Why is static electricity produced in my hair? Can static ruin my hair?
Have you ever had an impeccable hairstyle and suddenly your hair begins to think for itself? Even the most polished hairstyle can become a disaster at the most inopportune moment. Don’t let this happen to you anymore with our tips for eliminating static electricity in hair.
Why is static electricity produced in the hair
Static hair happens when hair is charged with electricity. This happens with the rubbing of certain materials in the hair. Fine hair is more likely to suffer from this static electricity, and even more so if it is dry and dehydrated. Brushing dry hair is easy to charge with static electricity.
The lack of humidity in the environment also makes the hair more prone to experience this phenomenon.
The energetic rubbing of two insulating objects produces static hair. Hair is insulating from electricity and plastic as well. Therefore, combing you with plastic brushes will create static in your hair.
Scientific explanation of static electricity in hair
What causes this phenomenon to occur is the rubbing of two electrically insulating objects. Hair is insulating because it does not allow the flow of electrons through it. Things like a balloon or a plastic brush are also insulating. For this reason the rubbing between them produces static hair. Why does it happen?
All matter, including hair, is composed of atoms. These, in turn, are made up of electrons, protons and neutrons. Electrons have a negative charge, electrons have a positive charge and neutrons have no charge.
It is normal for these components to balance each other so that there is the same amount of positive and negative charge. This balance is what makes the atom neutral. However, when two objects come into contact, electrons from the atoms of one of them can pass to the other object.
Some materials tend to acquire electrons and others tend to lose them. If you rub a balloon on the hair, the hair loses electrons and the balloon wins them. When you separate the hair balloon there is an imbalance of loads and the hair is loaded with positive charge. For this reason the balloon, which is now charged with a negative charge, attracts the hair, which has a positive charge. At the same time the hairs repel each other, because they are all positively charged. Surely you remember what you learned in school: opposites attract each other and equals repel each other.
How to eliminate static electricity in hair
Once we know why static electricity occurs in the hair we just need to know how to eliminate it. The following tips will help you prevent, reduce or eliminate static electricity in your hair.
Wear moisturizing mask to avoid static electricity in hair
Lack of hydration is one of the factors causing static electricity in the hair. That’s why you should hydrate it generously with oily textured hair masks. You can apply it once a week. If your hair is very dry and dehydrated, you can use it every time you wash your hair.
Another more natural and economical option is to use home remedies for dry hair. In these treatments very moisturizing natural ingredients are used such as coconut oil, argan oil, or olive oil.
The more you hydrate it, the less likely it is that static electricity will be created in the hair.
Wear natural woven clothing
Synthetic fabrics are easily charged with electricity. So if your coat, hat or scarf has synthetic material, you’re more likely to have static electricity in your hair.
Instead he chooses natural fabrics such as cotton or silk. That way you’ll reduce the effect of static.
Do not use plastic brushes or combs
Plastic is an insulating material so rubbing against the hair produces static electricity. Therefore you should avoid plastic combs and brushes.
Brushes, in particular, by producing more friction when passing them through the hair, create more static than combs.
To avoid static electricity in the hair use brushes made of natural materials. These can be wooden or have wild boar hair bristles.
You can also use the silicone brush Tangle Teezer . It is designed to comb hair extensions without damaging them because it produces less friction in the hair. That’s why it’s ideal for removing static electricity from hair.
Besides that do not brush the hair in a very energetic way because it is this energy that electrifies the hair.
Carry lacquer or spray in your bag
If at any time of the day you notice that the static electricity in your hair starts to increase, use hairspray. There are small formats, travel size, that you can carry in your bag. All you have to do is apply one or two spray pulses to your hands and then run them through your hair.
In this way you will control the static that forms in the hair, even at the most inopportune moment.
Hand or body cream
If you don’t have a travel-size lacquer with you, you can use any cream you carry in your bag. It doesn’t have to be a specific hair cream. With a hand cream or a body cream you will achieve the objective of cancelling the electricity in the hair.
Be careful not to put too much because if you apply too much it can make your hair very greasy. A portion of cream the size of a hazelnut is enough.
You don’t have any lacquer, cream, or dryer wipes? You still have another option.
No hairspray, no cream… so what can you do? Well, one thing you can always have at your fingertips is a little water. When you wet the hair a little, the static electricity disappears immediately.
It is true that the effect is temporary because when the hair dries the static can appear again. However, to get out of the way will help you.
These tips can also be put into practice with the 100% human hair extensions.
And you? Do you have any tricks to eliminate static electricity in your hair? Share your ideas with us in the comments.
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