Flyaway Hair: 6 Eco-Friendly Fixes

Flyaway hair
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Flyaway hair can be difficult to tame and leave you feeling like your hair is uncontrollable. We’ll show you six eco-friendly fixes to get your hair under control again.

Having fine, flyaway hair can leave you feeling frustrated when you’re trying to style your hair in the morning. It often feels like nothing you do seems to tame those little strands, including brushing your hair. What’s going on?

The weather could be the cause of your flyaway hair. If you live in a dry climate it can make your hair go static when brushing it. Alternatively, the way you style your hair could be contributing to the problem. Using hair straighteners or blow drying your hair at high temperatures can damage strands and make them brittle.  Similarly, using too many products on your hair and not shampooing correctly can lead to fine, flyaway hair, as well as a lack of moisture and split ends.

But don’t despair, we’ll show you how you can control those flyaway hairs at home with some simple eco-friendly fixes.

1. Avoid Heat Styling to Reduce Flyaway Hair

Avoid using hair straighteners to stop flyaways.
Avoid using hair straighteners to stop flyaways.
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Hair straighteners, tongs, curlers and blow driers can cause significant damage to hair, regardless of whether it is thick or thin. Using heat to tame loose strands can actually have the opposite effect and cause more flyaway hairs. Try to style your hair without using heat, which will also help you avoid damage.

2. Don’t Towel Dry Your Hair

Wearing your hair in a towel could lead to unruly hair.
Wearing your hair in a towel could lead to unruly hair.
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As convenient as it is to wrap your hair in a bath towel after showering, it should be avoided to help reduce the number of flyaway hairs. Wet hair breaks easily and the texture of bath towels is too rough for hair, resulting in breakages and flyaways. An alternative to regular bath towels is sustainable hair towels or wraps that are made from fine fibers like soft cotton or bamboo, which are kinder to your hair. Try not to rub your hair vigorously with the towel, and avoid putting it on your head in a tight up-style as this will pull and damage your hair. Also be careful to avoid microfiber towels, as they are harmful to the environment and contribute to microplastics in our oceans.

3. Use a Wooden Comb to Prevent Flyaway Hair

Using a wide-toothed wooden comb can reduce static hair.
Using a wide-toothed wooden comb can reduce static hair.
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Plastic combs and hairbrushes can cause static, which makes the hair stand on end. The action of brushing causes friction with the hair which can also damage it. One solution is to use a wide-toothed wooden comb – a wide tooth is preferable, as those with bristles close together tend to make static worse. Also, avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet, as this can cause further damage to it.

It is also important to build moisture in your hair, to avoid the dryness that causes flyaways. When shampooing, use cold or tepid water rather than hot water, which will help to lock in moisture.

4. Use Aloe Vera Gel as an Eco-Friendly Fix

Make a hair mask using aloe vera gel and coconut oil to combat those flyaways.
Make a hair mask using aloe vera gel and coconut oil to combat those flyaways.
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As mentioned above, avoiding dryness is key to reducing flyaway hair. Aloe vera gel is a fantastic moisturizer. Place a small amount in your palm, and simply smooth down the ends of your hair with it. Alternatively, make a hair mask by mixing six tablespoons of aloe vera gel with three tablespoons of coconut oil and put the mixture on your hair for 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse using a mild shampoo and cool water.

5. Try Almond Oil To Reduce Flyaway Hair

Almond oil can lock in moisture.
Almond oil can lock in moisture.
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A great way to lock in moisture is to rub some almond oil in your hands to warm it up, then massage your hair and roots. This will help to make it smooth and reduce frizz. Almond oil also helps to increase softness and shine and to strengthen and repair hair. There are also plenty of other benefits of almond oil for skin, hair and nutrition.

6. Decrease Dryness With Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to static hair.
Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to static hair.
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Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid in it, which is good at decreasing dryness and therefore flyaway hair. When hair is frizzy, it may be due to a high alkaline level. Apple cider vinegar works to balance pH due to its acidic content. Simply mix an equal amount of water with apple cider vinegar and rinse your hair with it. Let it soak into your hair for a few minutes, and then wash out with water. Do this once a week. Add a few drops of a fragrant essential oil of your choice, if you’re worried about your hair smelling like vinegar. It’s a great addition to your regular hair-care routine, as there are many benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair.

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