Raise your hand if you love spending a good hour on styling and blow-drying your hair only to step away and see your unruly baby hairs everywhere. We can’t see you, but we’re going to go ahead and guess you didn’t raise your hand. It’s okay—we didn’t either. Baby hairs: We can’t live with them, and we literally cannot live without them—no matter how hard we try. They’re stubborn, frail, fine, and downright infuriating at times, but with frustration comes innovation. If you’re struggling to deal with your baby hairs, we’ve put together some ways to make the journey easier. Here’s how to tame baby hair—plus how to work them if you choose to embrace them. Whichever strategy you choose, baby hairs never looked better.
How to Tame Baby Hairs
Step 1: Water them down. Baby hairs need to be completely wet in order to style them. This doesn’t mean you have to do a full shampoo every time you want to style your fine hairs, but instead just reach for a mist bottle and spritz along your hairline to dampen the strands (a good splash works too).
Step 2: Heat them up. Once your baby hairs are wet, secure a hold on them with your index and middle fingers and begin the blow-drying process. Begin to pull the fine hairs approximately one or two inches from the scalp and dry them with heat for three seconds. Then blast them with cool air for three seconds. Alternating between hot and cool will help protect frail hairs from burning. Remember that baby hairs at the front of your head dry quickly, so be careful not to over-dry them!
Step 3: Set the strands. Grab a toothbrush and mist the bristles with a medium- to firm-hold hair spray, like Sachajuan Strong & Flexible Hairspray ($35) that provides a secure hold without the feel or look of product buildup, then gently brush over the baby hairs along the hairline and into place. If you don’t want to buy another toothbrush, grab a tissue instead.
Spritz a folded tissue with a small amount of hair spray and slide it across your hairline, smoothing down any stubborn baby hairs along the way. And if you are not a fan of hair spray, you can opt out for a styling cream like Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($37) instead. You can apply the cream with your fingertips or put a dab of it onto a toothbrush to smooth over flyaways.
How to Embrace Baby Hairs
The other option? Embrace your baby hairs. The baby hair trend has been taking off even with celebs like Rihanna sporting the look. So what hairstyles can perfectly mask and incorporate your pesky wisps? Any messy hairstyle, really. You’ll look perfectly undone with messy locks that are loosely tied in a braid, bun, or ponytail. A messy braid will allow you to twist and hide stray baby hairs without having to use any products—the wispy hairs instead will just look like a part of the style. A half-up style is also another perfect way to make baby hairs part of your look. Tying up half of your hair by either clipping or pinning the top section will not only add to the body of the style, but it will also overshadow any lingering baby hairs. Scroll through to shop the best products for taming your baby hairs.
Styling products from the Sachajuan line are meant to delicately build so you won’t ever overdo it or weigh hair down—especially important when taming the fine strands around your face.
While hair is wet, applying just a touch of hair oil can help reduce frizz and flyaways while nourishing strands.
For a fix that’s a bit more potent, just a dab of styling paste can take care of those extra unruly hairs.
A frizz-reducing styling cream can be good to work through your entire mane, paying special attention to the finer baby hairs that frame your face.
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This story was originally published on August 12, 2015, and has since been updated.