We’ve all experienced the torture of static in our hair and clothes. It’s a pain to deal with and can wreak havoc on our beautifully tailored hairstyles. Not to mention, it can physically hurt!
So, what is this stuff anyway?
Static hair often troubles us mostly during the dry winter months. Hair static can cause flyaway hair, making your strands stick out in all cardinal directions. This happens because your hair is literally charged with electricity.
Static electricity occurs when two objects have different electrical charges. When objects are rubbed together, the electrons from one object can hop to the other, causing them to take on a positive or negative charge. Positively charged objects repel each other, so when your hair stands on end, that is due to a positive electrical charge transferred from another object, usually a hat or hair brush (we’re making your 8th grade science teacher so proud!).
That’s cool, but what can I do about it?
The constant flyaways and perpetual hat-head are enough to make you want to cut your hair off. But before you do anything drastic, try these simple DIY fixes to keep your hair static-free and looking good, even through the notoriously dry seasons and climates.
1. Try using a regular dryer sheet to remove some of the static from your hair. Dryer sheets are coated in a fabric softener, which helps to weigh hair down and reduce static cling. Just section your hair off and run an unused dryer sheet over all portions of your hair, concentrating on the top. Throw a couple in your purse for fast fixes on the fly!
2. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Look for ones that contain silicone, an ingredient that coats the hair and makes it heavier and shinier (and less likely to fly away). Do a weekly deep conditioning or hot oil treatment to infuse moisture into your hair, so it is less likely to be affected by static. Also, avoid showering and shampooing your hair more than once a day. Over-washing will dry out your hair, making it more susceptible to electrical charges.
3. Switch from an aerosol hairspray at the end of your styling process to using a mousse or gel at the beginning. Most hairsprays are made with alcohol, an ingredient that is extremely drying and can contribute to your static hair problem. Not really sure what we’re talking about? Call our Twisted Heads product experts to educate you more on the type of hair products you’ll need.
4. Don't brush or comb your hair more than necessary. Choose wooden styling tools rather than plastic. Resist wearing hats made from wool, polyester or acrylics. You can also try running a metal clothes hanger across your dry hair to absorb electrical currents. Placing a humidifier in your home can also create more moisture in the air and ultimately putting more moisture in your hair.
So, it’s agreed: static is the worst but can be easily managed with these simple steps. Happy winter hairstyling!