Beat Static Electricity With These Helpful Hair Tips

This is the time of year everyone is at their wits end with a lovely thing called static! Most of the time it’s simply annoying but the other night I actually feared for my life! My night started normally, I was warm and tucked nicely into bed. Just when I fell asleep my husband was clearly trying his hardest to mimic a freight train! Onto the couch for me! Let me tell you a microfiber couch, a fleece blanket and the dead of winter do not mix well. I literally saw my life flash before my eyes, seriously I’m pretty sure this is how people spontaneously combust! So how do we get rid of static and most importantly how do we prevent our hair from looking like you just stuck your finger in a light socket (my mom always used to say that and to this day I wonder who ever had small enough fingers that this was a problem)? I’m asked this question at least three times a day by my clients so I want to give you a few tips!

Moisture! That is the number one tip I can give you!

Start with moisture in the air, make sure your humidifier in your home is working. I also keep a cool mist humidifier in my kid's bedrooms clearly I need to invest in one for the living room too! After my near-death experience, my husband started putting a pot of water on the stove to boil every once in a while. This has helped a lot.

Your hair is also most likely lacking moisture, while there are many products I can recommend for home it will be beneficial for you and your hair to have a professional deep conditioning treatment in the salon. During the winter months, I like to do these at least every 4-6 weeks. Follow up at home once a week with a moisturizing conditioner and use daily conditioner in between treatments. The most valuable product I can recommend is Neuma’s smoothing cream. I think the words smoothing cream and moisture scares a lot of people that their hair will be too heavy or greasy. Trust me your hair will thank you! You will still be able to achieve volume and have style to your hair!

Styling tools also play a huge part in combating static.

You want to start with a good blow dryer. I love my One Styling dryer. I’ve been a hairdresser for 18 years (eek!!!) and there has been no other dryer that compares. You have the ability to switch between positive and negative ions. I am not going to pretend to be a scientist and claim that I understand what ions are or why they work but they do! Positive ions create volume, and the negative ions closedown the cuticle layer of the hair, which not only seals in moisture and shine but will create a protective barrier for that pesky static!

I also highly recommend BioIonic’s Bluewave brushes, these brushes continue to amaze me every day! They have what BioIonic calls “NanoIonic Complex” Again not a scientist, but I will try to explain this a
little! Basically, these brushes have 32 minerals that put natural negative ions into the hair. They break down the water, instead of just drying it, into little tiny particles that are then able to penetrate the hair shaft before you seal it back up. My brain has a hard time making sense of all that but I can tell you that it works! And it will be the last brush you ever buy! They last forever, even in the salon with multiple blowdries per day I’ve had mine for years. Another little tidbit of info, if you wrap a dryer sheet around your brushes before you store them in a drawer for the day that helps also!

I hope this helps with your battle! Fear not, soon we will all be complaining about the humidity! We have products for that too!

Kristan Sayers

Kristan is an International Design Artist with Neuma, and the owner of K Bella Hair Studio & Spa. She opened K Bella in 2009, where she also began her own Academy Program training students to become licensed cosmetologists. In 2016 she became the State Representative for licensing regulations to help watch for legislative changes that could hurt the beauty industry. Kristan is also known for working with salons to help them grow and train their hairdressers and guiding them in everything from salon design to training programs for salon owners and managers.

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