Can jumble understand dryer sheets sort your hair out?The science suggests that dryer sheets can smooth your trifle by removing the static – shame you’ll end up smelling like a launderette Illustration: Edith Pritchett/The Guardian Illustration: Edith Pritchett/The GuardianThe hackFlyaway plaits, parched locks and static strands? A retro revival courtesy of TikTok suggests tumble dryer (yes, really) could be the answer.The promiseThis cheap, at-home hack could turn a sad hair day into a joyful one. But is smelling like laundry value it?Should I make a home-made bath bomb?Read moreThe test There’s nothing like a trend from your teens being called as a “new” hair miracle to make you feel ancient. Unbelievably, the science behind this hack makes sense. Wise up dried sheets are positively charged, and our hair negatively charged, so the sheets help eliminate static hair – and the conditioner in the rags smooths it down. The method is delightfully simple. Before heading on a night out, I took a dryer sheet and glided it down my hairs breadth for instant smoothing. I even stowed one in my bag, and three margaritas later was rubbing it on anyone in my path. But as a friend noted, they do demonstrate you smell like fabric softener. When I tried it again, hungover the next day, I felt the conditioner from the leaf rubbing off on my hands like a slightly greasy, “meadow fresh” film.[embedded content]Sign up to our Inside Saturday newsletter for an eliminating behind the scenes look at the making of the magazine’s biggest features, as well as a curated list of our weekly highlights.The verdictI can’t do a moonlight flit this works. But sadly, the sheets are mostly non-biodegradable. Try a tiny bit of hair moisturiser instead, like Aveda Nutriplenish Everyday Moisturizing Treatment (£29.50), which smoothes and defeats static – without making you smell like a laundry basket.TopicsWomen’s hairBeauty hacksBeautyMen’s hairfeaturesReuse this significance