As I mentioned in my previous post, before anything else, moisture is the key to preventing static hair. In winter, your hair will need some extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) to help seal the moisture in. Here are a few ways to fight static hair.
Ways to fight static hair this winter
- Apply a rinse-out conditioner if you aren’t using one.
- Some people like to apply an oil such as coconut oil on damp hair before the next step. (not everyone needs this step)
- Finish with a leave-in conditioner specially on the ends before drying hair. There are different types of leave-in conditioners for different hair types.
- Use a hair mask instead of your rinse-out conditioner at least once a week during winter as they help to retain the moisture better than the conditioner. Check here for some of best Allure reviewed hair masks for 2014.
- Air drying (or with cool air feature) is the best if you can. Heat drives out the moisture more.
- If you need to heat style, you might want to add a styling cream specially to the ends before you switch on the blow dryer. Ideally, something with consistency (such as Shea Moisture styling lotion) can give more weight to the hair and keep the fibers down. Again the product you choose depends on how thick your hair is.
- If you still have some flyaways, re-wetting those fibers and adding some cream to them can give you the control you need.
- Or you can always finish with a light stylable hairspray if you must. Examples are:
Extras that can help:
- Avoid plastic combs as they create more static charges on the hair (transfer of negative charges from the hair). Metallic ones work better since they conduct the charges. similarly see why your comb picks up pieces of paper:
- Avoid wearing silk in winter. Rubbing action of your hair with the fabric will create more static.
- Some people use an ionic blow dryer. These are said to release negative ions that cancel out the positive static charges of the hair.
- Use a humidifier in your room to help restore some of the moisture content of the hair. It also helps to breathe better during winter.
- Some people have suggested rubbing the pillowcase with dryer sheets so that the hair doesn’t get more static when sleeping.