Annoying is an understatement- but you can take steps to prevent static electricity in your hair. And I'll also give you some tips to combat hat hair if you're prone getting it during the winter months.
Steps to prevent static hair
1- Up the moisture! In dry months you'll want to up the level of moisture in your products starting with your conditioner. If you usually use a 'normal hair' version, you'll want to swap it out for a 'hydrating' version. If you are already using a moisturizing variety, you'll need to switch to a heavier cream or balm based masque. ( Be sure and experiment with the amount and frequency of use with deep conditioners, you may only need to use it 1-2 a week to get great results.) You can also use moisturizing styling products like Pureology Blowdry Cream and MoroccanOil Treatment Oil- two of the best products on the market.
2- Pick hats and scarfs that are made from natural fibers. Fabrics with polyester, nylon or other man-made fibers are more likely to build up a static charge and pass it along to your hair strands. Choosing cotton, silk, or wool will help your chances of avoiding palm-tree like hair after you've removed your layers.
Steps to combat static lift-off
1- Add a little dry shampoo to your roots. Squeaky clean hair is much more prone to static- so if you've freshly washed your hair, add a few dashes of dry shampoo to your roots. This little bit of 'grit' is just enough to weigh down hair and help prevent fly aways. My favorite is by Oscar Blandi and it comes in a small travel size perfect for your purse or car.
2- Dryer sheets aren't just for laundry. Keep a handful of these puppies in a zipper bag at your desk or in the glove department. When static plagues you, simply rub a sheet in smooth strokes from roots to ends to help neutralize the electric charge in your hair.
3- Spritz, Spritz...ahh! Evian Facial Spray (Evian® Facial Spray Traveling Companions Pack) is a great tool for a little pick-me-up when your on the go. It's designed to moisturize skin, but it also works great for blasting that pesky static. Keep a travel size in your purse and give a light spray to your hair when static has found its' way in to your plans. *This one is my favorite and gives the best results. Just use the mist lightly- you can always add more, but you can't undo it if your head suddenly looks like you've run through a rainstorm.
Hopefully these tips find you with gorgeous locks this winter!