Question re: wool hats and "African-American" hair

That's in quotes because the question is for an acquaintance on another forum, a knitting forum.

She wants to knit a hat for her brothers GF for Christmas , and she hasonly met the girl once or twice. She didn't specify what type of hair it was (actually she said African) , the knitter doesn't have curly hair so I doubt she knows there are categories to specify what the hair looks like.

I haven't met her of the girl the hat is for, so I have no clue, but she wants to know if wool is ok for the girls hair.

She said she googled it and that Dr. google says wool and black-textured hair are a bad mix, that wool damages those hair types. Acrylic yarn is a synthetic and the next obvious choice, but she doesn't want to use it because it won't be warm. Cotton sucks for winter time hats, it can make a person feel cold. Does anyone know if alpaca or another animal fiber would be ok, or, is wool totally fine and Dr. google is whack?

I don't even know this lady, but she wants to buy nice yarn to make a good gift, and so far all the answers are "don't use wool, I googled it" or "I use wool hats on my hair and it's natural and my hair hasnt been broken". But the "no don't use it" answers outweigh the "go ahead" answers .... So I thought I'd ask here, where people know WAY more about hair than a knitting forum.

:thumbright: thank you! Random, I know :angry3:
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 12,231Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    How about a really top grade of cashmere? That's very soft. Just a thought - I don't have any facts on this. :)
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  • LizardlooLizardloo Posts: 75Registered Users
    I've never heard this and I'm a knitter, but wool does tend to snag my waves. I try to use a merino wool when I do use it as it's much softer (especially for hats). There are also lots of blends using silk & wool etc. that would probably be smoother while still being warm. She could also line the hat with silk/satin.

    Not sure if this helps at all!
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  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Lizardloo wrote: »
    I've never heard this and I'm a knitter, but wool does tend to snag my waves. I try to use a merino wool when I do use it as it's much softer (especially for hats). There are also lots of blends using silk & wool etc. that would probably be smoother while still being warm. She could also line the hat with silk/satin.

    Not sure if this helps at all!

    +1 with lining the hat with satin. Today I wore a wool hat and based on advice I received I wore a satin cap underneath. Worked wonderfully but would be even better if I could sew it in. Anyway I have 3b/3c hair if that matters... HTH


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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,355Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    +1 on the satin lining

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