May 05, 2016

Tips for Styling your Hair with a Graduation Cap

Classes, finals and papers are complete and the big day is coming – graduation day!  You should look and feel great that day because quite honestly, you deserve it! 🙂

Our hair always makes a big statement and can play a big role in our self confidence. But the special day can present a big problem as well – the dreaded hat hair!  Sounds familiar?  Don’t worry.

Follow these tips and hairstyle ideas to be picture ready with the graduation cap on and after it comes off!

Graduation Cap Hair

Frizz control

The first thing I would recommend you do, no matter your hair texture, is prepping your hair with a frizz control product (shampoo, conditioner, heat protectant before heat styling).  This will proof your hair against any kind of weather.  The last thing you want after you take your hat off is a flat top with frizzy ends.

Dry shampoo

If you’re going to rock loose hair, spraying or dusting your roots with dry shampoo will help absorb the oils and sweat that can so easily form underneath the cap.  It will also give your hair more volume and you can easily use your fingers to lift up the hair flattened by the hat.  If you can get your hands on a travel size dry shampoo and take it with you in your purse, it would be advisable.  Another good choice for lifting your hair at the roots is hair powder.

Flip your hair

Another quick and easy trick, if you’re wearing a side part, is to flip your hair to the other side before you put your hat on. After you take it off, just flip it back, shake with your fingers and voila!  Even if you’re used to a middle part, maybe it would be nice to try something new? Changing how you part your hair is the easiest way to change your look!

The right hairstyles

Instead of fighting gravity, you can just play along with it!  No matter what you do, the hat will inevitably flatten your hair against your head a little bit. The above tips will help you regain volume, but it’s also a good idea to choose the right kind of hairstyles, meaning those, that don’t require a lot of volume at the top.

  • If you have very curly hair (ringlets), you might want to straighten it out a bit.  Go get a blowout, give it a bigger curl or wave. Flat hair at the top and tons of voluminous little curls at the bottom won’t look so cute 😉
  • For those of us with straight hair, I do recommend curling it a little or giving it some wave. Any dents that the hat might create are much easier to hide in waves than on completely straight hair.  Opt for a looser curl, tighter at the bottom and looser towards the top.  Always curl the front away from you face even if your hair gets a bit more flat at the top, it will still look like it’s supposed to.
  • For long hair, you can’t go wrong with a low, messy side braid.

Graduation Hat Hair

Control your bangs

Bangs can be the most problematic in the hat hair department so I decided to make a separate category for them 😉

When I used to wear bangs, I hated wearing hats! I would always end up having hair look like it’s been glued to my forehead 😉 It all depends what kind of bangs you have. If they are super short, the best thing is to style them as normal and let the hat cover them. If they are longer (below the brows), you can flip them outwards (think Charlie’s angels). That will look very cute with the hat on and off. Another way you can solve this problem, is braiding your bangs, wether they reach your eyebrows or are longer, even if you normally wear a side bang. This will ensure they stay put, exactly were you want them to at all times.

Twisted Bangs

twisted bangs

Super easy!  Twist them away from your face and hide the ends underneath some hair. Pin in place with a bobby pin.

French Braided Bangs

French Braided Bangs | CGH Lifestyle

French Braided Bangs | CGH Lifestyle

Another great and easy way to get the bangs under control. Add in new hair to the braid both from the hairline and from the back a couple of times. Hide the ends and pin in place with one or two bobby pins.

Lace Braided Bangs

Lace Braided Bangs | CGH Lifestyle

Lace Braided Bangs | CGH Lifestyle

Here you only add in new sections of hair from the hair line into the braid. As usual, hide the ends and pin with bobby pins.

Lace Braided Headband 

Lace Braided Headband | CGH Lifestyle

Here you take the lace braid further down, and you can do it on both sides of the parting to achieve a headband effect. Pin the ends underneath some hair in the back of your head. Your bangs won’t budge no matter what happens!

Reverse Lace Braided Bangs

Reverse Lace Braided Bangs

Reverse Lace Braided Bangs

Also a lace braid, but here you add in hair only from the back. It’s a good idea to braid in the direction of where you’ll want to pin the braid to avoid bulks.

Braided Side Bun

Braided Side Bun | CGH Lifestyle

Braided Side Bun | CGH Lifestyle

Braided Side Bun | CGH Lifestyle

This updo will work great with a hat. It’s concentrated in the lower parts, which a hat won’t mess with and the reverse lace braided bangs (same braid as above, but braided further down) give it an intricate look and keep the hair in the front under control. Hair on the opposite side is twisted in the direction away from the face, towards the other side, where the bun is placed. I just placed the different curls loosely to my head and pinned them into place. How the bun will look will be largely determined by your hair length.

I hope some of these tips and hairstyle ideas will be helpful and inspire you to experiment a bit!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time lovely! Have a great hair day 🙂

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  • Gwyneth Parallag

    Now I can’t wait till graduation in a few years!

