use a boring elastic band. Instead, go for a colorful metal cuff and choose a color that coordinates with your gown.
(Atelier Enamel Cuff Ponytail Holder, $22, Nordstrom.com)
Get rid of any dullness that may have happened while your hair was suffocated under the cap by spritzing shine mist onto your hair. Trust us, this stuff will get your hair noticed from a mile away.
(Blow Pro Time to Shine 3D Illuminating Mist, $21, Ulta.com)
For curly-haired girls who need a boost of refreshment after an entire graduation ceremony in a cap, keep Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Reactiving Mist in your bag and spray to liven up your tresses.
(Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist, $24, Sephora.com)
To give your hair a burst of volume after sitting flat all day, use a volumizing dry shampoo (even if your hair's not dirty) at the roots.
(Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, $25, Sephora.com)
If your graduation ceremony was chock full of humidity, smooth things over with an Argan oil serum from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair.
(Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum, $30, Sephora.com)
When your hair just needs a bright pop of color or a slightly altered hairstyle from what you've already got, throw in a few boldly colored bobby pins for a fun new style.
(Jane Tran Basic Bobby Pin Set, $15, Birchbox.com)
For a top knot or a small bun at the nape of your neck - minus the bun donut - try the spin pin. It holds your hair from the top and bottom with just two pins instead of using 20 bobby pins to hold your style in place.
(Simple Styles Spin Pin, $5.89, Target.com)
Considering the front of your hair takes the brunt of the damage when you're wearing a graduation cap, a headband can camouflage a myriad of issues.
(Embellished Metal Headband, $2.99, Urban Outfitters)