How Do I Stop Static in My Hair?

During the cold, dry winter months, your hair may stand on end. Instead of just wearing a hat, learn to combat static hair so that your locks look healthy and moisturized, not parched and messy. The way that you wash, style and care for your hair will help stop static, as long as you diligently follow the right hair-care routine. With a little extra moisture, your dry, static hair will be a thing of the past.

Start your static-hair-care routine in the shower, suggests Use a moisturizing shampoo with vitamin E as one of the main ingredients. Rinse it out, and then coat hair in a thick, moisturizing conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit on the hair for two minutes before rinsing out.

Style your hair properly to avoid static cling. First, apply a styling mousse to the hair. Choose a mousse over a pomade, which can make your hair look too greasy, or a gel, which can actually dry your hair out and exacerbate the problem. Comb your hair before drying with a blow dryer. When blow drying, be sure to allow the hair to stay a little damp if possible. Overdrying your hair can make it more susceptible to static. Allowing your hair to air dry is the best defense against static, says

Fill a small spray bottle with warm water, and then pour in a tablespoon of hair conditioner. Shake to mix well, and then slip it into your handbag for quick fixes if you notice static. It will act as a weight on your hair. Just spritz a little on your hands and smooth through your hair.

Carry a regular dryer fabric softener sheet with you. A dryer sheet coats clothes with a thin layer of fabric softener so they aren't static, and it will do the same for your hair. Just separate your hair into 1-inch sections, fold the sheet over and clamp it onto the section, dragging the sheet down to the bottom of the section for smoother, shinier hair.

Switch from a nylon brush to a natural bristle brush, suggests Nylon bristle brushes can actually make static hair because it can transfer even more static to your locks. A natural bristle brush is considered neutral and can help you restyle your hair without the risk of making it worse.