How to Tame Flyaways and Unruly Hair

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Updated: 10/18/2020 | How to Tame Flyaways

Flyways can make your hair look like a hot mess. It’s best to learn how to deal with it so that you look your best throughout the day.

I have gray frizzy hair that is prone to breakage. Breakage can cause a lot of your flyaways problems. If you’re on the same boat as me, here are some tips you can use to help keep your flyaways tamed and at bay.

How to Tame Flyaways and Unruly Hair

#1 Cut Them Off!

If you’re into extreme solutions, this may be a good option for you.

You can use tweezers to pluck your flyaways.

You can also shave the areas where your flyaways exist. They will grow back, but at least you can get them temporarily out of the way.

For everyone else who is not up for solution #1, read on.

#2 Use a Good Conditioner

One of the biggest causes of flyaways is breakage from dry or damaged hair. This causes your hair to look shorter and is often easier to prevent than treat.

Conditioner softens and strengthens hair, which in turn can prevent breakage.

Here are some conditioner brands that soften and smooth out hair effortlessly:

#3 Avoid Drying With a Towel

Pink Hair Turban by AQUIS

Towel drying can damage and break hair. We recommend using hair turbans which are typically softer than cotton towels and won’t tug on your hair while drying it.

We recommend the Turbie Twist or hair turbans by AQUIS.

Use this link to save $10 off your first order at AQUIS.

#4 User a Hair Smoothing Serum or Oils

john freida frizz ease serum and touch up creme

A hair smoothing serum can make all the difference in taming and styling hair. We recommend using John Freida’s Frizz Ease products. While your hair is damp, use the Extra Strength Serum to seal in moisture and smoothen hair.

Look for products that have the words “quat” or “amine” in them. These do a better job of conducting electricity than silicone or alcohol-based hair products. Products that conduct electricity better mean you’ll experience fewer flyaways.

Other products we highly recommend are CHI Enviro Pearl and Silk Complex. After styling your hair, spray the complex on and use your fingers to smoothen out any frizz and flyaways.

If your do just needs a touch-up, use their Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme to style and calm frizzy hair.

#5 Use Pomade to Keep It In Place

Redken Water Wax 03 Pomade

Pomade is magic for flyaways!

After styling your hair with a curler or straightener, use a bit of pomade on the tips of your fingers to tuck away loose hairs.

You may need to reapply it several times throughout the day, so keep it in your bag or purse for easy access.

Pomade brands we recommend are:

#6 Strengthen Your Hair

Elina Organics Hair Restoring Treatment

Since breakage is a huge reason for flyaways, we recommend using a hair strengthener.

Brands we recommend are Elina Organics Hair Restoring Treatment and BioSilk Silk Therapy to strengthen your hair and prevent breakage. These products can be used on both damp or dry hair.

Add some products to your fingertips and work at the roots to ends to smoothen hair and prevent split ends.

Use this link to save $5 off your first order at Elina Organics.

#7 Comb or Toothbrush + Hairspray

Big Sexy Hair Spray

You can use a comb or toothbrush with hairspray to tuck your flyaways from sight.

We recommend Big Sexy Hairspray’s Spray and Play Harder to tame your flyaways.

#8 Wear a Headband or Pin It Down

The HAIR edit Geometric Hair Clips

Headbands and hairpins are a great way to tuck your flyaways away. Use a bit of pomade or hairspray to smoothen your flyaways, then pin them down with a few hairpins.

The HAIR edit makes stylish hair pins and headbands. You can also buy The HAIR edit at Walgreens.

#9 Use Lotion or Lip Balm

You can use lotion or lip balm to smoothen hair. Any lotion, even hotel lotion, can help smoothen your hair in a pinch.

Lotion or lip balm acts as an emergency leave-in conditioner if you’ve forgotten your supplies at home.

#10 Avoid Heat Styling

Heat can damage hair and cause breakage. Flyaways are often a result of breakage.

If you need to use a heat tool, make sure it’s set to the lowest setting.

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