For curly-haired women, a love of hats presents a major conundrum: Statement-making chapeaus, like Marc Jacobs’ puffy camel newsboy cap or Dior’s sleek leather beret, can instantly elevate your look, but you have to consider how it will lay on your cloud of natural volume and whether it’ll be worth the wilted spirals and unwanted dent it leaves behind. But leave it to the born-and-raised Parisian jewelry designer Adeline Rapon to prove that a well-placed topper and buoyant texture can, in fact, live together harmoniously.
Given how well it suits her, it’s hard to believe that 27-year-old Rapon didn’t always wear her hair curly. “It’s been a long journey, actually,” she admits. “As a little girl, my mother made me feel proud of my hair, but I started to get mocked in middle school because, you know, the prettiest girls always had straight hair.” She would go on to chemically relax her hair for 14 years before transitioning back to her natural corkscrew texture. “When I stopped straightening my hair, I [thought] I couldn’t wear all the hats I had like bowlers and wide-brimmed Panamas,” she says of the form fitting styles. “[They] weren’t made for hair like mine and it made me sad.” But that changed one fateful day last January when a friend left her beret behind at Rapon’s flat. “With that iconic Sonia Rykielsilhouette in mind, I tried it on and [was surprised to find that] I loved the way it looked,” she says. Since then, whether she’s apprenticing at Atelier B, a jewelry store in the 20th arrondissement, or out on the town at night, the round, flat accessory, in jet black, cherry red, or burgundy, has become one of her signatures. When styling it, she always tilts the beret to one side, then fluffs out the curls on the opposite side with her fingers to cool, asymmetrical effect. And if petite wisps fall into her face as the day wears on, she embraces them for a softer look.
For Rapon, the only drawback is that once she puts on a beret, she has to commit to it until she washes her hair (which she only does once a week) because when you’ve got textured hair, there’s no way around the marks it leaves behind, she says. This is why she’ll often reach for her go-to chapeau when her hair is in need of a cleanse. And because she believes curls must look and feel healthy always, she swears by a weekly ritual of detangling her hair with Garnier’s Whole Blends Repairing Mask, which she leaves on overnight for a deep condition. The takeaway? When it comes to beret-ready curls, the springier the better.