A previous version of this article was published in 2011.
If you have any hair at all on your head and live in a cold climate, you’ve probably experienced that most annoying of hair situations: static. All of a sudden the ends of your hair are flying away and it feels like all hydration has been sucked out.
We've discussed ways to deal with this here at Fashionista, but nothing seems ideal. Some people swear by Static Guard. Some people rub lotion onto the ends of their hair (spoiler alert: it gets rid of static but your hair quickly gets greasy.) A quick online search reveals that you can also use a dryer sheet (?!).
There's a lot of conflicting information out there, so we asked Kristina Reynoso at the Warren-Tricomi Madison Avenue Salon in New York to help shed some light on the problem.
Why does hair get fly-away and full of static in the winter, even if you're not wearing a hat?
Hair gets full of static in the wintertime due to lack of moisture in the air. Moisture is conducive for volume, movement and curl. In addition, the heat from your heavy winter apparel and outerwear such as scarves, wooly collars and jackets will cause fly-away strands.
Tips on prevention?
Always use a moisturizing conditioner at least on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Don’t over dry – leave hair little damp.
How should you deal with it when it happens in the middle of the day?
Use a fine misting bottle of water, like Evian Vaporizing Bottle, or straight-up hairspray and spritz a few times.
See more anti-static options in the gallery below.
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