About 20 years ago, the Muzyka kids were rocking a mushroom cut – along with having mad style they had an energy about them that was hard to put a lid on. They were electric. . .ally static. In the winter months, this new aged mushroom cut looked more like an apocalyptic mushroom cloud in slow motion. Actually.
Although their hair-cuts have taken a turn for the better, the Muzyka kids (with the exception of Lindzay. . . Sorry, Lindzay), like many of us, still struggle with the jerk-face that is dry winter air and frustratingly static hair.
Although we can’t claim a be-all-end-all cure, we’re happy to share with you some tips and tricks that will tone the down the “I just stuck my finger in a light socket” look.
Your off switches:
1. Keep your hair hydrated
Static hair is usually an indication of dry hair. Invest in a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner combo that will leave your locks feeling luscious and for the most part, behaved. We love Bumble and bumble, gentle shampoo and Super Rich conditioner. Keep in mind, the conditioner is a heavier product, so if you have thinner hair, we don’t recommend repeated use, but instead suggest that you use this product as a treatment once to twice a week (read: put on hair, shave legs, wash body, rinse off). As a rule, you’ve heard us say before not to wash your hair everyday – this is especially true in the winter! The natural oils in your hair are one of your best weapons in the battle of static defense – don’t wash them down the drain like they mean nothing to you!
2. Invest in an Ionic Hair Blow Dryer. Science.
Look at us using words like Ionic; hair flip. There’s actually a science behind the use of ionic hair blow dryers that clearly demonstrates hair that is less static as a direct result. Apparently, magical ferries dance out of the ionic blow dryer and run each strand of hair through a meditation exercise leaving them calm and less likely to get electrically excited. Kidding! Ionic blow dryers help reduce the electric charge that results in static, and also reduce the blow drying time significantly, meaning that hair is less dried out.
3. Don’t’ blow dry naked
First of all – if you blow dry your hair naked, we’re imagining it's because it’s thirty degrees outside and your air conditioning doesn’t necessarily hit full power in your bathroom. We get it. But we’re talking about a different kind of naked. After you shampoo and condition your hair, be sure to coat your hair with a product that is meant to moisturize your hair without weighing it down. We love Styling Lotion by Bumble and bumble for just this reason.
4. Change your combs and brushes!
Believe it or not, the material of your hair utensil plays a huge role in how static your hair is. Lecina wishes someone would have told her this in her “backcomb with a balloon days.” In the fall and winter months switch to combs with wider teeth – this lessens hair on hair contact, reducing static charge. Secondarily, switch to brushes that have a natural bristle – these are a touch more expensive, but really – what’s your sanity worth?
5. Put the hairspray down!
Spraying your hair with hairspray to get rid of static is the equivalent of drinking coffee to fall asleep. It just won’t work. Hair spray is actually alcohol based and alcohol, more than anything, will dry the Dickens out of your hair. Spraying your hair with hair spray will actually work, momentarily, as the moisture in the spray briefly calms the hair down; however, five minutes later – the alcohol and your hair have dried up and you're back to that mushroom cloud in slow motion. If you need to spray your style, we recommend spraying a brush with natural bristles and combing it through your hair.
6. Polish that sh*t
To both finish your look and lend as the final guard against static mayhem, we recommend polishing the look with a styling product. You have heard us say it before... but we will say it again, we love Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine. This will help to moisturize the hair throughout the day and calm the fly aways.
7. You gotta Bounce
We’re serious. Bounce sheet are the bees knees when it comes to on-the-fly-fly-away-maintenance. We highly recommend keeping one in your purse or in your desk drawer, or whatever secret compartment you would like to keep said sheet in. Bounce sheets are designed to fight static, wherever it exists. If you’re wearing a hat (like we hope you are) you can even attach a sheet with double sided tape to its interior – leaving you looking polished after you’ve made your entrance. As a last bit of advice, we recommend an unscented bounce sheet – there’s nothing wrong with Irish Meadows, but when you smell like concentrated Irish Meadows on speed – well, that’s not good.