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How to get rid of static hair

The key to getting rid of static hair is to prevent it in the first place by keeping hair hydrated and moisturized. “By using the right hair-care products, your scalp keeps its natural balance of moisture and oils, and your hair shaft stays flexible and nourished,” celebrity hairstylist Deycke Heidorn told SELF.

If you’re doing this and still experiencing static, Heidorn recommends using a leave-in conditioner or hair oil. “The moisture in the product will eliminate the electric charge that causes static, and that moisture and oil will allow your hair to become manageable again,” he explained.

Other quick fixes include using micro-fiber towels instead of terry cloth after showering, and investing in anti-frizz sheets and heat protection spray. As plastic brushes are also known to cause static, Heidorn recommends investing in natural boar bristle brushes and wooden or metal combs. However, it is important to note that metal combs can be harsh on hair and lead to breakage, so it’s best to use them sparingly.

Central heating, humidity, over-enthusiastic brushing… whatever the cause, static hair is really annoying. It occurs when negatively-charged electrons fly off your hair, leaving your strands filled with positive charges that resist each other, resulting in flyaway, unpredictable hair that can sometimes be so difficult to style, a hat is the only option. But there is hope!

From beauty hacks to moisturising shampoos, here are seven ways that can help combat static hair, whatever the weather…

1. Try dryer sheets
This is often seen as an old wives’ tale, but it does actually work. Gently smooth a drying sheet over your hair, or even over your hairbrush before combing, to stop static strands. You can even run one over your pillow at night to stop hair from going flyaway while you sleep.

2. Step away from the plastic
Plastic is not your friend when it comes to flyaway hair. Metal combs are the way to go. Why? Because metal is more conductive and will cause the electric charges building up in your hair to discharge, reducing the amount of static present.

3. Keep hairspray with you at all times
Before leaving the house, spray some hairspray liberally on to your brush and run it over your hair from root to tip to lightly set your style in place and smooth flyaways. This technique is also great for touch-ups throughout the day.

4. In times of crisis, find a moisturiser
If you’re out and about, or leaving the house in a hurry and you have a static attack and need a quick fix, find a hand mosituriser, apply some to your hands, then lightly smooth into the ends of your hair for a fuss-free antidote. Don’t put it on your roots though, as you don’t want greasy as well as static hair.

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5. If you can’t find a moisturiser, use water
It’s the simplest trick going, but if you’re without hairspray or moisturiser, just use water to get your hair under control.

6. Use a moisturising conditioner
Make sure your shampoo and conditioner are as hydrating as possible, as dry hair equals static. Try to look for products that are not only nourishing, but also free from parabens, silicones and dyes for shiny, smooth, healthy hair.

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7. Say goodbye to your hair towel
Try using a T-shirt to dry your hair instead. Rigorously drying your hair the normal way with a grooved towel pulls apart your strands, disrupting your hair and creating frizz. A cotton T-shirt is less abrasive and absorbs excess water (without taking away most of the moisture like a towel), which helps to keep our hair from drying frizzy.

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Although flyaway hair looks like a beauty problem at first glance, it’s actually a simple science problem — friction and ionization cause static electricity, which leads to wild individual strands sticking our from your head. Dry, dull or damaged hair has a rougher surface, so it generates more friction and heightens the problem. Likewise, these problems make hair more susceptible to the close cousin of the flyaway: frizz. To fight both of these pesky issues, shampoos that smooth and shield the hair serve as your best bet.

What to Look For

To find the most effective flyaway-fighting shampoos, look for key words on shampoo labels, such as “anti-frizz,” “anti-humidity,” “hydrating,” or “repairing.” The ingredients list also provides plenty of insight. Keep an eye out for OFPMA, octafluoropentyl methacrylate, a molecule that creates a thin shield around each hair, warding off humidity and flyaway strands. Moisturizing shampoos and those with Argan oil can also help ease flyaways, especially on over-processed hair.

Shampoo Sans SLS

Many shampoos rely on sodium laureth sulfate an active agent to clean and lather. While other ingredients typically offset these properties, SLS alone acts as a somewhat harsh detergent — this property makes it effective at removing sebum and buildup, which makes it a popular shampoo ingredient. However, sebum naturally coats the hair and prevents it from drying out; dry hair, of course, leads to flyaways. While the presence of SLS doesn’t automatically cause flyaways, sulfate-free shampoos can help alleviate this problem — especially for people with thicker hair — by helping your hair maintain its natural oils.

