Fight-Static-Hair

Baby, it's cold outside, and these days, that means sporting a cute beanie to the office. But when we pull it off only to reveal hair that's sticking straight up, we can't help but shake our heads. Since cold, dry air leads to static electricity, we asked Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist Justin German for his top tips to tackle static tresses all winter long.

1. Pick the proper shampoo and conditioner. "Now is the perfect time of year to switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner which can help to reduce the potential for static. Try a collection like the Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal which is designed for daily use to help repair dry and damaged hair, and moisturizes for a soft, smooth feel," says Justin.

2. Moisturize that mane. One of the best ways to combat hair static right when it happens is to use a lightweight product that will help restore the moisture. Justin recommends a lightweight product like Pantene Pro-V Smooth Serum with Argan Oil or the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Texturizing Wax, depending on your styling preference (glossy versus texturized). Simply smooth over the top layer to help to hold down the static and reduce its return potential.

3. Hairspray will help. Desperate to solve that pesky winter hat hair problem? "Try spraying some hairspray directly onto your brush and then comb through your strands. This will dispense the product very lightly so that you can control the fly-aways, without having to worry about too much hold or product," Justin recommends.

4. Mousse can be magic. Hit the electric enemy smack in the face by applying a moisturizing mousse right when you step out of the shower.

5. Put down the blow dryer. Air dry your locks as much as possible in the colder months. Justin reveals that blow drying can actually make your strands more susceptible to static.

6. Use dryer sheets. It's not a myth! Dryer sheets can help drastically reduce static and eliminate flyaways.

7. Make it work with metal. "Surprisingly," Justin explains, "most of the non-conventional techniques I’ve heard throughout the years, actually can help to reduce static." One of these is the metal hanger trick. Carefully run the flat end of a metal coat hanger across your hair to remove any static energy.

And there you have it! What's your best static hair prevention tip? Leave a comment below or let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Rebecca Burstein is a writer, editor, and virtual shopaholic. She’s also the junior lifestyle editor at Slice.ca.

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