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Flyaways got you down—because they just won’t go down? We feel your pain. Attempts to smooth down stubborn flyaways 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. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. With a few hair care products and hair styling products—and even one laundry room essential—taming flyways is entirely possible. So, get your hair cream ready and read on, because we’re sharing 10 flyaway taming tips for your smoothest, flyaway-free style yet.
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 flyaways 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.
Everyone dries their hair with a towel, don’t they? Well, as it turns out, towel-drying isn’t the only option—or even the best option. The fibers on many 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. The soft fabric will be perfect for drying your hair.
When your hair is till damp post-shower, it’s time to work a little product through your mane. Rather than using 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 cuticle, for sleek, polished hair. To use, rub a dollop of the hair cream between the palms of your hands, then apply through the length of your hair. 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.
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. So, why not take a little break from heat tools? Not only will it help your flyaway problem but it can also help cut down on styling time. And don’t worry, you can 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.
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.
When you’ve pulled your hair into a flawless ponytail or completely bump-less bun, it can be nearly devastating to spot flyaways. You don’t want to leave your look as is but you also don’t want to have to start from scratch. Well, with a (clean) toothbrush and hair spray, you don’t have to go either route. Spritz the toothbrush with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray, then all you have to do is brush down your flyaways, and the hair spray can help lock them in place. Just be sure to keep that toothbrush totally separate from the one you actually brush your teeth with!
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.
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 be used to do the same for your hair. And in case you didn’t know, flyaways can be caused by static! Gently rub a dryer sheet along your hairline, where flyways tend to appear, and ta-da.
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.
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. In those cases, when your flyaways seem unbeatable—or you don’t have time to fight with them—take it as a sign that you should accessorize. Wear a headband that holds down or disguises your flyaways and spices up your hairstyle at the same time—it’s the best of both worlds.
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 Help Make Your Hair Look Less Greasy.