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Anyone who’s experienced flyaways and rogue hairs knows just how frustrating they can be.
Whether you’re looking for a long-term solution or a hack for smoothing unruly hair down in a pinch, we’ve got all the tricks for you.
Because flyaways are often a result of dry hair, a great hydrating conditioner encourages style cooperation. Try limiting the number of times you shampoo (which can strip the hair of moisture) and bump up the hydration instead. Incorporate a conditioning mask into your shower routine at least once a week to nourish and strengthen your hair. Even those with super-fine hair can benefit from a hair mask as long as the product is thoroughly rinsed out following the treatment.
First things first: skip the brush. While you should never use a normal brush on hair when it’s soaking wet, those prone to flyways should pay special care to this tip. If you brush your hair when it’s starting to dry, almost dry, or all the way dry, you’ll experience unwanted frizz.
By waiting until hair is slightly dry to brush—or using a wide-tooth comb to detangle—you can prevent hair breakage and, therefore, future flyaways. Wet or dry brushes can work well too, but if your hair is especially fragile and prone to snapping, a wide-tooth comb is one of the best (and most affordable) products for flyaway hairs.
A fluffy cotton bath towel, while perfectly fine to use on your body, is too thick and textured to use on your hair post-shower. Though a body towel like the one mentioned might work to squeeze out the excess water, it’ll rough up the cuticle of your hair strands and create tangles, breakage, and frizz in the process. No fun. Instead, make the switch to a thin, microfiber towel, and you’ll instantly notice a difference in the number of stray, short, and annoyingly upright hairs along your hairline and part.
When it comes to hair products geared to minimize flyways and cater to your hair texture, finding the perfect arsenal of styling products is key. After all, the last things we want are stringy strands or weighed-down texture and grease. Someone with thin hair would likely not need a styling product as rich and heavy as someone with thick or coarse hair, so try matching the weight of the product to the texture of your hair for optimum results. Also look for a formula that multitasks to address a number of hair matters, like heat protection and shine in addition to flyaways to keep your products to a minimum.
Heat-styling can be useful for sealing the cuticle and preventing frizz, but the overuse of hot tools and too much brushing will bring hidden flyaways out of the woodworks. If you simply have to break out the blow-dryer or curling iron, use a heat-protectant spray before styling to block the hot air from inflicting further damage to your fragile strands.
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