Flyaway Hair: How to Get Rid of Those Little Hairs for Good

All Things Hair | 21 August 2018
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Tame those flyaways for good.

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:

Surefire Tricks to Get Rid of Flyaway Hair

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1. Get a trim.

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 to prevent your hairs from sticking out all over the place.

2. Soothe your split ends.

Okay, so we realize that for some, a trim doesn’t always happen. If you don’t have an issue with breakage, you can eek by a bit longer with a split end binder. These creams work to seal around your split ends, creating a sleek look. Use a good dab of Bed Head by TIGI Ego Boost Split End Mender to help mend and protect your dry and damaged hair.


3. Smooth down the frizz.

Humidity can get you down by causing little hairs to curl up and look like flyaway hair. If you live in a humid environment, it may feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are serums to save the day. Serums, like the split end menders, coat your hair, sealing in the frizz. Try out Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum to tame frizz and flyaways as it leaves your hair smooth.


4. Tame flyaways when you style.

A surefire way to tame flyaways is to lock in your still 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. We like to use a smoothing hairspray for this. Mist your hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Hairspray, and before the spray dries, smooth over your hair with your hands. This will hold any little hairs into place.


This also works for little baby hairs or broken hairs near your part, even if you’re just wearing your hair down. Just spritz with the hairspray where the hairs stick out and smooth down with your fingers. It’s pretty much magic.

5. 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 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.

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 through the hair section by section to leave you with the perfect polish.

7. 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.

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 flyaway hair strands affecting the look of your ‘do.

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