Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Don't fall off

So The last few day's... someone told me that they were on an ATV and had to remove their hat so not to lose their hat. 

Keeping your hat on your head
By Matt Deckard

The fitted hat
These are traditionally men’s hats such as the derby, the fedora and the top hat. They are made in multiple sizes or can be made custom to the exact size and shape of the wearer’s head. The preferred fit is loose enough to not leave a visible mark on the forehead, yet snug enough to hold on through aggravated movement or a brisk gust of wind. Just above the ears and the eyebrows around the circumference of the head. The hat is suspended on a band of leather or cloth that is pretty much gripping your skull to stay in place. For these styles, even the ballcap, keeping your hat from getting caught in the wind and flying away is a simple matter of proper fit.

The non-fitted hat
Most traditional women’s hats are made to fit on top of or over a multitude hairstyles. Because of this, there is no relying on a proper fit or a band of material fitted to the head that has to be precisely measured.
Non-fitted hats are affixed to the head by various techniques. Here are a few of them below.

1.    Combs with tines that are facing upwards into the hat. Putting the hat on requires the wearer to push the comb into the hair.
2.    An elastic strap that is affixed to the right and left side of the hat. Once the hat is in the proper place on the head, the elastic strap is stretched behind the head and placed under the hair to provide a solid anchor.
3.    Pins, some often 8 to 9 inches long, are pushed directly through the material of the hat, through the hairstyle, and out the other side of the hat.
4.    Clips/barrettes, some are very much like the combs but with the addition of a separate piece to the comb that clamps down once the comb is pushed into the hair adding a much stronger hold.
5.    Headband, the hat is affixed to a flexible crescent shape that grips the head when pushed down vertically into the hair. 

Whether it be a nurses cap that requires bobby pins to attach it to the top of the head by sliding the clips over the thin material while gripping your hair, or a helmet cloche that completely envelops the head and requires nothing to keep it in place, or the fascinator that may simply have a gator clip that clamps into the hair, there is no end to the spectrum of ways milliners have found to affix these pieces of art atop a client.


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