After You Shampoo

In addition to shampooing, conditioning is absolutely vital if you have flyaway problems. After you shampoo, apply a silicone-based wash-out conditioner or a leave-in conditioner. This helps repair cuticle damage and coat rough hair fibers with a smooth finish, making them less prone to static. Use a clarifying shampoo about once or twice a month to help normalize your hair after using specialized shampoos and flyaway-control products.

Fighting Flyaways

Continue the fight against flyaways long after your step out of the shower. Use a natural hair brush rather than rougher synthetic bristles and avoid brushing right after you come in from cold weather — both practices help cut back on static. For a quick flyaway fix, rub a dab of pomade, hair wax or skin lotion between your palms and gently smooth out stray strands. If you’re on the go, you can also apply touch-up flyaway tamer, which comes in a small bottle with a mascara-like brush, to smooth out wild strands or hairline frizz. For a big-picture solution, go with a long, evenly cut hair style rather than a graduated look, as the former makes for heavier, more stable hair.

Static Electricity in Your Hair

Fly-away hair happens when the strands of your hair are rubbed against some materials that tend to hold static electricity on their surface. Human hair tends to pick up static electricity and become positively charged when rubbed against the surface of an object. Since materials with the same charge repel each other, the positively charged individual hairs repel each other, creating a “fly-away hair” effect. The hair doesn’t appear styled or neat but flies around your head on its own.

Causes of Flyaway Hair

Dry hair

Dry, over-processed, and fine hair is more prone to turn into fly-away strands than thick or healthy hair. Higher moisture content increases the conductivity of hair strands and makes it easier for your hair to spread out and neutralize the static charge. Dry hair acts as an insulator and cannot conduct and release the static charge, which causes your positively charged strands to repel each other and fly in all different directions.

Dry Air

Hair becomes more prone to static during cold winter months due to the lack of humidity in the air. Dry external conditions and dry indoor air due to heating, absorb the moisture not only from the air, but from your hair as well, and this encourages the accumulation of static electricity. The humidity prevents the build-up of static and helps to release it from hair, while dry air acts as an insulator, leading to the build-up of electrical charges.

Clothes

Sweaters, coats, and caps made from wool, acrylics, and polyester tend to cause an accumulation of static when rubbed against your hair. Resist wearing hats or caps made of these materials and look for cotton products instead.

How to Reduce Static in your Hair?

When your hair flies in different directions it might be difficult to maintain a respectable style. Trying to fix this with a brush creates more static electricity, making the problem worse.

To tone down static electricity, you need to keep your locks healthy and well moisturized. There are also some quick fixes to try when it is not possible to prevent your hair from becoming charged with static electricity.

Shampoo for Static Hair

Avoid shampooing your hair daily, as excessive washing can cause hair to become overly dry. When detergents in a hair shampoo deprive your hair of its natural oils, it becomes drier and more prone to static. Skipping a day in between shampoos helps keep the natural moisture in your hair, making it less prone to static.

Refrain from using shampoos with sulfates, as these tend to strip the natural oils from your hair and disturb the natural pH balance. Select a hydrating, nourishing shampoo that only washes away dirt and the surface level of excess sebum.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo helps soften hair and make it easier to style. Hydrolyzed wheat protein and special infusion of plant extracts help to create a smooth surface on hair to reduce frizz, minimize flyways, and add extra shine.

Conditioners that Tame Static

Use a moisture-rich conditioner every time you shampoo to protect your hair from drying out and reduce the static charge. Before exiting the shower, rinse your hair with cool water for a few seconds, which helps to flatten the cuticle layer and prevent frizz and fly-away hair.

Keratin-enriched conditioners help seal the cuticle and reduce friction, making hair less prone to static and frizz.

Leave-in Conditioner for Flyaway Hair

Use a leave-in conditioner after towel drying, especially if your hair is on the dry side. This helps your hair retain its natural moisture and prevents the static charge from accumulating on the hair.

Use a deep conditioning mask once a week to restore moisture and keep your hair healthy and more resistant to static charge.

Brushing Hair Prone to Static

The friction caused by excessive brushing may result in fly-away hair. Combing generates less friction between hair strands than brushing, which helps reduce a build-up of static charge.

Plastic or silicone styling tools tend to create static electricity when brought into contact with your hair. A good wooden comb helps reduce static, because wood doesn’t create static electricity in combination with other materials, including your hair. The wooden teeth of the comb also help evenly distribute natural oils, leaving your hair shinier.

