The key to pulling off a polished look is simple: manage your flyaways. Unwanted frizz and stray hairs just look unkempt, even if you’re otherwise totally put together. Flyaways are unquestionably annoying—and we all get them—so we’re excited to share some solutions that will help combat those little buggers when they arise.
So why is this so important? In the words of one of the best TV characters of all time, 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy: “Your hair is your head-suit.” And just as you would never leave the house with lint and loose threads hanging off your suit-suit, so too should you mind the flyaway hairs that sully your otherwise groomed head-suit.
Click through the above slideshow for 8 tips to keep your hair looking polished and flyaway-free…
First things first: put down the brush! While you should never use a brush on soaking wet hair, those prone to flyways should pay special care to this tip. 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.
Skip wringing or drying your hair with a towel, as they can cause breakage and, you guessed it, more flyaways. Try drying your hair with a soft t-shirt or paper towels instead.
Styling products can be real lifesavers when combatting frizz and flyaways, but you don’t want to go overboard and wind up with greasy-looking locks. Try matching the weight of the product to the texture of your hair for optimum results. If you have finer hair, go for an anti-frizz crème or prep lotion, while those with coarser hair may need a hydrating oil. We love Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($15), which provides just the right amount of frizz and flyaway protection without weighing hair down.
Heat styling tools and over-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—we like TRESemmé's Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($5)—and finish with a lightweight dry oil—dpHUE’s Oil Therapy ($34) is celebrity colorist Justin Anderson’s favorite—to bring any runaway hairs back to the mothership that is your head.
Continue clicking through for a few of our favorite tricks for taming flyaways when you’re in a pinch…
Gently rub a dryer sheet on hair to eliminate any flyaways caused by static. (Good old dryer sheets, am I right?)
Apply hand lotion to your hands as you would normally. Once applied, gently and lightly run palms over your hair to give it some moisture and on-the-go hold.
Lip balm functions similarly to lotion when it comes to taming stray hairs, but its pomade-like texture gives it a little bit more oomph. Use your fingers to apply a small amount, as this will ensure you avoid a greasy effect. (We love this little hack, since a lip balm is never really far away.)