When the hair becomes electrified, it becomes almost unmanageable. And it is in winter that we face this problem more often: dry indoor air, synthetic clothing, hats, insufficient care in frosty weather.
Why does hair get electrified
Hair has good electrical conductivity, so static electricity is generated instantly, like friction. When hair touches a hat, outerwear (coat, down jackets), sweater or jacket, they rub against each other and accumulate electricity. That is, in addition to the natural property of electrical conductivity in winter, our hair receives an additional charge of stress.
If your hair becomes electrified in winter, then you need to reconsider several points that are responsible for their health. After all, dry, brittle curls that lack moisture are especially susceptible to this.
How to deal with hats and styling
It is important that the fabric from which your headdress is made contains natural materials (wool, angora, viscose). If you enter the premises, shop, go down the subway - be sure to take off your hat. If you go outside in cold weather, wear it. In cold weather, it is very important to observe proper thermoregulation of the scalp, since the condition of the hair directly depends on this. Too strong secretion of the sebaceous glands or, conversely, blockage, dryness, dandruff are the first signs of impaired seboregulation.
“Increase the time between shampooing, styling and going outside. So that small particles of moisture, freezing, do not destroy the structure of the hair, making it brittle. Replace hairspray with styling effect products. If you dry your hair with a hairdryer, be sure to use thermal protection,”advises Ekaterina Smirnova, stylist at the OblakaStudio beauty salon.
What vitamins does hair need in winter
Nourish your hair from the inside out. In winter, it is advisable to eat 3-5 fruits daily, and add vegetable salads with olive, sesame, peanut oils for lunch and dinner. They contain all the essential vitamins and essential omega 3-6-9. “The main minerals and vitamins that directly affect the strength, shine, elasticity of the hair, as well as the healthy sebum regulation of the scalp are zinc, selenium, vitamins B, A, E, as well as hyaluronic acid and biotin. It is advisable to take a monthly course of vitamin therapy every season, and if you have not done this, then now is the time to replenish the body with the necessary substances in preventive dosages,”says Alla Borisova, a trichologist.
How to solve the problem of dry indoor air
When batteries and air conditioners are working with might and main, it is important to help your body and try to moisturize it from all sides. If at work it is not possible to put on a humidifier, then drink more water, apply thermal water to your hair and skin (but not before going outside). At home, it is advisable to put a humidifier in the bedroom, as well as wet cleaning every week. The air will be fresher and your hair and skin will be hydrated. “To reduce the electrification of your hair, you first need to reduce dryness. I would advise you to use a moisturizing spray when you comb your hair, and also to include oils or a spray with an antistatic effect in your care,”recommends Ekaterina Smirnova.
How to choose the right care
Often, we carry out all the points for proper care, but the hair still continues to split, break, and, as a result, become even more electrified. It is important here to choose the care that is right for you. Pay attention to the condition of your scalp - if it differs from the condition of your hair, then you need additional care for each part.For example, if the skin secretes a lot of sebum, and the hair is dry, then you need to choose 2 products - for the scalp (scrubs, essential oils that can be added to shampoo, special medical shampoos, skin masks, ampoules) and for hair (moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and masks).
Before applying nutritious products, wring out the hair with a towel and apply the product gently. Take a few inches back from your scalp to avoid clogging your pores. “Normally, the outer layer of hair, the cuticle, is keratin scales held together by lipid (fatty) layers. When these layers break down, the scales open slightly. Such hair is not able to hold water. It is they who are most susceptible to electrification. In order to prevent and eliminate electrification, you need to give the hair water and restore the ability to retain this water. Products with panthenol, urea, plant extracts (balanites, aloe vera, geranium) and lipids (fatty acids, phospholipids, ceramides) are suitable here. The highest amount of lipids is found in vegetable oils. Vegetable waxes (jojoba, candelilla) will also help to retain moisture in the hair. They form a protective film on the surface that prevents hair from losing water. In addition, they add shine to the hair, - says Tatiana Starostina, leading technologist of Phytodess and Dessange in Russia at Dessange Moscow. - Leave-in products with a high content of silicones will give a temporary visual effect, but will not solve the problem. Therefore, it is important that such products contain as many natural ingredients as possible."