The woes of winter: You spend a half hour straightening your hair to polished perfection, only to have it defy the laws of gravity the minute you pull a sweater over your head. Not anymore. Here are seven easy tweaks that will nix that halo of fuzz for good.
DROP THE PLASTIC COMB
Think about what happens when you come into contact with a plastic balloon. Yeah, not good. Stick to metal or ceramic bristles (they’re conductive and will absorb electric currents from your hair so you get a smoother finish).
WASH YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT AND LET IT AIR-DRY
Heat zaps strands of moisture and dryness causes static so by cutting down on your styling time, you’ll be cutting down on flyaways as well.
DON’T SKIP THE CONDITIONER
In fact, double down on the stuff whenever you can. Meaning, switch to a richer formula and add a leave-in treatment or weekly mask to the mix. The more hydrated your hair is, the less likely it is go haywire.
DON’T FORGET THE STYLING PRODUCTS EITHER
Always use a light oil or serum. (Yes, you too, fine-haired ladies.) Just keep it concentrated on the ends so you don’t get greasy by midday.
RUB A DRYER SHEET OVER YOUR HAIR
Poke one through your hairbrush before brushing or run it over your pillowcase before hitting the hay. (Tip for the curly-haired ladies: Work sections of hair between two sheets and pull through to the ends so you smooth down frizz without disrupting your ringlets.)
USE SOME HAIRSPRAY MIDDAY
Mist it onto the palms of your hands (so you have better control over how much product is being distributed). Then, lightly press them over the top of your head to flatten any flyaways that may have cropped up since morning.
AND BE STRATEGIC WITH YOUR STATIC GUARD
Spray it onto your winter accessories (any hats and scarves) and even the tops of your sweaters—basically anywhere that comes into contact with your hair. Hey, we’re not taking any chances.