Electric Hair

electricOkay, so I’m taking the Inspired Design Blog Challenge, which means I’m going to write 20 blog posts during the month of February. I’m already two days behind. “Write about something you are passionate about”, says Michele Bergh, organizer of this challenge and Ms Inspired Design herself. Okay then, this is a little weird, but I just have to tell, no I have a moral obligation, to tell all of you women out there who have fine, straight hair that there is help. You know what I’m talking about. Hair that, in the winter if you could find a way to capture all the electricity in your hair you would save a lot of $$$ on your utility bill. Hair that stands on end even when you aren’t scared. 

At first I thought it was my natural brain power leaking out, but no—it’s extreme cold that makes fine hair misbehave. Oh, sure, there are lots of remedies out there—believe me, I’ve tried them all only to have hair flattened by gels, cream rinses and hairspray and still have crackling static. I think my hair even interferes with my TV reception sometimes. Oh, wait I take it back. Liberal application of hairspray does help, but having hair that can withstand a 25 mph wind without disturbing even one hair isn’t what I’m looking for either.

 Okay, enough babbling. What I really, really wanted to tell you is what my extraordinary stylist, Alex (Rocco Altobelli, Edina) suggested. “Try this,” she said. “I know—leave-on conditioner sounds counterintuitive, but you might be surprised at how well it works—just use a little bit. If it doesn’t help, bring it back.”  So I bought a tube of Botanical Solutions Leave In Conditioner  by  Alto Bella. And it works. No fly-away, no pasted-down look. I can take my hat off without all my hair following it. This isn’t an ad, just the absolute joy of finding something that works on my hair! It feels good. 

smooth copySee you later! Karen  

About Karen

Karen Karsten, CPCC, CAC, has had several business careers, in government, finance, retail and publishing. Each career was a building block that helped her create the life she has now as a coach, writer and executive director of Rich Chicks and Creative Principle of Think You Can LLC.

Her companies, Think You Can (www.thinkyoucan.net) and Rich Chicks (www.richchicks.org) both explore the magic of prosperity and creating clarity about life values. Karen has total faith in the magic of belief. Notice how that works either way: belief of magic, magic of belief. Magic is there—in you, too. Take a moment right now and honor the magic in you.


  1. Thanks for the tip Karen, I recently got my hair cut and it made me feel like a new woman. I loved how the hair dresser styled it … I noticed though that without the products and blow drying expertise my fine hair can look a bit electrified! 😉 So, will see if leave in conditioner is a solution that works for me.
    Best wishes with love, Emily the VA Goddess

    • I really like this product, even though I was resistant to the idea of a leave-in, thinking it would be greasy or heavy. Glad I was able to rise above my resistance!

  2. Hello Karen! I really like your post, graphics, and blog. I have the opposite thing with my hair. It’s really frizzy and curly in warm weather and a little more controlled in winter. Thanks for the conditioner advice. ~kathy

    • Hi, Kathy
      Thanks for reading my blog Kathy! I love winter, actually–except for the hair static part. I’m cured, yea!

  3. Oh how I remember those days when I lived up north and I NEVER, ever thought that leave in conditioner would work. I will remember this for when I visit the frozen tundra again. Thank you for sharing and you are such a great writer!

  4. Thanks for your comments, Julie. Frozen Tundra–I have visited, but never lived there. You are brave!

    Best, Karen

  5. As another fine-haired chick, I appreciate the tip. I can’t stand that flyaway hair feel and all the static it produces, although if there was a way to use it as electricity in my home and save on my outrageous bills (IMHO), I would probably not be speaking ill of it!

    • I really would like to be able to add my electricity to the city grid. Maybe the two of us could have some passive income that way if we get it figured out!

  6. Snap, crackle, pop is not what I want around electronics. Cute post. Glad you found something that works.

  7. Karen, Not particularly fine hair on my head, but more static than usual lately. Thanks for the tip. Now . . . offf to explore your site. 🙂

  8. Oh too funny, I’m having this SAME problem!! I was wondering why I’m going through soooo much hair spray and hair spray I pay good money for and has worked perfectly fine in the past just simply stopped working. As if I had forgotten to even use it. I can’t wait to check out this product and see if I can put an end to unruly single strands standing straight up making me look goofy as hell. Yay! Thanks for sharing your beauty secret. ♥

  9. Funny post Karen. But I’m disappointed to learn no one is mistaking my standing-out hair as a sign of extreme brain power – I was so hoping!

  10. ALEX- sandy Gray says

    THANKS Karen!!
    I am so happy to hear you are loving our Botanical Solutions Leave In Conditioner, by Alto Bella.!! I told you, “you would be surprised”!!!
    Your happy hairdresser, ALEX (aka Sandy Gray) at Rocco Altobelli Edina

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