How To Manage Those Pesky Flyaway Hairs

Flyaway hairs can be downright defiant. Sometimes mistaken for frizz, flyaways are small hairs that pop up (literally) from your hairstyle. These irritating strands refuse to lay flat with the rest of your carefully coiffed hair. They often can't be persuaded by hair gel or spray either. Why do flyaway hairs happen? There are various reasons. Occasionally, a flyaway may be new hair growth, commonly referred to as "baby hairs."

But more often than not, these unruly hairs are the result of dryness or underlying damage. Hair product buildup, split ends, chemical damage, breakage, static, and the weather can all produce flyaways. Hence why flyaways and frizzy hair during humid summer weather are pretty common. Thankfully, these nuisance hairs will eventually grow out. Still, we don't blame you for wanting to tame them in the meantime. 

Here's how to resist the urge to simply snip them off, possibly causing further damage in the process, and, instead, get them to obey once and for all.

Tricks for taming flyaway hairs in a pinch

If you've caught your reflection in the elevator mirror and noticed a halo of unsightly flyaways, a hair mask can be ideal for taming dry strands, but chances are you don't have time for that. Instead, there are a few effortless tricks that work to smooth down wayward hairs, even if you're on your way to work. A dryer sheet, or these classy smoothing hair wipes, can help remove static and keep your strands lying flat in a pinch. 

Just swipe them over your locks for instant smoothness. Another product you're likely to have on hand (pun intended) is hand lotion. Squeeze a small dollop into your hands and rub them together as normal before lightly running your hands through your hair. The moisture can help reduce dryness, but don't go overboard, as too much may cause your hair to look oily. Similarly, a lip balm can help combat flyaways due to dryness. 

Choose a multi-purpose balm instead of a tube of regular ol' Chapstick. With a tiny amount on your fingers, spot-treat any areas that need a bit of coercion. The unique, sticky texture can give you longer-lasting relief when wearing sleek styles such as a high pony. However, to tackle flyaways once and for all, you'll need to take preventative measures.

Put an end to flyaway hairs with prevention

Because flyaways can signal that your hair needs some extra TLC, improving its health is important. It starts with a nourishing and hydrating conditioner that adds moisture and combats dryness from the get-go. A weekly, intensive hair mask will also help to boost hydration and decrease breakage. After your shower, avoiding a bath towel will keep you on a flyaway-free path too. Heavy cotton towels can impact the cuticle of your hair, making it rougher. 

Choose a microfiber towel to lessen breakage and frizz while protecting strand integrity. If you do want to dry your hair with hot tools, you'll need to properly protect your hair from heat first. Apply a heat-protectant before drying, and don't be too aggressive with your brush. When you're finished, revitalize your hair with a lightweight oil to give it back some much-needed moisture. Finally, styling. This is the moment when flyaways can derail your best-laid plans. 

A brush will often bring flyaways to the surface and create static. A wide-tooth comb is gentler on your tresses and reduces the risk of breakage. Be wary of going overboard with the styling products too, as they may produce buildup that furthers flyaways. Match the product's weight to your hair texture to avoid stringiness while minimizing flyaway hairs. Armed with preventative tips and a few on-the-go tricks, we envision amazing hair days in your future!