.Static in your hair is incredibly annoying. Getting rid of static electricity can be just as annoying. Preventing static from building up in your hair is the first step, but sometimes (especially in winter), it just can't be helped. Here are a few static-busting strategies and products to try.
Preventing static in the first place is the best way to banish static problems. The big rule with static is that more moisture equals less static. If you're not using conditioner, it's time to start. A salon quality conditioning masque like L'Oreal Professionel's Absolut Repair works wonders when it comes to replenishing to moisture in your hair.
Hairspray—even a light-hold formula—not only helps reduce static charge but also can keep your hair from floating in the sky. Try spraying a little on your brushes before you use them.
A word to the wise about hairspray and static control: Easy does it. Too much hairspray actually can make the static problem worse. Most hairsprays include some alcohol, which can dry your hair out.
Remember dry= static. For a kinder, gentler spray, try L'Oreal Pro's Fix Anti-Frizz
Oil is used 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 you blow-dry to keep them moisturized. Rub a few drops through your fingers and finger-comb your hair after it's dried.
A little goes a long way here; make sure you keep the oil concentrated on your ends to prevent a greasy scalp.
Check out two favorite hair oils:
Mythic Oil by L'Oreal Pro
A Better Blow Dryer
People tend to keep blow dryers far past their prime. If it's been a while since you've replaced yours, consider upgrading to an ionic model. This type not only helps reduce static but also reduces your blow-dry time significantly. That, in turn, prevents the lack of moisture that aggravates static.
Daily shampooing dries your hair, which in turn promotes static—so skip a day or two (or more). When you do need to shampoo, choose a moisturizing formula to add that all-important moisture. Check out my favourite light-weight moisturizing shampoo Nutrifier.
Swap Out Combs and Brushes
If you're using plastic combs, you're asking for static to rule your world. Switch out your plastic combs for metal or ceramic—or purchase a comb or brush that's specifically created to prevent static buildup.
If you're sticking to the regular type, bear in mind that combs with wider-spaced teeth produce less static than their closely spaced counterparts. As for brushes, choose natural bristles instead of plastic. They cost more, but you'll notice a significant change in the amount of static you're fighting.
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.