8 expert tips that’ll help you tame flyaway hair

Flyaway hair woes? These expert tips will change everything.

Have you ever been personally victimised by flyaways? We’ve been there, done that, and have found you a solution! Flyaway hair is usually the result of unpredictable weather (either static in the winter or humidity during the summer) or frizz. And, your best bet to tackle it is by following our expert tips.

From rethinking your wash and care routine to making sure you’ve always got a flyaway wand at hand, read on to see the easy tips we’re swearing by.

1. Rethink your shampoo and conditioner

Flyaways are more likely to cooperate if you’re washing your hair with products that promote sleek, smooth strands. To give your tresses the right start, consider investing in a shampoo and conditioner duo with frizz-fighting properties.

We love the cult TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, as it works to soften hair, untangle unwanted knots and tame the most stubborn flyaways.

Psst… After you’ve washed your hair, use a cotton T-shirt or micro-fibre towel to dry your strands when you step out the shower.

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

2. Mask weekly

Is your hair in need of some serious TLC? You can get your mane back in shape and control flyaway hair by using hair masks regularly. Not only do these miracle products work to nourish strands, but they are also great for their smoothing properties — meaning less flyaways, and more better hair days.

Up next: 5 of the best hydrating hair mask products around.

3. Always use a heat protectant

Like the age-old saying goes “prevention is better than cure,” so stop visible heat damage in its tracks by using a protective spray or cream.

The TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist will help shield your strands from the effects of heated styling tools, while also leaving it with a visibly smooth, flyaway-free finish.

4. Use a serum

Adding a serum to your hair routine is the best way to make your hair look smoother and shiner. Not only do serums help to reduce the appearance of visible damage (especially when applied to split ends!), they will also help smooth down any unruly wisps.

5. Try a flyaway wand

Want to tame flyaway hair on-the-go? Then you’ll love this handbag essential: the VO5 Flyaway Touch-Up Wand. Think of it as your favourite mascara, but for your hair instead! This hair serum will tame frizz, static, and reduce the appearance of split ends, leaving your locks looking glossy and flawless.

Wondering how you should use it? Just brush it over baby hairs or loose strands to smooth flyaway hair, as demonstrated in the video, to touch-up all your favourite hairstyles.

6. Use the right hairbrush

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.

For naturally knotty hair: Use a detangling comb 

For brittle or delicate strands: Use a boar bristle brush

For long, thick tresses: Use a paddle brush

Picking a bespoke hairbrush for your hair’s 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 a breeze.

7. Use hairspray (the right way)

When you’re fighting stubborn flyaway hairs, don’t just use hairspray to hold your final look in place, incorporate it into as many steps as possible into your styling routine for maximum staying power.

If you’re using a curling wand or a straightener, spray each strand with hairspray before using the tool. This will help smooth down the hair’s surface and lock in the style.

For an updo or braid, mist a little hairspray into the palm of your hand or onto a brush and run it gently over the surface of the hair. The will help press any flyaways or frizz firmly against the top of your head.

Editor’s tip: Worried about getting that dreaded ‘crispy’ finish? Use an ultra-light, non-sticky formula like the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray which doesn’t leave a sticky residue.

It tames flyaway hair while also boosting shine, making it perfect to rely on when you want to recreate any sleek celebrity looks. Did we forget to say it comes with heat defence?

7. Wrap your hair at night

You don’t have to wake up to flyaway hair, that is if you do decide to wrap it in a headscarf before you climb into bed!

Wrapping your hair with a satin or silk headscarf reduces the friction between your strands and your pillow cases. This stops your strands from becoming frizzy and unruly while you sleep, meaning you’ll wake up with smoother and more manageable locks.

Two models backstage at Fendi with wispy, flyaway hair styled into a topknot, wearing Fendi clothing and posing for picture
Make flyaway hair work for you by styling it like this. Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Style it out

Textured wisps can give hair a certain je ne sais quoi so, if you’re dealing with frizz, try embracing it!

Styles like a top knot, messy ponytail and undone waves look a lot better with wisps, so don’t be too stressed about a few flyaways making an appearance.