Emily DiDonato Shares the Simple Hair Hack She Learned As a Model

The mom of two offered up a useful method for fellow women with thick, coarse hair.
Emily DiDonato

Emily DiDonato.

When our fave celebrities offer up fashion and styling advice, we tend to tune in. Particularly when the fountain of wisdom is coming from SI Swimsuit model Emily DiDonato herself.

The 32-year-old mom of two took to TikTok earlier this week to let her followers in on a hair hack that, admittedly, we never would have though to do on our own.

“One of my favorite hair hacks that I learned on set as a model is to put on a hat after I do my hair,” DiDonato stated as she filmed herself wearing a black beanie atop her freshly styled locks. “I have very thick, coarse hair and I’m always trying to create sort of that Sienna Miller, cool-girl undone look, but I can’t do that just purely with my natural texture because it’s insane. So I do my hair with my flat iron waves, and then I put a hat on.”

She went on to explain that the hat helps tame volume and flyaways on the top of her head while giving her hair “a really nice, kind of cool shape.” After then removing the beanie, DiDonato stated, “I like the flatness on top, I like the way my hair frames my face because of, like, where the hat was.”

Several of the model, mom and entrepreneur’s TikTok followers chimed in to the comments section with thoughts regarding the method.

“wait I love this!” one person exclaimed. “I always love how my hair looks after wearing a hat so this makes a lot of sense!”

“Meanwhile I cannot touch my hair with a beanie until I’m ready to wash and restyle or I’ll be a cone head for the rest of the week 😂,” someone else shared.

“I thought I was the only person who does this!!!” another user admitted. “Yes! 👏🏼👏🏼.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.