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 around your head on its own.
Fortunately, there are anti-static hair brushes, shampoos for flyaway hair, and other flyaway hair tamers that can help neutralize static charges between hair strands.
What Causes Static Hair
- Dry 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.
2. Dry Air
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 increases 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 Tame Flyaways?
When your hair flies in different directions it might be difficult to maintain a respectable style. Trying to fix this with an ordinary brush creates more static electricity, making the problem worse.
To reduce static electricity build-up, 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.
Best Products for Flyaway Hair
Shampoo for Staticky 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.
Brand: Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo helps soften hair and make it easier to style. Hydrolyzed wheat protein and a special infusion of plant extracts help to create a smooth surface on hair to reduce frizz, minimize flyways, and add extra shine.
Conditioners that Tame Static
Use a moisture-rich conditioner every time you shampoo your hair to prevent dryness and reduce static charge. Before exiting the shower, rinse your hair with cool water for a few seconds to seal the cuticle 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.
Leave-in Conditioner for Flyaway Hair
Apply a leave-in conditioner to towel-dried hair, 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 your strands.
Use a deep conditioning mask once a week to restore moisture and keep your hair healthy and more resistant to static charge.
Anti-Static Hair Brushes
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. Unlike plastic brushes, hairbrushes with stainless steel bristles don’t produce a static charge, so your hair will be smooth and manageable.
For detangling purposes use a good wooden comb, 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 with a nice shine.
Brand: Natural Wooden Bamboo Brush by Sofmild is made with biodegradable materials. Wooden bristles stimulate the scalp, naturally condition your hair and help create a sleek and shiny finish.
For hair straightening, use a hair straightener brush with negative ion technology. It helps straighten hair while leaving smooth, shiny, static-free hair.
Brand: Ionic Straightening Brush by HODAY
When blow-drying your hair, use an antistatic, ionic mineral-infused round brush which leaves your locks looking smooth, healthy, and glowing.
Ionic Hair Dryers
Ionic blow dryers generate 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.
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.
Brand: 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-away hair, and protect hair color from fading.
Brand: Oribe Foundation Mist helps detangle hair, provides thermal protection and neutralizes 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 to your hair.
Brand: Hair Feel Finishing Stick by Aroamas uses natural ingredients such as beeswax, seed oil, primrose oil, and camellia to smoothen flyaways and create a shiny finish. Just dip the mascara brush in the gel and lightly run it over rebellious strands.
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 that can be absorbed through your skin.
Sliding your wet fingers along the hair is another quick and easy way to restore fly-away strands.