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How to Get Rid of Static Hair

When I hear the phrase ‘Winter is Coming’, you can be sure I’m not envisioning twinkling Christmas lights and still snowy mornings. What I’m really, truly dreading is a phenomenon many of you left in the bouncy castle at your 5th birthday party. Yes, I’m talking about static hair. The balloon-rubbing, 2-hours-on-a-trampoline, kind of static hair that hovers around your head like Einstein’s. 20 years later (guess my age) static sufferers are still going strong. So why is my hair static, and what can I do to stop it? 

  • Why is My Hair Static?
  • How to Get Rid of Static Hair
  • The Best Anti-Static Hair Products

Why is My Hair Static?

Static hair is a hair-raising experience that’ll leave you pulling out your locks in frustration. A common occurrence in winter, the dry air and reduction of moisture charges our hair up with static electricity. Friction or a change in humidity can both contribute to extra electron build-up; causing your hair strands to repel each other and leaving locks frizzy and impossible to style.

Not to worry! We’ve compiled an exhaustive list of ways to fight the frizz and leave those static flyaways on the trampoline. 

Why is My Hair Static?

How to Get Rid of Static Hair - 15 Top Tips

Anti Static Dryer Sheets

Laundry lovers will love this tip. Anti Static Dryer Sheets are used by mums nationwide to prevent that pesky static cling in a fresh load of washing. By balancing the electric charge of the different fabrics, they miraculously eliminate the build up of static electricity. 

Good news is, your hair can be treated in the same way (just don’t stick your head in the tumble dryer). If you need a quick Static Hair Fix, just gently rub a sheet or two on your locks to restore them to their former glory. If you’re a sensitive skin sufferer, bypass the laundry chemicals by purchasing anti-static sheets specifically designed for your hair. 

Leave in Treatments: Hairspray, Leave-in Conditioner, Hair Oil

Want a instant Static Hair Fix? Hit the shops. Anti-Static Hair Products are easily acquired and affordable. Holding hairspray keeps flyaways in check, while leave in conditioners and hair oils reduce static and dryness. Buy specially formulated products for your locks or head to the kitchen for a concoction of cooking oils (coconut oil is a clear winner here.) 

hair oil

Lotion Up!

If you’re suffering from an impromptu static attack, any moisture is a life saver. Any cream that you have in your purse will do the job here, just squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your hands and massage into your parched locks. Be sure to apply sparingly and not on your roots. No one wants a greasy barnet!

Failing that…

No lotion to spare? Use a small amount of water to tame the static. Not to be confused with an ideal or long-term option, water will help to temporarily tame flyaway strands. Rubbing an ice-cube over static strands is another option, just be sure to isolate treatment to the area of static to avoid damp, lifeless hair. Severe static sufferers might want to spritz water or wet a hairbrush to ensure adequate smoothness. 

Boycott Plastic, Use an Anti Static Hairbrush

A plastic hairbrush or comb may seem harmless, but they are a hotbed for static strands that just won’t stay down. Plastic is a non-conductive material, meaning the electricity accumulation in your hair will only get worse with a brush. Using an anti static hairbrush (conductive metal or wood) will not only guarantee luscious locks but is also far better for the environment. Who says you can’t fight static and climate change at the same time?

Humidify!

Ever noticed a considerable uptick in static stress during the winter months? When we start turning up the thermostat after a chilly commute home, it’s our hair that suffers. Your hair needs moisture. Dry indoor heat is a recipe for static disaster simply because it robs your locks of their natural moisture. If you're experiencing static hair in the comfort of your own home, it's a good indicator that the air is too dry. Remember, more moisture equals less static.

To add moisture to the air (and your hair) invest in a humidifier. You can find compact humidifiers at online or in most department stores. 

Humidifier

Try Different Types of Clothes Materials and Steer Clear of Synthetic Clothing

Synthetic materials, especially nylon and polyester, will charge up rapidly and contribute to your static hair situation. By switching static-surplus materials for fabric made of silk and wool or cotton , the amount of static in your hair will be drastically reduced. 

Spray products are available for your clothes to reduce static. Also, be mindful of your footwear, rubber soles and carpet friction can exacerbate static stress and ruin a good hair day.

Dry Your Hair Carefully

Letting your hair dry naturally using a microfiber towel combats static hair incredibly well. By utilising a coarse towel fabric, hair cuticles are more likely to open and absorb much-needed moisture. If a hairdryer is an integral part of your beauty routine, opt for an ionic brand. Ionic hairdryers neutralise static charge by bombarding your locks with negative ions. A quick and easy static hair fix in your daily routine!

Dry Your Hair Carefully

Flip Your Parting

Static hair is a hat-wearers nightmare. While hats are fashion (and comfort) staples for the winter months, they can sure leave your hair flat, dry, and all over the place. To fight the frizz, try flipping your parting while wearing a hat. Not only will your locks stay static-free, but you’ll also have a whole lot more volume to work with. 

