Sunday 17 December 2017

Beauty Dilemma: Static hair

Sinead Van Kampen

My highlighted hair has been suffering lots of static and frizz lately, and I was wondering what might be causing this and if there is anything I can do to stop the problem?

Static electricity in the hair is mainly the result of friction. Although in your case there are probably a few factors rather than a single cause.

Dry hair tends to be most prone to static so improving the condition of your hair should help minimise the problem. Start by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for products designed for dry hair. This should improve your hairs condition and help to smooth things down. If you have the time add a deep conditioning treatment twice a week you'll be amazed at the difference.

Styling also plays a big part in static and if you're suffering from this in cycles it could be something to do with the frequency and temperature at which you use heated stylers. If it's possible, ditch the dryer and let your hair dry naturally until things improve.

After a few weeks of taking it easy you should see an improvement and when you return to using heated stylers look to reduce the temperature on the dial and also the duration that you use styling tools. If you're worried about control, add a gel or mousse for a more polished finish.

Another aspect that may be adding to the problem is the frequency that you colour your hair. It may be that the products you are using are not quite right for your hair type so this is something you can make a note of next time you visit the salon. Again, frequency is everything here so although colouring options like Balayage can be kinder on the hair, you may still be able to keep your highlights but just top up less often.

Finally, avoid items like plastic combs and hair-clips, and as woolen hats have a reputation for being one of the worst offenders on this front, it may also be an idea to invest in a silk scarf if you are heading out in the spring showers.

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