How to Get Rid of Static Hair

Winter hat that is causing static hair
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Do you ever feel like you are the pawn in some mad scientist's evil experiment, as if 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 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 it. So, what are you going to do to keep those follicles in order? You definitely cannot stop wearing wool or hats. Hats can cover a bad hair day style, but they can also make it worse by introducing static. Now you have misbehaving hair that stands on end.
Let's 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. 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 away, but be sure not to over-condition, as it will leave your hair unmanageable. Style your hair as usual. If you still end up with static, try using a detangling spray. Check out the selection in the kids' aisle. They come in fun bottles and smell great.
Now that you have your static under control and want to start wearing your cute winter cap, you are proud of how it coordinates with your coat and scarf, and let's face it, how great it makes you look - until you walk inside and take it off. Then you have a line in your coiffure similar to those found in rock formations and that is 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
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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 detangling spray or a light conditioning spray. Spray 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 before capping it.
The most important tip for the winter months is to moisturize. As I mentioned earlier, a little moisture is good, but a lot of moisture is not so good. All hair is different and responds differently to weather and environmental changes. 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 control.
See also:
Winter hair product must haves
Winter hair care advice
How the weather affects your hair
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