Flyaways, the enemy of anyone looking for a sleek, frizz-free finish, are caused by excess static electricity in the hair. Find out how to tame those bad boys and girls all day.
Flyaways, the enemy of anyone looking for a sleek, frizz-free finish, are caused by excess static electricity in the hair. Rogue wisps often occur when you least expect them and are never welcome.
So how do you flatten flyways for good? There are numerous ways to do so, and we’ve got tips for every step of your haircare routine.
Taming Flyaway Hair While You Wash
Go for shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated to fight frizz. Products simply advertised as 'hydrating' or 'reparative' may actually contain ingredients that worsen flyaways!
A frizz-fighting shampoo and conditioner, such as the KEVIN.MURPHY Angel Range, is ideal. These products contain ingredients to help lock down the hair shaft, prevent the cuticle from splitting, and tame flyaways.
Instead of using a towel to wring the hair out, reach for a T-shirt or something of a similar material. Soft knits are less likely to cause breakage in the hair, and thus fewer flyaways.
How to Prevent Flyaways When Styling Hair
Rather than using a brush, use your fingers to detangle hair to prevent breakage. If you have a crazily tangled mane, you may need to change your conditioner or the way you wash your hair.
Use a heat protectant product, particularly a spray. Heat protectant sprays use various types of ingredients to help protect the hair from damage while styling. Damaged hair is much more likely to split.
Avoid excessive use of heat-styling tools. Try to limit your blow-drying, curling, and straightening to the absolute minimum time required for your style. Less heat equals less loss of moisture, which is a big contributor to flyaways.
Wait until your hair is mostly dry to brush it through, and do so with care. Raking a brush through your hair is bound to cause damage or rip out strands altogether.
Post-Styling Flyaway Control
Use a finishing spray, cream, or oil, depending on your hair's thickness and texture. If you have thin, fine hair, choose a lightweight product, such as Wella SP Luxe Oil Light Oil Keratin Protection Spray.
Thick, coarse hair can benefit from a light cream, such as Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique Creme. A nourishing oil, such as the amazing KEVIN.MURPHY Young.Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil, also works to seal the hair and prevent it from attracting static electricity.
Try to touch your hair as little as possible. Messing with your tresses will cause more flyways to pop up. Let hair be, and it should be fine.
Quick Tips in a Pinch
If you’re out and about and find yourself the victim of an errant flyaway, grab some hand lotion. Put a tiny amount between your hands, warm it between the palms, and apply it to stray hairs. This will smooth your style temporarily.
If there’s no hand lotion in sight, grab a dryer sheet. Just as they cut down on static electricity in your laundry, dryer sheets have the same effect on your hair. You can also use a product such as Static Guard on your hairbrush or fingers and comb it through.
From start to finish, follow these tips, and you should be free of flyaways for the foreseeable future. Go forth with your flawless hair and crush the day!