As if dry, chapped skin and this year’s flu strain weren’t enough, most of us are also dealing with another one of winter’s woes--the dreaded static hair! What causes it? In a nutshell, winter’s super-dry air, combined with repeated contact between kids’ hair strands with surfaces like hats and hoods, causes electricity to build up, creating those crazy flyaways. Electrons in your hair? Sounds cool, but definitely does not look (or feel) cool! So how to fix it?
For starters, skip the 2-in-1 “conditioning” shampoos, especially over the winter. After shampooing, use regular conditioner. I like to comb conditioner through my daughter’s long hair, then twist it back with a clip and let her play for a few minutes before rinsing for a quick deep-conditioning treatment. If your child’s hair is fine or goes limp easily, use a lighter conditioner. Any kind will work.
Try a Leave-In
Leave-in conditioner or detangler is winter hair’s best friend. The extra moisture hydrates strands, zapping excess electricity and protecting hair against temperature and humidity fluctuations. Choose a formula that can be used on wet or dry hair, like Shiny Happy Combing and Detangling Milk. Comb it through straight-from-the-bath hair, and give it another spritz in the morning before brushing or styling.
Treat Your Brush
Static electricity can build up on your brush or comb, too! Remove it with a little water or detangler. We love to spritz a comb or brush with a little Shiny Happy and run it through hair. The hydration boost will remove the electric charge and smooth the strands down. Pro tip: a natural boar-bristle brush will help greatly during the winter as it distributes the scalp's natural oils throughout the hair, and doesn't hold a charge the way synthetic brushes will (ditch those suckers!).
Swap that Hat or Pillowcase
Rougher fabrics cause more static electricity, as they create greater friction when rubbed against dry hair. Switch to a silk pillowcase and stay away from acrylic knit hats! Flannel sheets also seem to boost static.
Photo from @siinofam via Instagram.