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How to Fix Your Frizzy Baby Hairs, According to Hairstylists

Baby hairs, like an unscratched itch, can bother you all day when left untamed. Even the tightest ponytail doesn’t stand a chance against them—it only takes one gust of wind for them to ruin that sleek hairline. Thankfully, dealing with these premature strands is possible through the power of hairstyling. Below, we scouted tips from pros that’ll finally force those baby hairs to behave.

How to deal with baby hairs

Unfortunately, you have to approach these short strands with more caution than the rest of your hair. Here are easy ways to make sure taming them will come easy, according to celebrity hairstylists:

1. Start with damp hair.

“Baby hairs along the hairline have to be totally wet to be styled,” says hairstylist Mark Rosales. This makes them easier to control than when they’re already dry and standing up. So while they’re still damp, start smoothing them out and styling them. For no-wash days, you can give your hairline a few sprays of water instead.

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2. Blow-dry in place.

Now that the hair is wet and smoothened out, make it frizz-proof with a blow-dry session. “Secure the strands with your index and middle fingers and blow-dry it by intervals—direct them away from the heat,” notes Mark.

3. Use a toothbrush.

According to John Valle, baby hairs are far too small to use a normal hair brush with. He recommends using a toothbrush instead for their smaller and more compact bristles.

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Before brushing, coat the brush with a bit of hairspray for hold. It’ll take a bit of patience until you can pat down the shorter ones, but the results will be worth it! Watch blogger Raye Boyce tame hers below:

How to tame frizzy baby hair with products

From the wide range of hair products out in the market, only a few can step up to the challenge of unruly baby hairs. We asked Mark and John for their picks for holding them down, and below, they shared the most effective and beginner-friendly products you can try:

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1. Hairspray

Your frizzy strands won’t be tamed with only water or regular hairspray, so don’t forget it! John recommends something with a tough hold so your hair stays away from your face.

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2. Hair pomade

If heat-styling or toothbrush don’t work for you, Mark suggests attacking the problem like a gentleman would—with pomade. Just grab a small amount with your fingertips and guide the stray hairs back into your hairline.

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Baby hairs are stubborn, frail, fine and just downright infuriating at times, but with frustration comes innovation. Here’s 3 of the best and easiest ways to tame your pesky fly-aways which will leave your hair looking sleek and tame.

The toothbrush method

Grab a toothbrush and mist the bristles with a medium-to-firm hold alcohol free hairspray then gently brush the toothbrush over the baby hairs along the hairline and into place. If you’re not a fan of hair spray, you can opt for a styling cream instead. Put a dab of it into a toothbrush to smooth away flyaways. And as an alternative for a toothbrush, you can also use a mascara wand.

Use coconut oil

When oiling hair, people overlook applying it on to the baby hairs as well. It is important to use coconut oil as it doesn’t just tame down the frizz, it makes your hair feel softer as well. Let the oil sit on your hair for at least two hours- you can leave it overnight if you want. After washing it out, you’ll see that your haywire hair stands will be tamed. Also, using coconut oil will nourish your baby hair and help it grow faster.

Skip the towel rub

Whatever you so, avoid the towel rub. Rubbing your hair with a dry towel causes unnecessary friction that’s damaging to your hair. Instead, dry your hair with a cotton shirt or a microfibre cloth. After about two weeks of switching to this, you’ll see lesser frizzy hairs. Another thing you can do as an alternative is not use any material to dry your hair- just let your hair air dry.

Try these simple tips and keep your baby hair tame!

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Are baby hairs the bane of your existence? Especially when you’ve been carefully blow-drying your freshly-washed hair only to see those fine, feathery wisps suddenly showing themselves.

Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Baby hairs are notoriously tricky to control.

“They’re a lot thinner and shorter than the rest of your hair, and as a result, they can be hard to control and style”, says Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com.

But it’s not entirely impossible.

