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If your hair is staticy or flyaway you are probably seeking a remedy to get it back under control and smooth again. This is a guide about remedies for static hair.
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May 2, 2012

When your hair is full of static and you can't do anything with it, just rub a dryer sheet on it. My 5 year old is always full of static and her hair is always looking unkempt. The dryer sheet works well. It will also stop static on clothes if you rub it over problem areas.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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May 6, 20120 found this helpful

This is not a great idea if your child is one who occasionally puts her hair in her mouth and chews on it. It's probably not a great idea for adults either. You also should never use dryer sheets on your pets for any purpose. Following is a reprise of a warning I posted over a year ago about dryer sheets and the toxic chemicals they contain:

Dryer sheets contain loads of toxic chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, and chloroform, among others, some of which the manufacturers don't have to reveal to the public. Some of these chemicals cause the softening and others are used to perfume the sheets to give them their "lovely" aromas.

Many of these chemicals are in other consumer products like dish and laundry detergents, soaps, air fresheners (especially deadly), shampoos, deodorants, creams, etc. There is a false assumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies that these chemicals are safe and are not absorbed through the skin. However, this is wrong, as these chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every citizen.

This is how nicotine patches work - by absorption through the skin. If nicotine is absorbed through the skin, you can bet these other chemicals are too. You are exposed to them because your clothes are covered with these chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners (liquid or sheets), and you are absorbing them all through your skin. Add to this the chemicals from all the other products mentioned above. We have been exposing ourselves to a lot of dangerous stuff over the years, folks.

These chemicals cause liver damage, hormone disruption, nervous system problems, cancer and other serious or chronic health problems. Humans should not expose themselves to these toxins, let alone their pets or children, who are prone to licking everything or putting things in their mouths, an even more direct and more toxic method of exposure than through the skin.

There are safer, more natural alternatives to these products. Please, please do not wipe your pets, their bedding, or anything else, with dryer sheets. Don't let your children suck on their chemically fabric softened "blankies".

Here is a link to just one article about dryer sheet chemicals; there are many more - just Google the words "dryer sheet toxic" in any order. Also check out articles on the chemicals in air fresheners - they're pretty scary.

http://www.natu  .com/002693.html

Source: Natural News, and many other sites.

By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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January 22, 2013

When your hair is all staticky and you're in a hurry, grab a dryer sheet and rub it on your hair. It will cure the flyaways and your hair will smell good too.

By Debbie N

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January 24, 20130 found this helpful

I'm sorry, but thumbs down on this one.

I just submitted the following as a tip, which I was told was being used, although I have not seen it in any of the recent newsletters - but here we go again:

Dryer Sheets Contain Toxic Chemicals!

While it is great to be thrifty, there are certain things that should never be re-used. It amazes me how many tips are submitted for using or re-using dryer sheets (fabric softener sheets)! Unfortunately, dryer sheets are highly toxic, and trying to wring more uses out of them is dangerous, as well as going too far to be thrifty.

Please just throw the dryer sheets away! Dryer sheets contain loads of toxic, even carcinogenic, chemicals, such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, and chloroform, among others, some of which the manufacturers don't even have to reveal to the public! Some of these chemicals cause the softening, and others are used to perfume the sheets to give them their "lovely" aromas.

These chemicals cause liver damage, hormone disruption, nervous system problems, cancer and other serious or chronic health problems. Adults should not expose themselves to these toxins, let alone their children or pets, who are prone to licking everything or putting things in their mouths - an even more direct and more toxic method of exposure than through the skin.

Any time you handle these sheets, whether doing laundry, putting them in lingerie drawers, using them for crafts, hanging them from a ceiling fan, or using them to wipe TVs, etc., you have these chemicals on your hands. You should never touch your face - mouth, nose or eyes - after touching dryer sheets, and should wash your hands thoroughly after touching these things. Please do not use fabric softener sheets in A/C systems, behind fans, or in any similar way. The chemicals in those things are no joke - they're POISONS - You do NOT want to breathe them. Better not to use them at all.

Many of these chemicals are also present in other consumer products like dish and laundry detergents, soaps, air fresheners (especially deadly), shampoos, deodorants, creams, etc. There is a false assumption by the FDA and other regulatory agencies that these chemicals are safe and are not absorbed through the skin. However, this is wrong, as these chemicals can be found in the blood of nearly every citizen. This is how nicotine patches work - by absorption through the skin. If nicotine is absorbed through the skin, you can bet these other chemicals are too.

You are exposed to them because your clothes are covered with these chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners (liquid or sheets), and you are absorbing them all through your skin. Add to this the chemicals from all the other products mentioned above. We have been exposing ourselves to a lot of dangerous stuff over the years, folks.

There are safer, more natural alternatives to these products. Many TF members have contributed tips for alternatives to dryer sheets or fabric softeners, such as white vinegar or epsom salts in the rinse water, or dryer balls in the dryer. Please, please do not wipe your pets, their bedding, or anything else, with dryer sheets. Don't let your children suck on their chemically fabric softened "blankies".

