Question: Is there any way to get rid of hair static?
Answer: Yes—but first, let’s talk about what causes hair static: when hair or the weather outside is dry, negatively charged electrons flee from your hair, making it so your strands then have a positive charge and repel each other (how’s that for your daily science lesson?). This causes that funky, static-y hair that you so desperately wish would settle down and smooth-out. If you catch yourself in a static-craze, try out some of these tips for static-free hair:
If you find you’re ever in a pinch and need a quick static remedy, take a dryer sheet and rub it in a downward motion onto your hair. Dryer sheers are also great to carry with you in your purse for those hair emergencies on-the-go.
Ditch the plastic
Plastic combs will actually add to the static-cling, so opt for a metal comb instead. You can also spritz some lightweight hairspray as you comb to help smooth strands.
It seems like a no-brainer to moisturize dry hair that’s causing the static to occur, but we all need a little reminder from time to time. Use a deep conditioner on your hair a few times a week, as well as a leave-in on damp hair once you’re out of the shower. The extra moisture will help lock down your locks!
Pomade in a pinch
Another quick tip is to rub some pomade or hair wax onto your palms and slide the product on the top layer of hair to keep strands from flying in every which direction.
Something else to keep in mind is to avoid woolly clothing, furry collars, and scarves — they’ll all cause static. Even though we’re approaching summer time, it’s still important to keep in mind for the future cooler months. Static-y hair is annoying as ever, so be sure to take special care — moisturize and carry some extra products with you to counteract static in those emergency situations.
Do you have your own tips and tricks for fending off static? We’d love to hear them!