As already mentioned atmospheric humidity can kill experiments on electrostatics. Plus this "defective" hair means, I guess, if the hair isn't clean, ie a bit greasy. In particular long, fine, dry and clean hair will respond electrostatically wonderfully under (almost) any lab conditions. Short, thick, curly hair may respond when clean but not nearly so spectacularly. What's happening is that the comb charges up the hair as it is pulled through the hair. Then, because the individual hairs are now all charged with same sign of charge, they repel each other and create the well-known and sometimes spectacular sun-burst effect. The effect is negated if the hair is greasy since the individual strands will then repel less readily as they adhere to each other.