How Do I Control Fly-Away Hair?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate
Using a good conditioner can help to control fly-away hair.
Using a good conditioner can help to control fly-away hair.

The first step to controlling fly-away hair would be to have a professional hair cut every four to six weeks. Using a quality shampoo and hair conditioner formulated for fly-away hair is also important. If you have fly-away hair, it's probably dry as well. Dry hair types need moisturizing conditioners and smoothing serums to manage frizzy strands. Don't use heavy formulas that weigh your hair down, as these may cause build-up that can make your hair look greasy.

Using a leave-in conditioner often helps tame frizzy hair.
Using a leave-in conditioner often helps tame frizzy hair.

If you use hairspray to control your fly-away hair, choose one with extra hold. Some hairsprays are formulated to add shine to dull or dry hair, and work well on thick or unruly hair as well. When choosing a hairspray, look for a light formula and do not over-apply. Using too much hairspray will make your hair feel sticky and could make fly-away strands even more unmanageable.

To control fly-away hair, a person should have their hair professionally cut every four to six weeks.
To control fly-away hair, a person should have their hair professionally cut every four to six weeks.

Models and hair-care experts suggest using an anti-static laundry sheet on hair to eliminate static. Just take the sheet and gently run it across the fly-away strands. These sheets may help tame frizzies by reducing friction on the surface of your hair. Experts recommend warming the sheet in the dryer for about five minutes before you run it over your hair. Use the dryer sheet before getting dressed, so when you pull a sweater or other clothing over your head, your hair won't fly away.

Fly-away hair is made worse when the hair is damaged.
Fly-away hair is made worse when the hair is damaged.

Using a leave-in conditioner often helps tame frizzy hair, but use these products sparingly if your hair is thin and fine. Too much conditioner will make thin hair look limp and lifeless. Stick with leave-in conditioners that come in a spray bottle. A light misting should be enough to control your frizzy ends. You might find sample-sized bottles at your local hair salon.

Hair should be combed through with frizz-fighting serum to reduce the instances of fly-away hair.
Hair should be combed through with frizz-fighting serum to reduce the instances of fly-away hair.

Many hair stylists and beauty consultants will tell you not to use cheap hair-care products on any hair type. This rule particularly applies to those with frizzy and fly-away hair. Bargain hair-care products are often made with chemicals that can leave residue on the hair.

If you use hairsprays and other products for fly-away hair on a regular basis, using a clarifying shampoo at least once a month is recommended. A clarifying shampoo will help remove the chemicals that build up on your hair. Choose a good quality clarifying product that is salon-tested. Ask a hair-care professional which clarifying shampoo is safe for color-treated hair.

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Wisedly33

Well, I've been trying to control my fly-away hair for 46 years with varying degrees of success. My hair is thin and baby-fine, and I have had the most luck with styling mousse and a lot of hairspray. Unfortunately, that look is no longer in style, so I make do with the hairspray and do the best I can.

Because my hair is so fine, I can't use products like Frizz-Ease. It weighs down my hair and makes it look oily. Frequent haircuts don't do much. Actually, coloring it helps plump up my hair shaft and adds a little extra weight to keep it from being as fly-away as it usually is.

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    • Using a good conditioner can help to control fly-away hair.
      By: goodluz
      Using a good conditioner can help to control fly-away hair.
    • Using a leave-in conditioner often helps tame frizzy hair.
      By: Africa Studio
      Using a leave-in conditioner often helps tame frizzy hair.
    • To control fly-away hair, a person should have their hair professionally cut every four to six weeks.
      By: gemenacom
      To control fly-away hair, a person should have their hair professionally cut every four to six weeks.
    • Fly-away hair is made worse when the hair is damaged.
      By: thelosteyeball
      Fly-away hair is made worse when the hair is damaged.
    • Hair should be combed through with frizz-fighting serum to reduce the instances of fly-away hair.
      By: Syda Productions
      Hair should be combed through with frizz-fighting serum to reduce the instances of fly-away hair.
    • Warming a dryer sheet in the dryer for five minutes before using on hair eliminates static.
      By: itestro
      Warming a dryer sheet in the dryer for five minutes before using on hair eliminates static.