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Static and frizz. The terms are often used interchangeably to describe unruly and fly-away hair. However, did you know that they are not the same thing at all?
They can definitely both be classed as hair disasters, but each one is caused by a different thing. Plus there are there different ways of dealing with each unique problem. Let’s take a look at what causes each one and how to combat frizzy hair and static once and for all.
What Causes Staticky Hair and Frizzy Hair?
When it comes to static versus frizz, there is a difference, and it’s an important one.
Static electricity is caused by two unlike materials rubbing against each other, for example a hat and your hair. As they rub, electrons are transferred from the surface of one material to the other.
Dry and damaged hair doesn’t allow the build up to dissipate easily, so the electrons simply sit there. This charge buildup then causes hairs to repel each another resulting in static flyaway hair.
Frizzy hair, on the other hand means that the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair strand) is not lying flat. Frizz is generally caused by dry hair drawing in the moisture from the air.
So what is the solution on how to combat frizzy hair and static hair?
Big Frizzy Hair is Totally On Trend
You may remember the teased hair trend of the 80s. When it came to women’s and men’s hairstyles, the bigger the better!
This hairstyle appears to be frizzy but it’s definitely not the same thing as dry damaged hair needing moisture!
While it appeared that fashion trends from the 80s were firmly filed away in the history books, big frizzy hair is making a comeback on the runaway as recently as some of the biggest fashion shows of 2017.
While beach waves and perfect coils were on trend in 2016, 2017 has seen some seriously bouffant hairstyles, bringing with it a devil-may-care, rockstar vibe.
Frizzy, voluminous hair can be achieved by back-combing (or “teasing”) your hair, and there is every indication that the trend will continue to develop over the next few years.
Static Hair Is Never Ok
Frizzy hair may be making a resurgence, but static-filled, flyaway hair is a definite grooming no-no!
Frizzy hair may be a matter of personal preference, but static hair is not a good look. If you have particularly staticky hair, it is a sign that your locks are damaged and in desperate need of a moisture hit to resolve the flyaway hair causes. It can also be exacerbated by cold weather with low humidity. Examples of these situations are wintery days or the conditions onboard an airplane. (Speaking of airplanes, check out 3 ways to tame static flyaway hair on a plane flight.)
Static Vs Frizz: 9 Super-Simple Frizzy Hair Remedies
Condition and Moisturize
Static occurs due to a lack of moisture in the air and in your hair, so it makes sense that hair that is well conditioned and full of moisture will be less prone to static. Use a good conditioner with every hair wash, and aim for a hair mask once a week.
Spread Out the Time Between Hair Washes
Washing too often can cause your hair to lack the natural oils that it needs, so do your best to space out your hair washes as much as possible, especially during the colder months. A good dry shampoo will greatly help to make this happen.
Rinse in Cold Water
When you do wash your hair, finish with a blast of cold water before you step out of the shower. This may not be so pleasant in winter, but the cold water will help close your cuticles and smooth your hair.
Use Static-Specific Hair Products
Some hair products are specifically designed to deal with hair static: use these wherever possible.
Sleep on Silk
Cotton pillowcases can cause a buildup of friction, leaving you with hair static from the moment you wake up. Since silk won’t disrupt your hair as much as cotton, it pays to invest in a silk pillowslip.
Certain natural ingredients like jojoba oil, argan oil, vitamin E, and coconut oil are naturally amazing at fighting hair static.
Use an Anti-Static Hair Brush
Plastic brushes and combs will increase friction and cause static. The advice used to be to finger-comb your hair, but now the ForBabs AntiStatic Hair Brush has solved the problem – becoming the first ever hairbrush to actively remove static electricity while styling your hair at the same time. Speaking of hair brushes, when it comes to the static vs frizz dilemma, some people will recommend a boar brush: but keep in mind that this is only effective to reduce frizz. A boar brush is actually known to increase hair static, so stay well away if you’re dealing with flyaway hair!
- Avoid Synthetic FibersNatural fibers like wool and silk will not cause the build-up of static electricity that synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester will.
Try an Ionic Hair Dryer
The effects of ionic hair dryers are still relatively unknown, but enough people swear by them to reduce flyaway hair that it is at least worth a try. Perhaps use a friend’s ionic hair dryer to see if it works for you before you invest in one on your own.
Now You Know How to Combat Frizzy Hair For Good
There you have it! We’ve solved the static vs frizz mystery and provided nine anti-static secrets to keep your hair smooth and sleek this winter.
Which of these tips have worked for you? Have you tried an ionic hair dryer for hair static? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to tag anyone else dealing with flyaway hair!
3 Tips For Controlling Static And Flyaway Hair