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We ladies all know it: You’re already styled and late anyway. Now just pull the sweater over your head and poof – again the hair flies thanks to the friction and we look as if we had reached into the socket. Great… But where does the charged mane come from? That’s exactly what we’ll tell you in the article and, of course, what you can do about electrified hair.

What is electric hair?

Statically charged hair is the result of physical processes, so they occur regardless of hair color and structure. When we comb our hair, take off our cap or put our sweater on, friction occurs – our strands give off the negatively charged electrons to the comb or textiles and get a positive charge themselves. The result: The normally balanced relationship between electrons and the positive protons gets out of balance and our hair stands on end, because parts (also called ions) of the same charge repel each other, just like two magnets with the same polarity.

When do we get electric hair?

Electrified hair is particularly common in the cold months, which is mainly due to the sharp temperature differences between frosty cold and stuffy heating air. This is because the mane is much drier than in spring and summer, and because of the additional low humidity, the strands can not discharge so well. The result: the hair begins to fly much faster than in the warm summer months.

Do certain hair types tend to have more statically charged strands?

Whether your hair is black, brown, red, or blonde, you can’t tell from the natural color of your mane whether your strands are more prone to becoming charged. However, the actual condition of the hair can be an indication of this. For example, fine strands are much more prone to fly away as well as dry ones, which are less able to discharge the electric charge. In contrast, oily and wet hair does not charge as quickly or at all.

What to do with electric hair?

Electrified hair is a horror, because it not only looks unsightly, the tingling feeling on the scalp is also anything but great. We’ve already revealed how the charge occurs, but of course, there’s a solution to the hairy problem! You have exactly two options: You can prevent a statically charged mane with certain steps and treatments when caring for it, and then again, there are tricks on how you can discharge strands that are already flying. And just for that, we have now listed for you the following eight tips and tricks, thanks to which electric hair will be a thing of the past in no time.

1. Prevent electric hair: the right care

Especially women with thin or fine hair are affected by charged strands in the cold season and face a seemingly unsolvable issue. Fortunately, there is a trick or two to tame the mane and get this little issue under control. And in fact, prevention begins with the washing of the mane! Especially in the winter months, our hair needs a lot of moisture and care, which is why rich treatments, such as the high-quality nutritive hair mask, or nourishing hair oils are totally important right now and do us and our hair good.

2. Wash flyaway strands with a light shampoo

But it’s not just hair treatments that protect our hair from build-up, the right shampoo can also have an impact on how our strands lay and behave. Ingredients, such as silicons or silk proteins, can moisturize the hair and lay over it like a film. In addition, when shampooing, use a shampoo that is as mild and replenishing as possible.

3. Often electric hair? Simply do without the hairdryer for a while

Dry air is one of the reasons why hair frequently takes off in winter. Regular airing on the one hand, but also gentle blow-drying helps against this. Thus, the hair should be air-dried from time to time or dried only on a medium level and not with the brush, but with the nozzle. A special hairdryer with ionic technology can also work wonders because it releases negatively charged ions to the strands, thanks to which moisture is drawn from the air and added to the hair. Even if it is regularly not feasible in terms of time, the hairdryer should also be dispensed with completely after washing the hair, because the hot air additionally damages and roughens the mane, causing split ends, hair breakage, and frizz. But if it must go quickly, we can simply set the hairdryer to the coolest setting.

4. Use the right brush to protect the mane

The choice of brush or comb also plays an important role during styling. Those with metal or plastic bristles are not recommended. The bristles should always be soft and rounded, so as not to roughen the fine cuticle of the hair or damage the structure of the strands. When choosing a suitable brush, we should focus primarily on models made of wood and rounded tips on the prongs.

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5. Work hair charged with styling cream

As a finish, it is recommended to use a styling cream (or mousse) with very light conditioning agents that bind the hair’s own moisture, preventing electric strands without weighing them down. To do this, we simply need to distribute a small blob of cream in our palms and lightly knead it into our hair. These should immediately lie back where they belong. But be careful here, because too much cream can quickly make the mane look greasy.

6. Also, hairspray helps wonders with statically charged hair

If you have switched the alarm clock in the morning once again too often to snooze, and then it should go quickly, it is also possible to fall back on a hairspray.

Important here: It should provide hold, but not weigh down.

