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Why Does Hair Attract Static Electricity?
Imagine two objects rubbing against each other. Each one is creating their own electrons and as they rub, these electrons transfer to the other object. This causes one object to be positively charged and the other negatively charged. Then the attracting charges create static electricity. When it comes to static electricity in hair, generally it is created when you are brushing.
Static electricity is worsened in dry conditions, where there is little moisture in the air.
How to Remove Static From Hair with These 5 Simple Ideas
1. Invest in an Ionic Hair Dryer
The technology in an ionic hair dryer is pretty cool. The ionic technology creates millions of negative ions, which neutralize the hairs atoms to eliminate static. In addition, the hair dryer itself breaks down the water molecules. This means that you are able to blow dry your hair smoother, much faster because not only are you using heat and the force of the air flow to dry, but the water is being broken down.
You do need to take care when using an ionic hair dryer because of how quickly they work. Often you can over-dry your hair and damage it by brushing it when it is completely dry.
2. Rub a Dryer Sheet Over Dry Hair
Having a static buildup after using hot tools in your hair has often been inevitable. However, that box of dryer sheets in your laundry can be the answer how to stop static hair after straightening.
Dryer sheets are small pieces of thin material that contain a combination of fabric softener and anti-static ingredients. Before putting one into the dryer, you can feel that they are slightly sticky. This is the surfactant, which is a compound that contains a positive charge, plus a fatty molecule like a silicone oil.
As the sheet heats up in the dryer, the oil coats your clothes making them softer. The positive charge prevents static and often they contain a fragrance to keep your clothes smelling nice.
If you use them on your hair, gently rub the sheet over your head to distribute the surfactant component. You can then use the sheet in your next load of washing.
3. Get an Anti Static Hairbrush
Remove static from your hairbrush and hair once and for all with a ForBabs X-Static. Using this amazing hair brush is really thfeatures disposable sheets that fit over the bristles. Once you have brushed and styled your hair, simply pull the top sheet off and throw in the trash.
The sheets have two purposes. One is to remove static buildup from hair (like the dryer sheets, but it is fully incorporated into the brush) and the other is to trap loose hair, dirt and oils so that your hair brush stays clean and hygienic.
4. Wash Your Hair Every Other Day and Don’t Forget to Condition
Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils and leave it dry and damaged. Try leaving a day or so between washes to allow the natural oils in your hair to move down each strand. This will put moisture back into your hair to help with static and flyaways.
Never skip the conditioner either. The key to preventing static from building up in hair is to keep it moisturized.
5. Put Water Back into the Air Around You
A top tip on how to remove static from hair naturally is to use a humidifier to introduce moisture into the atmosphere. Generally speaking, a humidifier emits water vapor into the air to increase the level of humidity.
You do have to clean humidifiers properly, as they can promote bacteria and mold growth if left unclean. In addition, make sure that the humidifier you use is appropriate for the room space.
It is possible to put too much moisture back in the air, which can result in condensation and mold. Ideally, you want to have levels of less than 60 percent in summer and 25-40% in winter.
Do you tend to get staticky or flyaway hair during the dry, colder months? How do you remove or prevent the static buildup in your hair? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!
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