Static frizz is created when your hair develops a positive electrical charge causing each strand to repel each other. This can be a real burden for some people especially during the dry winter months because of the lack of moisture in the air.
The most common causes for static electricity are overly dry hair, friction, damage, over-processed hair and styling abuse. Try these practical tips to help prevent frizzy hair and flyaways in the future.
Shampooing not only removes dirt and styling products but it strips your hair natural oils and moisture. Try to cleanse your hair no more than 3 times a week, use a sulfate-free formula and make sure to condition your hair after every wash.
Deep condition your hair once a week to help keep your hair hydrated.
Rinse With Cold Water
When in the shower rinse your hair at the end with cold water. This will close the hair cuticle and give it more smoothness and shine.
Give Your Conditioner Time To Work
Instead of applying your conditioner and rinsing it out immediately give it some time to soften and moisturize. Try conditioning your hair at the beginning of your shower, leaving it in while you wash and shave.
Towel Dry Gently
Instead of vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel use a gently patting or squeezing motion. The aggressive rubbing not only causes a lot of friction but is damaging.
Don’t Brush Wet or Damp Hair
Use a wide toothed comb or better your fingers to detangle and arrange your damp hair. Brushing wet hair makes creates split ends and makes your hair more likely to break, which can increase your risk of frizzing.
Whenever possible allow your hair to air dry opposed to blow drying. If you do blow dry your hair, only dry it 90% of the way and let it dry naturally the rest of the way.
Add Some Weight
Use a leave-in conditioner designed specifically for dry hair or try combing a dime-sized amount of gel or a heavy styling cream through your hair when it’s wet.
Get a Humidifier for Your Home
Increasing the humidity in your home will infuse your hair with moisture and inhibiting static electricity.
Prevent frizz-causing, friction by sleeping on smooth surface your hair can easily glide over.
The more you muss with your hair the more frizz you create, so resist the urge to run your fingers through your hair.
Avoid Synthetic Fabrics
Synthetic fabrics such as viscose and polyester tend to induce static electricity, unlike cotton, wool, silk, and other natural fibers which are electrically neutral.
Ionic blow dryers neutralize your hair positive charge as well as dries your hair using less heat reducing the amount of moisture loss.
Use The Right Brushes
Avoid metal, ceramic and nylon, instead, use wood and natural boar bristle brushes. They are more gentle and hold less static electricity.
How To Neutralize The Frizz
If you are suffering from static hair and flyaways, here are a few simple yet effective solutions to help you instantly overcome this annoying problem.
- Unscented Dryer Sheet – This eliminates static quickly. Open the sheet completely and run it over your hair from root to tip in large sections. Make sure to pass over each segment several times before moving on the next section.
- Hairspray – Lightly spray a brush or comb and run it through your hair. You may need to repeat this several times but make sure to only use a little at a time.
- Static Spray – Garment static spray is effective for hair and is easy to administer. Just spray onto a hair brush or wash cloth and apply to your hair.
- Lotion & Moisturizers – Apply a small amount on your hands and rub them together until evenly distributed. Then run your fingers through your hair covering from your scalp to the ends. Gather your hair as if to put it into a ponytail the release. Repeat this several times.
- Comb Hair with Wet Fingers – Wet your hands and then finger-comb your hair to tackle frizz and tame tangles.