There’s nothing worse in winter than dry air reducing your hair to an electrically charged mess. But let’s face it: the options available on how to get rid of static hair seem limited. I’ve spent many years combating this issue and have found a few solutions, some of which are a little strange. But when all else fails, I’m sure you’ll be as happy you found them as I am.
Seems pretty simple, right? This is a great option if you are in a rush, or if you find your hair standing on end when away from home. Dampen your hands and then run your fingers through your hair a few times to tame those wild strands on the go. This is especially handy since there will be a bathroom almost everywhere you’ll go.
To make your static-prone hair behave all day long you can always use a couple of pumps of hairspray on your comb. Then run it through your hair to keep it static-free throughout the day. Hair gel can also help reduce the static. Don’t overdo it, though, or you’ll end up with crunchy hair that’s begging for a wash.
Not only is the air lacking moisture, but your hair is, too. Using hot oil or deep conditioning treatments can restore the moisture to your hair. You only need to use these treatments once or twice a month, depending on the dryness of your hair. This means you don’t have to spend too much of your time fighting this battle.
Since leave-in conditioners moisturize your hair, they are perfect for reducing the static. A few sprays on the ends of your damp hair will keep those flyaways to a minimum. But like the hairspray and gel, don’t use more than recommended or you’ll end up with greasy locks.
There are a few reasons why this kind of dryer is great for static hair. An ionic dryer breaks down the water molecules on your hair instead of evaporating them. This reduces the amount of moisture stripped from your hair while you dry it. These blow dryers emit negatively charged ions while neutralizing your positively charged hair. The good news is that these are not very expensive, so even those on a budget can afford one.
Using a plastic comb can actually make the static problem worse. That’s why it’s best to replace your plastic with rubber or metal combs. The reason is that both metal and rubber combs conduct electricity. This means they won’t transfer the static to your hair. Though this will help to reduce the frizz, it won’t solve the problem completely. You can also swap out your brush with a natural bristle brush to reduce the static in your hair.
This is the first of the strange ones I hinted at earlier. Remember, metal conducts electricity. That’s why hanging your clothes on a metal hanger will reduce the static clinging to them. Try rubbing one of these hangers over your hair, sliding it down from the root to the tip. If you can, let it come in contact with every strand for the best results.
Though not an everyday solution, a bit of lotion rubbed into the ends of your hair can reduce the static problem. It will also add a bit of moisture to your hair. The less used the better, though. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a greasy mess on your hands that will look even worse than the clingy strands.
Dryer sheets are controversial these days when it comes to their ingredients. But many still use them, since there is no real evidence that they are as harmful as some might claim. For the fight against static hair, all you need to do is rub a dryer sheet over your brushes and combs before using them. Some people also run one over their hair to reduce static cling while they get ready to head out for the day. You can even keep your brushes and combs wrapped in a dryer sheet when not in use for a better effect.
Though using a rubber comb is a good idea, rubber-soled shoes have the opposite effect on static hair. Rubber soles hold on to an electrical charge. This can make your hair’s static problem even worse. Get rid of the rubber soles in the winter time and keep your frizzy hair in check.
Humidifiers increase the amount of moisture in the air, which in the winter months is at its lowest level. The more moisture there is floating around, the less the static can accumulate. This will also reduce the amount of static in your hair, making the issue much more manageable.
Wear your hair in a ponytail, with a few barrettes, clips, or bobby pins to hold those loose strands in place. For those with longer hair, a braid may be a better option to keep the ends from standing up. This isn’t an option you can use every day since tied hair can lead to breakage. But it is a fast and easy solution for those prone to static who are tired of the fight each day.
I hope you enjoyed our 12 tips on how to get rid of static hair. The winter months are long enough without having to deal with hair clinging to your face all day. That’s why I’ve given you a variety of options to try out for yourself. If you have any other ideas to control hair static, please let us know in our comments section. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends suffering from the static hair blues. If you are looking for more hair care articles check out our blog and our hair care buyer’s guides.
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