Frequent static electricity in hair is enough to drive anyone a bit crazy. Hair sticking straight up or to clothing is not only annoying, it’s simply not a good look! Hair static is caused when electrons transfer from one atom to another which turns the neutral charge of those atoms into either a negative or positive charge, causing them to repel. Low humidity makes static worse because the lack of water in the air prevents the electrons from moving off you more quickly, so the static charge builds up more easily.
The good news about static electricity in hair (yes, there is some) is that it’s actually pretty easy to get rid of. So, next time the static in your hair has you frustrated, try one of these simple fixes:
Dryer sheets – Dryer sheets don’t just take static out of your clothes, they work very well to get it out of hair. Dryer sheets typically have a positive charge so they effectively neutralize the electric charge in your hair and eliminate the static. Rub a sheet on larger sections of your hair, from the root to tip until the static is gone.
Dampen hair – By lubricating and adding moisture to the hair, friction (and the transfer of atoms) is significantly reduced which helps eliminate static. Adding water to lubricate the hair when it’s full of static is sometimes the easiest solution. Use a spray bottle or a small amount of water on the fingers to dampen the hair.
Heat protectant – When you blow dry and use hot styling tools, you suck the moisture out of your hair. Using a heat protection spray can lock in moisture AND lubricate the hair, which will help prevent static. Ovation Thermal Protection Spray can be used daily to do just that, coat the hair, decreasing static and protecting hair from all types of heat damage.
Hair spray – Don’t have a Heat Protection Spray on hand? Hair spray will work too. The best way to apply the right amount of hair spray to calm static is to spray your brush, then brush your hair. Hair spray can coat the strands and keep them in control. You can also spray a bit onto hats or scarves that will be covering your hair. This will decrease the amount of static when you take those items off.
Lotion – A small amount of lotion applied to the ends can also eliminate static. A little goes a long way so apply hand or body lotion to your hands, rub in, then run your hands through the hair. Make sure to stay away from the roots, lotion can cause the hair (especially at the roots) to look greasy.
Hydrating conditioner – If static in your hair happens more than every so often, you may not be getting enough moisture on a daily basis. A more hydrating conditioner will help lock in that moisture and decrease the static. The Ovation Crème Rinse Moisturizer is a great product for that. It contains natural ingredients that condition and moisturize without weighing hair down.
Natural bristle brush – Certain brushes make you more prone to static electricity than others, synthetic bristles specifically are more likely to cause that friction and transfer of atoms. Try making the switch to a brush with natural bristles especially when you notice that your hair is on the dryer side.
The key to eliminating hair static in the long run is having overall healthy, more hydrated hair. That is exactly what our Advanced Cell Therapy System is formulated to do. It’s packed with nutrients, vitamins, protein, and much more to create the best environment for healthy hair. For more information on the Ovation Products, click here.
Next time hair static attempts to mess up your good hair day, you’ll be more than prepared to stop it in its tracks.