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How To Handle Hair Static During the Winter Months

Does this ever happen to you? You wash and blow dry your hair, get ready to style it and all the while you are psyching yourself up for that amazing hair day that you JUST KNOW you are going to have? I mean, you used the shampoo that makes your hair smell amazing, you are just bound to have a great hair day. Then you run your brush through your hair and all of a sudden, bam - your hair is stuck to the side of your face and sticking up in all sorts of places like an invisible puppet master is in charge of the strands.

Yep, static electricity is all too common when styling my hair during the winter months thanks to dry air. So here are my tips and tricks for taming those static-y fly aways and maintaining your sanity while holding a 450 degree hot curling iron.

1.) Use an extra moisturizing or hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Just be careful with the conditioner and only apply it to the ends of your hair. If you have very fine, thin hair like me you don't want to over condition your roots leaving your hair looking like a limp mess.

2.) Use a humidifier in your bathroom. This will help add moisture to the air, helping to keep the static at bay. And it really keeps your skin hydrated too (its beneficial to sleep with a humidifier on).

3.) Switch to a powerful hairdryer, so you cut your drying time in half. The Conair Infiniti Pro is my most favorite hair dryer. You can read more about it here.


4.) Apply a very light amount of lotion to your hair. Here's the trick: when I apply lotion to my hands I make sure and rub the lotion in really well. But before my hands get completely dry, I rub my hands over my hair. The tiniest bit of lotion helps tame the fly aways and keep the static from making me crazy.

5.) Sprinkle a little bit of water on your hair. Without soaking your hair and messing up your style, apply a little bit of water to your hair. I will usually quickly swipe my hand under the water and lightly touch the wet hand all over my hair. You barely want any water on your hair, just enough to tame the crazies. The trick is to not have your hair look wet at all - its almost like that mom thing where she licks her hand and smooths her children's hair down, just not gross.

6.) Rub a dryer sheet over your hair. The dryer sheets keep static out of clothes, so why not your hair? You can either rub the dryer sheet all over your hair or stick in over the bristles on your brush and brush your hair normally.



5 comments

  1. I think curly hair is less prone to being static-y, which is why I don't have this dilemma--but this time of year, I see it alot on straight-haired folks, even out and about! The dry winter climate is not a great one for hair! But you have some good tips, and I try to remember to start my humidifier when I go to sleep!

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  2. My hair gets SO static-y in the winter, I cannot stand it!! My mother-in-law told me to use static guard! I just sprayed a teeny tiny bit onto my hands and ran my fingers through my hair, and it worked!!! I have no idea if it's bad for your hair, but I'll take it!

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  3. The Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine products seem to really help my static hair in the winter months. I can REALLY tell a difference when I don't use their leave-in conditioner. They also make an Anti-Humidity "Smoothing Milk" which I mainly use in the summer (it works great for frizz), but which actually really comes in handy for those flyaways.

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