Static in hair is incredibly annoying. Getting rid of static electricity can be just as annoying. If you have kids and it's winter time, you're probably fighting a battle royal with static and contemplating if having hair is even worth the hassle.
Preventing static from building up in your hair is the first step, but sometimes (especially in the winter) if just can't be helped. Here are my best static busting tips all in one place:
1. More Moisture
First things, first. Preventing static from your hair to begin with will help your static problems immensely. These winter hair product suggestions will help infuse your hair with moisture.
The big rule with static is that more moisture equals less static.
If you're not using conditioner, it's time to start. This is especially important for kids. A lot of moms make the mistake of using a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner and then battle static all day long. 2-in-1's aren't bad, but in the winter they aren't going to do you any favors in terms of static control. Plus, as far as kids are concerned, children don't produce sebum (your hair's natural oil) until puberty years (and then they turn into greasy monsters), so getting moisture in their hair has to come from conditioner or it doesn't get in there at all.
Keep conditioning products (conditioners, oils, leave-in moisturizers) concentrated on the ends of the hair (the "pony tail section") if you're concerned about greasiness or conditioner weighing your hair down. These light moisture shampoo/conditioner combos are also a good choice for keeping the conditioning light, yet effective.
2. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets can be a huge help with keeping static at bay. Static electricity from your blankets, hats, and clothes can charge your hair instantly. Beyond using dryer sheets in your dryer with your clothes, try these handy tips for using dryer sheets to eliminate static from your hair:
- Keep a package of dryer sheets in your bathroom. Wipe down your combs, brushes, and even your hair clips when static transfers.
- Line your brush drawer with a couple of dryer sheets.
- Use a dryer sheet and smooth your hair down when the fly-a-ways get really out of control.
- Safety pin a dryer sheet inside your winter hat to keep it from charging your hair with electricity.
- Put a dryer sheet inside your pillow case to prevent it from making your hair crazy.
Hair spray can not only help reduce a static charge, but it can also keep your hair from floating to the sky. Even a light hold hair spray over your hair can reduce the fly-a-ways caused by a static charge. Try spraying hairspray on your brushes before you use them to eliminate the static charge as well.
One word to the wise about hairspray and static control: easy does it. Too much hairspray can actually make the static problem worse. Hair spray is full of alcohol, which can dry your hair out and make your static even more out of control.
4. Hair Oil
If you've read my blog at all, you already know that I talk about hair oil all the time. I use it for so many different hair and skin related issues, and static control is at the top of the list. Use it on your ends before your blow dry to keep them moisturized. Run a few drops through your fingers and finger comb your hair after it's dried. A little goes a long way here, and you'll want to make sure you keep the oil concentrated on your ends to prevent a greasy scalp.
5. Pliable Polish by CHI
When static gets crazy and you need something that will help all day, but you don't want your hair to feel like it's full of product, Pliable Polish from CHI is my go-to product. A very small amount rubbed on your hands and smoothed over your hair and ends will provide all day static control. The product isn't sticky and has minimal hold, so your hair won't feel like it's full of products. Plus, it adds a lovely shine to your hair.
6. Moisturizing Heat Protection
Many heat protecting products are amazing for keeping static to a minimum while they protect your hair from heat styling. If you're going to apply hundreds of degrees of hair scorching heat to your hair, I implore you to use a heat protecting product like these. Here are my favorites to try:
7. Get a Better Blow Dryer
Blow dryers are one of those hair tools that people keep far past their expiration. If it's been a while since you've replaced your blow dryer, you're missing out. Ionic blow dryers not only help reduce that electric charge that gives you uncontrollable static but they'll also reduce your blow-dry time significantly. Here are a few of my favorite blow dryers:
8. Extend Your Shampoo
Reducing static is another benefit to not washing your hair every day. Daily shampooing dries your hair and adds to creating and electric charge. When static is at it's peak and it is time to shampoo, a moisturizing shampoo helps add a little moisture and can reduce the static charge.
These tips can help you put more days between shampooing your hair.
9. Change out Your Combs and Brushes
If you're using plastic combs or picks, you're asking for static to rule your world. Switch out your plastic combs for metal, ceramic, or specially created combs and brushes that help keep the static charge away. Combs with wider teeth will produce less of a static charge than combs with teeth that are close together (plus wide tooth combs are much better for your hair). Use brushes made of natural bristles instead of plastic as well. You'll pay more, but you'll notice a significant change in the amount of static you're fighting.
10. Invest in a Humidifier
Especially if you live in a dry climate, a humidifier in your home is a great investment for everything that can be effected by dry air and create static. From your hair and skin to your clothes and blankets, increasing the moisture in your house will be an investment you won't regret. A humidifier will make a dry environment so much more comfortable, you'll wonder why you didn't buy one sooner, and believe it or not, it won't break the bank.
11. Reduce Your Rubber Soles
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to remove static from your hair is to make a change on your feet. Sure, rubber soled shoes are comfy, but if you can't otherwise get the static from your hair under control, it's probably a good idea to change out the rubber soled shoes for leather. Rubber accumulates an electronic charge, sends it through your body, and ends up released through your hair, making it stand on end and drive you insane. Rubber soles are also great for building up that static charge that's perfect for transferring to other objects and people. Ouch!