How to get rid of static hair

Static cling is a huge problem at our house.

2 of my girls wear fleece sleepers/pajamas to bed and they create quite a bit of static.  Work-out wear, socks, and polyester are all big static producers at the Hill House also.

How to Remove Static Cling From Clothes

Recently when I folded clothes, the static seemed to get worse!  Which got me thinking: I’m not totally sure I understand what static cling is or where it comes from.  So I can’t eliminate it until I understand it.  And of course, the internet came through for me.

There’s even a whole website dedicated to static cling. What Is Static Cling reports:

From the above, it can be summarized that static cling occurs if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • When there is friction between two materials
  • The two materials are not the same but are electrically insulating
  • Dry conditions exist with humidity at very low levels (this is conducive to the transferring of electrons)

So according to their explanation, the dryer is the perfect place for the creation of static cling.  The materials are not the same and there is an enormous amount of friction.

So how do you get rid of Static Cling?

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There are a few methods to rid your clothes of static, some green and some more traditional. Regardless of your preference, here are some ways to reduce the annoying static in your laundry.

Traditional Fabric SoftenersYou know the ones: Downy, Bounce, Snuggle and others.   Fabric softeners come in the liquid form you pour into the final rinse of the washing cycle or they come as a sheet you put in the dryer.  They leave your clothes smelling nice and dreamy and are excellent at keeping static at bay.  The problem?  They get a bad rap for being potentially toxic.

Any type of Dryer BallsDryer Balls come in the form of wool or plastic.  I understand that people rave about the wool ones…but not so much about the plastic ones.  After reading many reviews online, it seems that their best claim to fame is that they keep the clothes separated in the dryer.  This one characteristic goes a long way in reducing static (re-read the ‘how static forms’ at top of post).  Whether they interfere with the actual electrical charge is not well-proven.

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Aluminum Foil and Tennis BallsAgain, these items separate the clothes in the dryer, thus helping to prevent static cling.  I’ve tried them both and I would say that there is a significant reduction in static cling, but definitely not an elimination of The Cling.  But both items are relatively cheap, so they might be worth a try for you!

Static GuardIf you’d prefer to deal with static cling after the laundry is dried, you can try this spray-on product.  It claims to “instantly eliminate and prevent static cling.”  It works remarkably well in my limited experience with the product.  The only problem is that you must use it to address each article of clothing, rather than dealing with the entire load of clingy clothes at once.

Line-dryingDrying your clothes on the clothes line (or inside drying rack) practically eliminates the problem altogether.  It is rare that any item I line dry has the static cling.  Just another reason to line dry your clothing items instead of tumbling them in the dryer!

Hang laundry on a clothesline to decrease static cling

White VinegarLots of Mama’s Laundry Talk readers swear by white vinegar as a fabric softener.  For loads of laundry that are mostly cottons (bed sheets, towels, jeans) I use vinegar faithfully.  But for those loads where fleece or polyester is involved, I need something with a little more punch.  I do love that it is inexpensive and chemical-free.

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HairsprayI know it seems like a weird choice, but cheap hairspray lightly sprayed on hair and clothes can be a quick fix.  Barely spray on your clothes and let it dry.

Rub a Dryer Sheet on your hair and clothesWhen you’re fully dressed, take a dryer sheet (Bounce, Cling-Free, Snuggle, any will do) and lightly rub it on your clothes and hair.  This treatment yields the best results for us here at the Hill House.

So how do you get rid of static cling?  Any of the above recommendations?  Or do you have your own secret weapon against static cling? Do tell.

Start a hair care regime

argan-oil-hair-massageFirst, you should embrace the right hair care routine. This means using hair products which are just right for your hair type. Dry hair may be more prone to static, so those with drier hair should definitely choose moisturising shampoos and conditioners, as well as styling products, such as serums and pomades, which fight dry hair and frizz. Some hair care lines offer “frizz-fighting” collections and anyone who deals with frizz will benefit from using these products. The stronger and more moisturised dry hair is, the more it will resist the frizz!

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A lot of hair care products are made especially for specific hair types, from oily to dry to thinning and beyond. By sticking to highly-rated hair products from respected manufacturers, which are made for your exact hair type, you’ll prime your hair to be its healthiest. Some people with dry hair also use weekly hair masques or treatments in order to keep their hair static-resistant. One option is a homemade olive oil hair mask. This type of mask is so easy to use and it’s loaded with natural emollients, including vitamin E.

Avoid over-processing your hair

air-drying-your-hair-on-humid-daysIn addition to using the right hair products, you should try to avoid over-processing your hair. This means that avoiding heat styling as much as possible in order to prevent damage will be smart. If you do heat-style, consider buying a thermal spray which coats your hair to protect it from damage. Using a lot of hair colour, flat irons and curling irons is also not recommended. If you do colour, find specialised hair products which will keep your colour intact, while also dealing with the damage that most hair colour causes.

Consider using a detangling comb or brush

mason-pearson-hair-brushes-full-reviewAs well, find the right combs and hair brushes. Consider a detangling comb or brush which may be used on wet or dry hair. Also, think about choosing hair dryers and flat irons (and/or curling irons) which feature ionic technology. This form of technology is very effective in terms of keeping hair in good condition. Ionic styling appliances promote greater smoothness and reduce the risk of hair damage.

Any hair accessories should be non-tangle styles. There are hair accessories from Goody and other brands which are specifically designed in order to prevent tangling.

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Were these tips helpful?

is-argan-oil-good-for-hair-with-dandruffAvoiding static is mostly about finding the right hair care routine and being consistent with hair care. You’ll need the right products and you’ll need to use them regularly. When you do so, you should boost overall hair quality, so that your hair is smoother and softer. When hair is healthier, it’s more likely to lie flat.

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Now that you know the secret of how to get rid of static hair, you’ll be ready to put together a new hair care routine which is designed to make your hair look great. You’ll avoid annoying fly-aways and feel more self-confident!

Tips to Prevent Static Cling in Hair

  • Oiling your hair is perhaps the best way to prevent static.
  • Use an ionic ceramic hair dryer. This can neutralize the electrical charge that causes static electricity. Unlike regular hair dryers that diffuse positive ions, ionic hair dryers diffuse negatively charged ions and prevent frizz.
  • Use styling products that are water-based and avoid those that contain alcohol.
  • Avoid wearing rubber-soled shoes as they accumulate electrical charge that can contribute to hair static.

Dos and Don’ts

Dos Don’ts
tickDo use a hydrating shampoo. crossDo not over dry your hair with a blow dryer.
tickDo use a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment at least one a week. crossDo not use plastic combs. Instead, opt for metal or hard rubber combs that are static resistant. You can also look for brushes made with natural fibers.
tickDo humidify the air indoors either by using a humidifier or placing a bowl of water on top of a radiator. You can also boil water on the stove for a while to add moisture to the air.
tickDo use a good-quality conditioner to moisturize your hair after shampooing.

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