How to Tame Flyaway Hair: Tips to Make Hair Smooth and Sleek

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

Real talk: There’s nothing more annoying than flyaway hair. It 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 flyaway hair, it often keeps 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. Use an anti-frizz shampoo-and-conditioner duo if you have flyaway hair.

Asian woman wearing a white robe pouring keratin shampoo on her hand to smooth flyaway hair
Wash your hair with keratin shampoo to help get rid of flyaway hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Getting smooth hair starts in the shower. If you’re always dealing with flyaway hair, switch to a shampoo and a conditioner that is designed to tame frizz and flyaways. Products that are formulated with keratin are great at this, as they help give you smoother hair.

Editor’s tip: Keep frizz under control with the help of Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. It has the newest triple action formula that combines the power of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients to instantly repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. This shampoo also has Amino Essence that boosts hair health and leaves your tresses extra straight, smooth, and shiny. 

2. Get a trim.

Asian woman getting a haircut at a salon
A trim can help get rid of flyaway hair. 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 strands from sticking out all over the place.

3. Repair the damage first before treating flyaway hair.

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

For some, a trim doesn’t always help. This might be caused by a deeper damage problem. Why don’t you give your hair strands a thorough hair mask treatment? You can also use damage-repairing shampoos and conditioners to help solve this hair problem.

Editor’s tip: Use Dove Intense Repair Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo to nurse your hair back to its healthy-looking state. Aside from Keratin Tri-Silk Serum, this shampoo also has Keratin Repair Actives that repair and nourish damaged hair from the core of your hair fibers to the surface. 

4. Use smoothing hair masks.

Asian woman applying hair mask to her hair
Pamper your hair by giving it a weekly hair mask treatment. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Make sure your hair is always nourished and moisturized, so you can say goodbye to flyaways and frizz. Use a smoothing hair mask once a week, and your hair will thank you for it.

Editor’s tip: Keep your flyaway hair under control by pampering your hair with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème. It calms frizz and flyaways, restores shine to dry and dull hair, and repairs damage. 

5. Tame as you style.

Asian woman combing her brown hair
Use a fine-tooth comb to help you create sleek and smooth hairstyles. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Creating a sleek ponytail or a fierce slicked-back look? Detangle your first using a detangling brush, then use a fine-tooth comb to style your hair. A fine-tooth comb helps in smoothing out tiny strands that are poking out of your hairstyle, so use it when styling to get rid of flyaway hair. Then, seal your ‘do with a few spritzes of hairspray.

Editor’s tip: Nail smooth and sleek hairstyles with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Hairspray. Its light, invisible hold leaves your hair smooth and helps make your hairstyle last all day.

6. Use a toothbrush to smooth our flyaway hair.

Asian woman with a hair bun smoothing out her flyaway hair
Make your hairstyle neater with this hair hack. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This hair hack is useful when taming flyaways on hair that’s been styled already. To do this hair smoothing trick, spritz hairspray on a toothbrush, then gently glide the toothbrush on your flyaways and frizz to keep them from sticking out. Easy, right? And it doesn’t ruin your hairstyle.

7. 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

Ditch rough towels and go for a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt and patting your hair dry after washing it. 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.

8. Give your hair a good blow dry.

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 smoothen it.

9. To solve your flyaway hair dilemma, 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.

10. Smooth your flyaway hair with serum!

Applying serum to black hair
If you’re looking for a way to smooth out your hair, serum is the answer. Credit: Pro-stock Studio from Canva

Serum is a great way to add moisture and shine without weighing down your hair. It also helps smooth out any flyaway hair strands so that you can get on with your day.

Editor’s Tip: The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum is a lifesaver if you have flyaway hair! It takes care of your locks by infusing it with long-lasting softness and shine. To restore smoothness, apply it from the mid-length to the ends of damp hair. 

11. 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!

12. Avoid touching your flyaway hair

Asian woman with a sleek and straight bob smiling
Hands off your hair! Credit: Natasha Estelle

We hope you are not guilty of always touching your hair because it creates static which is one of the causes of flyaway hair. 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, refrain from your hair.

13. Use silk pillowcases when sleeping.

Asian woman sleeping on silk pillowcase to tame flyaway hair
Your hair deserves to be treated like the queen it is. Credit: RyanKing999 from Canva

To smoothen flyaway hair, use a silk pillowcase when sleeping. Silk is naturally static-free and will help keep your hair in place. This fabric is also naturally smooth and won’t snag or tangle up in the way that cotton does. You’ll wake up with sleek, tamed locks every time!

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 any hairstyle.

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