How can you stop static from freaking out your hair?
How can you fix static build-up in your hair?
The quick and easy answer is: Moisture. Your hair is telling you that it is thirsty. Dry hair combined with dry air and cold winter conditions will create static build-up much more easily and frequently.
Tips to stop, fix and avoid static build-up in your hair:
1. Obtain and use a light moisturizing Spray to use on dry hair. Many brands produce a light mist that you can apply on the go when hair get’s freaky.
2. Choose combs and brushes carefully. Metal, wood and rubber are less likely to create static in your hair, plastic will only make the problem worse.
3. Avoid Friction. Especially in the cold winter months, static is already more of and issue. Fleece, wool and polyester caps and beanies will just electrify your hair.
4. Use Moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner. In addition, try to shampoo a bit less often if possible. The natural oils on your hair and scalp help keep hair soft and static free. Take advantage of a professional Salon Deep Condition treatment at the beginning of the dry season. It can help you avoid issues for weeks at a time.
5. Use an “ionic” hair dryer. Conventional hair dryers will over-dry and make static issues worse. If you must use a dryer, try newer ionic or ceramic dryers. They infuse the hot air with negative charges that help keep static at bay.
6. Light hair oils such as Argan oil, can be used in moderation to keep hair from frizzing out.
7. It’s not unheard of to pass a dryer sheet lightly over your hair.
- Buster A. Boyd owner/stylist/master barber @ The Absinthe Parlour
Contributions by Amanda Abraham stylist/colorist/hair tech
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Long hair is beautiful! Many spend enormous amounts of time, patience and money to have Long, Healthy hair. Often times, it’s hard to have both. Most who have had long hair feel like they hit a wall where their hair just won’t grow any longer. Many factors such as diet, stress, genetics and daily hair care can influence individual hair growth.
The 4 things to help your hair grow longer:
1. Thermal Protection: If you absolutely MUST heat style your hair, please please use some type of Thermal Protection. There are tons of products available to help shield your hair from the intense heat of modern styling tools. Turn Down the Heat! Take your flat iron, or dryer down a notch. A pizza will cook at 375 degrees. My flat iron goes to 450!!!! If you are blond or have fine hair, take it down 2-3 notches to be safe!
2. Get Regular Trims: Get a trim every 10-12 weeks. It may sound counter-intuitive, but you MUST have your hair trimmed from time to time for it to grow to maximum potential. Getting a good trim from a skilled hairdresser will keep hairs from splitting and allow healthy hair to grow longer.
3. Avoid Chemical Damage: Any time permanent hair color or bleach lighteners touch your hair, you are quite possibly shortening the lifespan of that hair. Don’t forget: what you do today will effect your hair for the next 3 years! The virgin hair that you color today will be the spit end some day. The right hairdresser will ALWAYS have this in mind and will help you make wise color decisions.
4. Get a Restructuring Deep Condition: Getting a restructuring deep condition 4 times a year is a great way to get maximum life out of your hair. Your hair is a hardened/mature protein like just like your finger nails. If you gouge out a chunk of your finger nail, no lotion or cream is going to fix that. You’d have to fill the damage with some other type of hardener like acrylic. BEFORE you develop a split end, keep the hair strong and moisturized with deep conditioners. If the hair is hydrated and strong, it is much more difficult to damage. Hair oils, like Argan Oil, are a great treatment for dry and brittle ends. Applying a light yet nourishing oil like Argan or Avocado to the last several inches of your hair will be a great help. Obviously, the ends are the oldest parts of your hair. Keep them soft and supple.
On the average, human hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Hair can grow a little faster or slower depending on the person.
Why won’t my Hair grow any Longer?
There are 4 phases to each hair’s lifespan. When a new hair is forming, it eventually pushes out the old hair and it is shed. It is average to lose about 150 hairs a day! The average hair on your head has a lifespan of about 3-4 years. Obviously, all hairs are on slightly different schedules, otherwise you’d be bald every 3-4 years. So, you can imagine that if all your hairs have a lifespan of about 3.5 years that, at that point, your hair will plateau and you won’t see much growth beyond that point.
Everybody is different. Some people can grow hair well past their waist! For the rest of us, there are a few things you can do to help get the most healthy growth out of your hair as possible.
-Buster Boyd: Owner/Hairdresser/Master Barber
Contributions by Audrey Miner: Stylist/Colorist/ Barber