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Hair Clinic: How to avoid static-attack

Uncontrollable static that results in a frizzy halo is one of our biggest hair woes when the weather warms up. Fortunately, you won’t have to suffer from unruly fly-aways thanks to these five hair-saving tips…

Hair is hygroscopic, meaning it expels and absorbs water from the environment, so if your hair is in a dry environment it will also become dry. Excessively dry or over-processed hair will also be the most damaged, leaking out negatively-charged electrons that are normally attached to water so hair becomes positively charged. The result of this? If you put two positivity charged hairs together they will deflect each other, creating static - where the hair will either cling to the head or it will fly away from it. To get rid of it, you just have to add negatively charged ions. Here, Iain Sallis, Director of the Institute of Trichologists, tells us how to reduce that clingy static electricity every day.

Hydration is key.Since a big problem is the dry air, a humidifier will add moisture back to your home or desk, bringing you immediate relief from fly-aways. Preserve your natural moisture by using treatment conditioners to act as a barrier. Also, conditioners are cationic (negatively charged), so by using a hydrating mask twice a week like Show Beauty Moisture Masque and applying generously it will repair damage and prevent further fly-aways. Bleach and flatirons are moisture zappers so use tints instead and save straightening your hair for special occasions.

Combat friction with your tools.Look out for anti-frizz combs, brushes and hairdryers – they are full of negatively charged carbon which has a calming effect on the hair. Wooden combs and natural bristles do not generate static or hold any charge, but plastic combs will make it worse. Combs with wider teeth are better to keep static at bay as tighter teeth can create more friction, causing the electrical charge to build-up. Finally, avoid rough drying your hair with a towel, blot dry instead.

Avoid using heading appliances.If you suffer from static hair, make sure you are not over-drying or using your straighteners and curling irons every day; the heat will expand the hair shaft, lift the cuticles and cause it to loose more moisture, resulting in more positive ions and fly-away hair. Make sure you invest in an ionic dryer like the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer – it’ll dry hair in double quick time, infusing it with static-repelling ions.

Use anti-static products.Oils tend to have a negative charge on them and help with moisture retention, so they’ll smooth down static electricity no matter what your hair type. We recommend Show Beauty Nourishing Oil Treatment – it infuses strands with strength and shine and will combat summer dryness. The best way to apply it is to rub a small amount in the palms of your hands and apply from the mid-shaft to the ends. For a quick fix spray Premiere Finishing Hairspray into your brush and gently smooth over the hair to calm the rising hair.

Watch what you wear.Your body can retain a charge, which is how you spark when you get a static shock, but as long as you don’t wear a nylon bobble hat, your clothes are not going to make a huge amount of difference - although synthetic fibres create more of a static cling than natural fibres. Avoid pillow cases that are made from nylon or polyester and go for silk instead. This is the same for your home: you can cause friction on carpets in your home which will then create energy that sticks to the hair. Be mindful of your environment and you’ll beat this one.

CREDIT: Iain Sallis, Director of Institute of Trichologists



Guest Trichologist: Iain Sallis, Director of Institute of Trichologists

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