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There’s a notorious hair-styling nuisance that must be dealt with. Imagine this: You style your hair to perfection only to have a few flyaways make an appearance. That just won’t do. We feel your pain, and we’ve all been there. The worst part is, trying to tame flyaway hair sometimes leads to locks that are loaded with heavy hair gel, which can leave you with a crunchy mane that isn’t even perfectly tamed.
If you’ve dealt with hard hair like this a time or two, it’s surely resulted in questions about how to get rid of flyaways. The good news is, the answer is pretty simple. You can keep those pesky hairs at bay with a few tips and the best hair product for flyaways. Follow along as we share everything you need to know about flyaway hair, including hair-care tips for achieving a smooth hairstyle.
Before we dive into how to properly tame flyaway hair, it’s essential to know the cause of this bothersome concern. Like many hair-care issues, there are a plethora of reasons why flyaway hair can come about. One of the main culprits is none other than dealing with product buildup. Failing to properly clean and moisturize your hair can keep it from having a smooth appearance. Not to mention, it can give your locks a weighed down feel.
Other causes of flyaway hair include chemical damage, dry strands, split ends, hair breakage, static, and humidity. These can all lead to those shorter, broken hairs that won’t stay done. Baby hairs, which are short strands around your hairline, can also turn into flyaways if you don’t smooth and tame the frizzy hairs. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re giving your strands the TLC that they need to look and feel their best.
Now that you’re well-versed in some of the causes of these annoying stray hairs, you may be wondering if flyaways grow out. Short flyaways usually do grow out with time, but it all depends on what’s causing them. As we mentioned, chemical damage and dry hair can be culprits for flyaways. If you don’t take the appropriate steps to address the damage and boost your hair with moisture, the rogue hairs may not grow out. And if that happens, you run the risk of making damage worse.
Flyaway hair doesn’t have to become your new normal. Consider our 12 hair-care tips below to remedy your flyaway hair.
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. 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 concerns.
Towel-drying your hair may not be the best course of action. Cotton towels tend to be overly harsh. And when you rub the towel against your locks in an attempt to soak up excess water, you can create more flyaways and frizz. This is the last thing that you need. Switch things up and rely on a clean T-shirt, which has a smoother surface, to dry your hair without the adverse effects.
Using the best hair product for flyaways is a smart way to stay ahead of the game. And we consider a hair cream to be the top pick. This essential helps lock in moisture and keep your strands healthy long-term—especially at the lengths and ends. Rather than using strong-hold hair gel to tame flyaways, try a hair cream that’s rich and silky. 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.
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. 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 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. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy trick for this exact situation. Use a clean toothbrush and our best hair spray for flyaways. Simply spritz the toothbrush with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. Gently brush down your flyaways, 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 without the risk of product overload. Just be sure to keep that toothbrush totally separate from the one you actually brush your teeth with.
It’s an undeniable fact that heat-styled hair can look drop-dead gorgeous. However, 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. One of the best ways to keep your heat usage to a minimum is to use heat-free styling products. Not only will they help your flyaway problem, but they can also help cut down on styling time.
All you need to do is apply an egg-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to your locks. Scrunch, let your strands air dry, and your natural texture will be on full display.
News flash: When you brush your hair matters. It’s time to change the habit of reaching for a hairbrush whenever you see a tangle. Brushing through dry strands—especially on curly hair or thick, dry hair—can cause frizz and flyaways. Try using a comb, preferably when your hair is still wet or damp. This will help get rid of knots and tangles without bringing on a round of frizz. Remember to also be patient and work gently through your strands. Start detangling at the bottom, slowly working your way upward, section by section.
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.
Here’s an unexpected tip that involves a laundry staple. Yes, we said laundry—specifically, dryer sheets. If you have a surplus of dryer sheets, you’ll be able to put them to use. Just as dryer sheets help reduce static electricity in your laundry, they can do the same for your hair. As we noted above, flyaways can be caused by and made worse by static. Zap them down with a few swipes of a clean dryer sheet by gently rubbing the sheet along your hairline, where flyways tend to appear. That’s all there is to it.
You may be asking yourself, “Can you cut off flyaways?” The answer is yes: a haircut can absolutely help. Keep in mind, it’s best to snip them if they are caused by split ends, chemical damage, or hair breakage. After all, there is no use in keeping unhealthy strands intact within your mane. While you may be skilled in the art of cutting hair, this tip would be wise to leave to the hands of a stylist.
Sometimes, you have to work with what’s available to you when you’re on the go. Use a hand lotion or a lip balm to smooth stray hairs down in a pinch. A little bit should do the trick, so don’t pile on too much product.
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. Keep your routine simple and accessorize instead. Wear a headband that holds down or disguises your flyaways. It also works to spice up your hairstyle at the same time. You can opt to accessorize with a statement hair clip or barrette, too. It beats having to fight with unruly flyaways when you’re pressed for time.
Editor’s note: If a hair accessory isn’t enough to hide your flyaways, it could be a good day for a hat.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but having lots of flyaways usually means that your strands are parched and craving moisture. Add a deep conditioning treatment to your hair-care routine and get your strands back on track. Use one that works its magic quickly to help repair, nourish, and re-hydrate hair. Try 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, or the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner for color-treated hair.
Now that you’ve conquered flyaways, it’s time to face another common hair concern. If your tresses tend to look greasy, we can help with that, too. Just head over to our article on How to Make Your Hair Look Less Greasy.
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