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Quick fixes for static hair!

As soon as winter arrives, I always feel like I’m dealing with a bunch of new beauty issues, like dry skin; chapped lips; and flat, static hair that hovers around my head like Einstein’s. Each of these beauty issues create their own frustrations, but static hair can be especially annoying—sometimes, no matter what I do, I can’t seem to tame the fly-aways.

The elements, lack of moisture in the air, and heated indoor environments all play a part in these hair and skin problems, especially static hair. For one, since winter air often has low or no humidity, static electricity is often worse during the season (water is a great conductor of energy, so the higher the humidity, the less static is an issue). And those hats we wear in winter to keep ourselves warm? Those are making static electricity worse as well, creating friction and building static electricity as we take them on and off throughout the day. Fine hair can be even more prone to static cling, says Tina Dizon, hairstylist and founder of the Private Room in Beverly Hills, California.

With all this in mind, I asked a few professional stylists to share their best tips for keeping hair smooth and static free. Read on for their 10 fixes for static hair.

Use moisturizing hair-care products

Keeping your hair moisturized is the easiest way to ensure it’s armed with the hydration necessary to fight frizz, static, and other pesky side effects of weather. Celebrity hairstylist Deycke Heidorn recommends starting with a quality shampoo and conditioner that caters to dry hair. “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.”

Apply a leave-in product on the go

Even if you’re using top-notch hair products at home, the harsh weather you’re exposed to during your commute and lunch break can ruin everything. A quick fix is to carry a travel-size bottle of leave-in conditioner or hair oil in your handbag. “Dissolve a small amount in the palms of your hands and run your fingers through your hair,” advises Heidorn. “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.”

Stay away from products that contain drying ingredients

Just as you read nutrition labels to know what ingredients are in your food, you should do the same when it comes to your hair products. Look out for alcohol, which is often found in gels, styling foams, and dry shampoos. It can remove moisture and oils from your scalp and hair.

Shampoo less often

The more you shampoo, the more you’re stripping the natural oils from your hair. Instead of washing your hair every day, shampoo every other day. If you’re someone who’s prone to greasy hair, this tip might not work for you, but, chances are, you’re also not dealing with too much static anyway.

Use a heat protector spray before you blow-dry

Using hot tools can also drain your hair of its moisture, which is why Ungaro always uses a heat protector spray when styling all her clients. “A heat protector spray, will help keep moisture locked into your hair,” she says. Spray the heat protector on before blow-drying to add shine and lock in anti-static protection.

Use natural brushes and combs

Using plastic combs and brushes on your hair can cause static electricity, much like that old trick you did as a kid of making your hair stand up by rubbing a plastic balloon on it. Instead, Heidorn recommends investing in natural boar bristle brushes and wooden combs. She does note that metal combs may be helpful in avoiding static, too, but they can be harsh on the hair shaft and inevitably lead to breakage.

Wrap hair in a microfiber towel or T-shirt instead of terry cloth

It’s easy to toss your hair back in the same towel you use on your bod post-shower, but experts recommend avoiding this habit. “Hair is most fragile when wet, so it really deserves a quality treatment,” says Heidorn. This means not rubbing it aggressively.