With Instagram-worthy foliage everywhere and the return of PSLs, it’s hard to feel down about anything fall-related. But as sweater weather returns, so too does the ever-annoying problem of static hair. Depending on your hair type, static strands can be a minor inconvenience or a style-ruining situation. So we’re putting our foot—and our flyaways—down with these four hacks that will keep the stage-five clingers in their place all season long.
Skip the Plastic
Plastic combs are perhaps one of the worst contributors to static hair. For the same reason that rubbing a plastic balloon on your strands makes them stand on end (it has to do with negative and positive charges), running a plastic comb through dry hair will only make a static situation worse. Switch to a metal comb, which may actually help tame static (again, because of the charge in the metal), and never look back.
Swipe on a Dryer Sheet
With the addition of hats and scarves to our colder weather wardrobes, static tends to need stopping throughout the day. Pack your purse with a few dryer sheets and give your mane a root to tip rub down whenever hair begins moving up and away.
Add Some Water
Static strands are parched strands, and when you need an extremely quick fix, water is your best friend. Apply a few drops (little enough that hair will dry almost immediately after) to hair from mid-strands to tips to tame flyaways in a hurry before you can implement a more fool-proof solution.
Default to Static Guard
It might not be as pretty as some of the other brand-name frizz tamers you’ve tried, but Static Guard ($5 for a 5.5 oz. can, mybrands.com) is your secret (seriously, it’s in the laundry aisle) weapon in the flyaway battle. It’s a little known fact that the spray, which is safe on all fabrics, is also safe for your hair. A quick spray on your brush or hands before combing through hair keeps your static woes in check all day. Spray inside hats and on scarves for added cling protection.