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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


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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gemsera gemsera 8 years
satin pillows are OK, but over time they caused my hair to be static as well. may have something to do with bed clothing i wear but anyway. I get heaps of static after I dry/flat iron so I just use anti static hairspray. I think its garnier in a green bottle :) works a treat!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
MissJules....thanks for the suggestions! I wish I could put my hair in a braid or loose bun but my hair is too's about chin length.
MissJules5x MissJules5x 8 years
i have curly hair that looks like a tangled mess in the morning if not taken care of the night before whether i leave it curly or straighten it. the best things to do is to put it in a soft braid or in a bun and loosely tie up the end (after the hair is dry so it doesnt make marks and waves) get a satin pillow and just redo your hairstyle in the morning. it should keep the hair tame. satin caps are also a good idea.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Luckily I don't get static or flyaways. I am prone to frizzies though.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I do the dryer sheet thing!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Thanks Bella! No, crazy morning hair isn't bad and my hubby still loves me but it becomes a major problem when I can't even get a comb through it and it's and it's a huge tangled static mess. Not so much a vanity thing but a solution to a major tangle problem! My hair is too short to put in a pony or headband at night.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
dude I have curly hair and when I wake up I look like a afro'd bed head monster. Always like fuzzy and curly but weird flat spots from where I slept on it. But I don't really care, it's the morning and my boyfriend still loves me haha
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
Is it really bad to wake up with messy hair?
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