How To Quickly Remove Static From Hair

There's no need to be embarassed with fly-away hair. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of static quickly.

What's worse than catching a glimpse of yourself in a store window only to find your hair sticking straight up? Static in the hair is not only unattractive but annoying as well. You can get static out of the hair in a number of different ways.

Dryer sheets take static out quickly and leave the hair smelling good. Open the sheet completely, grab a section of hair and run the sheet from the scalp to the bottom of the strand. Do all the hair working with a fairly large section at a time. Stroke the section this way several times before moving on to the next section. Some brands work better than others so if you try it and it doesn't work well try sprinkling a few drops of water on the sheet then try it again. Dryer sheets are meant to work in a damp environment but you don't want your hair sopping wet so use water sparingly.

If you don't happen to have a dryer sheet handy and you only need the hair to behave for a short while you can dampen it then pull back in a ponytail or twist into a bun. The hair doesn't have to be drenched to do this. Simply wet a hairbrush or comb then brush well and arrange.

Another trick that works well is hair spray. Spray the brush or comb slightly and brush hair. You might need to reapply several times but use only a little spray at a time. Hair spray stiffens the hair if you use much. That's okay if you're going to put it up or pin it back but straight hair will look unnaturally stiff if too much hair spray is used. Hair spray can be shot directly onto the hair.

Hold can well away from hair to keep from leaving wet, stiff places in the hair. Spray hats and scarves with hair spray before wearing and your hair will be static-free when you remove the head wear.

Static sprays meant for garments work fine for the hair. Spray it on a hanky or hair brush and apply to hair.

Need a quick fix? Rub lotion on the hands and continue rubbing until mostly dry. Now run your fingers through your hair and especially down from the scalp to the ends. Gather the hair as if to put in a ponytail then release. Do this several times. Traces of the hand lotion will transfer to the hair and keep it from flying away with static. Make sure that the lotion on the hands is nearly dry before running fingers through the hair or the hair will dry looking oily and heavy.

If you're at home and you want to get rid of static without taking a shower and that whole routine you can put a small amount of liquid fabric softener in 8 oz of warm water and pour over the hair. Towel dry or blow dry and you're good to go. It's not necessary to shampoo the hair first if it's been shampooed within 24 hours. When the hair dries it will be static-free.

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