How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in Hair

It doesn’t matter if you have long hair, short hair, curly hair, or straight hair – static electricity comes for us all. Especially in the winter months.

And most all of us wish it would go away. After all, nobody wants to spend time additional time styling, straightening, curling, or managing their hair only to leave the house with it clinging to everything and anything, sticking up in every which direction

Unless you’re attending a costume party for crazy hair, that look just isn’t it.

That’s why our team at Facetté has put a list together in order to show you how to get rid of static electricity in hair & achieve any style, all year long.

But first, let’s get to the root of the issue. What causes static in the first place?

Where Does Static Come From?

Staticky hair is caused by overly charged hair.

Essentially, everything consists of protons, neutrons, and electrons. And when your hair comes into contact with unlike surfaces or objects, there is an exchange of electrons that creates an electrical charge.

Since dry hair doesn’t conduct electricity very well, we’re left with static-filled hair that can’t be tamed.  It’s one of those minor inconveniences that can ruin a whole look, and we’re over it.

If you’re ready for smooth hair that stays, we’ve got some great tips below on how to get rid of static electricity in hair:

How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in Hair

Although electricity is the reason for static, it’s dry hair that makes it an issue. That being said, proper hydration for your hair can make a HUGE difference in keeping it static-free during the winter months.

Keep reading to discover how to get rid of static in hair:

Skip a Wash Day or Two

Okay – hear us out on this one.

Washing your hair isn’t bad in itself, but washing it too much can actually strip your hair of natural oils  that keep the scalp hydrated and healthy. Next time you notice that your hair is looking a little oily, reach for the dry shampoo instead of the faucet.

Dry shampoo is a LIFE-SAVER when it comes to extending the time between washes. It lets your scalp naturally add moisture while restoring some of the life and volume to your hair. The Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo from Kerastase is one of our favorites, and it always leaves the hair feeling fresh.

Pro Tip: Using dry shampoo on clean hair can actually extend the longevity of your style and keep it looking great for much longer.

Incorporate Hydrating Products in Your Routine

The products you use are key to keeping your hair healthy, because high quality products are going to use high quality ingredients.

In order to give your hair the moisture it needs, we recommend washing with a hydrating line of shampoos and conditioners, utilizing hair masks once a week (and leave-in conditioner, if your hair needs it), as well as hair oils and cremes.

These products target de-hydrated hair and rejuvenate each strand by locking in moisture and providing much needed nutrients:

The products in this line are great for curly or coily hair and reinforce hydration.

Focused on balancing the scalp and strengthening each strand, these products work wonders on dry, brittle hair.

Nourish your hair overnight with this lightweight serum.

For additional product recommendations on how to get rid of static electricity in hair, ask one of our talented stylists for help!

Be Prepared for Static At All Times

Sometimes static strikes at the most inconvenient time, and you don’t always have access to your armoire of products. Here’s how to get rid of static electricity in hair while you’re away from home.

First things first: travel-sized products are must! If you can carry around a mini hair oil or crème, it will be a huge help. We sell a variety of products like this at Facetté Fort Collin hair salon, so you can always ask one of our stylists to help you find the right product(s).

Another thing to consider? Storing a metal or wooden comb in your bag, as these materials absorb static electricity and neutralize charges.

And if you get really desperate, you can always throw a dryer sheet in your bag, as well! The same properties that enable these sheets to eliminate static in the dryer, also allow them to do the same in your hair. It may not be the most orthodox solution, but it works in a pinch!

Use Heat Protectant

We’re not asking you to give up your styling tools, but a little extra care goes a long way!

Without any protection, the high temps used in blow-dryers, curling irons, and straighteners can negatively impact hair health – and as a result, worsen static.

Heat damaged hair loses moisture, so it’s important to prevent the damage ahead of time with a heat protectant. Applying a quick mist before styling can prevent loss of moisture and maintain hair health for longer periods of time.

Take Preventative Measures

Static is created when your hair comes into contact with various surfaces, but some surfaces conduct more electricity than others. In that case, here’s how to get rid of static electricity in hair before it becomes a problem.

There are two items in particular that spend a lot of time in contact with your hair: your pillowcase and your bathroom towels.

Commonly used materials like cotton can actually create additional friction with your hair, so we recommend switching to fabrics that benefit your hair health instead. Silk pillowcases will reduce static, but also smoothen hair overall.

And instead of a cotton towel, consider an Aquis Hair Towel to prevent frizz and static buildup.

Saying Buh-Bye to Static

Static is a common issue in hair, but it’s not without it’s own solutions. Follow our tips above, and you’ll notice a significant descrease in clingy, staticky hair. Many of the products mentioned above are sold at our Fort Collins hair salon, so feel free to stop by and pick

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