Here are links to just two articles about dryer sheet chemicals; there are many more - just Google the words "dryer sheet toxic" in any order. Also check out articles on the chemicals in air fresheners - they're pretty scary.

http://www.natu  .com/002693.html

http://www.care  ic-softener.html

Source: Natural News, Care2, and many other sites.

By Pixiedust7 from Wantagh, Long Island, NY

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February 12, 2009

My daughter has thin hair that is always full of static. I have found the best way to keep it under control when we are away from home. I keep a small tube of hand lotion in my purse.

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January 12, 2009

I need advice. My hair has lots of static electricity. I always use a conditioner rinse. What can I do to get rid of the fly away hair in my face?

Donna from Millbury, Oh

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful

I might be repeating myself, not sure because i wasn't logged in, sorry.

I wash, condition, rinse, then add about a nickel sized amount of conditioner back into my hair. I put it mostly on the ends and avoid the roots, combing it through really well. It works like a styling product but never gets stiff, sticky or dull and keeps my hair in great shape. Also, if you spritz your hair with water, you can add a bit of conditioner to that.

Another thing to think about is that you might need a milder shampoo in the winter than when it's hot out. Hair shouldn't be "squeaky" clean, that means it's stripping off too much of the "good" oil too.

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful

I had the same problem. I would watch the girls on the commercials flip their hair and every hair falls back in place, made me jealous.

I found that using gel works. I don't use conditioner. After I wash my hair I put about a quarter size ball of gel on my palms and rub them together and then run my fingers through my hair. Use less if you have short hair. You can then either let your hair dry naturally or blow dry. I found the fly away problem has disappeared.

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful

A quick spray of static guard on your brush will help!

When I'm somewhere where I can't have my static guard handy, I put a small amount of hand cream on my hands, rub together til most of it is absorbed then I run my hands through my hair. Works well.

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January 20, 20090 found this helpful

Using static guard or bounce sheets could be toxic since it has chemicals. Maybe that route is not wise.

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

When you go to style your hair after drying, why not try a spritz or two of hairspray on your brush before running it through your hair? I usually do this and pony tail my hair and spray around the bangs lightly to keep the flyaways at bay.

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January 31, 20090 found this helpful

Try using olive oil, or a weekly conditioning mask. Mashed avocados work well as a hair mask if you are concerned about chemicals.

I would strongly advise not to use laundry products in your hair. The chemicals in them are graded for laundry, not for hair which is damaged easily. Plus, the health risks of that are too much of a gamble.

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August 9, 2010

I have little flyaways poking up in the middle of my scalp. How do I get rid of them without using hair gels?

By Amy from Kansas City, MO

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

If your hair is on the dry side, try lotioning your hands, rubbing it in fairly well, then using them to smooth down the hair. That should leave just enough lotion on your hair to tame the flyaways a bit.

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

Try using a dryer sheet. You can use it over and over again. I keep one in a drawer with my hair brush. You can also just rub it through the brush if you don't want to apply it directly to your hair.

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

I use wash out conditioner after I towel dry my hair. I use a pea sized amount and rub it on the ends, this keeps the frizzies from coming after it dries.

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January 3, 20130 found this helpful

How do I use mayonnaise to get rid of static in my hair? And what other remedies do you have for very, very staticy hair?

By nag

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January 7, 20130 found this helpful

I would use a good cream rinse. It does not have to be expensive. I am not a believer in putting food products in my hair.

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January 12, 20090 found this helpful

I need advice. My hair has lots of static electricity. I always use a conditioner rinse. What can I do to get rid of the fly away hair in my face?

Donna from Millbury, Oh

Answers:

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Try using a pomade as your final styling step. I've had good results from Pantene's. You might also consider applying a moisture serum before blow-drying. And if you like straight hair, a high-quality flatiron will probably do the trick. (12/05/2007)

By Chretienne

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Spray Static Guard on your hair brush before you use it, never directly on your hair and beware getting it in your eyes. I have thin, sparse, dry hair in winter and this trick has never failed me. (12/05/2007)

By Jodi

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Try getting a bottle of "Leave-In Conditioner" and using that a few times a day. (12/07/2007)

By Thrifty ME

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

I have the same problem. If you're in a pinch rub some lotion into your hands then run through your hair. It won't last all day but will do for a while.
Also, try using spray on conditioner. You can spray it on your hair without getting a buildup. Make your own conditioner to save money. (12/07/2007)

By Melissa

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Try a different brand of conditioner. (12/07/2007)

By louel53

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

I use Jonathan's "Dirt". It is a little expensive but a little goes a long way so a jar lasts a long time.

AW (12/08/2007)

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Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Hello,
My Mama has the same problem. She's been using drying sheets. She says, it's works for her. Have a good one and good luck. mvb (12/08/2007)

By mvb

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

Paul Mitchell's "Skinny Serum" works great! (12/09/2007)

By Heather

Getting Rid of Static in Hair

I have the static problem, too! Also, don't wear leather. The static in the material could also help pick up static! (01/01/2008)

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Getting Rid of Static in Hair

I poured a small amount of Downy on a paper towel and slid it lightly down my hair. It really worked!! I have always had a problem with static electricity in my hair, but not today. (12/16/2008)

By M & M's

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