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Static Hair: Why It Happens And How To Tame It

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Picture this: You wake up on one of the coldest winter mornings, and you get ready to start the day. You pop on a hat before walking out the door, only the reveal staticy, puffy strands the moment you finally reach your office. Or, you pass a flat iron over your hair, and your once flyaway-free strands turn into a dry, frizzy mess. If static hair has ever ruined your perfectly good hair day, rest assured, you’re not the only one!

While some hair woes come and go as the seasons change, static hair sticks around all year long. If you deal with static hair 24/7, we’re here to help! We’re breaking down everything you need to know about static hair including why it happens, how to get rid of it, and a few of our favorites from the L'Oréal portfolio of products you need in your daily routine to prevent it from ruining your look.

What does it mean when you have static in your hair?

Flyaways are small bits of hair that become electrically charged with static, causing them to stick out. An array of things can lead to static hair including a lack of moisture, the weather transitioning, or your choice of hair accessories. Almost everyone experiences static hair for one reason or another.

How do I get rid of static in my hair after straightening it?

While you’re straightening your hair, you might see flyway strands pop up out of the blue. Flat ironing your mane can give you a smooth, sleek look, but the heat from the iron can also damage and dry out your strands—which can quickly lead to static hair.

If you notice static after heat styling, here’s a quick way to minimize the chances of it happening. Before you reach for your iron, add a few spritzes of hairspray like Matrix StyleLink Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray. throughout your strands and wait for it to completely dry before applying heat. The product works as a shield to protect the hair from static charge.

Need a few expert tips on how to tackle static hair once and for all? Keep scrolling.

How To Fix Static Hair

Hydrate your mane.

It’s a known fact that static and dry hair go hand in hand, so how exactly do you fix that! By keeping your mane hydrated, of course! Step one? Start by filling your hair care routine with products specially formulated for dry hair.

The foundation of any great hair care routine is a quality shampoo and conditioner system. We recommend investing in a moisturizing system like Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo and Conditioner. This system cleanses and conditions to help optimize moisture levels for healthier-looking hair.

If your strands seem like they need an extra bit of moisture, your shampoo and conditioner alone won’t cut it. That’s why you’ll need to add a weekly hair mask like Redken’s All Soft Mega Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask. This two-in-one hair mask is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.

Be extra cautious of how you brush your hair.

After years of brushing your hair, the basic styling ritual seems kind of like a no brainer, right? When you’re concerned about flyaways, however, you should be extra wary of how you brush and which tools you choose to detangle your mane.

If your locks are feeling particularly brittle, it’s best to avoid using a bristle brush altogether. Instead, opt for a wide-tooth comb. Wide-tooth combs have larger gaps in between each of the teeth, allowing you to detangle your hair with potentially less friction—hence, less breakage.

Never brush wet hair because your strands are most fragile when they’re soaking wet. Instead, wait until your hair is dry before running a brush through it.

Skip out on heat styling.

You might not realize it, but your curling wand can be the biggest culprit that leads to static hair. That’s why we recommend air-drying your hair as often as you possibly can.

Whenever you do decide to heat style, be sure to apply a few spritzes of heat protectant spray like the Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Spray throughout your hair. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine, and reduce frizz.

Avoid washing your hair too frequently.

The debate around how often you should wash your hair still rages on, but if static hair is your concern, we suggest skipping a wash day or two. Washing your hair too often can lead to serious over-drying and strip your hair of its natural oils.

If your hair becomes oily quickly (fine haired girls, we’re talking to you), washing your hair less frequently might seem impossible. Luckily, all you need is a salon-quality dry shampoo to stretch your time in between washes just a bit longer. Pureology’s Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo Spray refreshes your hair from root to scalp for that lightweight, clean feeling.

Apply a leave-in conditioner daily.

We have leave-in conditioners to thank for helping us tame frizz, moisturize our strands, and make our hair look and feel better overall. A daily leave-in conditioner is also a must if you’re experiencing flyaway hair.

On the lookout for a leave-in conditioner? Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk is our go-to. The product boasts 25 hair benefits including controlling frizz, adding smoothness, and helping shield against external aggressors.

Use accessories to hide your flyaways.

If even the best quality products leave you feeling helpless in your fight against static, turn to hair accessories. Strategically placing a few bobby pins, popping on a hat, or wrapping a headband or hair scarf around your head can quickly conceal your flyways. While this won’t eliminate your flyaways for good, the quick trick is ideal to cover them up before a night out.

Now that you’ve read through all our tips and tricks, congrats! You’re equipped with all there is to know for getting rid of flyaway hair. If you’re still looking for products to keep your mane static-free, keep scrolling for more of our favorites.

The Best Hair Products To Fix Static Hair

Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo

If your hair is lacking serious moisture, begin your hair care routine with an oil-infused shampoo like the Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo. Formulated with oils, this shampoo restores hair’s healthy look and feel, moisturizing and improving manageability while evening out porosity and fighting against external aggressors. Complete your system with the Biolage Oil Renew Conditioner.

Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo, $21.00 MSRP

Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner

Curly girls, it’s no secret that your texture leaves you extra vulnerable to dryness—and if there’s one thing you don’t want, it’s parched, staticy ringlets. Instead of a regular shampoo formula, try switching to a cleansing conditioner like Mizani’s True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner. This co-wash formula gently cleanses and conditions in one step to help retain moisture and maintain your natural curl pattern.

Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner, $16.00 MSRP

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Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Mega Varnish Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

When it comes to fighting flyways, you’ll need a smoothing hair serum by your side. The Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Mega Varnish Shine Anti-Frizz Serum absorbs into hair and helps to control rebellious, unruly hair.

Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Mega Varnish Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, $17.00 MSRP

Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist

Looking for an anti-static leave-in treatment that works for all hair types? Formulated with babassu oil for enhanced smoothness, frizz control, manageability and shine, the Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist instantly smooths flyaways and static without weighing hair down.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist, $33.00 MSRP

L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Envy Extra Mousse

If you can’t seem to beat static hair, you’ll need styling products formulated to hold your hair in place. Opt for a hair mousse like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Envy Extra Mousse. This strong-hold mousse adds wearable, yet controlled volume and lift without weighing the hair down.

L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Envy Extra Mousse, $26.00 MSRP

Biolage Styling Airdry Glotion Multi-Benefit Styling Spray

If you’ve sworn off heat styling in favor of air drying, you’ll need an air dry lotion like Biolage Styling Airdry Glotion Multi-Benefit Styling Spray. This light hold, multi benefit styling spray leaves a glossy, finished look. boosts shine, and enhances shape without the damage of heat.

Biolage Styling Airdry Glotion Multi-Benefit Styling Spray, $17.50 MSRP

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Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Static and flyaways can strike at any time—even when you’re out and about in the middle of the day. If you’re looking for an on-the-go product that leaves your hair shiny and smooth, you’ll love these travel-friendly, anti-frizz hair sheets from Ouai.

Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets, $18.00 MSRP

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