When blow-drying your hair, use an antistatic, ionic mineral-infused round brush which leaves your locks looking smooth, healthy, and glowing.

Ionic Hair Dryers

An ionic blow dryer generates negative ions which neutralize the positive charge responsible for fly-away hair. This type of hair dryer breaks the water molecules into smaller particles which helps lessen the amount of heat and time needed to dry your hair, reducing the loss of internal moisture.

Styling Products for Static Hair

An alcohol-free hairspray is a very handy styling product for taming static hair. Alcohol in standard hair sprays can lead to dryness, making the problem even worse in the long run.

Smart Solutions Flexible Holding Spray provides a flexible hold to keep your style all day without leaving your hair feeling sticky. It is formulated with plant extracts that help balance moisture, prevent static and fly-away hair, and keep hair color from fading.

ExStatyk Anti Static Hair Spray is water-based and the fragrance-free formula is made to hydrate and condition hair, reduce frizz, and neutralize the static charge.

Applying a small amount of hair oil, focusing on the ends, will counteract the static electricity. Oil-based hair products also help replenish lost natural oils, while adding a glossy shine.

Colannino’s Sicilian® Hair Cream is formulated with natural oils, unbleached beeswax and vitamins to enhance shine, reduce split-ends, and prevent frizz and fly-away hair.

John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer uses oil and silicone-based formula to smoothens flyaways and create a shiny finish. Just lightly run the mascara brush over rebellious strands after you finish styling.

Quick Fixes

Keep a dryer sheet in your purse for emergency situations. When your hair gets charged, place and rub it over your hair. The same way as a dryer sheet neutralizes the static in your clothes, it will instantly help smooth your hair. Try to avoid this method when possible, as a dryer sheet contains toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through your skin.

Sliding your wet fingers along the hair is a quick and easy way to restore fly-away strands.

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10 Ways To Deal With Static Hair

QUESTION:

Why is static ruining my hair vibe? What causes static?

“SCIENTIFIC” ANSWER:

Static hair happens when hair becomes charged with electricity. All hair is made up of atoms, and atoms are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. When two objects rub together, one of them loses its electrons and becomes positively charged, while the other gains electrons and becomes negatively charged. This causes static electricity in hair.

OUR ANSWER:

Electricity, atoms, blah blah blah. Static hair is the perfect example of when opposites attract, all in the name of ruining a good hair day. What’s important to know is that STATIC makes your hair get stuck in your lashes, ruins your lipgloss, ruins the hairstyle you so reluctantly woke up a whole 30 extra minutes earlier for, and I mean don’t even think about that cute selfie you were about to take just now. Because:

The result? Crazy locks that make it look like you were either electrified or attacked by an army of balloons.

As if cold weather and dry air weren’t bone-chilling enough, now we gotta deal with this scientific phenomenon at the expense of our beauty. Static hair in the winter is the ultimate hair raising experience, literally. The dry air and reduction of moisture in our hair loads our hair up with electricity, unfortunately making us all targets.

Pfft. Good thing there are a few simple things you can do to combat it – and we share them all today!

Watch out girls with fine hair! This can be a real staticky situation for you especially, your hair will expand from the effects of static hair more than those with thick hair. For you fine haired ladies, check out our hair extensions for a longer, thicker look.

*Sigh* can we have a moment of silence for all of those good hair days, where no one important saw you.

Let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for bad static hair days. But don’t despair, we have compiled a list of how to get rid of static hair including top static hair products, tips, and tricks to keep your hair looking its best all year round.

1. Anti-static dryer sheets

You know those Bounce sheet things your mom always puts in the dryer when she does laundry? Not only do they make your bedsheets smell amazing, they also work like magic in de-static-ing (ok clearly that’s not a real word, but you get it) your hair. It will actually neutralize the charge and rid you of your static hair.

Have a few sheets of those in your purse or pocket at. all. times. during the winter. Try also rubbing the dryer sheets on your plastic combs and brushes to reduce static hair.

If you’re worried about harsh chemicals from laundry sheets that may not be meant for your skin, there are anti-static sheets specifically designed for getting rid of static hair as well.

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2. Hairspray, leave-in conditioner, or hair oil

Carry a travel size hairspray, leave-in serum, or hair oil to fight static hair.

Either buy specially formulated static hair products for your hair type in stores or venture into your kitchen and use cooking oils like olive oil or coconut oil. Don’t go overboard with application, a small amount will go a long way.

