What Causes Hair Static & 7 Ways To Fight It

February 28, 2017

    Frizz and fly-aways happen to the best of us. No matter how often we moisturize our hair during the winter, escaping static electricity seems impossible. To better understand how to tame your hair static, you find need to know a little bit more about what causes it.

    So, what causes Hair Static?

    Static electricity is created when two unlike objects rub against each other. The process causes electrons from one object to be transferred to the other. The object that loses the electrons gets a positive charge, while the object that gains electrons get a negative charge. Take hat hair for instance. When the material of your hat rubs against the strands of your hair, they swap electrons. This swap causes a kind of electric charge to build up on your hair. Usually, if there is humidity in the air, the charge can usually just go away.

    However, if there isn’t any humidity or moisture in your hair, like on a dry winter morning, the charge causes your strands to repel from another like a magnet. In short, your hair is literally so full of electrons that it can’t stand itself. Now, that you know what causes static electricity let’s talk about ways that you can fight it.

    Here are seven ways to fight off static electricity in your hair.

    1. Turn To Hair Oils

    Image of Redken All Soft Argan-6 OilPhoto Credit: @redken

    One of the reasons that your hair is conducting an electric charge is that it’s dehydrated. During the winter, our strands can become dry due to lack of moisture in the air. Needless to say the cold winter winds and warm indoor heat are not doing your hair any favors. Give your hair some TLC by moisturizing your strands with argan oil. This powerful oil is full of nutrients that can help to replenish the moisture in your hair and keep fly-aways at bay.

    2. Upgrade Your Hair Dryer

    Image of Sam Villa hair dryer Photo Credit: @redken

    In order to help balance your hair’s natural charge, try using an ionic hair dryer when drying your strands. Ionic dryers work by emitting negative ions to help separate water molecules. This process not only helps to dry your hair faster, but it also helps to reduce heat damage that could dry out your strands.

    3. Fight Frizz On-The-Go

    Fight frizz on-the-go with Redken Frizz Dismiss linePhoto Credit: @redken

    Don’t let fly-aways get the best of your hair. Fight frizz on-the-go by using anti-flyaway sheets throughout the day. Just stash a few in your purse and head out the door.

    4. Swap Out Your Hat

    Blonde French woman wearing red sweater and navy hat. Photo Credit: @redken

    It’s time to ditch your cotton lined or acrylic hats in favor of options with silk or satin lining. By having a smoother fabric on your hair, your strands can lie flatter and won’t be roughened up by the material. Instead your hair will glide across the material, which will help to prevent frizz and dreaded hat hair.

    5. Comb With Hairspray

    Redken Artist, Richard Kavanagh go-to hair tools and hair styling productsPhoto Credit: @richardkavanagh

    Don’t leave your house without hairspray or a metal comb this winter. They are the perfect travel companions for taming your mane during the colder months. Simply spray your metal comb with hairspray and comb from root to tip. The hairspray will help to tame any fly-aways without causing the hair to feel crunchy or hard. Also, the metal comb itself helps to remove any built up static in your hair as the static will attach to the metal rather than your strands. How cool is that?

    6. Constantly Condition

    Brunette model with curly hair Photo Credit: @redken

    Another great way to feed your hair the moisture it needs is by using a leave-in conditioner throughout the winter. The product will help to hydrate the strands and defend it against the varying temperatures and weather conditions. Simply spray the product throughout your strands and comb through to evenly distribute.

    7. Avoid Clarifying Shampoos

    Model with brunette spiral curls, black jacket and white t-shirtPhoto Credit: @tinakunakey

    Instead of cleansing your hair with a clarifying shampoo this winter, try using a hydrating shampoo instead. Since clarifying shampoos can strip the hair of all its oils and leave the hair dry, a hydrating option will help to preserve some of that moisture and minimize the static.

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