As if the arctic temperatures and depressingly short days of Canadian winters aren’t miserable enough, we’re stuck contending with the side effects of our horribly dry air. Chapped lips, dry skin, and the worst (because it’s often hard to manage) staticky hair! We spend months walking around looking like kids that have been rubbing balloons on our heads. (We would take the frizz from summer humidity any day.) Sadly, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be claiming any tropical islands any time soon, so in the meantime, here are 11 easy tricks to keep your hair looking like you’re a long-lost Kardashian sister.
We love when things do double duty, so naturally the dryer sheet solution is at the top of our list. Keep a dryer sheet or two in your bag and rub it along your hair any time static starts taking over your ‘do, or rub it on your hair brush before you do your morning styling. It actually does work, believe it or not.
If you add a few drops of Moroccan oil (a.k.a. argan oil) to your hair while wet, it will help tame fly-aways as it dries. You can rub a little bit between your hands and apply to dry hair, too, if you’re noticing your frizz is making a comeback. If your hair is very fine or thin, you may want to opt for an argan cream instead.
Ditch the plastic tools
Plastic brushes and combs are notoriously bad for causing static frizz, but metal on the other hand is conductive and will absorb the electric charges. So, that’s why stylists spend so much money on quality metal combs (here’s a really pretty one, if you’re in the market).
Ionic hair dryer (or none at all)
It’s easy to dismiss “ion technology” as a gimic, but believe it or not, it actually works! Ionic hair dryers – like this $100 option – cut drying time by about half by breaking down the water molecules instead of evaporating them. This means less time to fry your locks, and more time to bask in the glow of your shinier, healthier mane.
Opt for natural fibre hats
If you’ve ever worn a polyester dress with nylons in the winter, then you know that synthetic fabrics are terrible for static cling. 100 per cent cotton is your best bet for keeping your head warm, and your hair smooth.
Can’t find a metal comb? A wire coat hanger rubbed along your hair is the next best thing. Although, it’s probably best to do to this in the judgement-free confines of your own home.
It’s a good idea in general to use a humidifier in the winter. It helps your skin, can shorten the length and severity of your colds, and keeps your hair from looking like you stuck your hand in an electrical socket! Use one whenever you can, but we definitely recommend having one running while you sleep. Also, there are so many cute options, it won’t be difficult to “create a need” for one or more.
Hairspray while damp
Spray your hair (or hair brush) with a healthy dose of hairspray (we like Ellnet Satin, and it’s cheap) after you hop out of the shower, and before you grab your dryer. It keeps moisture locked in, and static locked out.
Look for OFPMA
You definitely want to make sure you’re always conditioning your hair after shampooing, and if you can, use one with a OFMPA base rather than alcohol, because you’ll notice you have way fewer fly-aways. It even works on dry hair in a pinch, too! You can use a silicone-based conditioner as well, but use that sparingly as silicone creates a seal over your hair, and it makes it very hard for your locks to get fresh air.
It’s not exactly the best time of year to be walking around with a head full of soaking strands, but a light mist of water will instantly tame your static frizz, if only for long enough to get that perfect selfie. You can just fill up a tiny spray bottle with water, or you could go fancier with something like Drybar’s Sparkling Soda Shine Mist. Either will work.
And there you have it. Not just one way to solve your frizz problem, but 11.