Kitchen-friendly hairstyles: don’t let the heat get to your head

If you’re eating out less and spending more time in the kitchen during lockdown, this one’s for you! Whether cooking has become your new hobby or one of your household duties, you’ve probably experienced the struggle of your hair getting in the way.

Hair making you hot? Sticking to your face? Getting in the pot?!
It can sometimes be a mission to keep cool in the kitchen when your hair is all over. And let’s be real, no one wants to find a strand in their banana bread either…

To help out, we’ve come up with a few fun kitchen-friendly hairstyles to try next time you’re cooking.


Wet it

Wet look hair as a kitchen-friendly hairstyle
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This may sound a bit odd, but having wet hair when it the kitchen can work to your advantage. Dampen your hair and slick it back, behind your ears. If you have super short hair you’re good to go, but if your hair is slightly longer, an elastic band can help keep it in place.

The ‘wet look’ will not only keep your strands together (preventing any flyaways in food) but also keep you cooler in a warm kitchen.

Adding a touch of gel to your hair will help to keep it in place while cooking up a storm. We suggest trying the VO5 Sculpted Firm Hold Styling Gel.


Braid the front

Man with braided hair holding a slice of cake
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Braids in general are one of the most versatile styles — and are definitely kitchen-friendly! You could choose cornrows or just a twist braid at the front of your hair. Whatever your choice, as long as the front is braided you won’t have to worry about any hair in your face.

Before braiding your hair, prep it with the Shea Moisture Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment to keep your hair moisturised and protect it from the heat of those kitchen appliances!


Head bands

Woman wearing a red headband
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A kitchen-friendly accessory that will keep you looking cool in the kitchen, are head bands. Popping on a good head band will keep your hair out of your face and protect the your edges from the humidity.


Use a head wrap or scarf

Woman wearing a red headscarf for a kitchen-friendly hairstyle
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So you may not want to go as far as using a kitchen net when cooking at home, but why not a head wrap or scarf? Head wraps are beautiful and extremely useful in protecting your hair. Using a hair wrap will help protect your strands from the heat and humidity in a kitchen. PLUS, prevents your hair from smelling like food — which is definitely helpful if you’re frying dinner and aren’t keen on smelling like oil.


Bun it

Man with ginger hair wearing a man bun as a kitchen hairstyle
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Why not wear a bun while baking a buns? Whether it’s a man bun or ballerina bun, either one will do. A bun is one of the easiest hairstyles to create and perfect for those days when you’re busy in the kitchen. Gather your hair up and secure it with a hair band or some bobby pins for a fuss-free look.



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