That flat hat hair can be perked up

January 30, 1991|By Carrie Donovan | Carrie Donovan,N.Y. Times News Service

NEW YORK — NEW YORK- This winter, some of the prettiest heads in town are those muffled in cocoons of fur, shearling, wool or knit. How charming these all-enveloping hats look framing the face! And how practical, too. There's only one problem: What do you do with your hair when you take one off?

These cozy coverings melt or flatten any coif. That is perfectly OK for those who like the "unmade bed" hairstyle. A few tosses DTC of the head and some hand tousling will get the hair right back into shape. If you wear your hair straight and chin length, you're also lucky. Some vigorous shakes and the hair will spring back.

But what about those who like a set coiffure? Terry Camacho, a stylist with the Thomas Morrissey salon in Manhattan, suggests that women with thin, fine hair should stick a couple of Velcro-type or sponge rollers on top the moment they take the hat off. Sprinkle just a few drops of water on, but no spray.

Let the rollers stay in for about 15 minutes, then comb out gently with an upward motion using a wide-toothed comb. Some vestige, hopefully, of the original set will reappear.

Like many women, the designer Carolyne Roehm often pulls her hair back in a low ponytail. But if she's letting her thick, fluffy hair swing free under a hat, "I whip out my hairbrush wherever I am the moment I take it off," she said.

She added that you must have newly washed hair under one of these warm hats. "Otherwise, hair will mat," she said. "And if that's the case, keep your hat on."

* Experiment. When times are tough, it's not the time to retreat into old safe and sure styles. Instead, perk yourself up by bringing a little change into your wardrobe, as long as you don't spend too much, of course. Here are some suggestions.

Try mixing colors madly. Pull out an old vermilion muffler and wear it with a standby black sweater and a new brilliant green or yellow skirt. Then try a jacket or coat of yet another color peach, perhaps over the whole melange. Black tights and the sweater will pull it all together. Once you get into this scrambling of diverse colors for one outfit, you'll find you're resuscitating your whole wardrobe.

If your hair is short, let it grow longer. Or do the reverse. A good shaping, though, is essential either way.

Think about completely changing your way with accessories. Load them all on or eliminate them entirely. Pile your pearls around the neckline of a pullover sweater or wear it absolutely bare either extreme can enliven your look.

Wear high-heeled suede pumps with man-tailored pants. The contrast is subtly sexy.

Be adventuresome about skirt lengths. Just keep in mind that many more women look better in short than in longer styles.

If you see something you love but think it's not your style, try it. Maybe it's your new style.

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