Mind the brim!
As anyone who has ever owned a hat knows, taking proper care of it is essential to keeping it in good shape. The most common mistake people make is picking up the hat by the front, which can cause the dents to become permanent over time. Another common mistake to avoid is picking up the hat by the edge of the brim, which can also damage the structure of the hat. The best way to pick up a hat is by holding it upside down by the crown. This may seem counterintuitive, but it helps to prevent the hat from losing its shape and the crown holds its shape better than the brim.
A light drizzle:
While a hat can be a great way to protect your head from the sun and can even help to keep you warm in cooler weather, it's important to remember that hats are not waterproof. If you find yourself caught in a downpour, it's best to shake off as much water as you can. Its best to let the hat dry naturally. If your hat is made of felt or another absorbent material, it's also important to avoid using excessive heat if your in a rush when drying it since too much heat can cause damage.
Hat dents and bends:
Steam can be a powerful tool, especially when it comes to hat care. If your Sinamay, straw, or felt hat gets bent or dented, simply hold it over a steaming tea kettle or near a clothes steamer for about 30 seconds. The heat will help to soften the fibers and make the hat more pliable. Once it's been steamed, simply reshape the hat with your fingers. You may also use an iron on low heat to press out any damage, but be careful not to burn the straw. With a little steam, your hats will look good as new.