7 Ways To Tame Hair Static Irrespective of Where You are
Hair static is the icing on the bitter-tasting cake that’s late January. As if it is not treacherous enough that icy winds have our eyes watering and our faces about to freeze off, we also need to deal with our hair standing on end, too. Thankfully, static isn’t the toughest hair issue to fix, as long as you utilize the correct tricks. The first step is providing your hair with extra moisture. “Very simply put, static flyaways happen when the hair or the environment around the hair is dry, so moisture is the reply,” explains NYC salon owner Oscar Blandi. Try adding an additional weekly deep-conditioning treatment to your usual hair care routine. “Conditioning products help hair retain moisture and keep strands weighed down–in a great way–which is the best technique to fight static.” Then be ready to handle static situations as they arise with the following quick fixes.
1. Prep your hair with products meant for curls.
If you are especially static-prone, consider making a seasonal switch to cleansing and styling products meant for curls (whether or not you even have them). “Wax-based products or oils for curly hair are ideal since they are heavier and will weigh hair down,” Blandi explains. Avoid volumizing products, which may leave hair feeling more electrified.
2. Grab a dryer sheet.
You already knew this one, right If not, now’s the time to add it to your arsenal of emergency hair tricks. Dryer sheets (preferably the unscented kind) are the gold standard in terms of getting static to calm the heck down. Just don’t press too hard or you may end up with white stuff in your hair. Pack a few sheets in a ziplock and hide it away in your handbag; you’ll thank us on some upcoming evening when you’re rushing out to postwork drinks together with your hair standing on end–or your skirt clinging to your tights. Or try sheets made specifically for hair, like Kerastase Carre Lissant Smoothing Sheets for All Hair Types, $28.50, kerastase-usa.com.
3. Mist Static Guard in your hairbrush and winter accessories.
Tempted as you may be, don’t spray these things all over your head. Instead, mist just slightly on a hairbrush before running it through your strands. Because the name would have you ever believe, it guards against static as you get dressed and bundled up. “Spray all of your hats and scarves in and out,” adds salon owner Jet Rhys. “It’s a life saver!” Should you want to bring its magic on the go, you’ll find mini bottles in the trial-size section braid stars of stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.
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4. Or use hairspray.
Wait, what You don’t happen to have a mini can of Static Guard in your bag Yeah, we’re not always that organized/prepared either. For those who happen to have some hairspray around, that is a great second choice in terms of preventing static during brushing. Just mist some in your brush as described above.
5. Shelve your nylon hairbrush.
Plastic combs and brushes exacerbate static. “Try brushing your dry hair with a brush that has metal bristles–it’ll absorb electrical currents from your hair,” Rhys suggests.
6. Multitask together with your hand cream.
The moisturizing ingredients in your hand cream are perfect for weighing down wayward hairs when you are out and about. “Just applying a small amount to your hands and then rubbing your hands on the static might help,” Blandi says.
7. Hit the faucet.
When all else fails, plain-old water is your friend in the fight against static. “It’s the simplest non-product option to fight static,” Blandi says.