Ellie Electricity's Wild Hair


To observe how a charged balloon can make hair repel and show that an object with static electric charge acts like a magnet



• Balloon

• Tissue paper

• Hair (long, fine hair works best)


Inflate the balloon. Charge the balloon by rubbing it against the hair. See what happens.Then tear the tissue paper into small pieces. Lay them on the table. Hold the balloon over the paper. Observe what happens.


Electrons move from the hair to the charged balloon. Now, each of the hairs has the same positive charge. Items with the same charge try to move away from each other. In this case, the hairs all try to stand up and move as far apart as possible. After rubbing the hair, the tissue paper "jumps" onto the charged balloon.