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natural remedy for static hair?

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Do any of you have recommendations to deal with static hair in the winter? I wear a helmet, and sometimes a balaclava when biking to work in the winter, and my hair is full of static when it is below freezing. Is there anything you have found that works on this? I sometimes put a bit of lotion or water on my hair, but want to avoid making it greasy. A woman I knew when I was younger said she used Static Guard on her hair, but I can't think that's a good idea.

Thanks for any helpful advice you may have for this.


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Feb. 26th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
dryer sheets work wonders.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
This was my first thought.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know about natural, but I just run a dryer sheet over my hair.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm...thanks. Does it matter what kind or brand of dryer sheet?
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
When fixing my hair, I sometimes put a little dab of lotion or aloe gel in one hand, get the other hand wet, and then rub the water and lotion together before lightly smoothing it over my hair/scrunching it in a bit. It's a good anti-frizz trick and the added moisture helps minimize static.

Depending on how long your hair is, try putting it in a low bun/twist/braid that your helmet will still fit over. Leaving all the strands loose lets them move around and pick up more static.

There are also some fabrics that don't encourage static so much, so you could try making a headscarf (like the simple handkerchief style) to wear under your other headgear.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Aloe gel -- interesting. Do you think I could use aloe straight from the plant for this?
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
When it comes to aloe for hair, the more natural, the better, so yes :) Out of convenience, I use almost-all-natural aloe gel from a tube as my main styling product (lots of curly/wavy people like it because it holds nicely without being crunchy), and even if I slap on too much it's pretty forgiving and doesn't make my hair greasy.
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Your icon is cracking me up. I used to have three cats and a dog, and every exposed corner in the house had a greyish, slightly grungy build-up from them all rubbing themselves on it!
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
i put lotion on my hands, which always need it, and smooth them over my hair as well.

i've also learned i cannot wear a fleece shirt without having my hair completely tied up.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
My hair is fine and strait and loves static... but I haven't had any problems since I started conditioning with Aubrey's GPB conditioner. I don't even use it all the time anymore (it's kinda pricey), but when my hair starts getting staticy I'll use it instead of my regular stuff.
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I use coconut oil or jojoba oil. When I finish moisturizing my face, I'll rub my oily hands on my hair and it's good for the day.
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
A little leave in conditioner might work. I like Giovanni's spray in.
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Static-y hair - how I hate it!
I have gotten into the habit of using a bit more conditioner when I shower and let it soak in for a few extra minutes. I'll put it on, wash my face and body, shave THEN I'll rinse.

Some days even that isn't enough and then I'll use the trusty (and not natural...) Suave Detangler for kids. It comes in an apple scent and it's a spray. Just give your hair a few good mists, comb and you're good. Works great on wet or dry hair.
Feb. 27th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
Vinegar rinses have helped me combat the static with my hair.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I have no suggestions, but I totally read it as you wear baklava, as in the Greek pastry, in your hair!!!!!!!!
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
That would be sticky, but delicious :)
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the suggestions - this group is so helpful. I'll try at least a few of these, I'm sure.
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried this for hair, but a ball of foil works great in the dryer to eliminate static. I wonder if you could just run a piece over your head?
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