Written by Jenni Mardis, Hairstylist at Urban Betty
Winter is coming and no, I’m not referring to Game of Thrones. Winter really is right around the corner and anyone who puts effort into styling their locks is all too familiar with the annoyance of STATIC. Whether you are just trying to brush your hair or remove your favorite beanie, static seems to follow during this season. Fear not, as I am here to share my top 10 tips to put a stop to this electric inconvenience.
These handy things can be used for more than your laundry. Use a sheet to wipe down your hair before braving the elements and you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make. Wipe down your hair tools like brushes and combs before you run them through your hair. Line your drawers or containers where you store your combs and brushes to keep static out. Keep some handy in the car or your bag/purse/pocket in case you forget to use one before leaving the house. You can also find sheets that are specifically designed for hair like Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets.
There are LOADS of products that can be used to tame static. Rule for this is basically anything like a lotion or cream works best. Use a VERY small amount and cover the entirety of your hands and gently apply from the ends up to avoid over saturation and watch your hair calm down instantly. Make sure you are using a heat protectant before applying any heat tools and never use any heat tools without fully drying your hair. The heat protectant will reduce static.
This is the most obvious option. Tie your hair up in a bun or braid and just get it out of your face completely.
SWITCH YOUR PART
Part your hair differently than you normally wear it when wearing a beanie or hat and when you take it off put your hair back in the normal part covering the static and fly-aways.
If your shoes are rubber-soled, trade them for leather-soled as the leather produces far less static then rubber.
Wearing clothes made with natural fabrics like cotton, silk, or wool, as opposed to synthetic, will also reduce the charge. Sleeping with silk pillowcases and wrapping your hair in silk scarves will also help to reduce static.
I tell this to all my clients no matter the issue. Try to shampoo once a week. You can still cleanse your hair with water as often as you would like, however, shampooing does contribute to static. Shampooing less frequently will help.
Brushes made of plastic will always result in conducting more static. Switch to using WOOD or METAL combs and brushes.
YOUR DRYING METHOD
Dry your hair with a soft cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel as opposed to your regular towels, which can dry out the hair and create more frizz and static.
YOUR BLOW DRYER
Get rid of that old, cheap, hair dryer you have. Find an ionic blow dryer to help neutralize the charge. Remember: USE YOUR HEAT PROTECTANT!
IF ALL ELSE FAILS . . .
If all else fails and you’ve run through all these tips but to no avail . . . You should probably consider moving.