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7 Ways To Zap That Staticky Hair

Central heating, humidity, over-enthusiastic brushing … whatever the cause, static hair is really annoying. It typically occurs when negatively-charged electrons fly off your hair, leaving your strands filled with positive charges that resist each other. This results 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 moisturizing 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 staticky strands. You can even run one over your pillow at night to stop hair from getting too "charged" 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 moisturizer.

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 moisturizer, 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.

5. If you can't find a moisturizer, use water.

It's the simplest trick. If you're without hairspray or moisturizer, just use water to get your hair under control.

6. Use a moisturizing 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.

7. Say "goodbye" to your drying your hair with a 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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