b. static free

It’s cold and dry outside and I’ve got a horrible case of static cling — IN MAH HAIR!

Yesterday, my hair was so dry and staticky that I could hardly style it, and unfortunately I was out of town on a work trip, so I didn’t have much with me to solve the problem.

Today, I’m back home, ready to tackle the problem and eliminate the flyaways for good. I’ve found a few easy ways to get rid of hair static FAST. Check them out after the jump and add your own tricks in the comments!

1. Use dryer sheets. I learned this tip a few years ago and have been using it ever since. Dryer sheets can really help with hair static. I rub them on my brushes and combs and even run them along my hair to eliminate those pesky flyaways. I also keep my combs and brushes wrapped in dryer sheets in the wintertime to keep them static-free.

2. Try lotion. If you’re out and about or in a hotel room like I was yesterday, hand lotion can help you get rid of the static in a pinch. Rub a dollop into your hands, then run your fingers through your hair. Obviously, a little bit will go a long way, so use your lotion sparingly!

3. Use Moroccanoil Frizz Control Spray. There are other sprays on the market that are cheaper, but I received this particular spray as a sample and it has worked wonders. It’s totally worth the $20 price tag if you have a problem with frizz and/or static. It eliminated my staticky hair problem like magic, without leaving my hair feeling weighted-down.  Another option would be Bumble & Bumble Dryspun or Invisible Hairdressers Oil.

4. Crank up the humidifier. I haven’t tried this tip yet, but it makes sense to me. A humidifier will increase the moisture level in your room, thereby eliminating the static problem. Genius!

5. Hairspray is your friend. Spray a generous amount of hairspray onto your brush and brush your hair while it’s still damp. It really helps get rid of the static. I highly recommend Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode or L’oreal Ellnett.   They are amazing because the spray holds without giving your hair that sticky, “hairsprayed” quality.

6. Dry your hair with an ionic dryer. This kind of dryer not only HUGELY reduces the amount of time it takes to dry your hair (I know because I have one), but it also reportedly neutralizes the electric charge that creates static. These hair dryers aren’t necessarily expensive, either — I got mine for $20 at the drugstore.

7. Use combs made of rubber or metal. I need to follow my own advice here. Apparently, plastic combs are the worst contributors to static. Makes sense to me.

8. Use a silicone-based conditioner. The silicone will coat your hair strands and neutralize electric charge. So they say.  Beware of the build-up though.  Might be wise to use a periodic dose of Bumble & bumble Sunday shampoo to get the build-up off of your luscious locks.

9. Brush your hair with a natural bristle brush. They’re more expensive, but worth it. Not only do they help distribute natural oils evenly throughout your hair, making it shinier, they also reduce static. WIN.  My personal fave (totally indulgent) is the Mason Pearson.  Hefty pricetag, but truly an investment piece to add to your beauty arsenal.

10. Don’t wear rubber-soled shoes. This sounds weird, but apparently, rubber-soled shoes accumulate electrical charge and contribute to staticky hair AND to you getting shocked when you touch something.

Text:  Lindsay Ferrier, The Stir

Image:  Jean Louis David

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