Have you stood in front of a mirror and found your hair to be floating in the air? Or were you ever shocked to see, after you remove your hat or scarf, that all the time you have spent doing your party hairstyle has been wasted due to hair static? That is horrible!
Winter brings cold weather, and cold weather brings dry winter air, which eventually leads to hair static. Static hair is a problem faced by people living in colder climates, where the humidity in the air is very low or zero. The lack of humidity in the air and the lack of moisture in the hair, when faced together, make your hair look as if your hair was electrocuted.
What Causes Static Electricity in Your Hair?
Every hair is composed of atoms which are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. When one atom undergoes friction with another atom, the electrons from one atom will move to another, causing an electrical charge.
Likewise, during winter, when there is no humidity in the air and at the same time your hair is also dry, the extra electrons (negative electrons) from your hair are removed or transferred to the hat or scarf when your hair comes in contact with it (leaving the hat/scarf with a negative charge). This leaves the scarf with the negative charges and the hair with positive charges.
Remember how magnets with the same pole (North to North or south to south pole) repel each other when brought closer? Likewise, your hair, which is now, due to the friction, positively charged, will repel each other, making the hair strands float in the hair, causing hair static.
How To Get Rid Of Static Hair
Now that you know what causes hair static, are you wondering, 'how do I get rid of hair static?' Here are the easy ways to get rid of hair static.
The Right Shampoo
In every hair treatment or hair care tip, the first tip would be to wash your hair with shampoo and keep it clean. So, let's start this article with hair wash tips. Keep washing your hair with shampoo at least twice a week and always make sure to use the right shampoo when you do so. The right shampoo?
How To Identify The Right Shampoo?
Well, there is no shampoo known as the right shampoo in common. The right shampoo may vary according to different hair types. For a person with oily hair, the right shampoo will be dry shampoo which helps in removing the excess oil from the hair. Likewise, a person with dry hair will look for a moisturizing shampoo. Same with any other type of hair. The right shampoo or the right conditioner depends on what your hair requires at the moment.
For hair static, the right shampoo will be the one that doesn't strip away all the moisture from your hair. Moisture is the key to get rid of hair static. Thus, keeping your hair moisturized is very important. So, go for a shampoo that doesn't strip moisture from your hair and instead moisturizes the hair and scalp. Also, avoid over-washing your hair, as this will cause hair dryness.
Conditioners are an essential ingredient to control hair static. After each hair wash, it is necessary to lock the moisture into your hair. Thus, after each hair wash, apply a deep conditioner to your damp hair. This creates a coating onto your hair which helps in retaining the moisture onto the hair.
Some shampoos cause a charge in your hair which may lead to static hair. Applying a silicone-based conditioner after each hair wash helps in neutralizing the charge in your hair.
A leave-in conditioner will be handy for extra protection. Not only after hair wash, but applying conditioner/ hair serum whenever you feel that your hair is dry and frizzy can prevent your hair from hair damage and dryness that is caused by dry weather. You can also use moisturizing creams at times. But don't apply it too much since it will leave your hair greasy and weigh heavy. Coconut oil can also be used as a leave-in hair conditioner.
Moisturizing Hair Mask
Applying a hair mask will help your hair keep moisturized. Hair masks do wonders in repairing damaged hair and fixing frizzy hair. They help in keeping your hair healthy by giving a protective moisture coating over the hair cuticle. Here are some homemade hair masks for dry and frizzy hair.
Heat strips away moisture from the hair. Avoid using hot water on your hair, as it will leave your hair dry. Heat styling tools also leave your hair dry, which may lead to hair damages. It is best if you avoid using hair dryers, curlers, straighteners, or any hot tool. Instead, use natural ways to curl and straighten your hair. Here are tips on how to curl your hair naturally. Always air dry your hair, and if it's urgent, then use an ionic dryer. Ionic hair dryers reduce the heat damage to your hair.
Though it is a well-known fact that heat in any manner causes hair damage, during certain occasions, one might want to use heat styling tools to do different hairstyles. It is really difficult to avoid using these heat tools during these occasions. During such times, a heat protectant may be handy. Buy heat protectant sprays and spray them onto your hair before using heat tools. You can also apply heat-protective cream. This will protect the hair from heat and help in retaining the hair with moisture.
Use Wooden Comb
Avoid plastic comb since it causes an electric charge on your hair when it comes to friction that leads to hair static. Instead, use a wooden comb or a metal comb. Also, make sure to use a wide-toothed comb as this prevents the hair from too much friction, which prevents the hair from static electricity. Try to comb with hairspray as the spray will smoothen the hair leading to lesser hair friction.
Hairstyling is one of the top priorities when it comes to getting ready for an occasion. Not always would one want to braid their hair, since loose hair looks cooler than braided hair. Don't worry! No one is going to ask you to stop having loose hair. All that we say is to braid your hair or tie it in a ponytail or hair buns for travel, and once you reach the destination, you can untie your hair and start partying with your static-free hair.
Moisturize The Hair More Often
Moisture is the solution for a static problem. Keeping the hair with moisture is essential to avoid hair damages. The hair should always be hydrated. Keeping water/moisture in the hair strands keeps the hair under control. Thus, keep moisturizing the hair more often.
Keeping a humidifier in your home or office can be helpful in controlling hair static. Dry air causes the hair to get static charges since both the air and the hair are dry. Having a humidifier helps in moisturizing the room/air, which helps in avoiding hair static.
The Right Towel
Too much friction causes electric charges in the hair, which leads to static problems. Using the wrong towel can cause more friction to the hair leading to static hair. Thus, use a static-free towel.
These are the simple ways of how to get rid of static fast. I hope this is handy! Good luck with static-free hair!