Static Electricity in Hair
Fly-away hair happens when the strands of your hair are rubbed against some materials that tend to hold static electricity on their surface. Human hair tends to pick up static electricity and become positively charged when rubbed against the surface of an object. Since materials with the same charge repel each other, the positively charged individual hairs repel each other, creating a “fly-away hair” effect. The hair doesn’t appear styled or neat but flies away on its own.
Factors that Cause Fly-away Hair
Dry, over-processed and fine hair is more prone to turn into fly-away strands than thick or healthy hair. Higher moisture content increases the conductivity of hair strands and makes it easier for your hair to spread out and neutralize the static charge. Dry hair acts as an insulator and cannot conduct and release the static charge, which causes your positively charged strands to repel each other and fly in all different directions.
Hair becomes more prone to static during cold winter months due to the lack of humidity in the air. Dry external conditions and dry indoor air due to heating, absorb the moisture not only from the air, but from your hair as well, and this encourages the accumulation of static electricity. The humidity prevents the build-up of static and helps to release it from hair, while dry air acts as an insulator, leading to the build-up of electrical charges.
Sweaters, coats, and caps made from wool, acrylics, and polyester tend to cause an accumulation of static when rubbed against your hair. Resist wearing hats or caps made of these materials and look for cotton products instead.
How to Reduce Static in your Hair?
When your hair flies in different directions it might be difficult to maintain a respectable style. Trying to fix this with a brush creates more static electricity, making the problem worse.
To tone down static electricity, you need to keep your locks healthy and well moisturized. There are also some quick fixes to try when it is not possible to prevent your hair from becoming charged with static electricity.
Shampoo for Static Hair
Avoid shampooing your hair daily, as excessive washing can cause hair to become overly dry. When detergents in a hair shampoo deprive your hair of its natural oils, it becomes drier and more prone to static. Skipping a day in between shampoos helps keep the natural moisture in your hair, making it less prone to static.
Refrain from using shampoos with sulfates, as these tend to strip the natural oils from your hair and disturb the natural pH balance. Select a hydrating, nourishing shampoo that only washes away dirt and the surface level of excess sebum.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo helps soften hair and make it easier to style. Hydrolyzed wheat protein and special infusion of plant extracts help create a smooth surface on hair to reduce frizz, minimize flyways, and add extra shine.
Use a moisture rich conditioner every time you shampoo to protect your hair from drying out and reduce the static charge. Before exiting the shower, rinse your hair with cool water for a few seconds, which helps to flatten the cuticle layer and prevent frizz and fly-away hair.
Keratin-enriched conditioners help seal the cuticle and reduce friction, making hair less prone to static and frizz.
Use a leave-in conditioner after towel drying, especially if your hair is on the dry side. This helps your hair retain its natural moisture and prevents the static charge from accumulating on the hair.
Use a deep conditioning mask once a week to restore moisture and keep your hair healthy and more resistant to static charge.
Brushing and Combing
The friction caused by excessive brushing may result in fly-away hair. Combing generates less friction between hair strands than brushing, which helps reduce a build-up of static charge.
Plastic or silicone styling tools tend to create static electricity when brought into contact with your hair. A good wooden comb helps reduce static, because wood doesn’t create static electricity in combination with other materials, including your hair. The wooden teeth of the comb also help evenly distribute natural oils, leaving your hair shinier.
Ionic Hair Dryers
An ionic blow dryer generates negative ions which neutralize the positive charge responsible for fly-away hair. This type of hair dryer breaks the water molecules into smaller particles which helps lessen the amount of heat and time needed to dry your hair, reducing the loss of internal moisture.
Styling Products for Static Hair
An alcohol-free hairspray is a very handy styling product for taming static hair. Alcohol in standard hair sprays can lead to dryness, making the problem even worse in the long run.
Smart Solutions Flexible Holding Spray provides a flexible hold to keep your style all day without leaving your hair feeling sticky. It is formulated with plant extracts that help balance moisture, prevent static and fly-a-way hair, and keep hair color from fading.
ExStatyk Anti Static Hair Spray is water based and the fragrance-free formula is made to hydrate and condition hair, reduce frizz, and neutralize the static charge.
Applying a small amount of hair oil, focusing on the ends, will counteract the static electricity. Oil-based hair products also help replenish lost natural oils, while adding a glossy shine.
Colannino’s Sicilian® Hair Cream is formulated with natural oils, unbleached beeswax and vitamins to enhance shine, reduce split-ends, and prevent frizzy and fly-away hair.
Quick Fixes for Fly-away Hair
Keep a dryer sheet in your purse for emergency situations. When your hair gets charged, place and rub it over your hair. The same way as a dryer sheet neutralizes the static in your clothes, it will instantly help smooth your hair. Try to avoid this method when possible, as a dryer sheet contains toxic chemicals which can be absorbed through your skin.
Sliding your wet fingers along the hair is a quick and easy way to restore fly-away strands.