    • Esther Kamas

      Me too! These are really pretty!

  • Emma

    These tips will come in handy for me in a few years, thanks!

  • Noha Chaarani

    Oh these are so pretty!! Will definitely try them out for my graduation <3 😀

  • Analise Bingham

    This is such a cute up-do!🙌🏻

  • Ka

    Love this!

  • Aswathy SG

    Good tips..thanks☺

  • Simrran

    Thank You!!

  • Rebecca Dee

    I am graduating at the end of summer and I cant wait, but I was worried about my hair! This helps. Thank-you!

  • Need to send this to all my friends who are graduating this year!

  • Vlad


  • Gess

    All of this tips would still totally work even it’s not for graduation! 😍 So in love with the reverse lace braided bangs! 😍😍

  • Allie G

    These are great for every day too ☺

  • Abdel Mentalist


  • Chinasa Okuma

    really nice

  • Nouzhat Yousuf

    Great tips!!

  • Melanie

    This is very helpful!

  • Abigayle Sinibaldi

    Good tips!!!

  • Hannah Brown

    Great tips!

  • Chinasa Okuma

    very nice and helpful

  • Wong JY

    CLASS OF 2017!!

  • Maria Fernanda Ardon

    So helpful 😄

  • Rose Leon

    love itt

  • ST

    great idea!!!

  • Bhumi


  • Kayla

    So ready to use one of these for graduation!!

  • Eudys Loaiza

    So cute!

  • Alexis Alaimo


  • Savannah Jackson

    😍this is goregous!

  • Olivia bieber


  • Ana lopez


  • Nabila Bestari

    Twisted bangs is the quickest for me since im not really good doing braids;))

  • Divya Agrawal

    Twisted bangs!!

  • Nicolette

    These are so oretty

  • Kayla

    CLASS OF 2017

  • ㋡Brianna Atkinson㋡

    I love the lace braid headband

  • Ana Sotelo

    These are great ideas.

  • Lauren


  • Дмитро Швець


  • Paisley

    The lace braided headband is soooo cute!!!!!

  • Mariana Lourenço

    great tips !!!! love all of your channels. i´m from portugal and i really love your family. you guys are so cute!!! wish you all the luck!

  • Wid A

    The hairstyles are so perfect! I love them!!!

  • Julie1989


  • Melanie Perez

    Really like this

  • PAo10

    These are great ideas!

  • sage rawls

    I can’t wait to graduate!!!!!!!

  • Kay-Ann O

    Can’t wait to try for my grad

  • cortney brown

    Great for my short hair! straight and curly!

  • Glowariana

    These are great hairstyles for graduation💁🎓 definitely going to try these out when I graduate

  • Mónica López


  • اميره عبدالعزيز

    This is so perfect to my short hair, thank you so so much

  • Vanessa Affandy

    Thank you for the tips! LOVE the hairstyles!!!

  • Jurika Martinez

    all cute hairstyles

  • ❁M❁A❁R❁I❁T❁Z❁A❁

    I was planning to go to prom with a lace braided headband and now I can! This tutorial will help so much!!

  • Nicole

    I love these ideas

  • Nouzhat Yousuf

    So excited!!

  • Jillian Stone

    I’m too excited!

  • Jewell Tovar

    I’m going to need these tips someday.

  • sidra fatima

    After seeing these, I’m EAGERLY waiting for the day I graduate!!

  • Allison

    Great tips here!

  • Jennie

    I love the lace braid!

  • kerri


  • Wid A

    The reverse lace braided bangs hairstyle is just so perfect!!!! 💕✨

  • sophia cavalcante


  • Dua Aamir

    Very helpful!

  • hanh nguyen

    Great idea!!

  • Angelyn

    That is such a good way of doing your hair even though your not graduating.

  • Erika Al

    to bad mine was 4 months ago!

  • Alejandra Villarroel

    This is amazing!

  • faye


  • Alyssa Cantu

    I learned to flip the front of the caps fabric under so the front part of your hair can be out to frame your face!

  • Claudia Sanchez

    I love them

  • Noel

    so cute even without the cap!

  • Paris Perez

    I am so in love with these!

  • Xictlaly and Dolores

    This can come in very handy since i graduate from high school..🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Danielle B. Davis

    So cute..

  • Christine

    I have finally learner how to do a side French braid like the first picture and I love it so much I actually do it almost every day

  • Lisa Coomer Queen

    This is great. I will have to show my daughter. She graduates on Saturday.

  • Xenia

    I’ll give it a try when the time comes.

  • Luz Serrano

    I am going to try it

  • Alicia


  • Amina

    i love those hairstyles

  • Annalise G

    I love the lace braided headband!

  • Julia Patterson

    I wish little braids showed up better with dark hair.

  • Beatrix

    definitely going to try this out!

  • Avital Frank

    Ooh I love the first one

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    💖💖💖💖💖 So helpful!!