Is your hair looking like you stuck your finger in an outlet? We’re not talking about the normal amount of frizz and flyaways, but rather hair static (i.e. what would happen if you rubbed a balloon on your hair). Even though it’s not the worst hair problem, it’s certainly annoying. And sometimes, no matter what you do, that static stays put. Before you experience a complete and total meltdown, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to share to get rid of static hair quickly.
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What Causes Static Hair?
Chances are you already know what causes static hair, even if you don’t think you do. The culprit behind the problem is electrical charges. Ready for a little science lesson? It’s happening whether you want it or not so buckle up. Essentially, static happens when your hair builds up an electrical charge either through friction or a change in humidity. Think about if you’ve ever taken a sweater out of the dryer, immediately pulled it over your head, and experienced static hair. Your sweater’s electric charge is transferred to your hair, causing it to stand up.
Now, before you ask, static is different than frizz. Though they look somewhat similar, frizz is caused when the hair cuticle doesn’t lay flat, while static is the result of by external causes.
How to Get Rid of Static Hair
1. Run a dryer sheet through your hair.
Yep, the quickest way to eliminate static by running a dryer sheet through your hair. They’re designed to prevent static already so they’ll absolutely work on your strands. If your skin is on the sensitive side, be sure to check for potential irritants before trying this hack.
2. Apply a leave-in conditioner.
Because static is essentially caused by a lack of moisture, adding a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to your strands can help tame flyaways. Apply a dime-sized amount to your hands, rub it in, then comb your fingers through your hair to get rid of static.
3. Use a wooden comb or brush.
Toss out your plastic hairbrush or comb, because it can actually exacerbate the static issue. If you want to get rid of that charge that causes flyaways, opt for a wooden comb or brush instead. A boar bristle brush is also another option if you don’t have a wooden tool handy.
4. Spritz on some hairspray.
It’s a hack that’s been used for years and it hasn’t failed us yet. Though it’s mainly used to tame flyaways, it also works to get rid of static from time to time. Just spray a bit of hairspray on a makeup brush and run it over your hair. You can spray the hairspray on a brush as well if you don’t want to gunk up one of your makeup brushes.
5. Try water.
Yes, water. Should you not have access to any of the above products mentioned, you can always lean on water to get rid of static. Put a little bit on your fingertips, run it through your hair, and you should be all set.
Best Products for Static-Free Hair
Dyson Supersonic: $429.99
To get rid of static for good, invest in an ionic hairdryer. Ionic dryers disperse positive-charged electrons, which neutralize the negative electrons in your hair. When it comes to the best blowdryer, there’s not a single one better than the Dyson Supersonic. Plus, the dryer has a new flyaway attachment that can be used to quickly tame static.
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R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray: $33
Featuring an anti-static agent, this control spray is a secret weapon when it comes to getting rid of static and frizz. Use it before heat-styling to keep frizz at bay or spritz it on when your hair conjures up a charge and gets a bit staticky.
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Diane Ionic Anti-Static 6” Volume Detangler Comb: $4.99
The double-coated teeth on this comb promote shine, softness, manageability, and keep your hair static-free. What we love most about this comb is that it’s gentle enough to use on both wet and dry hair. Even if you have thick, curly hair, the teeth will glide right through without tugging or pulling, all while banishing frizz in the process.
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Tresemmé Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets: $3.20
Stock up on these sheets and keep them everywhere. Stash some in your car, in your purse, take them with you when you travel because they will always come in handy. Swipe one sheet through your hair when you notice an extra bit of static and watch it disappear in one fell swoop.
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In Common Beauty Static Silk Smoothing Enhancer: $30
This in-shower smoothing treatment will banish frizz long-term. After shampooing, get rid of any excess water in your hair. Next, comb through the Static Silk Smoothing Enhancer and let it sit for three minutes to work its magic. Rinse it out, let your hair air dry, and embrace the silky strands of your dreams.
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Need a little extra convincing you should invest in an anti-static hairbrush? HERE is what happened when we tried one!