What Causes Static In Your Hair? How To Get Rid Of Static Hair?

by Pooja Karkala

“What is static hair?” Has this question been on your mind? Here are some interesting facts for you! Have you tried the experiment with the plastic ruler and your hair? It goes something like this – rub the ruler hard against your hair and place it close to tiny bits of paper, and you will see the bits sticking to the ruler as if it were a magnet! In simple science, your hair transferred its electrons to the ruler, causing static electricity. Now, you may wonder, “How is all this affecting my hair?” Hold on to that thought and read further to know more.

Causes Of Static Hair

When two objects rub against each other, one of them loses its electrons and becomes positively charged, while the other gains electrons and becomes negatively charged. That’s static electricity (1). Your hair is loaded with electrons, making it the perfect conductor of static electricity. Leaving the science to the experts, let’s talk about something that happens frequently.

If you observe carefully, winters are when a pool of your hair gets stuck to your sweater – more than in any other season. This is because the dry winter air has no humidity or moisture, causing the electrons to charge up. This is when your hair’s static electricity is at its peak. With the increase in humidity, there are fewer chances of static.

Even when you have a hot lipgloss on, your hair gets stuck to it. Getting the point? Now that you are aware of the causes of static in your hair, let’s see what you can do to get rid of it.

How To Get Rid Of Static Hair

1. Use A Ionic Hair Dryer

Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions that separate water molecules into smaller particles, enabling faster evaporation. These negative ions cling on to their positively charged counterparts, giving a neutralizing effect. This balances the electrons in your hair and prevents static. Ionic hair dryers also dry your hair with minimal heat damage (2). This further reduces friction, keeping your hair free of static.

2. Use A Hairspray

Sprinkling hairspray onto the comb (wooden or metal, preferably) not only keeps the flyaways in place but also spreads the product evenly across your hair. Even combing can remove the built-up static in your hair. Just be mindful – don’t overdo the process. An excess of hairspray can damage your locks.

Better yet, you can use hairsprays that are formulated to bring down static.

3. Use A Leave-In Hair Conditioner

Your hair acts frizzy and dry in winters. Adding a conditioner to your hair care regimen can prevent this. Conditioners impart moisture to your locks and eliminate existing static (2). Besides hydrating, conditioners also protect your hair from varying climatic conditions (climatic conditions like summer, winter and rainy can increase static in your hair).

During conditioning, spread the product across your hair using a comb. An even distribution of conditioner keeps your hair free of tangles.

4. Use Moisturizing Hair Products

Dry hair is highly prone to static due to the insufficient secretion of scalp oils. If you have extremely dry ends, use moisturizing hair masks, shampoos, or serums that contain simple ingredients like coconut milk, avocado, banana, and shea butter. These ingredients work especially well in winters. As winters rip your hair of its moisture, these moisturizing hair products soften dry and brittle hair and clear static.

5. Avoid Using Plastic Combs

Using plastic combs is just feeding static to your hair. Switch to wooden, metallic, or ceramic combs. Metallic combs are the best – they pick static from your hair and attach it to themselves. You can also purchase an anti-static comb that can eliminate built-up static. Choosing wide-toothed wooden combs and boar bristle brushes can help – they do not produce any static effect.

6. Oil Your Hair

Dry and brittle hair is prone to static as it lacks moisture (2). Moisturizing oils like natural coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, and argan oil can work like magic. Apply a few drops of any of these to the dry ends of your hair and brush gently. Follow this procedure before blow-drying or straightening your hair.

7. Use Dryer Sheets For Your Pillow

Hair strands that you find sticking to the pillows and sheets after a good night’s sleep are a sign of static build-up on their surface. You can prevent this by rubbing the dryer sheet on your pillow and the comforter. You can even swipe these sheets onto your hairbrush before combing your hair. For better results, keep a pack of dryer sheets handy in your bedroom, closet, and dressing room.

8. Avoid Wearing Synthetic And Nylon Clothes

If your hair is prone to static, avoid wearing synthetic materials and those made from nylon and polyester – as they carry a static charge and transfer it to your hair. Switch to cotton, silk, or woolen clothes.

9. Do Not Shampoo Your Hair Every Day

Shampooing your hair daily can strip your scalp of the natural oils. This can dry your hair up and turn it brittle. Shampoo on alternate days. And use an intense moisturizing shampoo to avoid built-up static.

10. Braid Your Hair

Do you have long hair that is prone to static? Here’s a solution. Slick your hair back into a bun or simply braid your hair before sleeping. This will not only keep your wild hair in place but also prevent the possibility of static build-up when you wake up in the morning. For better results, use anti-static serums to fasten the buns.

That’s all, ladies! Try these tips and keep the static away. Let us know about your experiences by commenting in the box below.

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Pooja Karkala

Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.