How to Get Rid of Static Hair

Winter hat that is causing static hair
Do you ever feel like you are the pawn in some mad scientist's evil experiment? That your hair and the electricity it seems to attract could power a small country? Do you look like you've just seen a horrible ghost every time you take off that cute winter hat that you just bought? Well, join the club, during the winter months this is just part of life.
The first step is admitting that you have a problem. The next step is trying to fix the problem. So what are you going to do to keep those follicles in line? You definitely can't stop wearing wool or hats. Hats can cover a bad hair day style and actually make it worse by introducing static. Now you have misbehaving hair that flies around on end.
So lets de-electrify your locks. Start by using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month. The rest of the time use a moisturizing shampoo. Also, be sure to deep condition your hair once or twice a week as well. And, like the shampoo, use a conditioner or detangler on the other days. The more moisture your hair has, the less likely it is to fly, but be sure not to over-condition, it will leave hair unmanageable. Style your do as usual. If you still end up with static, try using a detangler spray. Check out the selection in the kids aisle. They come in fun bottles and smell great.
So now you have your static under control and want to start wearing your cute winter cap. You are so proud of how it coordinates with your coat and scarf and let's face it, how great it makes you look. That is until you walk inside and take it off. Then you have a line in your coif similar to those found in rock formations and that hard to get rid of too. So let's get rid of this problem without starting over with a new style.
Static hair in winter
The most drastic way to cure hat hair is to shave your head. I know, not everyone looks great with the GI Jane look. So what else can be done? Bring out that detangler spray or a light conditioner spray. Spray on lightly and fluff your curls or tousle your waves to erase the line. Another trick is to spray a light hairspray on your hair and brush through it with a paddle brush just before putting on your hat. Make sure your hair is dry, though, before capping it.
The most important tip for the winter months is to moisturize. As I mentioned earlier, a little moisture-good, a lot of moisture-not so good. All hair is different and responds to weather and environmental changes differently. Play around, try some of the tips mentioned in this article and see what works best for you. Keep wearing that wool and all of those cute hats, just be sure to combat winter hair problems before they get out of hand.
Gretchen LeAnne   ©
Photos: Istockphoto
See also:
Winter hair product must haves
Winter hair care advice
How the weather affects your hair
Why is it that hair breaks more in fall and winter?