Static Hair 101: Why it’s happening and what to do


Kelby Wingert/Iowa State Daily

Chilly and dry weather is common during Iowa’s winter months for both men and women. Prevent this inevitable annoyance by attacking frizz before leaving for class. If static attacks on campus, rub a small amount of hand lotion between your palms and gently run your fingers through your hair.

Andrea Poppinga

Static hair during the harsh winter months is more of a problem than one might think. Not only is it annoying and weird looking, but it also means your hair is not being taken care of properly.

The reason many people acquire this issue is because their hair needs moisture just like your skin. Hair lacks the proper moisture, creating static, and dry winter weather doesn’t help. 

Quick fixes:

1. Using a hydrating conditioner will help moisturize your hair and will visibly reduce the static.

  • Use a gentle wash and rinse, like the Kevin Murphy brand “Hydrate Me.” The brand is an all-natural line using essential oils instead of perfumes that are not as good for your hair. It is also sulfate and paraben free.   

2. For a short-term fix, use a dryer sheet to eliminate the static in your hair. 

  • Primarily using a dryer sheet with no scent will be better for your hair in the long term if you use this technique often. You can buy an off-brand to save money. These can be found at drugstores or supermarkets.

3. Opt for a metal comb rather than a rubber one.

  • While plastic combs contribute to the static problem, metal ones cause the electric charges building in your hair to discharge, thereby reducing your static.

While these are definitely not the only options for reducing hair static, they are some of the most practical. If the hair static is still happening after trying several different things, try talking to your hair stylist and see if they have any other ideas.

Find more static solutions here.