Buh-bye frizz! This is your essential beginners guide to taming flyaway hair for good

Samantha | 18 April 2018

Messy locks, be gone. We’ve got the lowdown on how to tackle flyaway hair.

Dealing with frizz? Not anymore. We’ve compiled a roundup of the best tips, tricks and secret hair hacks to help you combat less-than-polished locks.

From strand-smoothing formulas to give you a seamless finish, to our roundup of genius products that will help keep baby hairs at bay, this is everything you need to know about dealing with flyaway hair.

Hello, sleek hair days…

7 tricks to help you tame flyaway hair


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How to tame flyaway hair 101. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Use a smoothing shampoo and conditioner

Flyaways are much more likely to cooperate if you’re washing your hair with formulas that promote sleek, smooth strands. To give your tresses a solid headstart, look for a shampoo and conditioner combo that boasts frizz-fighting properties.

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo

Editor’s tip: We heart the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which help soften hair, untangle unwanted knots and tame even the most stubborn flyaways.

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Combat flyaway hair with a microfibre towel. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Try a different type of towel

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

As the fibres 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 fibre, which can create texture. Texture = frizz and flyaways.

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Make sure you prevent damage that can lead to flyaway hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Add a heat protectant before styling

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.

TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

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 finish to combat any lasting flyaways. It’s basically your go-to tool for runway-worthy hair IRL.

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It’s all in your drying method. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Make styling tools your BFF

Using the ‘roll and pull‘ method most hair stylists 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 over the hair section by section to leave you with an uber-perfect polish.

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Slick down any stray flyaway hairs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. 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 unwanted surface texture.

The result? Fewer flyaways, and more fabulously silky strands.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerate Nourishment Serum-In-Oil

Editor’s tip: The Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerate Nourishment Serum-In-Oil restores the appearance of dry strands and will help give your locks a lasting sheen.

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Brush it out. Credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Make sure you’re using 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 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.

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The enemy of flyaway hair? Hairspray. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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 flat iron, 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 swiping movement coupled with the staying power of your spray will help press any flyaways or frizz firmly against the top of your head.

VO5 Shine and Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Worried about getting that dreaded ‘crispy’ finish? Use a high-hold, flexible formula like the VO5 Shine and Hold Hairspray which doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It also helps with frizz control thanks to its 24-hour humidity protection. So, come rain or shine, your look will be 100% frizz-free.

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Embrace those wispy flyaway hairs! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Loose tendrils can give hair a certain je ne sais quoi so, if you’re dealing with a head full of frizz, try embracing it!

Styles like a top knot, messy ponytail and undone waves all look better with a little loose hair around your face, so don’t be too stressed about a few flyaways affecting the look of your ‘do.