How To Get Rid Of Static Hair – Causes And 11 Easy Tips

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS Dermatologist
Written by Arshiya Syeda

Static hair can instantly ruin all the efforts you put into fixing your hair and getting ready for the day. The moment you pass that cute woolen sweater through your head, you see all those hair strands go crazy, defying the rules of gravity!

Such hair-raising experiences are common during winters. Static hair happens when your hair is charged with static electricity. When the hair rubs against something like wool, it loses electrons, and the strands are left with a positive charge, causing them to repel each other. Luckily, static hair is easy to deal with. In this article, we have shared 11 simple hacks to prevent your locks from going crazy! Check them out.

Causes Of Static Hair

When two objects rub against each other, one loses its electrons and becomes positively charged, while the other gains electrons and becomes negatively charged. That is static electricity.

Your hair contains electrons, making it the perfect conductor of static electricity. When it rubs against another object, like wool or a balloon, the hair loses its electrons and is left with positive charge, causing all the hair strands to fly away from each other.

This phenomenon is common during winters because the dry winter air has no humidity or moisture, causing the electrons to charge up. In addition, all those cute scarves, hooded jackets, and winter apparel you wear can make your hair lose electrons and go crazy. And things can escalate quickly for those with fine hair.

Let’s not allow this static electricity to get on your head (literally!) and see what you can do to get rid of it.

How To Get Rid Of Static Hair

1. Switch To Ionic Hair Dryers

Ionic hair dryers dry your hair and cause lesser hair damage than the regular blow dryers. These styling tools emit negative ions that separate water molecules into smaller particles, enabling faster evaporation. The negative ions cling to their positively charged counterparts, causing a neutralizing effect, and balance the electrons in your hair. This reduces friction and keeps your hair free of static.

2. Use A Leave-In Hair Conditioner

Your hair loses moisture and turns frizzy and dry in winters, making it prone to static electricity. Adding a conditioner to your hair care regimen can prevent this. Conditioners impart moisture to your locks and eliminate existing static (1).

Conditioners also protect your hair from changing climatic conditions during summer, winter, and rainy seasons that may increase static in your hair. Make sure you spread the conditioner across your hair using a comb. Even distribution of the product keeps your hair tangle-free.

3. Spritz A Hairspray

Spray the hairspray onto a comb (wooden or metal, preferably) and run it through your hair. This keeps the flyaways in place, prevents static electricity, and spreads the product evenly across your hair.

Be mindful – don’t overdo the process. Excessive use of hairspray can damage your locks. You can use hairsprays that are formulated to bring down static. Even water can help control static electricity and flyaways.

Handy Tip: If you are heading out for a meeting and your hair looks frizzy and wild, spritz some water on your tresses. This will smoothen the strands and keep your hair under control.

4. Use Moisturizing Hair Products

Dry hair is highly prone to static. Use moisturizing hair masks, shampoos, or serums containing hydrating ingredients like coconut milk, avocado, banana, and shea butter. These ingredients work exceptionally well in winters and help moisturize and soften dry and brittle hair and minimize static.

Also, avoid using products containing alcohol as it has a drying effect on your scalp and hair.

5. Avoid Using Plastic Combs

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

6. Apply Nourishing Hair Oils

Dry and brittle hair is prone to static as it lacks moisture. Moisturizing oils like natural coconut, jojoba, olive, almond, and argan oils can work like magic to prevent static. Apply a few drops of any of these oil to the dry ends of your hair and brush gently. Follow this procedure before blow-drying or straightening your hair. You can also drench your hair strands with these oils to keep it smooth and silky and tame flyaways and frizz.

7. Rub Dryer Sheets On Your Pillow

The hair strands that you find sticking to the pillows and sheets after a good night’s sleep are a sign of static buildup on their surface. The hair can pick up static when it rubs against other materials. You can prevent this by rubbing a dryer sheet on your pillow or wiping your hair with it. You can also 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, nylon, and polyester materials as they carry a static charge and transfer it to your hair. Switch to cotton or silk clothes. Also, start using microfiber towels for drying your hair as they have excellent water-absorbing power. Microfiber towels also reduce the drying time of your hair, minimizing the blow drying time and heat damage.

9. Avoid Shampooing Every Day

Shampooing your hair every day can strip your scalp of natural oils. This can dry your hair and turn it brittle. Shampoo two or three times a week with an intense moisturizing shampoo to avoid static. Follow up with a silicone-based conditioner to keep static at bay. Silicone creates a layer on the hair strands that prevents static electricity and adds shine.

10. Braid Your Hair

This is a simple solution for long hair. Slick your hair back into a bun or braid it before going to bed. This prevents the hair strands from rubbing against the pillow, minimizing the possibility of static buildup in the morning. For better results, use anti-static serums to fasten the buns.

11. Try To Avoid Heat Styling Tools

Heat styling tools can further dry your hair and create more static within your strands. If you cannot avoid it altogether, try to reduce the temperature or use a good heat protectant to keep your hair from getting fried. Use heat-free styling products like setting sprays, hair mousse, and gels.

What Are The Products To Combat Static Hair?

There are several products available on the market that specifically deal with static hair. From leave-in conditioners and static control mists to hairsprays and creams – pick one that suits your hair type. The key is to use the right product as per your hair type. For more suggestions on anti-static hair care products, click right here.


It is impossible to avoid static hair during the colder months, and some hair types (like fine hair) are prone to static electricity. This is why you need a special hair care routine during winters to minimize this issue as much as possible. The tips mentioned in this article are easy to follow and will help keep static at bay. Try them today to keep your hair from flying away!


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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).