Why Does My Hair Get Static When I Brush It?

Why does my hair get static when I brush it
Static hair when brushing

Most of the time when you get a static hair condition, frizz and fly-away hair, its during the Winter time. In Winter, the conditions are just right to cause your hair to build up static when you brush. And during this time it seems almost impossible to to anything about it. But don’t panic yet, there is hope. By understating how your hair gets static buildup when brushing you can tame your static hair or possibly even eliminate the condition. So let’s discover why and what you can do about static electricity.

When I Brush My Hair, Why Does It Become Static?

Static hair is caused by rubbing objects together with your hair. Dry hair is perfect for creating static electricity when there is not much moisture in the air. Static hair and lack of air moisture will cause electrons to jump from one object (your hair) to the other object (the hairbrush) while brushing. Static hair is charged when electrons are gained and lost. Static hair is now charged.

The object that lost the electron becomes positively charged while the other object that gains an electron becomes negatively charged.You hair is now charged and this causes each strand of hair to repel itself.

Anti Static Prevention Products

Favorite Anti Static Prevention Products
Products Pros Cons
Redken Unisex One United Multi Benefit Hair Treatment #1 Choice Smells good Kind of sticky
Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-in Treatment No residue Strong smell
REDKEN Diamond Oil Glow Dry Style Enhancing Oil Smells good None
OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner Set Smells good None
Aloe Vera Shampoo with Sunflower & Keratin Aloe Vera Works FAST See write up below

When two objects rub against each other, static electricity is created. This process results in the transfer of electrons from one object to the other. The object losing electrons receives a positive charge while the object receiving electrons receives a negative charge. For example, take hat-hair. If your hat’s material rubs against your hair strands, they swap electrons. This swap makes your hair build up with a kind of electric charge. If humidity exists in the air, the charge usually disappears.

10 Tips On How To Get Rid Of Static
Advice Pros Cons
1. Over shampooing – detergents in most shampoos strip your hair of natural oils and causes static
Sounds too easy but actually works for most hair types Hard to scan ingredients – who knows what ingredient is really causing your dry hair – may take takes many trials
2. Ionic hair dryers eliminates static electricity
Negative ions from the dryer will neutralize the positive ions which is how to get rid of static hair Sometimes you do not want flat looking hair
3. Let your hair dry naturally Cuts down on fly-a-ways If you have a lot of hair it could take a long time before your hair dries – besides who wants to walk around with a wet head
4. Synthetic materials promotes static
Man made materials can hold a positive charge and can be a major contributor to static hair conditions Sometimes it’s just not feasible not to wear you favorite scarf, jacket, sweater or hat
5. Humidity and dry hair promotes static
Dry air especially indoors can make your hair dry out and cause static – turn on a humidifier It may not be possible to control the humidity in certain locations – you can’t just go out and buy a humidifier
6. Water or ice eliminates static electricity instantly
To control dry hair especially in spots where you have fly-a-ways you can use a tiny amount of water Too much water can ruin your hair style and sometimes water is just not readily available
7. Oil or lotion avoids static electricity
To control fly-a-ways you can use a tiny amount of hand lotion – run through your hair Can leave you hair really oily and really is not made to put in your hair
8. Anti-static dryer sheets To control fly-a-ways you can rub on your brush or hair Who carries around drier sheets? If you do please leave a comment I would like to know why
9. Hairspray can get rid of static
Can carry a travel size hairspray None really depending on your hair style
10. Use a Leave-in conditioner to prevent static electricity
Can carry a travel size leave-in conditioner None really depending on your hair style

It’s common in the winter time due to the lack of moisture indoors. According to Stacey, Hair Research Analyst, “With the heaters working to pump in hot air that has little or no moisture the conditions are perfect for the creation of fly-a-away hair.

Static Hair Prevention Tips

One United Treatment

Redken Unisex One United Multi Benefit Hair Treatment Pros & Cons
Pros Cons
Smells good to some folks Kind of sticky
Sulfate free Shine questionable
Paraben free Moisturizing
Lightweight No leave in

According to Meesh, Hair Product Analyst, “Try using a moisturizing conditioner on your hair. Make sure to apply it starting at the mid-length down to the ends.”  A good one is “One UnitedAll-In-One Multi-Benefit Treatment” or “All Soft Mega HydraMeltLeave-In Moisturizing Hair Lotion For Severely Dry Hair”, which adds moisture without weighting down your hair.

All Soft Mega Hydra Melt

Also try not to over dry your hair. Leaving a little moisture in your hair will reduce static.

Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-in Treatment Pros & Cons
Pros Cons
No residue Strong smell
Lightweight Moisture
Leave in  

What To Do When Static Returns?

One UnitedAll-In-One Multi-Benefit Treatment

REDKEN Diamond Oil Glow Dry Style Enhancing Oil Pros & Cons
Pros Cons
Smell good Price
Leave in  

If static returns later in the day try a spritz of water on your hair. By using a fine misting of water you are adding moisture back into your hair thus eliminating static.

You may have to do this a few times depending on how dry the air is. It’s also a good idea to use a leave in conditioner.

Hydration in the winter is key and by using hair oil on your strands will contribute to fighting flying-hair all day long. One great product is Redken’s Glow Dry.

How To Replenish Your Hair’s Moisture

OGX Organix Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner

OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner Set Pros & Cons
Pros Cons
Smells great None
Infused with Argan oil  
Color treated  

Winters and dry air can take out all the moisture from your hair leaving it feeling dry and brittle. To fight dryness try using a shampoo containing argan oil. Argan oil will soften dry hair leaving it more manageable. Argan oil infused shampoos helps to replenishes and maintains essential moisture balance thus it helps keep hair moist and soft through out the day. One favorite is “OGX Organix Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner“, the set runs about $19.00 but you can find it cheaper if purchased separately and in a smaller amounts than 19.5 oz. These are large bottles. The price is quoted as of the time of this writing and may have changed.

Includes 19.5 oz Shampoo and 19.5 oz Conditioner. Includes Shampoo 19.5 oz and Conditioner 19.5oz. A unique precious blend of Moroccan Argan Oil that instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening and creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

Water (Aqua) , Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate , Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine , Dimethicone Copolyol , Cocamide DEA , Glycol Distearate , Argania Spinoza Oil (Argan) , Cacao Extract (Cocoa Butter) , Parfum , Theobroma Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Leaf) , Panthenol , Polyquaternium-11 , DMDM Hydantoin , Cetyl Alcohol , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , PEG-23M , Red 40 , Yellow 5

Honeydew Products Aloe Vera Shampoo with Sunflower and Keratin

Aloe Vera Shampoo with Sunflower & Keratin Pros & Cons
Pros Cons
Aloe Vera Some say it has a sweet scent but I totally disagree!!!
Natural Works VERY Fast!!! Be careful not to leave on your hair for too long – will strip it clean.
Vitamins May leave your scalp too dry if you leave in on too long.
Made in USA  

I like the shampoo and usually have a bottle or two in the bathroom. I like it because I know just how long to leave it on my hair. If I have really oily hair I can leave the shampoo on for  a little longer and I know my hair will be clean.

Another great ingredient to look for in shampoo to help add back moisture is Aloe Vera. One that comes to mind is “Honeydew Products Aloe Vera Shampoo with Sunflower & Keratin” – $9.95. It contains an advanced formula of high levels of pure Aloe Vera Extract sourced straight from the plant which can be helpful for bringing hair back to life and minimizing static. If you have very fine hair this is going to be a great product for you.

It’s a 100% natural shampoo which contains a nourishing, vitamin-rich formula with pure aloe vera + sunflower oil and plant-derived keratin to clean and replenish all hair types. Rich in vitamins and organic compounds including vitamins A, B, C, D, E, beta carotene, lecithin, insulin, unsaturated fatty acids.

The advanced formula contains high levels of pure aloe vera extract from the plant that is rich in nutrients that help treat the skin’s epithelial cells for deeply nourishing scalp therapy

It also is enhanced with cold pressed Sunflower Oil which contains essential fatty acids to repair dry and broken hair & prevent brittle and thinning hair. Plant-derived Keratin offers voluminous properties by replenishing keratin to deficient hair follicles.

Works well with any conditioner and is great for all types of hair, including fine and damaged hair. To men and women of all ages. Sulfate-free shampoo is both safe for color-treated hair and safe for everyday use. Hypoallergenic without the use of harsh ingredients, artificial colors and free of parabens and sodium chloride (harsh salt). Vegan, free of cruelty (meaning not tested on animals at any point) and bottled in environmentally friendly packaging materials

Manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility in the United States which is a big plus.

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, D-Panthenol, Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Oil, Phytokeratin, Fragrance.

All ingredients and pricing is quoted is at the time of this writing and is subject to change. Please see manufactures listings for current information.


Static electricity is a problem during dry periods. Static electricity is caused when there is no moisture in your hair. If you have a problem with static electricity in your hair, I hope the aforementioned tips will help you tame your hair.

I would be interested to know what your solutions are to hair static. Please comment.

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