My top 5 reasons why your hair may be thin and static.
- Genetics: If your family has a history of thin or fine hair, it is likely that you will also have thin hair.
- Dehydration: Dry, dehydrated hair is more prone to static and breakage. Make sure you are drinking enough water and using a moisturizing conditioner to keep your hair hydrated.
- Damage: Chemical treatments, heat styling, and overuse of hair accessories can all contribute to damaged hair. Damage can make your hair more prone to static and breakage, which can make it appear thinner.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menopause or pregnancy, can affect the thickness and texture of your hair.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders and iron deficiency, can cause thinning hair.
If you are concerned about the thinness and static nature of your hair, it is a good idea to consult a dermatologist or a trichologist (a hair and scalp specialist). They can help determine the cause of your hair issues and recommend appropriate treatment.
Thin Hair And Static
If you have long thin hair then you are well aware of static electricity. Every time you brush your hair you get the fly-a-ways and generate tons of static electricity. Sometimes you need more than an anti static brush.
“In addition to using anti static brushes you should also consider using an anti static spritz. By using a combination of an anti static brush and anti static spritz you can control the static much better than using a brush alone.”According to Meesh, Hair Product Analyst
If you have bad static condition I highly recommend you use a spritz. Plus there are other advantages of using a spritz. Some offer one or more additional benefits like, UV protection, vitamins and nourishment, a heat protector, added shine and extra holding power so your hair stays in place.
Are you looking for brushes that don’t cause static perhaps thinking of purchasing a negative ion brush or hair dryer? Are you one of those who have long thin hair that’s standing on end? After a good brushing does your fine hair look like it’s been zapped by a Tesla coil? There are many tips on how to reduce static and some of them work but what you really need is a brush that reduce friction and minimize static while you’re styling or blowing out your hair. Do they even make such a brush?
How To I Get Rid Of Static Electricity In My Hair?
Here are my top 7 ideas to help you reduce static electricity in your hair:
- Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner: Because dry hair is more susceptible to static electricity, a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can help reduce static electricity.
- Over-styling can strip your hair of its natural oils and increase static. Avoid using these tools as much as possible, or use a heat protectant spray before styling.
- Use a leave-in conditioner: A leave-in conditioner can help add moisture and reduce static to your hair.
- Use a dryer sheet: To help reduce static electricity, rub a dryer sheet through your hair.
- Use a humidifier: Dry air can cause static electricity in your hair. A humidifier can help add moisture to the air and reduce static electricity.
- Avoid wearing plastic hair accessories because they can cause static electricity. Instead, use hair ties made of materials such as fabric or silicone.
- Natural bristle brushes can help reduce static in your hair by distributing the natural oils in your hair.
Does An Ionic Hair Dryer Help With Static Electricity And Frizzy Hair?
An ionic hair dryer uses negative ions to break down water molecules, which can help you dry your hair faster and with less frizz. The negative ions in an ionic hair dryer help to neutralize the positive charge on your hair, which can help reduce static electricity. This can make your hair feel and look smoother and shinier.
Ionic hair dryers are generally thought to be a gentler option for drying your hair, as they can help reduce the amount of heat damage that traditional hair dryers can cause. To minimize heat damage to your hair, use a heat protectant spray and exercise caution when using high heat settings on your ionic hair dryer.
It is important to note that while an ionic hair dryer can help reduce static in your hair, it cannot completely eliminate static. If you have a lot of static in your hair, there could be other underlying causes that an ionic hair dryer cannot address. In this case, you may want to try some of the other suggestions I made earlier, such as using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner or a leave-in conditioner, or you may want to consult a dermatologist or a trichologist for further evaluation and treatment recommendations.
Can Wearing Hat Cause Static Electricity And Frizzy Hair?
Wearing a hat may contribute to static electricity and frizzy hair, particularly if it is made of a synthetic material that does not allow your scalp to breathe. Wearing a hat can cause your scalp to sweat, resulting in dry, frizzy hair. Furthermore, the friction between the hat and your hair can generate static electricity, making your hair feel dry and frizzy.
You could try my following top hat wearing tips to help reduce static.
- Select a hat made of natural, breathable materials such as cotton or wool.
- To add moisture and reduce frizz, use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil.
- Wearing too-tight hats can cause excessive sweating and increase the risk of static and frizz.
- When you remove your hat, use a dryer sheet to help reduce static electricity in your hair.
Top Brushes That Claim Not To Cause Static Electricity
Several manufactures make anti-static brushes, but how well they work is a good question. Most work by causing less friction. According to Stacey, Hair Research Analyst, “When you brush your hair, if your brush can pass through your hair with less friction, then you will not create static electricity. Or at least not as much. That is the theory, right?” So manufactures have come up with wide-spaced bristles and bristles made of wood, and ion to fend off static electricity. And they all work depending on how much static you have in your hair.
