Introduction - Fight Hair Static The DIY Way
Causes Of Hair Static
The main cause of static electricity in hair is lack of moisture. Hair can be robbed of moisture for a variety of reasons. The good news? You can fight hair static the DIY way without expensive hair products.
Although hair static can occur all year round, it's especially prevalent in Summer and Winter when heat and air conditioning systems can strip hair of moisture.
Other causes of hair static may include, but not be limited to the following:
1. Use of hot or very hot water in showers which suck moisture from hair and skin.2. Chemicals in shampoo and some hair care products which leech moisture from strands.
3. Use of moisture robbing hot styling tools such as blow-dryers, hot irons or rollers.4. Lack of natural oil in scalp.
5. Improper nutrition or lack of necessary vitamins, minerals and herbs which add moisture to hair.6. Use of moisture robbing towels, bed clothes or clothes which results in dry lifeless tresses.
What Is Static Electricity?
Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within/or upon the surface of a variety of materials. The charge remains present until it's able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.
This is in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.
A static electric charge is created whenever two surfaces contact or separate and at least one of the surfaces has a high resistance to electrical current, becoming an electrical insulator.
Contact-induced charge separation may cause hair to stand up, causing static cling. A good example of static cling is when a balloon rubbed against hair becomes negatively charged.
When near a wall, the charged balloon is attracted to positively charged particles in the wall at which point the balloon will cling to it, appearing to be suspended against gravity.
DIY Treatment - Fight Hair Static
One of the best ways you can fight hair static is to amp up the levels of hydration in the tresses. Luckily you can do this without expensive hair products.
Listed below are the steps for a great DIY Treatment which fights hair static:1. Whisk 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt with 1 egg (yolk and white). Set it aside.
2. Cleanse pre-detangled hair in lukewarm water with a formula designed for your hair type, texture and condition.
Note: If hair is naturally dry or dry as a result of chemical treatments, utilize a moisture enhancing formula. Or consider utilizing a Diluted Shampoo (DS), Low Poo, No Poo or water only formulation.
3. Rinse well and apply a rinse-out conditioner from the top of the ear lobes to the ends.4. Use a wide tooth comb and/or fingers to detangle individual sections from the ends up to the roots.
5. Rinse conditioner completely from tresses.6. Use fingers and gently squeeze excess water from strands using an accordion movement working from the bottom of the strands to the top.
Note: To remove more water use a clean towel and blot hair until excess water is removed.
7. Work the yogurt and egg mixture into your damp hair from the roots to the ends.8. Allow the mixture to soak into your hair for up to 5 minutes.
9. Rinse yogurt mixture completely from strands.10. Once all of the yogurt mixture has been completely remove, rinse hair with cool/cold water.
Why does this works? Yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acid which helps to smooth hair follicles. The Vitamin A contained in the eggs will help to seal in moisture for a static-free style.
2. Consider pre-treating hair with a 100% organic coconut oil. Studies have shown that coconut oil will help repair damaged hair while blocking the damage which occurs during shampoo and cleansing cycles.3. If shampoo is too drying, either dilute with water or opt for a gentle cleansing formula. You may even wish to make your own with baking soda or other natural ingredients.
6. Consider eating more fish, drinking more water and taking Omega-3 supplements.7. If the air inside your home or office is extremely dry, consider utilizing a humidifier.
8. In a pinch use a dry sheet to smooth static cling. Run it through hair to instantly remove fly-a-ways.