How to deal with static hair in the winter

The winter can bring us some wonderful experiences like spending time with friends and family, enjoying a new recipe, or building a snowman with the kids. But unfortunately the cold, dry air, can also bring static to your hair causing unsightly and annoying flyaways. With a few easy fixes, you can avoid these hair mishaps and make the season a little bit more jolly for you and your hair.

What causes static crazed hair?

The cold, dry winter air, wind, and the sun can dehydrate your hair leaving it prone to flyaways and frizzies. When you combine that with coloring, styling, and alcohol-based styling products, unprotected hair doesn't stand a chance.

How you can fix it?

1. Use a deep conditioner or olive oil treatment once or twice a week. This extra moisture can save your hair from static by keeping your locks adequately moisturized. If you have extra thin or fine hair, skip the deep conditioner and use a leave-in conditioner spray daily. Try to find one with soy proteins and/or humectants, which helps hair lock in the newly added moisture.

2. Try using a natural fiber brush. Look for a brush with natural bristles like boar and one with a natural wood handle. These brushes help to distribute the natural oils from your scalp, which can help coat and protect hair from getting frizzy.

3. Don't wash your hair every day. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to clean your hair every other day. Shampooing (especially with sulfates) too often can cause dryness which encourages static in hair. If you feel the need to use a shampoo daily, try using a dry shampoo instead. A moisturizing formula works well for just about all hair types to eliminate flyways and keep static to a minimum.

4. Add Shea butter or Argan oil to your hair routine. Shea butter and Argan oil are both known for their moisturizing power and do a great job replacing moisture that is lost during the cold winter months. You can find Shea butter and Argan oil in deep conditioners, spray in conditioners, and tonics and serums.

5. Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase or use a silk hair scarf at night to protect hair from moisture-loss. Cotton pillowcases can absorb the moisture from your hair and scalp leaving hair prone to static electricity.

6. Use a dryer sheet as a quick fix. A dryer sheet can reduce static buildup in the hair just like it can in your clothes. Carry one in your purse so you can retouch your hair throughout the day if needed. If the smell bothers you, opt for an unscented brand or fold it a couple of times and put it in a plastic jewelry bag.


Personal Experience as a stylist