Air travel. It’s romanticised on film and in those television commercials that make travel seem exotic and desirable, but for those of us who tend towards frizzy hair, a plane flies can be akin to a nightmare. If you’re one who tends to deteriorate during a plane flight: boarding like a Greek goddess and emerging hours later looking startlingly like a Muppet, fear not because we have three easy ways for you to tame static flyaway hair on a plane flight.
But First: Some Science. Why Does Air Travel Cause Frizzy Hair?
For many people, winter is the worst time of year for frizzy hair. As the temperature drops and the air becomes drier, the negatively charged electrons in your hair abandon ship, causing your hair to be positively charged. And if you remember your high school science classes, the positive ends of two magnets will repel each other. That’s why your now positively charged hair strands repel each other too.
So that’s winter, but what about air travel? The reason why so many people – especially those with thin, fine hair – struggle to tame static flyaway hair during a plane flight is that the conditions onboard a plane are very similar to outdoor conditions in winter. Planes are typically cold year-round, and the fact that our skin and lips become so dry during a long plane flight is a testament to just how dry air on board an airplane can get.
Tip One: Tame Static Flyaway Hair By Reducing Friction
Time for some more science. We now know that hair appears frizzy because it is positively charged, and the strands are repelling each other. The only thing that is going to make this situation worse than dry air and a drop in temperature is friction.
For this reason, you can stop your hair from becoming even more static-prone and flyaway by reducing the amount of friction applied to your hair. This means being ultra careful when taking off or putting on hats, sweaters, coats, and scarves. In the context of a plane flight, it also means avoiding rubbing your head against the back of the seat any more than necessary.
But if you’re trying to get some sleep on a plane flight (universally recognized as the most effective way to make the long hours zoom by) you will inevitably build up friction by the movement of your head against the seat.
Luckily, all this friction can be neutralized with the use of an anti-static hairbrush. But not just any hairbrush! In fact, most brushes and combs – especially plastic ones – will only add to your friction problem. The ForBabs AntiStatic Hair Brush, on the other hand, has been specifically designed to remove friction from your hair and neutralize that pesky positive charge.
Tip Two: Increasing The Conductivity Of Your Hair To Reduce The Chance Of Flyaways
Ready for some more science? Increasing the conductivity of your hair basically means increasing its ability to conduct electricity, which in turn will neutralize the charge in your hair. When your hair becomes neutralized, it will no longer be solely positively charged and there will be no reason for the individual strands to repel each other.
One of the most common ways to increase the conductivity of your hair is to use an appropriate leave-in product. As you would probably already know, the best products for your hair will depend on its texture, which is why people with fine or medium hair generally do better with a lightweight product, while those with thick or coarse hair are more likely to have good results with heavier hair products like a serum or paste.
All good leave-in hair products will moisturize your hair and tame your flyaways. The trick is to apply as little as possible, reducing the chances of your hair looking weighed down or greasy and leaving you open to apply more product later if necessary.
Leave-in hair products certainly have a role to play, but many people would prefer not to use them. If your hair gets greasy at even the thought of applying a leave-in hair product, or you don’t have room in your carry-on for TSA-friendly haircare products, opt for an anti-static hairbrush instead.
You may have even heard the common home remedy that another way to reduce the conductivity and tame static flyaway hair is to rub dryer sheets over your hair. While dryer sheets undoubtedly work, they also can leave your hair smelling like fresh laundry. Plus you may get some fairly odd looks from your fellow passengers when you start rubbing laundry products on your head mid-flight. The ForBabs AntiStatic Hair Brush features tear-away sheets that provide all the same benefits of dryer sheets, but without the freshly laundered smell or the odd looks from your co-passengers.
Tip Three: Condition, But Don’t Shampoo
Growing up, we’ve all been told that washing our hair is an important part of our daily self-care routine. But as it turns out, there is such a thing as washing your hair too often.
Even with the best shampoo, washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, making it more porous and damaged, and greatly increasing the likelihood that your hair will turn frizzy and flyaway in wintry (or mid-flight) conditions.
In the days leading up to your next plane flight, do your best to avoid washing your hair. Skip your normal shampoo routine and opt to condition your hair instead. Then, make good use of dry shampoo in the one or two days before your flight. It may make you feel a little grungy, but you’ll be glad you did it when you survive your plane flight with frizz free hair.
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Air travel is not always as glamorous as films and commercials can make it seem. For people prone to frizzy hair, a few hours on an airplane can be enough to turn your otherwise stylish ‘do into a frizzy mess. Read on for three simple tips to tame static flyaway hair during air travel.