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How To Get Rid of Static in the Hair

Hair Static Dilemma: Avoid "The Einstein"


I love when I get to dabble in the advice-giving role, much like our DearSugar does on a daily basis, so when I got the following question from TeamSugar member hottpink, I just had to help. She writes,

I have very fine hair that's about chin-length. When I wake up every morning, my hair looks like I stuck my finger in a light socket! It literally stands up and out making me look like Albert Einstein. What can I do so that I won't wake up looking like a crazy-haired monster?

I've always had a soft spot for ol' Albert's mane, but I can see why it might not fly all of the time. For my genius advice, just read more.

Sorry to hear about this hair-raising (sorry) dilemma. Flyaways are common in hair that is fine, straight, and/or dry. That, plus the combination of your hair rubbing against the fabric on your pillowcase, generates static electricity. Check out my guide below for some tips to help tame your unruly tresses, and hopefully your hair will be flat in no time, er flat:

  • As crazy as it sounds, try rubbing a dryer sheet on your pillow before bed or on your hair in the morning. Just as this anti-static staple rids your clothes of the cling, the dryer sheets should rid your hair of the flyaways.
  • Try the old trick of spraying a comb with hairspray, then lightly running it through your hair. This cheap and easy tip will help put out the charges causing the static, plus it will help your locks stay put.
  • Avoid overwashing, which can cause dryness — which can then make your hair more susceptible to the frizzies. To keep hair fresh, try a light rejuvenating spray between washings such as Mario Russo Once a Day Spray ($7.50 to $17.50) or Dove Advanced Care Daily Moisture Therapy ($4.84).
  • Try an anti-static comb and/or heating tool, which work to reduce the negative ions in your hair. Try Bio Ionic Hybrid Bristle Paddle Brush ($30) and/or heating tool like Hot Tools 1875 watt Anti-Static Ion Dryer ($36).
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