You just got a blowout and leave the salon in a hurry to make your dinner date. You quickly do a glam check and notice your hair has gone rogue! Sound familiar? Flyaway hair can be frustrating, especially during the winter months, when weather wreaks hair havoc, often due to static and dryness.
As a former magazine beauty editor with what I’ve dubbed “hybrid hair” (half Asian, frizz-prone waves from mom and half fine, breakage-prone strands from dad, combined with hair extensions), I’ve spent years experimenting with expert advice picked up from interviews and products while testing natural ways to get rid of frizz and to tame flyaways. Here are tips that can help to maintain an unruly mane.
Hydrated hair is healthy hair
First, consider the cause of flyaway hair. A likely culprit is dryness, which may be caused by weather, indoor heat, products stripping hair of its natural oils, or a combination of the three. Hair, like the rest of the body, needs proper hydration to be healthy. Switch to moisture-replenishing shampoo and conditioner and use a deep-conditioning mask at least once a week.
Prep steps for styling success
Stop using a regular bath towel on your hair. Wringing with a towel creates excess surface friction and potential breakage, both of which may lead to flyaways. Instead, opt for a microfiber towel or lightweight hair turban to gently dry your hair. Be mindful of brush bristles. Using a wet/dry brush with nylon bristles is less stressful and significantly minimizes flyaways, or use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair once it’s slightly dry to avoid excess breakage.
Best bets for a better blowout
Your styling technique might be hindering your hair from looking and feeling smooth and polished. It's preferable to let your hair air dry if possible, or try alternating days of blow drying and air drying. Heat-styling tools and overbrushing can exacerbate flyaway hair. If you must break out the blow dryer, prepare hair with a heat-protectant product to minimize dryness and damage. Set your blow dryer to a lower temperature and only use it until your hair is 90 percent dry. "This way when you walk outside your hair still has a bit of moisture in it and won’t react with static cling,” explained Ryan Nickulas, celebrity hair stylist, beauty expert, and entrepreneur, during a recent conversation.
Smooth away static cling from strands
Static electricity can do a number on hair, creating frizz, flyaways, and baby hairs that stick up everywhere. Use a fragrance-free, anti-static laundry sheet or mist a towel with hairspray. Gently smooth hair down with the sheet or towel, concentrating effort all around the crown where flyaways are especially noticeable. This will eliminate much of the surface friction that contributes to frizz.
Natural remedies to tame hair
Head into your kitchen to mix up natural remedies to prevent, tame, and control flyaway hair. For example, massaging the scalp and hair with almond or coconut oil reduces static, smoothing down stray strands. These natural moisturizers are also packed with healthy fats, which nourish and replenish from inside the hair shaft while creating high shine and a luminous look. Honey, aloe vera, and protein-rich egg whites are other good options for flyaway-free hair.
Vitamins and minerals are equally important when it comes to maintaining hair health and minimizing flyaways. Vitamin E is touted to restore unmanageable, flyaway hair to a smooth, lustrous finish. For a quick cure-all, stick a pin in a Vitamin E capsule and apply its liquid all over your hair. The antioxidant-rich vitamin supports the reduction of stress and is thought to promote hair and scalp health, prevent hair loss, increase circulation, and balance natural oil production.
Transform static strands to spotlight-worthy tresses by adding these ideas to your daily styling routine. We bet you'll never want to hide your hair under a hat again!