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What causes flyaways in your hair and how can you tame them?

/ 08.25.2015
Flyaways CAN be tamed!
Flyaways CAN be tamed!

Flyaways can take a perfectly polished hairstyle and turn it into an unkempt mess in mere minutes, however much time and effort you put into the styling process! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep stray strands under control, but first you need to understand what's causing them to take flight in the first place.

What causes flyaways?

1/ Damage

Stressed out, damaged hair is one of the biggest flyaway-causing culprits. After a lot of heat styling and general wear and tear, the hair shaft becomes brittle and the cuticle can start to peel away, leaving the inner fiber more exposed. When this happens, the strands in question become more prone to falling any which way the wind - or a random static charge - blows them. Split and broken ends, too, are more susceptible to becoming flyaway wisps.

2/ Static

During the colder months, you may notice more flyaways than usual. This is due to more static in the air, be it from the friction caused when you put on and take off your hats and scarves, or the indoor heating you're constantly surrounded by, but doesn't necessarily point to hair damage. Often, it's just physics, but it can also mean your tresses are a little dry and could use some extra TLC.

How can flyaways be tamed?

3/ Conditioner

They say prevention is better than the cure, and in this case, that means using conditioner and plenty of it! Keeping your mane well hydrated with regular and leave-in conditioners is the best form of flyaway defence because moisturized strands are way more likely to fall where you want them to, without reacting to static. Hair oil and serum can also work wonders for parched, wispy ends between washes, too.

4/ Hairspray

After styling, mist your finished 'do with hairspray to keep your strands on lock throughout the day. Alternatively, go bold with a slicked back hairstyle and you won't need to worry about flyaways until you wash it out!

5/ On-the-go hacks

There are a couple of easy hacks to tame any flyaways that spring up while you're on the go. You can tack them down by smoothing your palms over the flyaways after moisturizing your hands, or use a tiny amount of lip balm to put those pesky strands back in their place!

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