For the hairspray, choose one that is alcohol-free since alcohol is drying to the hair. Spray hairspray onto your comb and evenly distribute it down your hair shaft to reduce static hair and tame flyaways.

3. Nothing on hand?

Use any cream that you have in your purse. A bit of body lotion, face or hand cream, whatever! The added moisture will be a godsend to your hair.

Squeeze just a pea size amount, rub in your hands and run through your hair. You don’t want to use a lot of product because it can leave your hair oily (especially if it isn’t designed for hair) and make it feel weighed down. Focus the cream on the ends and less on the scalp to avoid looking like you haven’t washed your hair in weeks. Just a tiny bit will do the trick in getting your static hair under control.

4. Not even a cream on hand?

Oh ok, well then, you can find some water and use a tiny amount to tame the static. Not the most optimal solution but the most accessible, that’s for sure! Rubbing an ice cube over flyaway strands is another alternative that people have sworn by.

The best way to use water is as a spot treatment, only use it on the areas where the static hair exists. Just a little bit of water will do and then pin the front pieces away with some bobby pins, as those are the most annoying pieces that stick to your face with static.

If there is an overwhelming amount of static hair, try wetting your hairbrush, or put some water in a spray mister bottle and spritz it on your hair to smooth it down.

5. Do not use plastic

If you have a plastic comb or a hair brush, they may look harmless, but using them is not a good idea. This is because plastic is non-conductive which means your hair will become much more staticky). Instead, opt for a wooden or a metal comb, as those are conductive and thus – will get rid of static hair. Science!

The added benefit is that on top of removing static hair these materials are also more environmentally friendly than plastics, so you can tame your mane while still showing love to the environment.

6. Humidify that ish

Obviously you can’t control the air moisture everywhere especially if you live in a place with colder climates. Particularly in the winter, when the cold air outside is paired with the warm indoor heat needless to say it’s a bad combination for your hair.

But if you’re experiencing static hair at your own house, it’s a good indicator that the air is very dry and remember more moisture equals less static. A very simple solution is to turn on the humidifier, adding more moisture to the air, which will improve both air quality and life quality (because you will no longer have to deal with static in your hair). How cool.

You can find compact humidifiers at any department store or order one online. All you have to do is fill the device with the right amount of water, turn it on, and say good-bye to static hair in your home.

7. Clothing au-naturel

Synthetic materials, especially nylon and polyester, will charge up real quick and contribute to your static hair situation. So if your jacket, scarf, hat, or sweater contain these materials, it’s more likely that you will experience static hair. Instead, try opting for materials like cotton, wool, or silk to reduce the amount of static.

For extra protection during the winter, purchase a travel size bottle of static guard (as tempted as you may be, don’t spray this on your head) and spray it on the inside and outside of all of your winter accessories to protect against static hair.

When it comes to fending off static hair you can take into consideration what you’re wearing all the way down to your shoes. By wearing shoes with rubber soles and walking on carpet you can cause an electric charge to transfer to your hair, creating static. So, avoid rubber soled shoes if you’re prone to static hair.

8. Ionic hair dryers for the win

Another way to decrease the chance of static hair is something you can do straight out of the shower. Letting your hair dry naturally using a microfiber towel or T-shirt are the best ways to combat static hair because coarse towel fabric can cause hair cuticles to open.

However, if you’re short on time opt for an ionic hair dryer versus a regular hair dryer. This styling tool is incredibly useful and will not only dry your hair faster and cause less damage, but the negative ions from the dryer will neutralize the positive ions which is how to get rid of static hair.

9. Watch your shower habits

If you’re wondering how to get rid of static hair right in the shower, keep in mind how often you shampoo your hair in a week. Don’t wash your hair everyday, instead shampoo 2-3 times a week. Shampoo has harsh detergents that strip your hair of moisture and don’t allow the hairs natural oils to work their magic.

Make sure you don’t skip out on conditioner either, always use it after shampooing. Find a high-quality conditioner that doesn’t contain drying ingredients like alcohol, to incorporate into your hair care routine.

If your hair is dehydrated it is more likely to conduct an electric charge causing static hair. By shampooing less, but using a high-quality conditioner this can improve the quality of your hair and help to get rid of static hair in the long-term.

A switch to a silicone based conditioner is another hack that can keep static hair at bay. The silicone creates a layer that protects against static hair and even gives you a bit more shine. Scan the ingredients at the back of the bottle to ensure there is silicone!

