Cut the Electricity

Okay New Yorkers, no one ever looks forward to getting a call from ConEd to let them know the electricity is being cut, but when you hear it from your hairstylist, it gains a whole new meaning!

Static electricity is caused by two unusual objects rubbing against one another, like your hair against your pillow all night (causing you to wake up with a serious case of bed head)! The friction causes electrons to be sent from one object to the other. The object that lost electrons has a positive charge and the object that received electrons has a negative charge. When this happens to surfaces that don’t conduct electricity well like dry, damaged hair, the electrons force the hair to fly away from each other.

The hair is lacking moisture! If there’s not enough moisture in the air, and your hair is dry, I can bet this is a struggle for you!

Try finger styling your hair and not brushing it often. When you do brush your hair, try to use a wooden brush or boar bristle brush (! Clean brushes are also important! Take the old hair out, shampoo the bristles so they are free of build up, and spray static guard ( as you would spray your clothes to remove static!

Carry dryer sheets ( in your purse! You don’t want to be seated for dinner at Tao, take off your scarf & jacket, and instantly look like you stuck your finger in a socket! These lil’ guys will flatten out your crisis if you palm them in your hand discretely, and wipe your hair down with them. You don’t even need to sneak off to the restroom!

These are just temporary fixes, but the main problem is that your hair is dry! A Master Stylist I work closely with, Tara Benish, taught me to switch to a deep hydrating conditioner during the colder months to avoid this situation from happening. I would recommend Wella Enrich Moisturizing Conditioner (Fine/Normal Hair:  / Coarse Hair:

Another great option is leave-in products! L’Oréal Paris makes a great product called Overnight Repair ( Towel dry after you wash your hair, apply the leave-in product generously, and comb through. Put your hair in a three-strand braid and sleep with the product in or do the house chores for a few hours, then cold-rinse it out.

If your hair is dry and damaged from a chemical treatment, it might be best to literally cut the electricity out of your hair. Otherwise the dead, dry hair will always have this problem. Cutting the dead off to avoid this problem will also allow your healthy hair to grow quicker!

As I mentioned in my previous article, “Glaze into Fall” (, get a glaze! This will condition your hair, hydrate it, and over all keep it healthy. Like I said last time, it’s important to stay healthy ladies!