My Top Brushes That Don’t Cause Static
|Anti Static Brushes||Comments|
|Cricket Static Free Fast Flo||Made in the United States, wide teeth equals less friction equals less or no static. Works well.|
|Cricket Static Free Tunnel Vented Hair Brush||This brush has stood the test of time and is “almost” flawless. It’s also great for blow-drying hair since it allows the air to flow through. Excellent for people with long hair.|
|Spornette Anti Static Vent Brush #9000||Nice vent brush that does not promote static in your hair.|
|Cricket SF-220 Static Free Brush||Nice handle and oval shaped brush with wide spaced bristles.|
|Cricket Static Free Fast Flo XL||It’s a large paddle vent brush. Great for brushing through lots of long hair with minimum static. With its vent pattern, the Cricket Static Free Fast Flo XL Vent Hair Brush dries hair in record speed while also reducing fly-away hair. It is an extra-large, extra-wide hair brush with a vent pattern.|
|Cricket Friction Free Paddle Brush||Very good low friction paddle brush. Thermal barrel with seamless ceramic covering for better heat retention and faster drying. Cricket’s friction-free paddle brush is developed from a special polymer blend that decreases friction caused by brushing and styling. The tourmaline-infused ion bristles hydrate the hair shaft while eliminating static electricity and delivering a silky gloss. Its non-slip rubber grip handle adds to its style. A cushioned brush pad adds to the head comfort. Ideal for thick, curly, or heavy hair.|
|Winsun Natural Bamboo Hair Brush||Nice looking bamboo handle with nylon bristles. Firm bristles are mounted in a flexible base.|
|Paul Mitchell Pro Tools 413 Brush||I like the A slim paddle shape that is great for shaping and styling.|
|Osensia Ionic Hair Brush||Ionic hair brushes for women are infused with ionic minerals to neutralize negative ions in the hair that cause static. But it’s not magic, I still believe it helps but it’s not going to magically get rid of heavy static conditions.|
|Myhsmooth G2s-am-gs Brush||Green sandalwood is not a conductor of static electricity so wooden brush are great for static conditions. The bristles are wood so they are stiff but they are mounted in a flexible base so that it is gentle as you brush your hair.|
|Cricket Professional Static Free Brush||Cricket Professional Static Free #43 1.75″ Thermal Seamless Ceramic Barrel Hair Brush. Very good anti static round brush.|
|Denman Large 9 Row Styling Brush D4||What I personally use. This works best for me for over 10 years. Take the Denman brush and spritz a little water on it or your favorite conditioning spritz.|
Static Minimizer Brush
Notice I said static minimizer and not static eliminator static brush. As of this writing, I am not aware of a hairbrush that can eliminate static by brushing. They simply do not exist. However, you can minimize static by using a brush that has bristles that are farther apart, thus reducing friction. And the Conair Static Minimizer hairbrush does just that, all for a very low cost. This brush is going to be most effective at taming static when combined with a spritz of water before brushing. In addition, you can use a good leave in conditioner before brushing. Both these methods will tame static immediately.
The Conair Static Minimizer hairbrush is not perfect but for the price it has a lot to offer over its competitors. First, and foremost, the reason I love the brush is that it does not have ball tipped bristles. Ball tipped bristle bushes always lose their ball tips. Now you have a hairbrush that can scratch your scalp. The Conair does not have this problem.
Two things to beware of about the Conair Static Minimizer hairbrush. First, it does not magically get rid of static while brushing. Use this hairbrush in combination with a spritz of water or a good leave in conditioner. And second, if using this hairbrush with a hair dryer, do not point hot air directly at the brush bristles. This will prematurely wear out the bristles.
The Myhsmooth is handmade which is nice and also made of green sandalwood which as we all know is naturally static free. Plus the wood has an advantage of plastic because is will not snag hair like plastic comb. The teeth are also made of green sandalwood and the ends are nicely rounded as to not irritate your scalp while brushing. Excellent craftsmanship I recommend purchasing. The sandalwood is heavy so when you pick it up you can feel the weight which is not heavy but let’s you know you have a quality product in your hand. Overall very nicely done and very nicely finished. A handmade styling tool at this price made of beautiful wood is a good value.
“One trick I like to do is to rub a small amount of olive oil on natural wooden handle brushes to make it smooth, shiny and help protect the wood.“Ed Shears
Cricket Static Free Fast Flo
It’s made in the USA so that’s a big plus. I’s made of plastic. Is plastic a good conductor of electricity? Generally speaking plastics usually conducts electricity but very poorly.
So poorly that they are commonly used to insulate electric cables. But there is a special manufacturing process they go through by placing a thin film of metal onto a plastic sheet and mixing it into the polymer surface. The end result is a good insulator.
I can see for this particular model since the bristles are spaced far apart its going to generate less static as you brush. There are fewer plastic bristles to come in contact with your hair thus generating less static.
Cricket Visage Static Free Paddle Brush
Since this is a paddle style it’s going to cover more hair every time you use it. So if you are in a hurry using a paddle style is good because your will finish about 25% sooner than using something else. In the “About” section of this brush is says “Aluminum finish and static free resins” which appears to be a little misleading. At first glance I said, cool, an aluminum handle brush for $10.00. I’ll take 2 please. But then I looked a little harder and it read “Made with an aluminum finish”. So to set things straight it’s a plastic brush with a brushed aluminum finish. It’s all plastic.
