stopping hair static in cold weather

How to Avoid Static Hair in Cold Weather

February 21, 2018

One of the most annoying things I’ve had to deal with this year is static in my hair. It was particularly bad this year, but I think it’s because of the place I was working in December and January. I was desperate to find ways to avoid hair static and needed to find ways to remove it.

As I would brush my hair, the static in my hair would cause it to go outwards and my hair just wouldn’t stay where I wanted it to stay. Also, my hair got very clingy, sticking to my face and my clothes.  And as a result of all this static, I developed a lot of tangles, which meant I had to spend some time every day trying to untangle my long hair, without pulling and breaking it.

I needed solutions! So as one would normally do, I asked google and got some interesting answers. Some of the best ones I’ve compiled in this article after having tried a few of them.

These simple little tricks made my hair much more manageable. Some of the ways to remove involve changing the way you look after your hair, changing what you wear, wearing items, among other things.  Some of the solutions to static hair are just regular or common items most of us have around the house.

I assume it’s mostly girls who will find this article, and many have had long hair at some point. So most of you will know how annoying hair static can be.

But if you’re a girl who is just growing out your hair for the first time, or you’re a guy who is growing long hair, then these tips will help save you from a lot of static trouble.

What causes static in hair?

Okay, so most of you have probably had this issue at one time or another, but why does it happen?

Static is caused by the donation or the swapping of electrons. You will probably notice it more when you are wearing synthetic materials like polyester or nylon (I had to learn all about electrons in my college science class! Such fun!) 🙂

I’d advise against using a synthetic or plastic brush as well since these tend to make static in the hair worse. You can find good vegan hair brushes here.

And choose natural fibers in the winter. These will generate and hold onto less static charge, so you can have more good hair day’s.

If you’re a bit of a science nerd, then go ahead and watch this interesting video about static electricity. 🙂

Tips on how to help static hair

Below are some of the tips that I’ve learned and can vouch for to help remove static from your hair. You don’t need to do all of these, but just pick some of them which are more convenient for you and you’re good.

1. Use dryer sheets to remove static

Dryer sheets are a good solution for removing static on the go. They are thin polyester sheets which are covered in a fabric softener. They can be put in your bag or purse and anytime you feel that static, just gently rub against the hair. You’ll be static free and smelling fresh!

2. Use a spray to help remove static

You can either choose to simply use water to help temporarily remove the static from your hair. Alternatively, you could use a product called “Côte d’Azur Hair Refresher” which comes in a spray bottle and you can spray that on your hair. It contains watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts as its main ingredients.

The benefits of this product are that it protects the hair from UV rays, removes static, and helps reduce bad odors from the hair.

3. Use a humidifier at home

It’s the dry air combined with the central heating systems we have in modern houses which make the problem even worse. This is easily fixed by either buying a humidifier or you can also try putting some wet towels or clothes on the radiators.

4. Hairspray can help you manage your hair

Find a hairspray which doesn’t contain alcohol (or significant amounts) and use it as normal or put it on your hairbrush and then brush your hair, style and you’re good to go!

5. Use a wooden brush or comb

A great way to help reduce the static generated in your hair is to opt for a wooden hairbrush instead of a synthetic one. If you’re growing out your hair, then, of course, you should be investing in a quality hair brush anyway, right?

A good hairbrush like a classic wooden paddle brush is soft, good for all hair types, and will help distribute the oils along the hair shaft, so the hair will be more hydrated and moisturized and thus hold onto less static charge.

6. Grab a wire hanger

I’m talking about the wire hanger’s that you use to hang up clothes. Wire hangers can help remove the static charge from your hair by pressing and rubbing your entire head and hair.

7. Always use conditioner

One of the most simple ways to help reduce the amount of static in your hair over the winter is to use a good and heavy conditioner. I would opt for a more heavy conditioner in the winter, and then something lighter in the summer. By keeping the moisture in your hair, you’ll help keep the static away.

8. Use an ionic hair dryer

Use a good hair dryer, one which produces ions. These can help reduce the amount of static electricity built up in the hair. Again, as with the hairbrush, you should invest in a good hair dryer if you’re growing out your hair or just simply want to keep it healthy and frizz-free.

9. Use a safety pin

Using a safety pin by attaching it to your pants,  skirt, or other clothing will help remove the built up of static in your body and hair. For real, this one can actually work.

And finally, here’s a short tutorial from “Howcast” on how to remove static from your hair

 

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