I'm a hairstylist - my eight tips will help get rid of annoying static hair

2022-05-21 22:12:31 By : Ms. Sophie She

STATIC HAIR seems to appear out of nowhere and can be so hard to deal with.

No matter the cause, most of us just try to flatten it out with our hands and hope for the best, but there are some actual tips to help banish it.

The hair pros at Good Housekeeping enlisted the help of three experts to compile some ways to manage static hair, and they're so good you'd be a fool not to give them a whirl.

If you want to beat the static you need to know what causes it first.

Turns out, static is very different to normal frizz and is to do with an electrical charge that your hair has built up.

Celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager says: "Winter is typically the worst season for static hair as the air often has low or no humidity and taking a hat and scarves on and off causes friction."

But that doesn't mean you'll be static free during the warmer months, heat damage can also lead to annoying static strands.

There are loads of contradicting rules about what shampoo and conditioner are best for you locks.

 Gregory Patterson, a celebrity hairstylist and DIY expert for Sally Beauty says that when it comes to static hair, the key is a good moisturising duo to help your hair lay flat and look smooth.

Sometimes your conditioner needs a little helping hand to work the best.

"Use a little leave-in styling treatment or a moisturizing finishing product rubbed into hands and applied directly to hair," says Michael Van Clarke.

For hair emergencies a deep conditioning hair mask can also help fight static hair, Bridget explains, "a deep conditioner once a week really helps support moisture in your hair."

Bridget says: "Try to extend your blowouts and styles as long as possible so you don’t have to shampoo as often."

This is because washing your hair more often makes it more likely that you'll experience annoying static strands.

You can help your hair out by allowing it to air dry.

Excessive use of heat tools, including your hair dryer, can not only damage your hair in the long run, but suck all the moisture from your locks as soon as you use them.

If you're in a rush try drying your hair until it's just a bit damp and then letting it air dry for the last 20 per cent.

Sometimes the static might have the upper hand, but you can always put your hair up in a chic bun to avoid it.

Bridget says: "You can throw in a nice leave-in treatment and no one knows the difference, but I’m treating and taming frizz and static at the same time."

Normal cotton towels aren't great for your hair anyway, but especially when it comes to dealing with static.

"Cotton can be harsh on the hair," Bridget explains, "Microfiber towels are so helpful because they lay the cuticle flat and absorb a ton of water which helps in drying the hair."

Chucking out your normal pillow cases and sleeping on silk or satin will not only make you feel extra luxurious, but they help reduce the friction on your locks as you toss and turn.

Not only will sleeping on sleek materials help, but if you wear a hat, the pros recommend finding one with a silk lining to reduce friction day-to-day.

If they can help reduce the static on your clothes, it only makes sense that they'd work on your hair too.

"Dryer sheets really work," says Bridget.

"I actually have some in my kit… just use whatever you have in your laundry room!"

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