There’s a chill in the air, and that usually means static cling in the clothes and hair. Spending your days looking like a science experiment gone wrong can easily be avoided by taking advantage of these tips and tricks to tame the cling-on.
What causes static cling? According to fabricology.com: “If your socks cling to each other and snap when you try to pull them apart, you know what static cling looks like. This is static electricity and is caused by electrons transferring from one garment to another. These charges build when different fabrics, especially synthetics, rub together and exchange electrons.”
[tip] If you’re already at the office and discover you’ve got major electricity happening on your head, grab a dab of hand lotion, smooth it into your hands and rub them over your too-charged locks. Bonus: it soothes your dry hands, too.
[tip] Hats are a great way to hide your flyaway’s, but they can leave you with a much-dreaded case of hat-hair. Try spritzing a paddle brush with hairspray and running it through your hair before putting on your hat. Once your hair is completely dry, don your chapeau. If a quick glance in the mirror upon arrival shows telltale signs, keep your hat on.
[tip] Try using a wide-tooth plastic comb. Nylon bristle hairbrushes can be major sources of static electricity. If you’re using a brush with other types of bristles (plastic or boar hair), try spraying the brush with hairspray before it even gets close to your head.
[tip] Skipping daily shampooing will help with flyaway hair. If you like to get your hair wet everyday, just rinse and gently massage your scalp. Try a leave-in conditioner or deep treatment once a week if you’re experiencing severely dry hair.
[tip] If your house is dry you may find yourself getting a shock every time you touch something. A humidifier can help reduce dryness (and static) as well as aiding any family members with dry sinuses or allergies.
[tip] Static doesn’t like a damp environment. Take your clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry, and hang or lay flat to finish drying. Steam or iron out any big wrinkles.
[tip] Look for and buy garments made from natural fibers, as they are less likely to generate static electricity. Plus they breathe better, so layering cotton, silk or wool will keep you warmer or cooler in changing weather.
[tip] Skirt sticking to your tights as you walk down the hall? First off, put on a slip so your skirt can move more easily against a slick fabric. Second, rub yourself down with a dryer sheet like those by Bounce. They have a pleasant scent and can easily be kept in your desk drawer for static emergencies.
[tip] Treat clothes with products like Static Guard. Test the spray on an inconspicuous spot to ensure the fabric is compatible. You may have to repeat after wearing, so keep a can handy!