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Static Hair: Why It Happens And How To Tame It

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While some hair woes come and go as the seasons change, it seems like static hair sticks around all year long. We’ve all been through it before: You pop on a hat or glide your strands through a flat iron and instantly turn your once flyaway-free strands into a dry, frizzy mess. With the weather beginning to heat up, the last thing you want is a crown of loose, flyaway strands being the focus of your summer hairstyle.

Don’t worry—you won’t need to rely on headbands and ponytails to conceal static hair this summer! Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, keep scrolling for everything you need to know about what static hair is and the tips and products you need to get rid of it for good.

What does it mean when you have static in your hair?

Flyaways are small bits of hair that become electrically charged with static, causing them to stick out. An array of things can lead to static hair including a lack of moisture, the weather transitioning, or your choice of hair accessories. Almost everyone experiences static hair for one reason or another.

How do I get rid of static in my hair after straightening it?

While you’re straightening your hair, you might see flyway strands pop up out of the blue. Flat ironing your mane can give you a smooth, sleek look, but the heat from the iron can also damage and dry out your strands—which can quickly lead to static hair.

If you notice static after heat styling, here’s a quick way to minimize the chances of it happening. Before you reach for your iron, add a few spritzes of hairspray like the Kérastase Laque Couture Hairspray throughout your strands and wait for it to completely dry before applying heat. The product works as a shield to protect the hair from static charge.


How To Fix Static Hair

Hydrate your mane.

Dealing with extra dry strands heading into the warmer months? Parched locks are typically plagued by static. The key to minimizing your chances of getting flyaways is to restore any moisture your hair might be lacking. Step one? Start by filling your hair care routine with products specially formulated for dry hair.

The foundation of any great hair care routine is a quality shampoo and conditioner system. We love the Biolage R.A.W Nourish line. The Nourish Shampoo, formulated with quinoa husk and honey, feeds dry, dull hair for healthy-looking softer locks while the conditioner intensely conditions for soft, shiny touchable strands.

If you’re dealing with dry strands, a weekly hair mask is necessary. We recommend the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega-Mask, a two-in-one hair mask that is both an intense conditioner and care extender designed specifically for your dry, brittle hair.

Be extra cautious of how you brush your hair.

After years of brushing your hair, the basic styling ritual may seem like a no-brainer. When you’re concerned about flyaways, however, you should be extra wary of how you brush and which tools you choose to detangle your mane.

If your locks are feeling particularly brittle, it’s best to avoid using a bristle brush altogether. Instead, opt for a wide-tooth comb. Wide-tooth combs have larger gaps in between each of the teeth, allowing you to detangle your hair with potentially less friction—hence, less breakage..

Never brush wet hair because your strands are most fragile when they’re soaking wet. Instead, wait until your hair is dry before running a brush through it.

Skip out on heat styling.

If you heat style your hair often and start to notice flyaways, it could be that you’re reaching for your wands and flat irons a bit too much. We recommend air-drying your hair as often as you possibly can.

Whenever you do decide to heat style, be sure to apply a few spritzes of heat protectant spray like the Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Spray throughout your hair. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine, and reduce frizz.

Avoid washing your hair too frequently.

After a long day, a fresh shampoo sesh can sometimes feel like a pampering spa treatment. If you’re washing your hair too often, however, it can lead to serious over-drying and strip your hair of its natural oils. If your hair becomes oily quickly, washing your hair less frequently might seem impossible. Luckily, all you need is a killer dry shampoo to stretch your time in between washes just a bit longer. The Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo is one of our all-time favorites. It instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days.

Apply a leave-in conditioner daily.

We have leave-in conditioners to thank for helping us tame frizz, moisturize our strands, and make our hair look and feel better overall. A daily leave-in conditioner is also a must if you’re experiencing flyaway hair. 

The Mizani 25 Miracle Milk is our go-to for a daily leave-in conditioner. The product boasts 25 hair benefits including controlling frizz, adding smoothness, and helping shield against external aggressors.

Use accessories to hide your flyaways.

Even the best quality products can sometimes leave us feeling helpless in our fight against static. If you’ve tried every trick in the book with no luck, placing a few bobby pins or wrapping a headband or hair scarf around your head can quickly conceal your flyways. While this won’t eliminate your flyaways for good, the quick trick is ideal to cover them up before a night out.

Now that you’ve read through all our tips and tricks, congrats! You’re equipped with all there is to know for getting rid of flyaway hair. If you’re still looking for products to keep your mane static-free, keep scrolling for more of our favorites.

The Best Hair Products To Fix Static Hair


Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo

If your hair is lacking serious moisture, begin your hair care routine with an oil-infused shampoo like the Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo. Formulated with oils, this shampoo restores hair’s healthy look and feel, moisturizing and improving manageability while evening out porosity and fighting against external aggressors.

Biolage Oil Renew Shampoo, $21.00 MSRP

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Biolage Smoothproof Hair Serum

When it comes to fighting off flyaways in the summertime, we love lightweight hair serums like the Biolage Smoothproof Hair Serum. It tames hair, frizz, and flyaways while adding shine. Hair stays smooth and is protected against heat styling tools and humidity.

Biolage Smoothproof Hair Serum, $18.00 MSRP

Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist

Looking for an anti-static leave-in treatment that works for all hair types? Formulated with babassu oil for enhanced smoothness, frizz control, manageability and shine, the Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist instantly smooths flyaways and static without weighing hair down.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist, $32.00 MSRP

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Bumble And Bumble Curl Conditioning Mousse

If you’re a curly girl that can’t seem to beat static hair, you’re going to need a styling product like a hair mousse to hold flyaway strands in place. We love the Bumble And Bumble Curl Conditioning Mousse for creating touchable, defined curls and locking in moisture.

Bumble and bumble Curl Conditioning Mousse, $31.00 MSRP

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Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Static and flyaways can strike at anytime—even when you’re out and about in the middle of the day. If you’re looking for an on-the-go product that leaves your hair shiny and smooth, you’ll love these travel-friendly, anti-frizz hair sheets from Ouai.

Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets, $18.00 MSRP

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Lush Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler

If static typically pops up when you’re brushing your hair, opt for the Lush Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler. It’s formulated with honey and fresh lemon juice to counter the static charge that causes frizziness and keep your strands smooth and glossy all day long.

Lush Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler, $20.95 MSRP

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