Alex Mack could shoot electricity from her fingers and so can I. I am reminded of my painful superpower every winter when I become a one-woman static-zapper, with more lighting flying from my index tips than a dad on the dance floor making finger guns. It’s such a lonely time of year because everyone is scared to touch me. I am afraid to touch them back. Every hug, kiss and high five is met with the awful shock of a ZAP!
And then there’s my hair. Because my insides are wired like a telephone pole, my winter hair is one big science experiment. With zero hyperbole I can confidently say that I almost always look like I’ve stuck my finger in an electrical socket. If I put a turtleneck on, pling! (That’s the sound of electricity.) It puffs out like a soft porcupine. If I take a sweater off, pling! There she blows. If I touch a door knob, if I sleep, if I brush my hair, if I try to live my life in the winter, I look as though an overhead balloon ghost is haunting me. It drives me INSANE.
Now, you can use a dryer sheet to beat hair static. You just run it over your hair. In truly dire times, I have done this. It works, and it makes your hair smell like fresh laundry. It also leaves a light, almost sticky film over your hair, so I don’t know how great it is for you, and hairdressers barely want you to use shampoo anymore let alone a dryer sheet, so try this at your own discretion. (When I’m living on the edge, I use Bounce because that’s what my dad buys and I take the sheets from his house. Apparently, you can also make your own. I haven’t tried it, but for non-chemical vinegar/essential oil fans, I found this.)
As for the official static hair solution, I spent last week using Ouai’s Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets. Ouai’s PR office sent them to me to try because, upon receiving a press release, I wrote a frantic email back that read, “I HVAE TO TYR TIHS!!!” (I can’t type as fast as my brain moves and it hurts my fingers to type so my emails are always a fun de-coding challenge.)
And try them I did:
The above left photo is a slightly dramatized interpretation but not by much. Normally my static bursts out around the ends where my hair is most dry. The right photo shows me post-product application.
Let’s talk stats:
Cost per use: The Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets cost $18.00 for a pack of 15 from Sephora. That’s $1.20 per sheet, but, you could easily get two uses out of one sheet. If you don’t destroy packaging like I do and are careful not to rip the pouch, you can use a sheet, fold it back up, put it away like a kangaroo baby (a joey, I know, I follow The Kangaroo Sanctuary on Instagram, too), and then use it again later that day.
Packaging: Packaging is very important to me. I could do without its mimicking a pack of cigarettes; it also says “frizz kills” on the side, but I actually love “frizz”; it’s STATIC that’s my enemy. But I do like that it’s a clean, messy-bag-friendly portable box with unfussy black-on-white font on it.
Hair types it is good for (per Sephora): Straight, wavy, curly, coiled, tightly coiled. (Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried and agree. My mom has very curly hair and will soon be texting me.)
Results: This product works. The controlled combination of coconut oil, shea butter, plus some other stuff on hemp paper didn’t just tame static, they added shine and made my hair look way happier than it has been lately. These sheets smell SO GOOD that in a pinch, I’d pack them in my carry-on in lieu of perfume.
Would I buy again: Yes, absolutely. I’d just make sure to get at least two uses out of them.
Dryer sheets, resume your natural duties!
Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.