You’ve just blow dried your hair and it’s looking pretty good. But then you run the straighteners over it only to find it’s been hit with static. You try a bit of product but it doesn’t seem to work. You give it another brush but that just makes it worse. You’re looking in the mirror and thinking to yourself, what on earth is static all about? What causes it and how do I get rid of it right now?
What causes static?
When the air is cold and dry it releases a negative charge, which causes your hair to become more positively charged. Hair needs a balance of negative and positive charges to be happy. The more positively charged each hair is the more static your hair becomes, leaving you with flyaway hair. (Think of how two positive charges on magnets repel each other – the same happens with hair, causing it to become flyaway.) When your hair lacks moisture and is dehydrated it becomes charged more easily. So if your hair is properly moisturised it will stop the hair from becoming charged.
How do I get rid of static in my hair?
The short-term solution for static hair is to rub a tumble dryer sheet over it. This does work, and depending on the scent in the sheet it will also leave your hair smelling blossom fresh, or of jasmine!
But I’m sure you’d rather have a long-term solution.
The long-term solution to keeping on top of the static in your hair is to keep it hydrated enough so that it doesn’t become positively charged.
How do we do this? By using products that add moisture and help rehydrate your hair.
We also need to take a look at your brush and dryer. Are these adding to the problem?
5 tips to prevent flyaway hair
- Use a shampoo for dehydrated or dry hair. This will help begin the re-moisturising.
- Use a moisturising conditioner, which will hydrate from deeper inside the hair.
- Get a weekly treatment to hydrate the hair. Again, this adds more moisture.
- Change your tools – if they are plastic this will encourage static.
- Don’t over dry your hair as the drier the hair the more static you’ll get – cool your dryer and irons down.
So there you have it!
If you follow these tips I’m sure you will banish the static for good, and if you find you no longer need to use the moisturising products as often, at least you know you have them at hand when needed.
TIP: Changing hair products to go with the changing seasons is a good idea, as your hair has different needs at different times of the year.
- For more on static in the hair go here
- For shampoo and conditioners go here
- For a weekly treatment go here
- For brushes go here
- For ionic hairdryers go here
I hope this help you to banish the static for good, but if you need any more advice on this or other hair problems feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.
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