Neha was finally asked out on a date by Rahul, the cute yet handsome man from work. Though it wasn’t dinner at a fancy restaurant, like all girls on the first date, she wanted to look perfect. She dressed up in a classic black sheath dress and opted for a simple, straight hairdo. She walked into the restroom to check her image one last time before Rahul showed up and was disappointed to see flyaway hair. Unlike before, she was not taken over by an instant panic attack and break into a cold sweat. Because unlike before, she has learned the hacks to handle flyaway hair and she was well equipped for this emergency.
Flyaway hair is exactly as the name suggests – hair that flyaway. This may be due to new hair, broken hair or due to dry weather and static that causes the hair to repel each other.
Let’s have a look at some do’s and don’ts and quick hacks.
1. Cotton bath towels are a no no!
A quick rub down with a cotton towel is what we have been doing all our lives. Well it’s time to be a bit gentle on our hairs as we are with our skin. Switch to microfiber towels to avoid roughing up the cuticles, avoid breakage and tangle and it will also wick the moisture right out of the hair. You will notice the difference almost immediately.
2. Wide tooth comb
Hair should never be brushed/combed when it is almost dry or dry as it leads to breakage and further flyaway hair. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle as the hair starts to dry. Start at the bottom and move your way up the tresses.
Simply spritz a toothbrush or a tissue with a hair spray and run them over your hair to catch those flyaways and put them in place. This will give you a natural look rather than a hard set look compared to when you use hairspray all over your hairdo. Remember to always keep this tooth brush separate.
4. Woah! Mind the heat
Although it’s best to let the hair air dry, but we all turn to heat styling for various reasons – to simply dry the hair quickly, settle the cuticles and prevent frizz or to simply look good. But overdoing the heat tools has a negative impact on the hair, robbing them of their moisture, making them brittle and hence prone to breakage. Use a heat-protectant spray if you do have to bring out your hair straighteners and curling irons. To re-infuse the parched strand with some much needed moisture, follow up with light weight oil.
5. Dryer sheet for static
We have often seen that hair picks up static when it rubs against other materials. It is the most common cause of flyaways, especially in winter. It may sound weird, but dryer sheets can be utilized to remove the free ions and have static free smooth hair. Anti-frizz sheets are also available in the market.
6. Hydrating Shampoos and conditioners
Flyaway hairs are often the result of dry hair. To prevent stripping your hair of moisture, limit the number of times that you shampoo and up the hydration instead. Choosing the right product for your hair type is a crucial key. You can opt for a leave-in conditioner to hydrate, nourish and strengthen and coat the strands to take care of the fizz and static.
7. Haircut and hairstyles
The best way to deal with split ends and damaged hair which cause flyaways is to trim. This will not only prevent further breakages but encourage healthy hair growth as well. Opt for a hairstyle where you do not have to worry about flyaways. A messy braid fits right in, where they become a part of the style.
Quick fixes on the go
1. Hand lotion and lip balms magic trick
Yes you can utilize them as a quick fix. Just take a very small amount and run it over your flyaways. Remember no to overdo it else you will land up with greasy hair.
2. Clear mascara
Simply go over your hair with clear mascara and a spoolie brush to settle down those flyaways. It’s small enough to be easily carried in a purse as well.
3. Hair spray on tooth brush or tissue
A toothbrush is the perfect size for that baby hair. Just spritz a little bit on a tooth brush and run it over the baby hair to blend it into the hairline or into a pattern to highlight. You can easily use a tissue prayed with hairspray to set it as well.
4. Hair dryer
Hold them down between your thumb and index finger, blow dry them into the direction you want with a few seconds of alternate hot and cold hair till they are done. All hair is different, so you need to find the best temperature setting that works for you.
5. Gel mascara
You can easily carry it with you to put the baby hair in place if they get away or simply to blend the baby hair into your hairline.
6. Embrace them
They don’t essentially have to take away from your looks. Incorporate them into your hairdo and make them a focal point. Quite a few celebrities like FKA Twigs, J.Lo., Kylie Jenner, Rihana, Zendaya etc, have taken to flaunting their baby hair. You can easily find ideas of hairstyles in pininterest.
Neha simply used a small bit of the hand lotion that she always has in her bag to settle her hair down and she was back to being her confident self and ready to slay it on the date!