yarn hairiness


Yarn hairiness is a complex concept, which generally cannot be completely defined by a single figure.

The effect of yarn hairiness on the textile operations following spinning, especially weaving and
knitting, and its influence on the characteristics of the product obtained and on some fabric faults
has led to the introduction of measurement of hairiness.

Hairiness occurs because some fibre ends protrude from the yarn body, some looped fibres arch
out from the yarn core and some wild fibres in the yarn.


  • Pillay proved that there is a high correlation between the number of protruding ends and the
    number of fibres in the yarn cross-section.


  • Torsion rigidity of the fibres is the most important single property affecting yarn hairiness. Other factors are flexural rigidity, fibre length and fibre fineness.


  • Mixing different length cottons-No substantial gain in hairiness. Although the hairiness of a yarn could be reduced to some extent by the addition of a longer and finer cotton to the blend. The extent of reduction is not proportional to the percentage of the longer and finer component. This is probably due to the preferential migration of the coarser and shorter component, which has longer protruding ends, from the yarn body. The addition of wastes to the mixing increases the yarn hairiness; the effect of adding comber waste is greater than that of adding soft waste.


  • Blending-not a solution to hairiness. The blended yarns are rather more hairy than expected from the hairiness of the components; a result similar to that found in cotton blends. This may be due to the preferential migration of the shorter cotton fibers; a count of the number of protruding ends of both types of fiber shows that there is more cotton fiber ends than expected, although the difference is not very great.
  • The number of protruding ends is independent of twist, whereas the number of loops decreases when
    the yarn twist increases because of a greater degreee of binding between hte fibres owing to twist.
    The number of wild fibres decreases only very slightly with twist because of their position on the
    yarn periphery.


  • The proportion of fiber ends that protrude from the yarn surface, counted microscopically
  • has been found to be about 31% of the actual number of ends present in the yarn.

  • If the length of the protruding fibre ends as well as that of the loops is considered, the mean
    value of the hairiness increases as the cross-sectional area increases and decreases with the length
    of the loops. The hairiness is affected by the yarn twist, since an increase in twist tends to shorten
    the fibre ends.


  • Wild fibres are those for which hte head alone is taken by the twist while the tail is still gripped
    by the front drafting rollers.


  • Fibre length influences hairiness in the sense that a greater length corresponds to less hairiness.


  • Cotton yarns are known to be less hairy than yarns spun from man-made fibres. The possible reason
    for this is the prifile of the two fibres.Because of taper, only one end, the heavier root part of the
    cotton fibre, tends to come out as a protruding end in a cotton yarn. With man-made fibres, both ends
    have an equal probability of showing up as protruding ends.


  • If the width of the fibre web in the drafting field is large, the contact and friction with the
    bottom roller reduce the ability of the fibres to concentrate themselves and hairiness occurs. This
    effect is found more in coarse counts with low TPI. This suggests that the collectors in the
    drafting field will reduce yarn hairiness.-



  • The yarn hairiness definitely depends on the fibres on the outer layer of the yarn that do not
    directly adhere to the core. Some of them have an end in the core of the yarn gripped by other fibres,
    whereas others, because of the mechanical properties of the fibre(rigidity, shape, etc.) emerge to
    the surface. During the twisting of the yarn, other fibres are further displaced from their central
    position to the yarn surface.


  • Greater the fibre parallelization by the drawframe, lower the yarn hairiness.


  • An increase in roving twist results in lower yarn hairiness, because of smaller width of fibre
    web in the drafting field.


  • The number of fiber ends on the yarn surface remains fairly constant; the number of looped fibers reduces in number and length on increasing twist.

  • Combed yarn will have low yarn hairiness, because of the extraction of shorter fibres by the comber.


  • Yarn hairiness increases when the roving linear density increases . Yarn spun from double roving
    will have more hairiness than the yarn spun from single roving. This is due to the increased number of
    fibres in the web and due to higher draft required to spin the same count.

    Drafting waves increase hairiness. Irregularity arising from drafting waves increases with increasing draft. Yarn hairiness also may be accepted to increase with yarn irregularity, because fibers protruding from the yarn surface are more numerous at the thickest and least twisted parts of the yarn.

  • The yarns produced with condernsers in the drafting field, particularsly if these are situated
    in the principal drafting zone, are less hairy than those spun without the use of condensers.