Dump Any Drying Agents

Girls with curls should be especially wary of drying ingredients, especially those pesky sulphates. Those with naturally dry hair can adversely react to these ingredients, resulting in extra frizzy hair that just won’t stay down. Alcohol, which is often found in gels, styling foams, and dry shampoos, can also have a drying effect on your hair and scalp.

Shampoo for Static Hair

Shampoo is notorious for stripping your hair of its natural moisture. Shampoos also contain ingredients such as sulphates that dry out your precious locks rapidly. If you’re worried about frizz or static, it’s worth cutting down on your shampoo use in whatever way works for you. 

Easy on the Shampoo

If You Must… Use Moisturising Shampoo

If you’re someone with naturally greasy hair or a regular gym-goer, washing your hair is hard to avoid. When choosing a shampoo that fights frizz, always opt for a moisturising formula. By using the right hair products, your scalp keeps its natural balance of moisture and oils while your hair maintains natural shine and softness. 

Hair Conditioner Benefits

Conditioner is crucial to fighting frizz. While the ingredients in some shampoos can contribute to static strands, conditioners are designed to counteract this. For this reason, ensure conditioning is always part of your hair-washing routine, and never use shampoo without a conditioner. 

Deep Conditioner and Hair Masks

If your hair is regularly dry and prone to static, a regular condition just might not cut it. Consider applying a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to lock in moisture and restore shine and softness.

Deep Conditioner and Hair Masks

Put That Hair Up

Sometimes, the best way to hide static is a clever updo. A messy bun, ponytail or braids are all great to keep static hair from ruining your look. Try experimenting with hair extensions to create extra glamour with minimal static and be sure to check out our braiding tutorials to keep on trend and frizz free!

Skip Heat Styling

Heat styling can suck the moisture out of your hair in a big way. If your hair is naturally dry or thinning, extra heat can make the problem even worse! For an effective static hair fix try to limit your heat styling habits and be sure to use a heat protecting spray when any hot tools are involved. 

Switch Your Pillowcase 

Your sleeping habits can also influence static build-up. Besides the fact that you'll feel luxuriously comfortable, investing in a satin pillowcase can work wonders for your locks! They can help preserve a blowout, keep your curls in check, and, yes, prevent static.

Switch Your Pillowcase

The Best Anti Static Hair Products

Many of the steps above involve the use of anti static hair products. To give you a fighting chance to subdue that static, we’ve selected our favourite anti static hair products to keep you feeling fabulous and frizz free. 

Anti Static Shampoo - Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Sulphate Free Shampoo

Sulphate-free and enriched with natural oils including coconut, macadamia nut and argan, the formula effectively cleanses hair whilst fighting frizz, softening strands and protecting.

Anti-Static Shampoo - Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Sulphate Free Shampoo

Anti Static Conditioner - Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner

Another from Moroccanoil – we love you! – this sulphate and paraben free conditioner is enriched with Argan Oil, Vitamins A and E and Red Algae, which replenish hair to increase manageability and shine.

Anti Static Conditioner - Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner

Anti-Static Leave in Conditioner - OUAI Leave In Conditioner

Enriched with ultra-moisturising ingredients including Tamarind Seed Extract, Panthenol and Vitamin E, the conditioning spray hydrates the hair to reduce the appearance of static and dryness.

Anti-Static Leave in Conditioner - OUAI Leave In Conditioner

Anti-Static Hairspray - Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium Hold

Formulated with antioxidant rich argan oil, the non-sticky, weightless texture of this spray gives you great hold, enhances shine and banishes frizz.

Anti-Static Hairspray - Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium Hold

Anti-Static Hair Oil - Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Original Hair Oil

This luxurious hair oil delivers frizz control and heat protection up to 230°C. The leave-in oil melts into hair to instantly refine and enhance shine for healthy-looking, beautified locks.

Anti-Static Hair Oil - Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Original Hair Oil

Anti-Static Hair Mask – Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask

This genius mask from industry leaders Olaplex uses a concentrated formula to help soften, strengthen, and restore dry, damaged hair.

Anti-Static Hair Mask – Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask

Ionic Hair Dryer - ghd Helios Hair Dryer Pink Collection

This pretty in pink ghd hairdryer uses Ionic technology to reduce flyaways and frizz.

Ionic Hair Dryer - ghd Helios Hair Dryer Pink Collection

Anti-Static Hairbrush - Moroccanoil® Ceramic Ceramic 55 mm Round Brush

This anti-static hairbrush features ceramic and ionic properties to allow even heat distribution and enhanced drying time.

Anti-Static Hairbrush - Moroccanoil® Ceramic Ceramic 55 mm Round Brush

Anti-Static Clothes Spray - Eddingtons Anti-Static Spray

This spray instantly eliminates static electricity from man-made fabrics.

Anti-Static Clothes Spray - Eddingtons Anti-Static Spray

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