Our small but very fine tip to make it perfect: Simply spray a little into the palms of your hands and then run it over your mop of hair.

7. Suddenly flying mane? A wet wipe on the go helps

For those moments when we require being quick, we can simply stash a pack of wet wipes in our purse and use one to quickly tame the charged strands. We can also achieve a similar effect with the help of hand cream, of which there is still a thin film on the hands after applying the cream. If all else fails and we have nothing of the sort to hand, a simple SOS trick can also help: simply moisten your hands and hold them very close to the hair — that’s it! This way, electrified hair is discharged in a short time.

8. The right hairstyle for statically charged hair: the braid

If all this does not help, we can always wear our hair in a braid or style another stylish hairstyle. A braided pigtail or hair styled in a bubble look is not only practical but also looks super stylish. In addition, in addition to hair ties and scarves, barrettes are currently experiencing a revival and make especially at festivities so really something and keep the charged strands where they belong. The coolest accessories for our mane, we have already tracked down and also show how to properly style the pieces for the festive season.

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Common Winter Hair Problems & How to Deal With Them

Just as you need to take precautions to protect your hair in the summer, you need to do the same in the winter. Each season brings out different things (both good and bad) in your hair, and the best way to combat these issues is to plan ahead.

You should know the respective changes and prepare to protect your hair from various annoyances. Only then will your tresses look soft, smooth, and healthy. This winter, prepare to protect your hair from the following hair problems:

Dry hair

What is dry hair causes

Dry hair occurs when your hair lacks moisture. One of the main causes of dry hair is cold air, because the colder the weather gets, the drier the air becomes. Dry air removes moisture from your hair, which leads to dull and brittle hair, which in turn is prone to split ends.

What to do about dry hair

There are several ways to prevent or combat dry hair. To keep your hair moisturized, avoid heat tools, don’t over-wash, and stick to hair products with naturally moisturizing ingredients. Unfortunately, many hair products contain drying ingredients like alcohol, so be careful about the ingredients in your products. Now here are a few ways to combat dry hair during the winter.

1. Use a silk pillowcase

Just like a microfiber towel, silk pillowcases have smaller fibers compared to cotton, which means there’s less pull on your hair while you sleep. Another benefit of silk pillowcases is smoother skin and less wrinkling due to the smoother fabric surface.

2. Apply a hair mask at least once a week

We love hair masks because they are a quick and easy way to add moisture to the hair. From hair masks from the drugstore to hair brands from the barber store, use a hair mask at least once a week to keep your hair moisturized during the winter months.

3. Try a double hair care

You may have heard this term a lot in the past few months. Basically, double hair care is exactly what it sounds like. Wash your hair, condition it, rinse it, and then wash it again for added moisture.

4. Stay hydrated

Moisture comes from within, so be sure to drink plenty of water during the winter months.

5. Use a humidifier

You may have noticed that it’s much easier to keep your hair and skin moisturized in the summer. This is because there is more moisture in the air. Since winter is colder and drier, you should invest in a humidifier for your bedroom that mimics the moist summer hair and leads to more natural moisturizing of skin and hair.

6. Less is more!

Remember, the less you do to your hair, the more moisture it will hold in the colder months. That means less heat styling, less washing, less coloring, as all of these will dry out your hair even more.

Split ends

  • Hat causes split ends

A common cause of split ends is the chemicals found in many hair care products. However, the cause of split ends especially in winter is the combination of hair being exposed to both cold air and heat-based styling such as straightening and blow-drying.

  • What to do about split ends

Fortunately, there are many ways to combat split ends. For one, you can get your ends trimmed, or more practically, take precautions with protective products before heating your hair.

Matted hair

What causes matted hair

Tangles in the hair are caused by a variety of things: unruly hair, hair that hasn’t been washed and brushed properly, or just the general texture of your hair. In the winter, your hair is much more prone to tangles because the cold air dries out and damages your hair, opening up the cuticle of your hair and causing tangles.

What to do against matted hair

1. Brush your hair throughout the day

This may sound simple, but sometimes the best solutions are the simplest! Keep a small brush in your purse and simply brush your hair regularly throughout the day. Keep in mind that even your hair extensions can get tangled. So if you wear hair extensions, you need to brush your hair more often anyway.