  • Higher spindle speed – high hairiness. When yarns are spun at different spindle speed, the centrifugal force acting on fibers in the spinning zone will increase in proportion to the square of the spindle speed, causing the fibers ends as they are emerging from the front rollers to be deflected from the yarn surface to a greater extent. Further, at high spindle speed, the shearing action of the traveller on the yarn is likely to become great enough to partially detach or raise the fibers from the body of the yarn. As against the above factors, at higher spindle speeds the tension in the yarn will increase in proportion to the square of the spindle speed, and consequently more twist will run back to the roller nip, so that it is natural to expect that better binding of the fibers will be achieved. The increase in hairiness noticed in the results suggests that the forces involved in raising fibers from the yarn surface are greater than those tending to incorporate them within the body of the yarn at higher spindle speeds.


  • Higher draft before ring frame-less hairiness. There is a gradual reduction of hairiness with increase in draft. In other word, as the fiber parallelization increases hairiness decreases. Reversing the card sliver before the first drawing head causes a reduction in hairiness, the effect being similar to that resulting from the inclusion of an extra passage of drawing.


  • Smaller roving package-less hairiness. Yarn hairiness decreases with decrease in roving (doff) size, and yarn spun from front row of roving bobbins is more hairy and variable as compare to that spun from back row of rowing bobbins. It may be noted that though the trends are consistent yet the differences are non-significant:
  • The spinning tension has a considerable influence on the yarn hairiness. The smaller the tension,
    the greater the hairiness. This is the reason why heavier travellers result in low yarn hairiness.
    If the traveller is too heavy also , yarn hairiness will increase.


  • Spindle eccentricity leads to an increase in hairiness. Small eccentricities influence hairiness
    relatively little, but, from 0.5 mm onwards, the hairiness increases almost exponentially with eccentricity.
  • The increase in hairiness due to spindle eccentricity, will be influenced by the diameter of ring,
    dia of bobbin, the shape of the traveller,the yarn tension, etc.


  • Yarn hairiness will increase if the thread guide or lappet hook is not centred properly.

    Heavier traveler- less hairiness. The reduced hairiness of yarns at higher traveller weights can be explained by the combined effect of tension and twist distribution in the yarn at the time of spinning. The spindle speed remains constant, but the tension in the yarn will increase with increasing traveller weight, and better binding of the fibers would be expected.

    Parallel fibers-less hairiness. The improvement of yarn quality on combing is mainly ascribed to the reduction in the number of short fiber improvement in length characteristics, and fiber parallelization. There is a marked difference in hairiness of the carded yarn and the combed yarns, even with a comber loss of only 5%, but the effect on hairiness of increasing the percentage of comber waste is less marked. Combing even at low percentage waste causes a marked drop in hairiness relative to that of the carded yarn.  In the case of combed cotton yarns the average value of hairiness decreases with increase in count, whereas in the case of polyester/ viscose blend yarns the hairiness increases with increase in count. In the case of polyester/ cotton blend yarns trend is not clear.


  • Flat and round travellers do not influence yarn hairiness, but a greater degree of hairiness was
    observed with elliptical travellers and anti-wedge rings.


  • Traveller wear obviously influences hairiness because of the greater abrasion on the yarn.
    Yarn hairiness increases with the life of the traveller.


  • Bigger the ring diameter, lower the yarn hairiness.


  • Yarn spun in a dry atmosphere is more hairy.


  • Hairiness variation between spindles is very detrimental. Because these variation can lead to
    shade or appearance variaion in the cloth.


  • The variation in hairiness within bobbin can be reduced considerably by the use of heavy travellers
    alone or by balloon-control rings with travellers of normal weight. In both the cases yarn is prevented
    from rubbing against the separators.


  • Yarn hairiness is caused by protruding ends, by the presence of a majority of fibre tails.
    This suggests that these tails will become heads on unwinding and that friction to which the
    yarn is subjected will tend to increase their length. It is therefore logical that a yarn should be more
    hairy after winding.


  • Repeated windings in the cone widning machine will increase the yarn hairiness and after three
    or four rewindings, the yarn hairiness remain same for cotton yarns.


  • Winding speed influences yarn hairiness, but the most important increase in hairiness is produced
    by the act of winding itself.


  • Because of winding, the number of short hairs increases more rapidly thatn the number of long hairs.


  • In two-for-one twisters (TFO), more hairiness is produced because, twist is imparted in two steps.
    Yarn hairiness also depends upon the TFO speed, because it principally affects the shortest fibre ends.


  • Hairiness varitions in the weft yarn will result in weft bars.

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