Beauty: The best tools for battling hair static
For many people, cold weather is enough to make their hair stand on end – literally – from static electricity. While the immediate cause is outside elements, static is a symptom of underlying moisture problems, says William George, owner of James Joseph Salon in Boston.
“The root problem is usually unhealthy or damaged hair,” he advises. And while there are products that help mask static, the best solution is to treat the moisture problems.
Phyto shampoos and conditioners offer prescriptive hair care for every hair type and any issue. Phyto even has an entire product line for frizzy hair.
George says the products are worth the price. The shampoos and conditioners are highly specialized, so as the condition of your hair improves, there will always be a perfect product to use.
For those who want to spend less, George recommends always using salon-grade products, many of which are available in retail stores. Your stylist can make a good recommendation.
The Classic Brush by Frederic Fekkai has natural boar bristles, which are meant to leave hair shiny and static free.
A natural bristle brush is healthier for the hair than one with plastic or metal bristles, George said, and there are many less expensive options. An ionic hair dryer, which reduces drying times and exposes the hair to less hot air, is another important tool.
Flat Marvel by Goldwell is a straightener that smoothes hair and provides heat protection.
George recommends this product but cautions that people with fine hair should use it and other silicon-containing products sparingly.
“Sometimes the silicones can make the hair too heavy,” he says.