Figuring out how to get rid of static hair, frizziness, and flyaways is an eternal problem. But there are some factors that can make it worse. For instance, as soon as winter arrives, I always feel like I’m dealing with a bunch of new beauty issues, like dry skin, chapped lips, and flat, static hair that hovers around my head like Einstein’s.
Each of these beauty issues create their own frustrations, but static hair can be especially annoying—sometimes, no matter what I do, I can't seem to tame the flyaways.What causes static hair?
Static hair occurs when your hair builds up an electric charge, meaning it has gained some extra electrons thanks to friction or a change in humidity. That makes the strands of your hair repel each other, leaving your hair frizzy and difficult to style. Plus, the elements, a lack of moisture in the air, and heated indoor environments can all exacerbate static hair.
For one, since winter air often has low or no humidity, static electricity is often worse during the season (water is a great conductor of energy, so the higher the humidity, the less static is an issue). And those hats we wear in winter to keep ourselves warm? Those are making static electricity worse as well, creating friction and building static electricity as we take them on and off throughout the day.
Luckily, there are hair-care products, conditioners in particular, designed to restore the hair’s normal charge, thus making it less frizzy and easier to manage.
With all this in mind, we asked a few professional stylists to share their best tips for keeping hair smooth and static free. Read on for their top tips for how to get rid of static hair.1. Start with a moisturizing shampoo.
Keeping your hair moisturized is the easiest way to ensure it’s armed with the hydration necessary to fight frizz, static, and other pesky side effects of weather. Celebrity hairstylist Deycke Heidorn recommends starting with a quality shampoo and conditioner that caters to dry hair: “By using the right hair-care products, your scalp keeps its natural balance of moisture and oils, and your hair shaft stays flexible and nourished.”
Products to try:Marc Anthony Bye Bye Frizz Keratin Smoothing Shampoo ($10, Walgreens)Carol’s Daughter Curl Quenching Shampoo ($11, Target)Rahua Hydration Shampoo ($34, Dermstore)2. Never skip conditioner.
Yes, it’s important to use moisturizing products, but conditioner is especially crucial to avoiding frizz. That’s because while the surfactant ingredients in some shampoos can contribute a charge to your hair while they clean, conditioners are designed to counteract that. Sure, they’re also designed to help seal the hair cuticle and improve its overall shine and manageability. But if you’re trying to counteract frizz or static, the charge thing is the main reason to never skip conditioner.
Products to try:Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Curls Conditioner ($5, Target)R+Co TELEVISION Perfect Hair Conditioner ($96, Dermstore)Redken Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Conditioner ($40, Ulta)3. Use a deep conditioning mask or treatment occasionally.
If your hair tends toward dry or your hair is otherwise damaged, you may find that regularly using a conditioner isn’t enough to keep your strands feeling moisturized. In that case, using a deep-conditioning mask or treatment once a week or so can help restore your hair’s shine softness.