Why is static ruining my hair vibe? What causes static?
Static hair happens when hair becomes charged with electricity. All hair is made up of atoms, and atoms are compromised of protons, neutrons and electrons. Electrons move from one atom to another, and when they do this, the atoms become electrically charged. This causes static electricity in hair. (Source)
Electricity, atoms, blah blah blah. What's important to know is that STATIC makes your hair get stuck in your lashes, ruins your lipgloss, the hairstyle you so reluctantly woke up a whole 30 extra minutes earlier for, and I mean don't even think about that cute selfie you were about to take just now. Because:
As if cold weather days and dry air wasn't enough, we gotta deal with this scientific phenomenon at the expense of our beauty. Pfft. Good thing there are a few simple things you can do to combat it - and we share them all today! You will find this blog post helpful if you have fine or dry hair, which means you're more likely to encounter this static problem. Watch this quick video or scroll down for in-depth instructions and even more useful tips.
1. Anti-Static Dryer Sheets
You know those Bounce sheet things your mom always puts in the dryer when she does laundry? Not only do they make your bedsheets smell amazing, they also work like magic in de-static-ing (ok clearly that's not a real word, but you get it) your hair. Have a few sheets of those in your purse or pocket at. all. times. during the winter. Here's an image for reference:
Mmm. Outdoor fresh.
2. Hairspray or Leave-In Conditioner
Carry a travel size hairspray or some sort of leave-in serum and use just a couple of sprays/drops to get rid of the static.
3. Nothing on hand?
Use any cream you have in your purse. A bit of body lotion, face or hand cream, whatever! Squeeze just a pea size amount, rub in your hands and run through your hair. You don't want to use a lot of product because it can leave your hair oily (especially if it isn't designed for hair), just a tiny bit will do the trick.
4. Not even a cream on hand?
Oh ok, well then, you can find some water and use a tiny amount to tame the static. Not the most optimal solution but the most accessible, that's for sure! Use a little bit of water and then braid your hair or at least pin the front pieces away with some bobby pins, as those are the most annoying pieces that stick to your face with static. Here are some great braid tutorials to check out if you're interested.
5. Do not use plastic
If you have a plastic comb or a hair brush - not a good idea to use it, because plastic is non-conductive (aka will make your hair much more staticky). Instead, opt for a wooden or a metal comb, as those are conductive and thus - will get rid of static. Science!
6. Humidify that ish
Obviously you can't control the air moisture everywhere. But if you're experiencing static at your own house, it's a good indicator that the air is very dry. A very simple solution is to turn on the humidifier, which will improve both air quality and life quality (because you will no longer have to deal with static in your hair). How cool.
7. Clothing au-naturel.
Synthetic materials, especially nylon and polyester, will charge up real quick and contribute to the static. So if your jacket, scarf, hat, or sweater contain these materials, it's more likely that you will experience static in your hair. Instead, try opting for cotton, wool, or silk to reduce the amount of static.
That's about it, my ladies! Looking for more winter hair care advice? Check out this blog post!
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