The Winter is quickly approaching, and as you all know the colder the weather, the more static electricity is in the drier air. This static electricity leads to you looking like you got into a war with an army of balloons. Do not fear, though, because we have some tips for quick fixes to your static hair problems! We understand just how frustrating it can be to have the perfect hairstyle ruined by static. You didn't wake up extra early this morning to spend an hour on your hair just for it to get stuck on your eyelashes and in your mouth!
Now you may ask, what exactly causes hair static that ruins your hairstyle, and the answer is dry air around each hair follicle. Dry air has an excess of static electricity so the way to combat this is to add tons of moisture to your hair. Let's look at an example to help explain the process better. When the material of your hat rubs against the strands of your hair, they swap electrons causing your hair to be inherently negative and full of electrons. This swap causes a negative electric charge to build up on your hair. If there is humidity in the air, the charge can usually just go away. Usually, humidity combats this problem, but in the Winter the charge causes your strands to literally repel from another like a magnet. By adding moisture, this fights off the static since it won't allow the static electricity from the dry air to attract to your hair. So for a quick answer on how to fix static, add tons of moisture. So now that we understand how static works, let's take a look at what we can do to combat it.
1. Use Products Meant for Curls
If your hair is typically very static prone in the Winter it may be best to consider making a seasonal switch to cleansing and styling products meant for curls even if you have fine straight hair. Products made to help curls contain a ton of moisture that usually helps someone with curly tresses but can be your new best friend if you have static-prone hair. By adding extra moisture to your hair you will not have to worry about the electrons in your hair because it will be so moisturized that it won't matter. While looking for products to use avoid volumizing products, as these products typically dry out the hair and can give you more static. Some of the best products to look for are leave-in conditioners, moisturizing styling creams, and hair oils that contain argan or jojoba oil.
2. Dryer Sheets
Although it is not recommended that you use dryer sheets on your skin and hair, especially if you have super sensitive skin, in a pinch, dryer sheets can be your best friend to help combat the static electricity in your hair. By rubbing a dryer sheet on your hair it will help to neutralize the charge of your static hair make it neutral and less prone to being super static. They are great in a pinch if you are going out after work and the static from the day is making your hair stand straight up. There are also static sheets made specifically for hair that help to combat static and make it easier on your hair in the colder months.
3. Make Use of Hand Cream
Even though use on hair is not their original use, the moisturizing ingredients in your hand cream are ideal for weighing down the static-filled hair when you're out and about in the colder months. Just by using a small amount rubbed between your hands and spread evenly across your hair can make a world of difference when it comes to the static in your hair. Remember, a little bit can go a long way so use your lotion sparingly on your hair.
Is the air in your office or home very dry? Like we said earlier this is the perfect place for your hair to become full of static electricity. Remember that by adding moisture to the air this can help to neutralize the air and keep your hair static free. By implementing a humidifier this adds moisture to the air and helps to rid your office or home of the dry electron filled air. This can also help improve the air quality in whatever location you put it.
5. Ionic Hair Dryer
Although in our opinion, allowing your hair to air dry is best, if you are going to opt to use a hair dryer, we recommend choosing one that is ionic. This way, that when drying your hair it can help to neutralize the charge of your hair and making it less prone to static. Ionic dryers work by releasing negative ions to help separate water molecules to not only help dry your hair faster but neutralize charge and reduce heat damage.
6. Ditch The Rubber Sole
This sounds completely unrelated, but did you know that wearing rubber-soled shoes can actually increase the amount of static electricity in your hair? When walking on surfaces like rugs, rubber-soled shoes can pick up a ton of negative ions allowing the static electricity to go through your body and make your hair super staticky.
7. Silicone Base Shampoo
Using a moisturizing silicone based shampoo is best when washing your hair because not only does it add necessary moisture to your strands but it also coats in hair in a silicone layer that keeps the moisture in and protects the strands from any electric charge, keeping the hair neutral and most importantly, static free.
8. Avoid Plastic
Plastic combs are one of the largest contributors to static, so it is best to avoid them and instead opt for wooden combs or boar bristle brushes. Although they may be a little more expensive they are more beneficial to your hair, distributing oils evenly, making the hair healthier, and of course, helping to combat static electricity in the hair.
9. If All Else Fails, Water
Unfortunately, if nothing else works it may be best to wet your hair and restyle it with the correct products and styling tools. We hate to tell you that you have to start from square one but we would much rather a wet head than one that is full of random strands of hair sticking directly vertical and repelling each other like crazy.
Regardless of your hair type, static hair is something that almost everyone has to deal with. Hopefully, these tips helped you out to keep your static frizz at bay. What do you do to combat static in your hair? Comment below as we would love to know!