Flyaway Hair: How to Tame Pasaway Strands for Good

Fight flyaway hair with these easy tricks to tame your tikwas! 

Real talk: There’s nothing more annoying than flyaway hair. These pesky little hairs can ruin all of the hard work that you put into a given hairstyle and can feel endlessly irritating. As much as you try to get rid of them, they often keep coming back. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have smooth hair. You just need to try out a few tricks to counteract the messiness and keep your style smooth! Read on to learn more about how you can say goodbye to pesky flyaway hair for good.

1. Get a trim.

Rebonded short hair: Woman getting a haircut at the salon
Go for regular trims to get rid of split ends and dry tips. Credit: Shutterstock

Flyaway hair is usually caused by several different things: dryness, split ends, humidity, or even the result of your hair texture. Total bummer. Before you can really keep them in check, you’ll need to know the cause! If you have damaged hair, flyaway hairs can be due to breakage and split ends. In this case, your best bet is to get a regular trim. And we aren’t talking about anything crazy! Just get a regular trim (every six weeks is ideal) to maintain your style, which can also help prevent your hairs from sticking out all over the place.

Editor’s tip: Start the flyaway hair fix right at your shower. Include the TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Shampoo and TRESemmé Ultimate Straight & Shine Conditioner to your hair care routine. This duo will intensely moisturize your hair and frizz and flyaways without weighing it down.

2. Repair the damage.

Asian woman applying keratin conditioner to her long black hair
Bye, bye dull and damaged hair! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Okay, so we realize that for some, a trim doesn’t always happen. This might be caused by a deeper damage problem. The only way to mend this is to give your hair strands a thorough hair mask treatment. You can also use damage-repairing shampoos and conditioner to help solve this hair problem.

Editor’s tip: Use the DOVE Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner for a truly intense treatment. It has power serum capsules that go deep into the hair fiber to repair your hair from within and smoothen out signs of damage.

3. Smooth down the frizz.

Center part bob: Asian woman applying hair serum on her short hair
Apply hair serum to help get rid of frizz. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Humidity can get you down by causing little hairs to curl up and look like flyaway hair. And in a humid country like the Philippines, it may feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are hair serums to save the day. Serums coat your hair, sealing in the frizz.

Editor’s tip: Nail a frizz-free look with the TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops. This will prevent frizz and flyaways while giving your hair a silky feel and glossy finish.

4. Tame as you style.

Tucked in ponytail: Asian woman wearing white blouse and pink blazer and pants spritzing hairspray on her long black hair and standing against a blue background
Make your hairstyle smooth and frizz-free by spritzing hairspray.

A surefire way to tame flyaway hair is to lock them in with your trusty hairspray. But, you do need to be quick about it to use this trick. When you are totally done styling your hair, use hairspray to set your style and seal in those flyaways.

Editor’s tip: Choose a hairspray that isn’t just for long-lasting hold but also for extra flyaway control. We recommend TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray because it gives you a smooth hairstyle without the stiffness and stickiness.

5. Try a different type of towel.

How to get beautiful hair: Asian woman squeezing her long curly hair with a white shirt
An old t-shirt or any smooth fabric is preferable over a towel when squeezing excess water from your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Take your cues from the hair plopping technique beloved by curly-haired girls and use a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your strands when you first step out the shower.

As the fibers in both a cotton T-shirt and microfibre towel are woven tightly and aren’t rough, they won’t disturb the surface of your hair fiber, which can create texture. Texture = frizz and flyaways.

6. Make styling tools your BFF.

Asian woman blow drying her black hair
Do the “roll and pull” method when blow-drying your hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Using the ‘roll and pull’ method most hairstylists swear by, take a vented round brush and gently tug on your strands to keep them taut and straight as you dry.

Make sure the nozzle is attached to the end of your blowdryer to better direct the airflow, and keep it pointed downwards as you dry so all the hair lays flat. This will help leave you with a smooth, flyaway-free finish.

PS: If your tresses still need a little more convincing to lie flat, take a straightener and guide it through the hair section by section to leave you with the perfect polish.

7. Use the right hairbrush.

Asian woman brushing her long black hair wearing a yellow top
Your hairbush can make or break your look. Credit: Hariono Halim

The quickest way to undo all the hard work your wash and styling products have just done? Using the wrong hairbrush. Before you even think about running a comb through those tresses, check out our guide to choosing the right tool for your hair type.

Naturally knotty hair: Use a detangling comb.

Brittle or delicate strands: Use a boar bristle brush.

Long, thick tresses: Use a paddle brush.

Picking a bespoke hairbrush for your hair’s texture and styling needs will help make sure you’re not accidentally damaging your tresses (which can create broken hair and flyaways). Plus, it will make your styling routine much, much easier.

8. Use Bobby Pins

flyaway hair: Model is wearing a white denim jacket and one hand is touching her hair
Bobby pins are a good way to keep flyaway hair away. Credit: Natasha Estelle

So, you thought bobby pins are just used to help secure your hair into the hairstyle you like, right? Well, turns out this beauty tool has more use than you know. All you need to do is target the areas where you see most flyaway hair and put the bobby pins there. Make it stylish by putting them in a criss-cross style or in pairs, depending on what you want. You can go for either the simple black ones or the metallic with stone kind of pins. Make it your statement!

9. Avoid touching hair

flyaway hair: Asian girl wearing a black dress has long black hair that she is touching
Touching causes static. Credit: Shutterstock

We hope you are not guilty of always touching your hair because it creates static which is one of the causes of tikwas! This is the same thing that happens when you rub a comb against your hair several times and see your strands starting to get attracted to the comb! Well, if you want to get rid of your flyaway hair, don’t ever touch your hair unnecessarily.

10. Use Hair Serum or Leave-on Cream

Asian girl is spreading something on her long black hair
Hair serum products tame frizzy hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Very fortunately for our generation, we now have access to various beauty and hair products that help us style our hair. And when it comes to flyaways, hair serum and leave-on cream products can do the trick. After styling your hair, you can just add a little amount and you’re all set to go.

Editor’s tip: Keep your flyaway hair under control by putting a good amount of leave-on cream like Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream. It doesn’t feel greasy and it keeps your hair frizz-free all day. 

Bonus tip: When all else fails, embrace your tikwas! 

Loose tendrils give your hairstyle a messy-chic touch, so if you’re dealing with a head full of frizz and flyaways, try embracing it. Styles like a top knotmessy ponytail and undone waves all look better with a little loose hair around your face, so don’t be too stressed about a few flyaway hair strands affecting the look of your ‘do.

Flyaway hair can be irritating to deal with, but it can be solved. With these easy tips and a little bit of patience, you can say goodbye to tikwas and rock beautiful hair.

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