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TikTok’s Tin-Foil Hair Hack Is a Game Changer for Flyaways

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Another day, another TikTok beauty hack showing the people how to make their lives easier and their hair and makeup look better. The latest is the tin-foil hair hack, which users have just discovered can smooth down flyaway hairs like an absolute treat.

One creator, @laurentpreble, brought the handy household trick to our attention. After complaining about the static in her hair, another user replied, “Use tinfoil sis! Trust me.”

Before following the advice, Lauren explained, “Normally when I run my fingers through my hair, it just flows better, but today it’s just staticky and annoying, so let’s see if it works.” And after sliding a sheet of foil across her hair, she confirms: “Are you absolutely kidding me? This looks phenomenal.”

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Since then we’ve seen others taking the hack for a spin. Creator @sidneyraz showed users how well it worked on his freshly washed hair, noting, “Whaaaaaat?! It totally works.”

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And @mariaaiellohair smoothed out her strands, explaining, “Foil discharges static.”

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We did a little bit of digging, and it turns out the theory is backed up by science. Static occurs in hair when it builds up an electrical charge (this is when it gains electrons due to friction or changes in its surroundings, like humidity). This causes the strands to repel each other, which is what makes them fly away. Aluminum foil helps to neutralise the static—since it’s metal and a conductor, it transfers those extra electrons away, helping to leave hair smoother. In fact, physicist Antonio Checco told the Department of Energy that he covered his desk in aluminum foil to counteract the static that built up around his microscope created by friction from walking on the plastic floor. Go figure.

But before you ditch your styling products completely, another user, @butwhy, revealed that the method is not entirely foolproof. She started by explaining that, living in Florida’s humid climate, she ends up with permanent flyaways in her hair. So she tested whether the tin-foil hair hack could nip static in the bud for her hair long-term. After 10 minutes, she told users, her flyaways had come back. 

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So, tin foil—handy for a quick fix, but not for the long game.

This story originally appeared on Glamour U.K.

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