There are many factors that can cause static, flyaway hair, i.e. that nightmare of hair that looks dry, split, and quite simply won’t do what it’s told. You may be surprised, however, to learn that it’s not just a case of bad hair lottery; there are actually some simple things you can do to stop it from happening.

Static Hair is Dry Hair

Those of us plagued with static hair problems know that it happens most often in winter. This is because your hair is dried out by the low temperatures and dry air, stimulating static electricity build up that expresses itself as mad professor hair like something out of an 80s film.

So, the most obvious solution is to keep your hair nourished and hydrated. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Firstly, by using a top-quality conditioner and using it properly. This means concentrating on your tips and lengths, not the scalp, and leaving it to work for a good couple of minutes before rinsing.

Of course, an even better idea is leave-in conditioner, like these from theGarnier Leave-In range. This will not only ensure you glossy hair, but will act as a barrier to the cold and dirt, keeping your hair healthy too!

Be Gentle

Another major cause of static hair is too much brushing, rubbing, tugging…you get the idea. All that fiddling causes static build up, so opt for a wide-toothed comb instead, stop brushing your hair 100 times a day like you’re in a ‘50s ad campaign, and be gentle when you dry it. A lot of hair damage can be avoided simply by patting, rather than towelling your hair dry when it’s wet.

Finally, there are some great home remedies for shiny hair out there now that can guarantee to get a handle on static, flyaway hair. Try coconut or almond oil when you notice your hair is dry. By rubbing just a small amount onto your hands then running your fingers through the tips and length, you can achieve great shine in a healthy, natural way.