Is there anything more annoying than static hair? It can be responsible for ruining a great hair day because, let’s face it, nobody likes flyaway hair! Don’t worry; at Additional Lengths, we’re letting you in on all our top tips and tricks for how to tame that static mane. Read on to find out what static hair is, what causes it and how, with the correct products and care, you can banish it forever! Here it is, your perfect guide to static-free hair!
What causes static hair?
Put simply, static hair happens when your hair builds up an electric charge, usually caused by friction or a change in humidity. Your hair gains extra positive electrons which makes each strand repel each other, for unruly, unpredictable, flyaway and sometimes frizzy hair.
Why is my hair static?
There are lots of different factors that contribute to static hair, such as over-brushing, dry air, indoor heating and environments that are lacking in humidity. Although it’s often wetter outside during the winter months, the air is generally much drier, as cold air holds much less moisture than warm. The less humidity in the air, the more static energy becomes a problem (as moisture in the air is a great conductor for static energy). Pair that with the constant wearing and removal of our warm winter hats or summer head scarves throughout the day and you end up with static hair overload!
Whilst we can’t always change our surroundings or control our environments, we can protect and prepare our hair for them by using certain products to help to counteract static energy. By searching for hair care products that restore its normal charge, your hair will be less frizzy and easier to manage as a result.
How to stop static hair
Keeping your hair moisturised with a good moisturising shampoo is a great way to combat static energy, dryness and frizz. Using a high-quality shampoo that’s catered to dry hair is the best way to do this to help restore your scalp’s natural balance. If you have hair extensions, remember to always wash your hair upright rather than hanging it over the bath, as this will prevent tangling and slipping.
Always use a conditioner
Conditioning your hair is a crucial step in avoiding frizz and static energy. Shampoos that contain surfactants add a charge to your hair whilst cleaning it. A good conditioner will counterbalance this, sealing the hair cuticle and giving your hair improved shine whilst making it more manageable and preventing frizz.
If your hair is dry or damaged, you may also want to introduce deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine, which help to add nutrition to natural hair and extensions. Keeping your hair moisturised and in its best condition is the best way to avoid unruly hair. Remember, if you’re wearing extensions, it’s important to only condition the middle and ends of your hair. Avoid applying conditioner to your roots and the bonds of your extensions as conditioner can cause them to slip, or in a worst-case scenario, cause the bonds to break.
Always on the go? Leave-in products are your best friend!
If your hair is suddenly static on the go, rely on good leave-in products to tame your mane. A travel-size bottle of leave-in conditioner or hair oil can add enough moisture to your hair to eliminate any extra charge. Use a small amount of hair oil and run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots if you’re wearing extensions as this can weaken the bonds, particularly if you’re wearing tape-in, hot or cold fusion extensions. Take care with micro and nano ring extensions, too, as oil-based products can cause these to slip.
Avoid over-washing and styling
Over-washing your hair can contribute to it drying out and then, ultimately, drying out and frizzing like crazy. If you’re a serial shampooer, try to change up your routine to washing every other day, as opposed to every day. Try to avoid products with drying ingredients and if your hair is curly, avoid sulphates completely as they can make naturally dry hair even drier. Similarly, if you’re someone that loves to heat style your hair, try to do it sparingly and always use heat protection to lock in moisture and protect your hair from damage. Use hairdryers on a low heat setting to prevent drying and frizz too. Want curls without heat damage? A heatless hair curler will help you achieve gorgeous, curly, flowing locks without drying out your hair, perfect for those heat-free days!
Don’t use a plastic comb! (or follow it up with an anti-frizz sheet!)
If you want to avoid adding unnecessary charge to your hair, make plastic hair combs your enemy! Plastic causes friction and removes electrons from the hair when it’s dry, causing static electricity. The best way to prevent this from happening is to only use a plastic comb on wet hair, or to avoid using one completely, opting for a wooden comb instead. If you really love your comb or find that no matter what you use, your hair is always static after brushing, you can combat this with an anti-frizz sheet. Enriched with coconut oil, they add moisture and remove the charge from your hair whilst giving some extra added shine! They’re great for removing any static charge from hair extensions too.
Dry your hair with a microfibre towel to prevent breakages
Your hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, so it’s important to take care when drying it. Whether you’ve got extensions or you just want to protect your natural hair, using a microfibre towel is a great choice for preventing both frizz and damage. Much softer and gentler on your hair strands than standard terry towels, they help to keep the hair’s cuticles smooth, preventing the appearance of frizz.
So there you have it, our top tips to avoiding static hair! Hair is most likely to be static when it’s dehydrated, so the best way to banish static hair completely is to look after your hair and take care of its condition. Whether you have extensions or you’re simply caring for your natural hair, make sure to use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to completely avoid damages and protect your hair from static and frizz forever! For more ways to care for your hair extensions, be sure to follow our aftercare guide for your most perfect locks, guaranteed!