10. Put your hair in a bun, drink your coffee, and handle it

Sometimes no matter what you do, you can’t salvage your hair when static attacks. The next best thing to tame your locks is by pulling your hair up into a bun or ponytail to keep static hair flyaways away from your face. For a gorgeously full ponytail check out our hair extensions and our techniques on how to create volume.

Another option to hide static hair is to try styling your hair into braids (very on trend). Check out these super cute braid tutorials. From beginner braids to advanced, these tutorials have you covered for finding the ultimate way to handle your static hair. If you have thin hair and want a fuller braid, try our seamless hair extensions.

Battle your static

The big takeaway in trying to win the war on static hair is that more moisture equals less static. Taking care of your hair is a lifestyle and a continuous journey, when your hair has more moisture you’re not as likely to be a victim of static hair because it won’t become loaded with electricity. Especially in the winter, keep these tips in mind to best prepare yourself for the potential for static hair. Looking for more winter hair care advice? Check out this blog post.

Whether it’s choosing better products to keep your hair from becoming dry or having a few tricks up your sleeve or in your purse which are going to help to alleviate pesky static hair, just remember there are ways to still get that cute selfie sans static hair.

That’s about it, ladies! We hope this list helped to demystify how to remove static from hair. Try a few of these tips/tricks and let us know if they work for you.

Written by: Amanda Desouza

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A previous version of this article was published in 2011.

If you have any hair at all on your head and live in a cold climate, you’ve probably experienced that most annoying of hair situations: static. All of a sudden the ends of your hair are flying away and it feels like all hydration has been sucked out.

We’ve discussed ways to deal with this here at Fashionista, but nothing seems ideal. Some people swear by Static Guard. Some people rub lotion onto the ends of their hair (spoiler alert: it gets rid of static but your hair quickly gets greasy.) A quick online search reveals that you can also use a dryer sheet (?!).

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, so we asked Kristina Reynoso at the Warren-Tricomi Madison Avenue Salon in New York to help shed some light on the problem.

Why does hair get fly-away and full of static in the winter, even if you’re not wearing a hat?
Hair gets full of static in the wintertime due to lack of moisture in the air. Moisture is conducive for volume, movement and curl. In addition, the heat from your heavy winter apparel and outerwear such as scarves, wooly collars and jackets will cause fly-away strands.

Tips on prevention?
Always use a moisturizing conditioner at least on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Don’t over dry – leave hair little damp.

How should you deal with it when it happens in the middle of the day?
Use a fine misting bottle of water, like Evian Vaporizing Bottle, or straight-up hairspray and spritz a few times.

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As a result of the cold weather, it seems like our hair has gone haywire with static, and we’re ready to do just about anything to get it under control. While it’s a common pesky problem, there are actually several simple solutions for slaying the static, and below, we’re showing you how. A fly-away free ‘do is in your future!

1. Sleep with a humidifier on. Why not conquer static hair while you sleep? Switch the humidifier on at night. It will put moisture into the air and to your hair, eliminating static.

2. Use a silicone-based conditioner. The silicone will work to coat your hair strands and neutralize the electric charge that causes static, so check the ingredients on the back of your bottle!

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3. Spray your comb with hairspray. Before you brush through your damp hair, spritz some hairspray on your comb—this will help reduce static once your hair dries.

4. Use a metal comb. Hairbrushes create more friction in your hair, so ditch them and opt for a comb instead. However, combs that are made of plastic can contribute to causing static, while metal combs actually reduce the amount of static present in your hair. Be sure to use a metal comb, as they cause the electric charges building in your hair to discharge!

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5. Blow dry with an ionic dryer. Just like silicone-based conditioners, ionic blow dryers also eliminate static by neutralizing the electric charge. Plus, they also significantly cut down the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. Win-win.

6. Frizz control spray is a must. For taming any hair craziness, frizz control spray is our go-to. We’ve been loving Quidad Climate Control, Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Taming Spray—just a few spritzes and everything is under control and static doesn’t stand a chance.

7. Swipe a dryer sheet on staticky strands. It might sound crazy, but they work just as well on hair as they do on clothes. If you ever need a quick fix for escaping some static, just run a dryer sheet along your hair and you’ll be as good as new.

