Frizzy Hair

How to Tame Flyaways

Flyaways got you down because they just won’t go down? We feel your pain, and we’ve all been there before. Right when you get your hairstyle just perfect, you step outside the door and flyaways pop up out of nowhere. Even worse, attempts to tame flyaway hair seem to often end with locks that are loaded up with heavy hair gel and flyaways that are still standing on end. Basically, you end up with crunchy hair that isn’t even perfectly tamed. So, how can you get rid of flyaways? With a few tips, hair products for flyaways—including our best hairspray for flyaways—and even one laundry room essential, taming flyway hair is entirely possible. So, get your hair cream ready and read on, because we’re sharing 11 hair care tips for your smoothest, flyaway-free style yet.

TIP #1: USE FRIZZ-FIGHTING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Normally, you’ll notice flyaways after you finish styling your ‘do and attempt to deal with them then. But there’s no reason you have to wait. Instead, taming flyaway hair should start at the very beginning of your hair care routine—with your shampoo and conditioner. Since flyaways and frizz are closely related, use a hair care system meant for frizzy hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; A proper hair care routine should include a shampoo and conditioner system that’s formulated for your specific hair type and hair concerns. It just makes sense!

TIP #2: DON’T DRY WITH A TOWEL

Everyone dries their hair with a towel, don’t they? Well, as it turns out, towel-drying isn’t the only option—nor is it necessarily the best option. The fibers on many cotton towels are overly harsh, which means when you rub the towel against your hair in an attempt to soak up excess water, you create more flyaways and frizz. Of course, you don’t have to drip dry to avoid using a towel. Instead, grab a clean cotton T-shirt. We all have them laying around and the soft fabric will be perfect for drying your hair.

TIP #3: KEEP HAIR CREAM ON HAND

When your hair is still damp post-shower, it’s time to work a hair product for flyaways through your mane. Doing so can help lock in the moisture and keep your strands healthy in the long-term—especially the lengths and ends. Rather than using strong hold hair gel to tame, try a hair cream that’s silky to the touch. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream is a high-performance leave-in hair cream that tames flyaways by smoothing the hair’s cuticle for sleek, polished strands. To use, rub a dollop of the hair cream between the palms of your hands, then apply through the lengths and ends of your hair while it’s still damp. And when you finish, don’t stray too far from your hair cream. If any flyaways pop up throughout the day, you can use just a touch more to smooth them down.

TIP #4: SPRITZ A TOOTHBRUSH WITH HAIR SPRAY

When you’ve pulled your hair into a flawless ponytail or completely bump-less bun, it can be quite a predicament if you spot flyaways after styling. You don’t want to leave your look as is but you also don’t want to have to start from scratch. We get it—and fortunately, there’s a quick and easy trick for this exact situation. With a (clean) toothbrush and our best hair spray for flyaways, you don’t have to go either route. Simply spritz the toothbrush with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray, then all you have to do is gently brush down your flyaways and the hair spray will help lock them in place, effectively saving your hairstyle from a sad fate. A toothbrush is the perfect size for touch-ups, and also the perfect method for applying just the right amount of hair spray (rather than trying to spray it onto small areas, which can result in too much product and stiff strands). Just be sure to keep that toothbrush totally separate from the one you actually brush your teeth with!

TIP #5: TAKE A BREAK FROM HEAT STYLING

It’s undeniable, heat styled hair can look drop dead gorgeous. From perfectly coiffed curls to pin-straight strands, we love it all. The only problem is, blasting your hair with a blow-dryer or overdoing it with your flat iron could be multiplying the number of flyaways you have to handle. It’s just an unfortunate fact of life: Limiting how much you heat style your hair will help keep it healthier. So, why not vow to take a little break from heat tools? Not only will it help with your flyaway problem but it can also help cut down on styling time. And don’t worry, you can still achieve an impeccable hairstyle without any heat. All you need to do is spritz your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, then scrunch to give your hair shape. After scrunching, let it air-dry on its own for a gorgeous, carefree look that accentuates your natural hair texture.

TIP #6: Don’t brush DRY HAIR

News flash: When you brush your hair matters! If you reach for a hair brush whenever you see a tangle, it’s time to change that habit. The truth is, brushing through dry hair—especially curly hair or thick, dry hair—can cause frizz and flyaways. To get rid of knots without frizz-ifying your hair, try using a comb, preferably when your hair is still wet or damp. Remember to also be patient and work gently through your strands, starting at the bottom and slowly working your way upward, section by section.

TIP #7: PIN DOWN STRAYS

Particularly troublesome flyaways may require a solution other than a smoothing or taming hair product. In those cases, all you need is a bobby pin or two. Simply pin the flyaways down and you won’t have to worry about them again—at least not until you remove the pins before bed. In fact, we’d argue that it’s always good to have a few extra bobby pins on hand for whatever pops up throughout the day—store a few in your purse, desk, and vanity.

TIP #8: SMOOTH WITH DRYER SHEETS

Here’s an unexpected tip that involves a laundry staple. Yes, we said laundry—specifically, dryer sheets. Doesn’t everyone have a surplus of dryer sheets? If that holds true for you, here’s your chance to put them to use. Since dryer sheets help reduce static electricity in your laundry, they can also be used to do the same for your hair. And in case you didn’t know, flyaways can be caused by and made worse by static! Zap them down with a few swipes of a clean dryer sheet. To do so, gently rub a dryer sheet along your hairline, where flyways tend to appear, and ta-da!

TIP #9: GET CREATIVE WITH WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG

Sometimes, when you’re on the go, you have to work with what’s available to you. While you may not possess a purse stocked with hair cream and hair spray—or dryer sheets, for that matter—chances are there’s something in your bag that can help tame your flyaways. In a pinch, use hand lotion or lip balm to smooth stray hairs down. Just don’t pile on too much product, a little bit should do the trick.

TIP #10: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, WEAR A HEADBAND

No matter how many tips and hair hacks you have at your disposal, plain old bad hair days are bound to happen from time to time. They happen to the best of us! In those cases, when your flyaways seem unbeatable—or you just don’t have the time or patience to fight with them—take it as a sign that you should accessorize instead. Wear a headband that holds down or disguises your flyaways and spices up your hairstyle at the same time. Or, accessorize with a statement hair clip or barrette. It’s the best of both worlds!

Editor’s note: If not even a hair accessory is enough to hide your flyaways, it could be a good day for a hat!

TIP #11: use a deep conditioning treatment

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but having lots of flyaways usually means that your strands are parched and craving some moisture. But don’t fret! Instead, add a deep conditioning treatment to your hair care routine and show your strands the TLC they deserve. Use a deep conditioning treatment that works its magic quickly to help repair, nourish, and re-hydrate hair. Use the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner for damaged hair, the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner for extra dry hair, and the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner for color-treated hair.

Next, how about solving another hair problem? If your tresses tend to look greasy, we can help! Just head over to our article on How to Manage Greasy Hair.