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12 Ways to Combat Hair Static in the Winter

Written by Robbie Salter
12 Ways to Combat Hair Static in the Winter

Just as you assume your hair care routine is in check, the winter season sweeps in and challenges everything you thought you had accomplished. Your hair goals are adjusted once again. 

So, why does the cold, dry weather cause static, dry scalp, and frizz? We will divulge all the tips and tricks on how you can conquer your winter hair woes for beautiful, healthy hair you’ll love all season long.

What Causes Static Hair?

What causes winter hair to hover over your head like a levitating UFO? The imbalance of negative and positive electrons causes hair static.   

Pulling that cute fuzzy hat on and off your head produces extra electron charges, and it is there where the imbalance begins. These charges build-up and release themselves through an object (your hair), thus causing that extraterrestrial hovering hair.

Low humidity, the heat indoors, and lack of moisture in the winter air contribute to dry, static hair. We recommend using a set of scalp care products that work overtime to hydrate your hair, stabilize, and nix static electricity once and for all. 

What Contributes to Scalp Dandruff in the Winter?

Everyone battles dry skin and dry scalp at some point in their lives. Whether it is occasional or chronic, dandruff and dry scalp is normal, and the right hair and scalp care products will target this condition and get your scalp back in balance.

There are many contributing factors when it comes to dandruff, such as cold, dry winter air that dries the skin and scalp and wearing winter hats for long stretches of time. Wearing a hat for long periods creates a warm, moist microclimate, perfect for encouraging oil production on your scalp that leads to dandruff, and static hair. 

So, how do you reduce winter hair static while maintaining control over your dandruff too? 

How To Reduce Static & Control Dandruff

Having hair full of static and dandruff is entirely normal, and it’s not difficult to prevent and soothe with the right products. Washing your hair regularly (we recommend 3-4x per week) is important, but over washing your hair can be drying to your strands and your scalp. There are several other ways to support your hair during the winter season to prevent hair woes, below are just a few of those suggestions.

Use a Moisturizing Shampoo

Cold winter weather zaps your hair and scalp of the moisture it needs to remain balanced and healthy. Using a moisturizing shampoo helps replenish this lost moisture in your strands and on your scalp.

Curls become more bouncy and defined, and straight hair, more sleek and strong. Moisturizing shampoo keeps your strands hydrated and flexible, strong enough to fight static.

Limit Hot Showers

A nice, warm shower feels great, but if the water is too warm, it dehydrates your hair, skin, and scalp, stripping your body and hair of its natural oils. When your hair’s natural oils are stripped away, the hair follicles become unsealed, leading to frizz. 

This lost moisture also leads to a dry scalp, itching, and often flakes. Dehydrated, frizzy hair, also leads to lots of unwanted hair static.

Regular use of hot water affects the absorption of oxygen through the hair follicles which can even be linked to hair fall, brittle strands, increased breakage, and swelling on your scalp. 

Monitor Environmental Factors

Indoor heat is warm and cozy, yet it zaps all moisture from the air. This dry environment often leads to dehydrated skin and hair. 

Try using a room humidifier during the winter months. Humidifiers force extra moisture by running air through a clean, damp filter. As the air flows through the filter, it evaporates, adding moisture to the atmosphere.  A humidifier is an excellent option for adding moisture to the environment around you, and it helps keep static at bay.

Change Your Part to Avoid Staticky Hat Hair

You don’t have to forgo your favorite winter hat to combat static. While wearing your hat, try parting your hair in the opposite direction than you usually do. When you remove your hat, flip your mane to your usual part. This trick may reduce static hair and promote added volume. 

Choose Natural Fibers

When selecting your warm winter hat, choose one made from natural fibers such as silk, cotton, or wool. These fibers do not hold an electrical charge as easily as synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon. Those synthetic fibers promote static, leading to accompanied frizz.

Wearing a hat for long periods creates a warm, moist microclimate, perfect for encouraging oil production on your scalp...

Reduce Heat Styling Time

Whether from hot water or heat styling tools, heat majorly impacts the moisture retention of your hair. Reduce the time you use heat tools like curling and straightening irons on your hair to reduce breakage. Your hair already has a lot working against it during the winter season, so help support it by reducing heat styling time.

Use a heat protectant spray when you just can’t forgo the flat iron or blow dryer. Heat protectants create a barrier between your hair strands and the heated tool, sealing in moisture and reducing frizz and static by coating the hair shaft. 

Don’t Skip The Conditioner, Ever

Hair conditioner locks in the hair’s moisture and helps counteract frizz and static by balancing your hair after the use of shampoo. Shampoo and conditioner work together to create the ideal pH balance when used as a duo—using one without the other leads to pH imbalance, which contributes to static and frizzy hair.

Read Hair Care Product Labels

It is essential to read the labels on your hair care products. Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and alcohol that dry your hair and contribute to static. These ingredients are sometimes found in styling gels, foam, and pomade too.

Be kind to your hair and look for hair care products with only the best ingredients that nourish your scalp and protect your hair. It’s why our ”Gotta Get” Set (and ALL Jupiter products) is sulfate-free, dye-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. After all, healthy ingredients equal a healthy scalp and healthy hair.

Pamper Your Hair

Your hair an scalp require more moisture to replenish what’s lost during the winter months. A weekly scalp mask that removes impurities and clarifies the hair and scalp can help leave your locks soft and sleek. Or try a deep conditioner for a thicker, more intense moisturizing treatment than a daily conditioner.

Use a Leave-In Conditioner or Medicated Leave-In Treatment

Leave-in hair conditioner or hair oil protects your tresses all day long, long after you’ve showered. Just a small amount of this product does wonders to tame flyaways, frizz, and keep static at bay.

If your scalp and hair need more attention due to itchiness or dandruff flakes, try Jupiter’s Restoring Serum, a medicated leave-in treatment containing Zinc Pyrithione to relieve and control itching, redness, and flaking.

Rethink Your ‘Do

Try braiding your hair, wearing it in a bun or ponytail to control static. Slip a silk hair band or scrunchie into your hair, or use one with a sleek material that will not add texture to your hair when removed—the smoother, the better.

Use An Ionic Hairdryer

Ions are atoms that have lost or gained one or more electrons after colliding with another positive or negative charged particle. This process is called ionization, and ionization turns these atoms into negatively-charged particles. 

Ionic hair dryers produce negative ions, which help reduce static electricity by breaking down water particles and evaporating them quickly and efficiently. This ionic technology tightens the hair shaft’s cuticle and neutralizes static energy, resulting in smooth, silky, frizz-free hair.

Conclusion

Your hair may have a personality of its own during the winter season. Unruly winter hair is attributed to the colder weather, indoor heat, hot water, lower humidity, and wearing winter hats (to name a few). It’s possible to combat static and dandruff with the right hair care products during the winter.

At Jupiter, we’ve formulated our hair and scalp care products with only the best ingredients to ensure that your scalp is moisturized and balanced, and your hair is free from all of your winter hair care woes. Say goodbye to winter static, frizz, and dry scalp. Learn more here.

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The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.