You don’t have to spend the warm weather months with your face 2 inches from the fan, rubbing a cold washcloth on your neck while cursing the sun. Instead, you can invest in some of the best cooling headwear and go about your day uninterrupted by bouts of heat-induced discomfort.It turns out, there's a huge amount of cooling headwear available, including everything from evaporative sun hats, to water-activated headbands, to cooling skull caps, and beyond.
Unlike other articles of clothing, headwear can be an especially effective method of cooling yourself down, largely due to its location on your body. Your head is one of your quick-cooling spots where pulse points around your neck, temples, and ears can cool your system down rapidly via blood vessels close to the surface of the skin.This ultra-versatile cooling band works with special technology that cools your skin roughly 30 degrees below its average body temperature when you get it wet. Simply dunk it in water, wring it out, and wrap the band into any of its 12 styles including a headband, scarf, neck gator, hood, balaclava, cap, face mask, and others. Once wet, it will stay cool for hours.
The band is pre-shaped into a full circle which means you'll never have to fuss with tying or adjusting it. As a bonus, its made with fabric that offers UPF 50 sun protection so you won't burn either.Made with dual-strategy cooling technology, this sporty baseball cap combines an inner layer of HyperKewl fabric with an outer layer of water-repelling nylon. The result is that the inside portion next to your skin cools you down while the outside section keeps you dry and less sweaty.
The blend of fabrics makes it perfect for active pursuits such as running, biking, hiking, and other activities where you work up a sweat. Each time you soak the cap in water, the material stays cool for an impressive five to ten hours. One Amazon reviewer praises it, saying, "was looking for a hat that would not only reflect the hot sun, but also cool your head. Wore it over the weekend on a 12-hour fishing trip out in the Gulf of Mexico. Kept my face from burning and my head cool. Would highly recommend."So what makes for good cooling headwear? Most cooling accessories work by either holding cold moisture next to your skin or evaporating heat and sweat from it. Some of the best headwear even does both. In addition, while headwear in and of itself protects your skin from the sun, many items on this list also offer UPF sun protection to prevent your head and shoulders from sunburn.