How to Gain Control of Flyaway Hair

November 6, 2008 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Hair

Flyaway hair can be, at best, an annoyance. Here’s how to get control of those pesky flyaways.

As the temperatures drop and the air becomes dryer many people experience problems with flyaway hair. Sometimes flyaway becomes such a problem that it looks as if you’ve stuck your finger in a light socket. Don’t try to hide under a hat. Wearing a hat can make the problem even worse. As soon as the hat comes off, your hair again stands straight up. Understandably, this may not be the image you want to portray on a date or an important job interview.

What causes those annoying flyaways? Flyaway hair occurs when the hair strands pick up electrostatic charge from the atmosphere and repel one another in much the same way two ends of a magnet with the same charge repel each another. The problem is made worse by combing the hair excessively when can generate additional electrostatic charge, dry air and heat, and lack of moisture on the hair shaft. Although factors such as dry air and heat can’t always be avoided, there are steps you can take to tame flyaway hair. Here are some suggestions:

Add a humidifier to your home

The more moisture that’s present in the air in your home, the less chance that you’ll experience out of control, flyaway hair. A moist environment can also help keep your clothes from sticking together due to static, and even reduce the risk of contracting a cold by keeping your mucous membranes moist.

Brush your hair properly

Avoid the tendency to over brush or over comb you hair which will just make the static problem worse. Invest in a brush with static free bristles and use it regularly. These brushes can be purchased in most grocery stores or online.

Always condition your hair

A good conditioning treatment is critical for counteracting flyaway hair. Conditioner helps to eliminate electrostatic charge and tame pesky flyaways. Use a deep conditioner at least once a week to further reduce electrostatic charge.

Use the right type of hair dryer

The best kind of hairdryer to use for flyaway hair is an ionic ceramic hairdryer. This type of dryer is designed to remove static charge during the process of drying your hair. Use it on as low a heat as possible as over drying your hair will only make the flyaways worse.

Use Static Guard

If the above measures fail to solve the problem of flyaway hair and you need to fix it fast, spray a small amount of Static Guard onto your brush and lightly brush it through your hair. You should see immediate improvement.

If flyaway hair is a problem for you, these steps should help to return your hair to its former, orderly state.

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  1. christylynn Says:

    Thanks for the tips. I always have this problems with my girl’s hair we go through so much conditoner during the winter time. Thanks again, take care and God Bless!

  2. cathy fisher Says:

    Great tips! Fly-aways are a problem BUT there are things you can do, as listed above, to minimize them or basically eliminate them. If you want your hair to look and stay healthy, you need to be sleeping on a satin pillowcase. I had heard a lot about them from friends and also from my stylist. She told me satin lets your hair glide across instead of getting stuck and that cotton causes friction leaving you with fly-aways, split ends and frizzes. Cotton is also naturally absorbent so it robs the moisture from your hair and skin that’s needed for a healthy balance. The combination of dried out hair along with weakened ends due to the friction that cotton creates causes your hair to frizz, split, break and it also causes hair loss. I switched to a satin pillowcase and I’ve seen a huge difference in my hair and also with my skin. I don’t wake up with those pillowcase lines on my face in the morning either. I found a website that has a page devoted to the benefits of sleeping on satin and they had some absolutely beautiful prints and solid color pillowcases. I bought a gorgeous pastel flower print standard set. The company is A Touch Of Satin. You might want to check out their website and read about the benefits and see their amazing selections . Well, I hope this helps you out.


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