How to Get Rid of Static Cling in Hair

By Bridget Johnson

You didn't stick your index finger into a light socket -- but somehow your hair tells a different story. Dry, cool weather feeds the static charge that makes hairs fly every which way. Battle back against the frizzes with the help of haircare products, moisture, your brush and even your shoes.

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Use a natural-bristle brush and cut down on blow-drying to stem static.

Give Dry Locks a Drink

Whip out every trick in the book to keep your mane saturated. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with antistatic silicone in the ingredients, and give the conditioner three to five minutes to absorb into hair strands. Treat damp locks with a leave-in conditioning. Rub a bit of anti-frizz serum or olive oil between your palms and smooth it over dry locks to tame fly-aways. Skip the blow dryer when possible -- it aggravates hair static. Give your hair a final polish with a ceramic flat iron if needed.

Brush Off the Static

Every time you pass a hairbrush through your hair, the strands rub together in a tango that breeds static. Prevent build-up by using a brush with natural bristles such as boar instead of synthetic bristles composed of nylon. Replace plastic-teeth combs with metal or rubber versions. Treat your styling tools with a quick swipe of a dryer sheet to help keep static from accumulating. You can even use Static Guard to calm your frizzies -- just spray lightly on your brush or comb and drag it through your hair.

Treat the Entire Package

Pay attention to your environment. Particularly in a dry winter, the air around you could use a drink of moisture from an in-room humidifier. If you let static build up on your clothes, your hair is going to reflect the charge. Send your wardrobe through the wash cycle with a fabric softener to rein in static, and add an antistatic sheet to the dryer. Temporarily tie back longer locks before sliding a sweater over your head.

Stay Well-Grounded

You may have heard warnings about not climbing in and out of your vehicle while filling up the gas tank because the ensuing static buildup can spark a fire with the gas vapors. While not as combustible as a fuel tank, your hair is building up static as you do ordinary tasks throughout the day. Check your shoes to see if rubber soles may be the culprit for your hair standing on end. Switch to shoes made of a natural material such as leather, and your hair should calm down.