In the description it Cricket says, “The cricket static free paddle brush contains plastic bristles and a cushioned pad to provide increased comfort during brushing and styling.” and of course since it’s all plastic I am very skeptical. But I still think it’s a good buy because if it does not help with static you end up with a very cool futuristic looking paddle brush.
More about wood brushes. Did you know water is a good conductor of electricity? So what this means if you have wet wood then you are able to conduct electricity. Therefore wet wood can cause or promote static electricity. Wood that is damp or wet can pose a risk of producing static.
Anti Static Spritz
|Anti Static And Conditioning Spritz||Recommendation|
|1. John Frieda Frizz Ease||Works very well and add a little gloss to your hair. The anti-frizz formula is great and lasts a long time.|
|2. Snip-its Tangle Tamer Hair Detangler Spray for Kids||Says it’s for kids but don’t let that stop you from purchasing because it works good. I like it because it contains no harsh chemicals, made in the USA and is cruelty-free.|
|3. Joico Blonde Life Brilliant Glow||Smells nice and makes hair look shiny. Overall a very good product, not oily, nice and lightweight.|
|4. xStatyk – Anti Static Hypoallergenic Spray||I like it because it has no heavy odor and is not tested on animals. It works by calming statically charged hair by evenly distributing ionic charges.|
|5. Coconut Heat Protection Spray and Anti-Frizz||I can’t resist the coconut scent, but it’s a little on the heavy side so go lightly.|
|6. Biolage All-in-one Coconut Infusion||I recommend because it does a lot for the price. It enhances shine, fights frizz, detangles, protects hair from heat, prevents split ends.|
|7. Loma Hair Care Nourishing Oil||Honestly the vanilla bean and orange scent is great. You get thermal protection and humidity resistance in a nourishing oil based spray.|
|8. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum||I recommend because it give your hair a smooth, frizz,free finish that resists humidity. Plus it’s vegan, paraben and gluten free. Excellent!!!|
|9. Paul Mitchell Foaming Pommade||One of my all time favorites. Works excellent but the down side you have to work it in using your hands so it’s not as easy as a spray on to apply. It is very good at providing light control for your hair.|
|10. PURA D’OR Professional Moroccan Argan Oil||I like the Moroccan oil plus protects against UV rays and adds a bit of shine to your hair.|
|11. Redken One United All-In-One||I love this product because it’s a leave in conditioner and heat protectant detangles, hydrates, fights frizz all with one easy to use spray.|
|12. Leave-In Conditioner||I love it. An excellent product!!!! It has a lavender scent but honestly it’s so light you can’t really smell anything. If you have thin hair this product t will help improve texture. Does a great job at reducing static. I highly recommend.|
|13. Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-static Oil Mist||It’s an oil but it’s lightweight. Works good at anti frizz for taming flyaways. Contains Babassu Oil which come form the seeds of the babassu palm which mainly grows in the Amazon region of South America. It’s very similar to coconut oil.|
|14. Color Wow Dream Coat||I like it because it encapsulates and transforms the texture of strands so they fall in smooth, silky alignment. It’s like water proof for your hair. Works better for some than others. Might be too light for some, but my preference is I would rather it be lighter than really heavy and oily.|
|15. Moroccanoil All In One Leave in Conditioner||An excellent lightweight leave-in conditioner that hydrates, detangles, and provides long-lasting softness. Plus it has my personal favorite, argan oil.|
|16. R+Co Foil Frizz Plus Static Control Spray||Good for getting rid of static, taming flyaway hair, eliminating frizz plus it’s a vegan and cruelty-free product. However, it works better for some folks than others. It might be too light for some with heavy static conditions.|
|17. Redken Oil for All||It’s a lightweight oil that adds shine and smoothness to you hair.|
|18. Redken Oil for All||I like because its a weightless, anti frizz formula works. Has a nice mandarin orange scent. Great at taming flyaways.|
|19. Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil||I recommend because it gets rid of frizzy hair and also give you a nice healthy shine. Use on damp hair before you blow-dry or you can spritz on to control frizz on dry hair. Has a really good sandalwood scent.|
|20. Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil||I like because it’s color and keratin treatment safe. Plus it’s vegan and gluten-free. The down side is it’s not as easy to apply as a spray. You will need work it in with your hands and fingers. A few drops goes a long way. Very good at hydrating.|
What about breakage? You do not want to drop a wooden brush on the floor. This is, in most cases instant death for your styling tool. And, I would also go as far as to strongly recommend not to collide it with other hard objects.
Do not soak wood combs in water especially hot water for a long time otherwise you risk serious damage to your styling tool. Wood products are not made for the shower. If you do get them wet remember to wipe them dry with a cotton towel afterwards immediately.
An important note specifically regarding sandalwood. Sandalwood resin may condense into crystal substance like fuzz on the surface of the wood. This is natural. You should dust off the crystal substance from the surface with a paper towel.
With proper care is no reason why these products can not last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
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