As the fall months begin to wane and the cold air of winter arrives, something else arrives along with it: static electricity.
Your hair begins to snap and crackle every time you run a comb or brush through it. If your partner runs a hand through your hair, a nasty shock may await. Trying to keep a hair style is difficult because of the static charge. Learning how to deal with static can help you avoid these problems.
What causes static in the first place?
Understanding the causes of static electricity can help you find ways of reducing and eliminating it. Here are some of the common reasons why static happens:
- The drier air of the autumn and winter allow static to build along the hair strands. Higher humidity in the spring and summer dissipates the static before it becomes a problem.
- Dry hair makes static worse. Hair with a bit of natural moisture will have less chance of forming static.
- Some beauty products dry the hair out and make static a bigger problem. Products over a year old can actually pull moisture from your hair because their ingredients are starting to break down.
The worst combination is unhealthy dry hair in a dry climate, like New Hampshire in winter. That is the perfect storm for static hair problems. The next step is to learn how to keep that static at bay.
How can you reduce and eliminate static hair issues?
You can do some things to keep the amount of static down and keep your hair looking good throughout the day:
- Choose hydrating shampoo and conditioners. These help nourish the hair. Healthy hair is less likely to dry out, which reduces the chances of static building up.
- Choose wooden handles for your brushes. Plastic and metal can actually charge the hair, making static worse.
- Choose styling products that do not contain alcohol or other harsh chemicals. This promotes healthy hair and makes it less likely to attract static. Choose gel products instead of aerosol products, as aerosols can dry the hair out.
- Avoid taking a hot shower. Hot water strips the hair of moisture and leaves the strand more susceptible to static build-up.
- Use a deep conditioner once a week. These conditioners put moisture back into the hair follicles.
- Use a blow dryer with an ionic charge. These blow dryers help balance the electrical charge in the hair.
- Eliminate static charge in your clothing with a light spray of anti-shock spray. This dispels the static and keeps it from transferring to the hair.
- Carry a static guard sheet with you. A quick swipe over the head will help eliminate or reduce the built-up static.
- Carry hair serum. A quick dab will help dissipate the static.
- Use a humidifier in your home. Keeping humidity levels higher inside the house will help keep static from building up. If you can only use a humidifier in one room, the bedroom is best.
The bottom line is to develop and maintain healthy hair while reducing the amount of static in the environment. All of these tips will help you keep the static hair problems to a minimum.
If you need any help with keeping your hair healthy, you need to talk with one of our experts here at the Shaggin Salon. We have been serving our Manchester clients since 2010. We know the challenges of keeping your hair looking good throughout the winter months. Call us today and let's get your hair ready for winter.