2. Braid the lower part of your hair

If your hair gets matted in winter, it’s probably at the nape of your neck, where high collars and scarves cause the most friction. To avoid this, it’s best to braid the section of hair at the nape of your neck.

3. Pin up your hair

Alternatively, you can put your hair up in a high ponytail or a loose chignon.

4. Use detangling sprays

These will open up your hair, making it easier to brush out your strands. Use a small tooth comb to detangle your tangled locks.

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Itchy and dry scalp

What leads to an itchy and dry scalp

The cold temperatures of winter tend to dehydrate your hair, leading to the dry and itchy scalp (also known as scalp pruritus), as well as conditions like dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that is often caused by seasonal changes.

What to do about itchy and dry scalp

Fortunately, there are ways to treat dry and itchy scalp. One of the best ways is to use products with silicone oil. Silicone oil helps hydrate and balance your hair and scalp to better protect you from the effects of cold air.

Itchy scalps, on the other hand, can be treated with products that contain panthenol. Panthenol keeps your hair hydrated longer by binding moisture to your locks. Products with hyaluronic acid should have a similar effect.

If your dry or itchy scalp starts to flake, consider a product with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid exfoliates the scalp to break down buildup and remove dead skin cells. Your black clothes will thank you. Ultimately, any products with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing ingredients should help alleviate a dry or itchy scalp. Some other ways to combat a dry, itchy scalp include:

1. Scalp scrubs

Scalp scrubs are quite popular as they are an effective way to cleanse the scalp and get rid of dry skin particles.

2. Tea tree oil

After washing your hair, apply a few drops of tea tree oil on your scalp where you part your hair. Due to its antifungal properties, tea tree oil helps reduce those dry, flaky patches.

3. Coconut oil for your scalp

Before washing your hair, apply a decent amount of coconut oil all over your scalp and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Wash your hair as usual, and you will see how your scalp is instantly moisturized.

4. Stay hydrated

Again, hydration starts from within, so make sure to drink enough water during the colder months to reduce dryness.


What leads to dandruff

There are several factors that can lead to dandruff, including oily skin, not washing your hair enough, and a general sense of the scalp. Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and Malassezia (a fungus that feeds on the oils of the scalp) are also possible causes of dandruff.

Unfortunately, dandruff can occur in both summer and winter. The cold air of winter also exacerbates the problem, as it dries out the scalp. Dandruff is also more obvious during this season because we wear darker clothes. Unfortunately, your cute black knit sweater shows more dandruff than the light-colored clothes you’ve been wearing all spring.

What to do about dandruff

To fix dandruff, you should wash your hair frequently, exfoliate and use products with oils. This will moisturize your scalp and reduce dandruff. Unfortunately, external factors such as stress can also cause dandruff.

Tips to stop hair issues in winter

  • Protect your hair: wear a hat and scarf to protect your hair from the cold air and other environmental factors.
  • Stay hydrated: Many of the hair problems that occur in the winter are a result of the cold air depriving the scalp of moisture. Keep your hair moisturized with a variety of products ranging from leave-in conditioners to hair masks to maintain your hair’s moisture.
  • Regular tip trimming: People tend to cut their hair in summer to have an airy hairstyle. However, cutting your hair is just as important in the winter because of the split ends that are common during this time of year.
  • Don’t leave the house with wet hair: if you go out in the cold with wet hair, the cold air can freeze your hair strands, causing breakage. You can easily prevent this damage by taking an extra 10 minutes to dry your hair with a blow-dryer or washing and styling it the night before, so it has time to dry naturally.

FAQ — Static Hair in the Winter

❓ What causes static in hair in winter?

Hair gets full of static in the wintertime due to a 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.

❓ Is static hair bad?

Static hair is when the hair builds up static electricity. In simple words, static hair develops a few extra electrons, thanks to friction or due to a change in the weather pattern. While static hair is not in itself harmful, it does lead to brittle and frizzy hair. This is because the hair strands repel from each other.

❓ Why does my hair have so many flyaways?

One of the main culprits is product buildup. Failing to properly clean and moisturize your hair can keep it from having a smooth appearance and give your locks a weighed-down feel. Other causes of flyaway hair include chemical damage, dry strands, split ends, hair breakage, static, and humidity.

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Jessica Clavits

Jessica Clavits

Hi! I'm Jessica! I keep this blog about personal care.

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