How to Get Static Out of Hair in the Winter

Snap, crackle and pop no more!

Winter gives a new meaning to “the weather outside is frightful,” especially if you’re of the fine-haired sort. Prone to major dryness, frizz, alternating limpness and puffiness and an overall unmanageability, women with thin hair are always eager to learn how to get static out of hair in the easiest, quickest way possible. Static is as bothersome on our strands as it is on clothes for obvious reasons. It quickly becomes a nuisance when it hinders our hair from falling the way we want to as well.

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Limp, misbehaving strands are a common sight during colder months. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Static hair occurs when our strands become electrically charged. Hair, which is already drier during the colder months, picks up an electrical charge from the air, which is also less moist. To be more specific, electrons, the negatively charged subatomic particles in our hair, move about much easier when conditions are drier. Hair retains the positively charged particles, a.k.a. protons, which, unfortunately, repel each other—giving rise to hair that moves around and flies about, generally causing flyaways, the occasional zap and blah hair days galore.

So, how to get static out of hair in the winter? Those with fine, thin or dry hair can benefit from these tips:

1. Switch to a Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Hair that’s well-moisturized from the inside out is less likely to frizz out. A highly nourishing system, such as RE-fresh Coconut & Soothe Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner drenches hair with moisture to keep it super soft and healthy-looking throughout the driest, most crackly days of the season.

2. Pick Up a Deep-Conditioning Habit

Make Sunday a self-care day—or if you’re like us, maybe even every other day—and set aside a good 10 minutes in the bath for a deep-conditioning treatment. After rinsing conditioner off your strands, apply a small dollop of a moisturizing hair mask on mid-lengths to ends (we like the rich emollients infused in Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond and Shea Butter) and let it sit while you prune in the tub for a bit, soaking up all the goodness.

3. Bring a Leave-In Spray

A leave-in conditioning spray helps give you a detangling boost whenever some friction (removing a beanie, snuggling up against your S.O.’s sweater, going full-on larva with your throw while you Netflix and chill) gets the better of your hair. We like the added split-end fix we get from Bed Head by TIGI Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray.

4. Use a Serum when Styling

Anti-frizz serums, such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusion Serum, help lock in moisture when blowdrying, which is one of the most common times we’re beset with static. They also give your hair an added shine boost and guard against flyaways. Concentrate the product on your mid-lengths and ends to avoid buildup.

5. Use Natural-Bristled Brushes

These brushes are not made of plastic, they’re better at distributing your natural scalp oils, which can help coat strands with more moisture that helps guard against static charge.

6. When All Else Fails, there’s Always a Braid

Do not underestimate the power of a great braid and some finishing hairspray, such as TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1, which helps protect hair against the pouf and tames down any flyaways.