Static Hair: Why We Get It And How To Deal

As soon as the colder weather hits, my hair turns into a static mess. Yanking chunky knit jumpers over my head definitely doesn’t help, nor do woolly scarves and bobble hats. But there’s no way I’m going without those, which means I’m looking at a good six months of walking around looking like really lame version of Medusa. Probably with a snotty nose (it’s cold, OK).

I spoke to Michael Lendon, Creative Director at the Aveda Institute, and Aaron Carlo, lead X Factor stylist, about how to avoid static hair now winter is here. Sadly they couldn’t help me with the snotty nose problem. I’m on my own with that one.

What causes static hair?

‘Static hair is most common when the air has become dry, which causes a negative form of electricity, hair becomes positively charged and strands deflect each other,’ Michael informed me.

Why is it worse in the colder months?

‘There is a lower level of humidity in the colder months, which causes hair to become drier and more prone to static,’ Michael explains. As well as this, it’s made worse by the woollen textures (hello polo necks, scarves and hats) we start wearing.

Are certain hair types more likely to be static?

Even though all hair is prone to getting static, if it’s fine it’ll probably effect you more compared to those with thick or coarse hair. ‘Fine hair tends to expand more due to its weight, whereas coarse hair is heavier so will not expand as easily or become static as quickly,’ Michael explained. That said, if your hair is already dry or frizzy, it’ll lend itself very nicely to a bit of static: ‘This is because it already has less moisture in it,’ Aaron told me.

How can you avoid getting static hair?

If you suffer with static hair a lot, it’s a good idea to avoid using too much heat, like hairdryers and straighteners, because over-drying and over-heating hair will cause it to expand and become static quickly. ‘A quick-fix tip is to apply a small amount of water to the hands and smooth this over hair as this neutralises the static charge in hair.’ Michael suggests.

Another tip is slightly less obvious. ‘Try using a tumble dryer sheet and rub it over the hair’, Aaron recommended. They’re designed to reduce static in clothes so they do a good job on hair too.

What products are good when dealing with it?

Obviously this comes down to what sort of hair you have: those with fine hair should avoid using anything too heavy as it could weigh your hair down, whereas thicker hair can take those sorts of products. As a quick fix solution Aaron suggests spraying hairspray, like TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)done Ultra Brushable Hairspray, £4.99 for 250ml, on a brush, and running it through the hair to tame it.

Michael reccomends using a wax or cream when dealing with static hair, ‘A product like Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Creme, £21, will smooth down any electrical charge and calm hair down to avoid static electricity.’

‘Look for products with ‘quat’ or ‘amine’ in the ingredients, as they conduct electricity better than silicone so will help prevent static.’ Aaron pointed out. Try the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, £6.99 for 385ml, which contains both of these.

An oil is also a good idea to give the hair some extra moisture and avoid static. Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil, £20.50 for 30ml, is super moisturising and is 99.9% naturally derived. Plus, the little bottle lasts forever because a little goes a long way.

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Winter is a bit miserable for many reasons.

Your feet are frozen, it’s dark when you go to work and dark when you return, and you’ve spent all your money on mulled wine and Christmas presents.

At least you get to wear cosy jumpers… but even those betray you.

For the moment you tug on your favourite jumper, your hair stands on end. It will not settle. It is the most irritating thing ever.

You have fallen to the curse of static. Evil, maddening static.

Why does this happen? What causes static? And, more importantly, how the hell do you make it go away?

Static is caused by the swapping of electrons that happens when two materials rub against each other – like your jumper against your hair. When the electrons transfer from the surface of one material to the other, the material that loses electrons gets a positive charge and the material that gains electrons get a negative charge.

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If something doesn’t conduct electricity very well, the electrons hang out on the surface, and when it’s cold and dry, the charge sticks around and builds up – causing the hairs to repel one another like two ends of a magnet.

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Cue hair that’s trying to run away from itself and just. won’t. sit. flat.

How do you fix it?

We chatted to hair expert Sophie Hilton, director of Not Another Salon, who said the key is to get some moisture in the hair – the dryer the hair, the more static.

‘The key is to get some weight or moisture on it – or even better both,’ Sophia told Metro.co.uk. ‘Prevention is better than cure so a moisturising product before you blow-dry will make all the difference.

‘Pureology smooth perfection will keep a small amount of negative charge to hold it down throughout the day.’

If you forget all about the prep and end up in a static cloud, Sophia recommends stroking your hair with a tumble dryer sheet. As the dryer sheet is negatively charged and the hair is positively charged, it’ll smooth it down sharpish.

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