5 Steps to Stop Static this Winter
Let's get right to the point: staticky hair is really annoying. Although I much prefer my winter wardrobe to my summer one, it is very frustrating that sweater season is always accompanied by static. Thanks to all those cozy fabrics (and dry air) no matter where you are or what you do, you're only one step away from looking like a mad scientist. Speaking of science, did you know that static happens when there is an unbalance of electrons in your hair?
Let us break it down for you.
Atoms are made of electrons, proton, and neutrons. Protons have a positive charge, electrons are negativa, and neutrons are neutral. Normally the atoms in your hair are neutral (the amount of protons and electrons are equal). However, when electrons move from one atom to another the atom becomes positively charged, thus causing static.
We encounter static more frequently in the winter months due to lack of moisture in the air and your hair. Dry hair and air attract positively electric charges (protons). So once a a proton, or positive charge, moves to your hair it creates a positive electrical charge and boom - your hair strands are positively charged, repelling each other, and standing straight up.
Static causes your hair to stand up straight because it is literally charged with electricity. While this sounds kind of cool, and even fun, in my experience static is never a good time.
So, here are some tips for eliminating static in even the driest winter months:
1. Add moisture.
Because dry hair attracts those static-causing positive electric charges, add extra moisture to your hair routine to combat this. Use an extra strong conditioner in the shower or add a leave-in conditioner to the ends of your hair on-the-go. More moisture = less static. It's that simple!
Some of our favorite moisturizing hair products to use in the winter months are:
2. Get a wood brush - then add a little hairspray.
This one may sound a little weird, and even counter-intuitive, but believe us it works! Spritz a little hairspray on your comb or brush to help prevent your hair from creating fly-aways. Don't use too much though, as this can dry out your hair and make the static even worse.
Steer clear of plastic brushes, which cause electrical charges more easily. A good alternative is a wood or metal brush with rubber bristles.
Check out the brushes and hairsprays we choose when trying to get rid of static:
Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray, Suave Professionals Hairspray Aerosol Touchable Finish Extra Hold, Garnier Fructic Anti-Humidity Hairspray with UV Color Shield, EcoTools Full Volum Styler Hairbrush, EcoTools Styler + Smoother Hair Brush, and Ecotools Sleek + Shine Finisher Hair Brush.
3. Try the oldest trick in the book: dryer sheets.
Dryer sheets can be a huge help when keeping static away from your blankets, clothing, and hair. Keep a little pack on hand to wipe down your hair, brushes, and sweaters. You could even put one in your pillow case to help prevent static while you sleep!
These dryer sheet are some you might want to try:
4. Wash your hair less frequently.
This goes back to the first and most important rule - MOISTURE. If you are shampooing and washing your hair (and blowdrying) more than necessary, you are drying your hair out. For my fine, straight haired friends: I know not washing your hair can be a tall task, but try using some dry shampoos to extend your time between washes. It will be worth it!
Some of our favorite dry shampoos are:
5. Check out some hair oils, serums, and other products designed to stop static.
When in doubt, turn to the pros. Staticky hair is not a new problem, so don't be afraid to seek out products that are desinged specifically to help with this issue.
These are some products you should try if staticky, dry hair is really bringing you down this winter:
Have any tips for preventing staticky hair? Love these products? Comment below!