Flyaway Facts

Ever wonder why flyaways happen? Why those annoying little hairs seem to pop up from everywhere, ruining your otherwise perfect hairstyle? We asked the professionals at Marc Anthony about the cause of flyaways and what can be done about this not-so-fun follicle faux pas.

What are flyaway hairs? How do they form?

Flyaways are little bits of hair that, well, fly away. Flyaways are often mistaken for frizz and vice-versa, but flyaways are not frizz. These are two separate things, and though frizz can truly get out of control and make a look go wrong, flyaways can add a bit of three-dimensionality to a look.  Completely removing them can make the hair look quite stiff. 

There are many causes for flyaways. Flyaway hair is often caused by something as simple as new hair growth or broken hairs, but it is also not uncommon for it to be about dry climate and static that can cause strands to repel each other.

Does everyone have them? Why or why not?

All hair types can form flyaway hairs but, more than often not, it occurs in straighter hair.

Curls and waves causes are based more so on issues with moisture, adding humectants leaves hair a bit too heavy for flyaways, while finer and straighter hair loses moisture quickly when the air is dry, giving in to static quickly.

Why are some worse than others?

Usually, the consensus is the finer the hair, the quicker it becomes dry enough to fly away.  Susceptibility to flyways changes according to seasons and the amount of moisture in the air, so winter has the highest chance to form dry hair and flyaways.

Can you grow flyaways out?

Quite often you can because at times flyaways are caused by new hairs that don’t have enough weight to sit against the head.

In general, what is the best approach to tame flyaways?

The solution to flyaways is to add a bit of weight and/or hold, depending on the hair type.

What is the best way for different hair types to tame them: How should someone with straight hair? What about curly, natural, and dyed?

If you have wave/curl with some flyaways, you can use any styler that adds a bit of weight but still leaves hair feeling natural. To that effect, a gel/foam is a not the best option, but a cream-based styler like Volumizing Coconut Beach Waves Air Dry Texture Cream or Defrizzing Coconut Cream Curls Smoothie Cream will offer control without weighing down.

For straight and fine hair types avoid gels/foams or heavy fixatives. For fine hair try a lightweight oil like Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Dry Styling Oil to help control flyaways while keeping hair looking natural. You can even give a spray of Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray to hold down flyaways but not the hold down look.

The above process applies to both natural and tinted hair as it is the hair types that dictates the susceptibility to flyaways, more so than the state or color of the hair. 

How long will these solutions typically last?

Until the next wash.

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