Any hairstyle can be ruined by the invisible menace...static. It makes your hair stand on end in the most unflattering way. Staticky hair is a huge problem in the wintertime due to the lack of moisture in the air. This article will reveal to you several useful tips and tricks you can use to make your hair less static.
Your Hair Type and Static
The remedies you should use to prevent and reduce static will depend on your hair type. Since you can’t add moisture to the air everywhere you go, you’ll need to make some changes to your hair. Regardless of your hair type, the main way to reduce static in your hair is to keep your hair moisturized. The more moisturized your hair is, the less static you’ll experience.
Type 1 and Type 2 Hair
Type 1 (straight) hair and type 2 (wavy) hair are often staticky. To combat static in these hair types, you can try the following tips:
- Wash your hair less often. Every time you wash your hair, you are potentially stripping it of necessary moisture. Only wash your hair when it gets oily or dirty.
- Use hairspray. Spray your hair with hairspray to give it some hold. This will help to keep your style in place regardless of the conditions outside.
Type 3 and Type 4 Hair
For type 3 (curly) hair and type 4 (coily) hair, static is not usually an issue. Curly and coily strands are often clumped together, making it difficult for static to make your hair stand on end. However, if you straighten your hair in the wintertime, you may experience static. If you do, you can try the following tips.
- Deep condition your hair. For super dry hair, a rinse-out conditioner may not be enough to reduce static. Try adding a moisturizing deep conditioner to your winter hair care regimen.
- Co-wash your hair. Co-washing (washing your hair with conditioner only) eliminates potentially drying shampoo, increasing your hair’s moisture level and reducing static.
Anti-Static Products for All Hair Types
In addition to the above tips, here are some products that you should use regardless of your hair type to reduce static:
- Add a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to your regimen – A nourishing leave-in conditioner is the perfect product to give your hair a moisture boost before going out.
- Apply an Oil - Oil is a great smoother, and it helps to seal in your hair’s moisture.
- Use a hydrating shampoo. While most shampoos are very drying to the hair, some shampoos are formulated with hydrating oils and emollients.
- Use an Anti-Static Spray. You may not have heard of anti-static spray before, but it exists. Many brands have come out with anti-static sprays specifically formulated for hair.
If you use the above tips and tricks, you can put your static problem in the past. We hope that this article is helpful to you, allowing you to face the dry winter air without static fears.
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Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.