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Warm from head to toe: Our guide to hats and scarves

There is a hat to suit every type of face with our styling tips, while flyaway hair doesn’t stand a chance.  We also know the right scarf for every occasion!

Guide to hats – the right headwear for every face

From the beanie, bobble hat and beret to the knitted turban – the typical face type that suits virtually any hat design tends to be oval-shaped.

When it comes to selecting the right kind of headwear, other face shapes can benefit from these tips and tricks:

If you have a round face, for example, you can easily wear large, coarsely knitted hats with a really wide brim and peak on the top of the head. These will visually extend your face.

Aviator hats, peaked caps, berets and anything that you can style aslant on your head, meanwhile, will break up angular faces. This works just as well with knitted headbands.

People with heart-shaped faces can conceal the forehead with a trendy bucket hat or trapper hat with ear flaps, for example, and visually widen the chin with the expansive brim.

The advantage of this fashionably striking headwear is as indisputable as the thermal effect. Bucket hats made of corduroy, fake fur or cosy plush and trapper hats with felt on the outside and lambskin on the inside are also in fashion and really warm.

To ensure that your ears stay warm, other fashionable hats such as berets are better suited to long hair worn down and you should opt for the felt or woolly version. The classic beanie hat is now also less oversized than it was a few years back and, if at all, protrudes only minimally at the back of the head. Particularly popular are woolly models with a wide turn-up and large designer logo or another kind of embroidery.

Guide to scarves – neatly wrapped up!

The classic woolly scarf never goes out of fashion. Whether traditionally tied around the neck or worn in a loop, single-colour or checked, the scarf has always kept the necks of businesspeople warm as well as fashionistas and even those who are indifferent to fashion.

Elegantly worn over the shoulder, a large scarf can also serve as a cape or poncho substitute. As such, it goes equally well with a trouser suit or jeans and a roll-neck pullover.

A loop or tube scarf, meanwhile, is especially practical for lazy individuals: simply wrap it round once or several times – and that’s it!

With a little skill, a square or triangular scarf can be used to conjure up several designs, from the hood substitute to the elegant waterfall, depending on your taste.

Tip: To create an especially eye-catching scarf, you can add fashionable and individual embroidery to any of the above options. From the classic flower design to the bold quote, there are countless ideas here – which can be found in our article DIY fashion: Embroidery for beginners.

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Guide to materials – use your head and stay warm

Hats and scarves not only come in all shapes and colours, but also in a wide variety of materials:

Materials such as (organic) cotton, viscose or lyocell are more suited to moderate temperatures. They are relatively thin and do not retain the heat.

Hats and tube scarves made from synthetic or functional fibres are ideal for sports in colder temperatures. They are lightweight and generally have a membrane function for perfectly regulating the moisture level, while also drying particularly quickly.

When it gets really cold, you should ideally opt for wool. It is breathable and temperature-regulating, because it absorbs a lot of moisture without feeling damp on the skin. At the same time, it optimally keeps the body warm. Woolly hats and scarves with an inner lining made of fleece or plush, for example, are extra cosy.

By the way, bobbles and pilling on your hat or scarf are not necessarily a sign of poor quality. The fluffier the material, the more frequently bobbles and pilling occur, because the fibres are looser and can become knotted by friction. Firmer fabrics, meanwhile, are made with more tightly weaved thread, reducing the risk of this occurring. You can simply pluck the bobbles and pilling with your fingers or use a lint brush. In more stubborn cases, a lint razor can help.

Tip: Persil Service offers the right care for every material: You can find more information at www.persil-service.de and in the Persil Service app – both convenient and mobile. Now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Tips for hat hair and scarf skin

To prevent flattened hat hair, you should ideally always blow-dry your hair overhead and work it into shape with a little mousse. Important: To protect your hair, do not wear the hat on wet or damp hair.

Dry shampoo or hair powder can also help you to prevent greasy roots and flat hair.

However, to make sure that your hair doesn’t ‘fly away’ after wearing a hat, swap your plastic comb or brush for a rubber or wooden one. These prevent flyaway hair with their anti-static effect.

Your skin is often stressed in winter anyway, but frequently wearing a hat and scarf tends to cause additional skin impurities on the forehead and chin. This is due to the irritation caused by the constant contact with the material, creating small cracks in the skin and providing suitable surfaces for bacteria and other dirt particles to attack. What’s more, the skin is exposed to less air beneath the material and it can be permanently exposed to moisture when you sweat.

That is why hats and scarves made from natural, breathable materials are good for your stressed winter skin and these should be regularly changed and washed. You should additionally avoid spending the entire day in your hat and scarf. Regular aeration is good for your skin – as is thorough daily skincare with gentle cleansers and plenty of moisture.