How To Tame Flyaways In 7 Simple Ways

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Picture this. You carefully washed and blow-dried your hair, hoping it to stay put for that sleek and polished Kim K-inspired updo. And then they show up from nowhere – fine, wisp-like broken and baby strands, like that mischievous kid on the block! Flyaways are notoriously annoying, especially when you observe them after styling your hair.

These strands are shorter, thinner, and hard to control and style.  Hair breakage, damage, new hair growth, humidity and static – anything can result in stray hair strands. Though they are tricky to handle, it’s not an impossible task to tame them. In this article, we have discussed 7 easy ways to tame flyaways. Scroll down to learn more.

What Causes Flyaways?

Heat damage, new baby hair strands around your hairline, and static electricity are the three main culprits causing flyaways.

A lot of heat styling and chemical processing makes the hair brittle and causes hair breakage. These broken strands often pop up with the wind or due to static electricity, causing flyaways. Even the tiny baby hair growth with thinner and shorter strands can give you a frizzy look.

Product buildup on the scalp and improper washing can aggravate flyaways. They become more noticeable in the winter as static electricity is higher due to low or no air humidity. Scroll down to find out the ways to smooth your flyaways.

How To Get Rid Of Flyaways

1. Get The Right Hair Care Products

It starts in the shower! Choosing the right hair care products suitable for your hair type is crucial. Get a silicone-based and hydrating leave-in conditioner to deal with frizz. It coats the hair fiber, making it less prone to static. If you have split ends and brittle hair, use a nourishing hair mask or leave-in treatment to prevent breakage. Hair serums also help minimize frizz and static hair, while a good hairspray prevents short hair strands from going astray.

A hot oil massage with coconut oil can work wonders. Coconut oil reduces protein loss, penetrates the hair shaft, nourishes it, and keeps it healthy (1).

2. Avoid Combing With Plastic Hair Brush

Plastic hair brushes are harsh on the strands and may cause breakage.  They also encourage static. Hence, start using metal or natural bristle brushes and combs to prevent hair breakage and flyaways.

Tip: Always use a serum when combing. It reduces tangles, softens the hair, and keeps it smooth, glossy, and manageable.

3. Use A Microfiber Towel To Dry Your Hair

Avoid using cotton bath towels on your hair. They may feel soft and fluffy on your skin but may tangle your hair, causing frizz, breakage, and flyaways. Microfiber towels are thin, gentle on the hair, and have excellent water-absorbing power. These towels also reduce the drying time, in turn, minimizing the blow-dry time and heat damage.

4. Avoid Using Heat-Styling Tools

Heat-styled hair looks gorgeous, but using heat-styling tools excessively may cause hair damage and flyaways. Avoid using heat-styling tools at high temperatures. When blow drying, use the cool-shot setting.

The best way is to go heat-free. Try using anti-static brushes, heat protectants, and frizz-fighting products to prep your hair and maintain the style minus flyaways.

Keep In Mind: Never blow dry your hair unless it is an emergency. Blow drying can cause dryness, loss of hair color, and make the hair rough (2). Always use heat protectants. They create a barrier between the heat-styling tools and the hair to protect the cuticles.

5. Reduce Static With Dryer Sheets

Hair can pick up static when it rubs against other materials. You can use dryer sheets to neutralize static and smooth flyaways. Swipe a dryer sheet along your hair to minimize flyaways. You will also get anti-frizz sheets on the market to control flyaways and add shine to the hair.

6. Go For A Haircut

Split ends and damaged hair may cause flyaways. Trimming your hair is the best way to deal with them. It helps prevent hair breakage and encourages healthy hair growth. Trim your hair half an inch off the bottom every four to eight weeks.

7. Braid Your Hair

If you cannot tame the flyaways, hide them with braided hairstyles. The flyaways against the weaved pattern provide a beautiful contrast. You can go for fishtail braids or crown braids. Braiding also helps manage your long tresses and goes well with any outfit and occasion.

If your hair is growing, we are sure some sections can be very annoying. You will have frizzy new hair growth on all sides and do not want to cut it off because you love your hair. So what do you do? Simple! Just braid it up! You may also try these hacks.

On-The-Go Hacks To Manage Flyaways

  • Use Water (Weird, But It Works!)

Misting the hair with water or wiping your tresses with wet hands can flatten the flyaways. So, the next time before that big meeting, if your head looks like you just got electrocuted, try this hack!  However, make sure you are not overdoing it.

  • Clear Mascara To The Rescue

This is simple yet effective. Brush the flyaways with a clear mascara and spoolie brush to make them disappear.

  • Keep The Hairspray Handy

After styling your hair, use a hairspray to set it and seal the flyaways. Hairsprays provide medium to strong hold to keep the hair in place.

  • Use Lip Balms Or Lotions

Cannot find your pomade, and it’s an emergency? Fix the flyaways with lip balms and lotions. Don’t go overboard, or you may end up with greasy hair.

Wrapping Up

While these tips and hacks will help you control flyaways, it is also crucial that you know what caused them. If you have been going overboard with heat styling tools and not caring for your hair, it is time to stop. Follow a good hair care routine to ensure your hair stays smooth, shiny, and healthy in the long run. Take care of your hair and try these hacks to say goodbye to flyaways.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).