Baby Hairs: Why You Get Them And How To Style Them

Written by Ramona Sinha

The wispy and thin baby hairs adorning the hairline are often tough to manage and style. They have a different texture than the rest of your hair. That is why baby hairs often refuse to lay flat, be unruly, and end up sticking straight.

While there is nothing wrong with these baby hairs, if you are clueless about dealing with them, scroll through this article to learn ways to manage, style, or remove baby hairs.

What Are Baby Hairs? Is It True That They Do Not Grow Much?

Baby hairs are short, wispy, and thin hairs that sit around the hairline. The baby hairs around the edges are known as vellus hair and are different from terminal hair that grows on the scalp.  Vellus or baby hairs have the same growth pattern as regular scalp hair, and they go through a normal hair cycle. However, the hair cycle phases of vellus hair is shorter than the phases of terminal hair.

Like terminal hair, vellus hair grows from the hair follicle that contains sebaceous glands. However, the glands of vellus hair are not as active as the glands in terminal hair follicles. Due to all these factors,  vellus hair does not grow beyond a certain length (2 mm).

Baby hairs are not likely to cause any trouble unless you try to fashion them to match your hairstyle.  Vellus or baby hairs form the hairline or the “edges” in adults. They are seen around the hairline, above the ears, and at the nape. If you wonder why adults get baby hairs, scroll through the next section.

The Causes Of Baby Hairs

Adults get baby hair due to a short anagen (hair growth) phase. During the anagen phase, the hair starts to grow. With a short anagen phase, the baby hair cannot grow as long as the terminal hair and cover the scalp. This can happen over several hair growth cycles.

However, sometimes, baby hairs are confused with short hair strands caused by breakage. There is a difference between the two. In the next section, find out how to identify breakage and regular baby hair.

How To Differentiate Between Baby Hairs And Hair Breakage

You may experience baby hair-like breakage close to the hairline. Continuous traction, tight hairstyles, excessive heat, and chemical damage causes hair breakage close to the hairline. The broken and damaged hair strands appear shorter than the rest of the terminal hair and may stick up.

Here are a few tips to differentiate between baby hair and breakage:

  • Damaged hair appears dry and may have split ends.
  • If you notice more than usual baby hairs on the hairline, this could be a case of hair breakage.
  • Pull up your hair in a tight ponytail. Lift all the short hair strands and observe them. If they are longer than the baby hair strands and sit close to the scalp than the hairline, they are the damaged strands.

You will need to bring your hairstyling techniques under control. Try a change in your usual hairstyle or look out for newer and friendlier hairstyles that do not pull down on your hair as much. This can help you avoid any hair breakage around the hairline.

If you have damaged strands, you need to check your hairstyling routine. Avoid using excessive heat and chemical hairstyling products to prevent hair damage. Managing and styling baby hair can be tough due to the texture difference. Follow these tips to make the baby hair a part of your hairstyling routine.

How To Style Baby Hairs

  1. If the baby hairs are sticking up, tie your hair in a loose bun or ponytail for a natural look, and to hide them.
  2. Spritz some hairspray on a toothbrush and spread it lightly over the baby hairs. Lay it in the direction of their growth.
  3. Use hair gel or hair wax and comb them down.
  4. Blow dry the baby hairs in a specific direction while drying your hair. This will make the baby strands appear less fuzzy.
  5. Part your front hair and pin it up in a way to cover the hairline and the baby hairs. Secure the section(s) with bobby pins.

Managing baby hairs can be tough but not impossible if you use the right tools and styling techniques. However, if you do not want baby hairs, you can remove them.

How To Get Rid Of Baby Hairs

You may consider options like:

  • Waxing the hairline and nape
  • Laser hair removal (you may need multiple sessions and make the strands fine and less noticeable)
  • Cut the edges

However, think twice before removing your baby hairs. Kim Kardashian lasered off her baby hairs and now considers it one of her biggest beauty regrets. Hence, talk to a trichologist before removal.

Summing It Up

Taming baby hairs can be a real drill. They are fragile compared to the terminal hair and require gentle care. Removing them may give you a neat forehead, but it may affect the hairline in the long run. It is always better to adapt your hairstyle to accommodate the baby hairs. The tips mentioned in the article will help you tame and style your baby hairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are baby hairs a sign of regrowth?

Yes, baby hairs could be a sign of new hair growth, especially if you have hair fall-related issues.

Does everyone have baby hair?

Yes, everyone gets baby hairs. However, they need gentle handling and proper maintenance as the strands are fragile than terminal hair.

Should I cut baby hairs?

You may if you cannot handle baby hairs. However, it is better to consult a professional hairstylist.

Can I use a hair removal cream to remove baby hairs from my forehead?

Yes, you can. However, it is not recommended as it may damage the terminal hair near the hairline.

Will using a sulfate shampoo affect baby hair?

Yes. Excessive use of sulfate shampoos may damage fragile baby hairs.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.