There are plenty of things to hate about winter – here in New York, we’ve already had so much snow that shoveling has pretty much become my daily workout ,but for me, static-y hair definitely tops the list.
With the cold, dry air leaving our locks brittle and dry, we all know what happens – the second you pull off your super cute beanie, beret or other winter hat, half of your hair is standing up like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet.
And that is never a cute look. Never.
If you’re as frustrated by static-y hair as I am, here are some easy tips to keep your locks smooth and shiny all winter long.
One of the easiest ways to cut back on static is to wash your hair every other day. Skipping a single day of shampooing can help prevent the dryness that makes your hair ripe for static – and you can probably get away with washing every other day in winter without much trouble because your hair is naturally drier in cold weather and you’re not as likely to sweat. If your roots do wind up looking a little greasy, spritz them with a dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo.
On days when you do decide to wash, choose a moisturizing formula like the Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo. It’ll help keep hair properly hydrated so it’s less prone to static. When you’re washing, massage the shampoo just into the scalp and roots where your hair is more likely to be dirty and then rinse clean. That’ll keep your ends from getting too dry. And as hard as it may be to resist, don’t take a steaming hot shower in the winter because the heat can dry out your locks big time. Shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water.
Condition, Condition, Condition
Did I mention CONDITION? In the winter, your hair needs a little extra help in the hydration department, particularly if you want to reduce static. Use a conditioner every time you shampoo and give your locks some real TLC with a deep conditioning treatment like the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque once a week. You can even hit your locks with a dry conditioner spray on days when you don’t wash – a dry conditioner is similar to a dry shampoo except instead of soaking up oil, it helps soften and smooth your hair and boost its shine. Try the Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray to keep your hair static-free on days you don’t shampoo and condition.
Don’t Brush with Plastic
When it’s time to detangle and smooth your hair, don’t use a plastic brush. Plastic bristles are rough on your locks, so they cause more friction that leads to static. Opt for a natural bristle brush like the Spornette Classic Cushion Porcupine Oval Boar Brush. If possible, though, avoid brushes all together and opt for a wide tooth metal comb, which is the gentlest option for detangling hair.
Limit Blow Drying
It’s a bad idea to leave your house with wet hair, but excessive blow drying in winter can lead to major static issues. When possible, allow your hair to air dry – try washing your hair at night so it has time to dry before you get up in the morning. When you do blow dry your hair, always protect your locks with a heat protectant like the Chi 44 Iron Guard first.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may wind up with major hair static – but you don’t have to resign yourself to a bad hair day. There are plenty of quick fixes that can help combat static in a hurry. Throw a couple of dryer sheets in your bag and run them over your hair when static rears its ugly head. Or use a little of your usual hand cream or moisturizer to smooth your hair – put a small dot in your palm, rub your hands together, and then work it through your locks until it’s fully absorbed. Just make sure not to use too much or you may wind up with greasy, limp hair.