Head of flyaways? Discover the best remedies for static hair

by Catelyn Cox

Static flyaways are really irritating, especially in the wintertime when we wear hats, the hair is weathered or exposed to dry air because of central heating. Can you prevent static hair? Sure you can! Discover the best ways to do away with flyaways.

We all have experienced that on our own hair at least once. Static hair isn’t a rare problem. It’s just the other way round, it’s a really “popular” phenomenon. Do you know why hair sometimes gets static?

CAUSES OF STATIC HAIR

First of all, let’s highlight the key thing – static electricity is a natural process. It affects mostly hair because of the hair’s structure, plus tresses are more prone to rubbing and tugging, which triggers static.

Hair goes static when it rubs against materials (hats, scarves, hoods, clothes) and thus is positively charged. In turn single hairs pull off each other, raise and every time you try to tame them with a brush, the situation gets even worse. Even more so if there’s at least one static-triggering factor.

When is hair the most exposed to going static?

  1. When it’s very dry and lacks moisture.
  2. When it isn’t smooth – coarse structure intensifies rubbing.
  3. When the air is dry because of air-con or central heating.
  4. When hair rubs against hats, scarves, jackets and other materials.
  5. When you wash and dry it all wrong.

HOW TO REDUCE HAIR STATIC?

The best thing you can do about hair static is try to head it off. Luckily, there are at least a couple of ways to reduce this phenomenon. Learn to keep hair smooth and soft.

Anti-static hair care

Static is the most visible on dry hair. That is why boosting moisture should be the priority in your hair care. A mild shampoo, which doesn’t strip off natural occlusive film, and a humectant mask or conditioner should be your essentials. What else aids in moisturizing hair? Cold-pressed vegetable oils! Treat your static hair with natural oils, it’s worth it!

Anti-static drying routine

No matter your hair type, the best routine involves squeezing the excess water (no harsh towel-drying) and letting hair dry naturally, especially if it’s static-prone! Still, if you can’t give up on blow-drying, make sure the air is cool – it takes longer but you will save hair from dehydration and static. An ionic blow-dryer is a saver. Such a tool has been designed for people whose hair is likely to become frizzy and static.

Anti-static combing routine

If static flyaways bother you too often, pay attention to your brushing accessories. Plastic combs and brushes may be the wrongdoers. It’s worthwhile to replace them with wooden, wide-tooth combs and natural-bristle brushes.

Anti-static hair products

The choice of post-wash products matters a lot. Try already-said oils which leave a protective shield on hair, making hair velvet-smooth at the same time. If you can’t handle the problem, get a specially-designed anti-static sprays or silk serum. Spritzing some hairspray is a good trick too.

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