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Hair Static Electricity

How to Prevent That Light-Socket Look – Static electricity in hair

If you have too much static electricity in your hair or flyaway hair,
the typical response is to reach for a bottle of hair spray.

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If you have too much static electricity in your hair or flyaway hair, the typical response is to reach for a bottle of hair spray. An easier solution and one that’s less taxing to your hair—is to lightly spritz your hair brush with cling-free spray, which can be found at just about any drugstore or supermarket. This will serve to neutralize static buildup and help keep those overcharged hairs where they belong.

Choosing a Comb That Won’t Take a Bite Out of Your Hair

We’ve just seen that combing too often—or too vigorously— can fray and break your hair. And so, too, can your choice of comb. The hair breakers? Combs with stiff, tightly bunched teeth and sharp, pointed tips, which are a definite "don’t” for most folks, but especially for those of us with really long hair or dry, brittle, split-prone hair. Instead, look for a comb with widely spaced, flexible teeth and soft, rounded tips.

To test, simply press the comb you own—or want to buy—teeth down into the palm of your hand. A comb that feels stiff and sharp probably (who’da thunk it?) is stiff and sharp, while a more forgiving comb will bend easily under moderate pressure and leave just a modest impression on your palm.

The same principles apply to brushes. Here again, you want softness and flexibility for fewer broken hairs and split ends.

Soft-bristled brushes come in two basic varieties: those made from natural fibers such as animal hair, and those made of very pliable synthetic materials with rounded rubber tips.

Brushes with natural-fiber bristles are generally the least damaging to your hair, but either kind is preferable to a stiff nylon brush with razor-sharp tips.

An exception: People with very thick or curly hair may discover to their dismay that a flexible, soft-bristled brush simply cannot flow smoothly through their tangled locks.

If this is the case for you, look for a moderately stiff brush or comb before resorting to the stiffest one you can find. The stiffer model may seem easier to use, but only because it’s ripping (as opposed to running) through your hair.

100 Strokes

With a wet noodle to anyone out there who persists in believing that ceaseless combing and brushing are good ways to "train” the hair to lay properly.

Please note: Your hair should never be "trained,”"tamed,” or disciplined in any manner— even when it behaves quite badly.

Get a cut that complements the natural texture and growth patterns of your hair, and you will soon find that it lays beautifully and styles easily with less combing and brushing, not more.

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