In fact, if you know how to work them just right, they can become an important part of your hairstyle, especially when creating an updo.

Here are some dos and don’ts for taming your misbehaving baby hairs…

DON’T shave or wax your baby hairs

We’re only human, and frustration can sometimes lead to drastic measures. But no matter how much your baby hairs are annoying you, Joanne says waxing and shaving are out of the question.

“Unless you can commit to serious and costly laser treatment
– like Kim K, who lasered her baby hairs away because she kept getting breakouts on her forehead – there aren’t any realistic, long-term solutions.”

Some women do opt for threading, but remember all of these methods aren’t permanent and you will have to deal with the hairs growing back.

DO try this hairspray trick

Your best bet at taming those baby flyaways is hairspray and knowing how to use it.

Celebrity hairdresser, Jonathon Long, recommends sticking them down with Redken’s Control Addict 28 High-Hold Hairspray(£13.50), anytime you’re trying for a sleek ponytail or updo.

Want to know a styling secret? Spray a spoolie (eyebrow brush) or unused toothbrush with hairspray and then gently run it over your baby hairs to smooth them down. The thickly clustered bristles will ensure not one tiny hair escapes.

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DON’T try a sleek ‘do unarmed

However, it’s not just hairspray you’ll need to really nail a smooth style.

“If you’re after a really sleek, glossy look, something like Paul Mitchell’s Super Sculpt Styling Glaze (£17.75) could help with keeping any wispy, stray hairs under control”, says Joanne.

Apply it close to the scalp and then work through the hair before styling your sculpting hold.

DO go for relaxed styles and updos

If sticking your baby hairs down just DOES NOT work, go for more relaxed and casual styles instead.

“Baby hairs can really complement a cute, messy bun or a wavy, half up-half down style as, like these ‘dos, baby hairs are very youthful”, says Joanne.

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DO consider a pixie cut or fringe

You could also consider disguising your baby hairs within your cut.

“Soft fringes are great as they hide most things (an alternative to botox too, some say) as well as pixie cuts”, says Jonathon.

“Anything that frames the face really.”

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You know the tiny hairs along your hairline? The ones that drive you crazy when they refuse to lie flat and smooth? The ones that also give away your true hair color even though you’ve paid dearly to disguise it? I’ve spent up to an hour smoothing my hair only to have those little suckers frizz out before I make it out the door. But there are ways to make them behave. I spoke to salon owner Eva Scrivo about how to tame stubborn hairline flyaways.

Get wet. “The hairs around the face have to be totally wet in order to style them smooth or straight,” says Scrivo. Going over these fine hairs with a blow-dryer will only dry them out and damage them. So water is your best friend here. “I recommend washing the hairline, or wetting it with a mist bottle whenever you want to style it,” she says. This doesn’t mean a full shampoo job. “Just pull hair back in a ponytail and use a washcloth to massage a drop of shampoo along your hairline after you wash your face. Then rinse,” says Scrivo.

Bring on the heat. Use your fingers to get a good grip on the hairs during the drying process. “Hold hair taut between your index and middle fingers and pull from the scalp about one or two inches,” says Scrivo. Using a concentrated nozzle attachment, aim the hot air at the hair while pulling it through your fingers, and be careful not to burn yourself. “Work in intervals. Three seconds of direct heat, then move the dryer away for three seconds of no heat,” says Scrivo. Alternating hot and cool will help protect the fragile hairs from burning.

Set it and forget it. Since these hairs are so fine, they’re the first to react to the elements by curling. Grab a toothbrush and mist the bristles with a strong-hold hair spray. “You want the toothbrush to feel saturated but not sopping wet, otherwise it will dry like gel,” warns Scrivo. Then gently comb the hairs along the hairline into place using the brush. As someone who constantly battles these tiny hairs and is also lazy with the blow-dryer, I can tell you this technique works like a charm.

Do you have any unexpected hairline-taming secrets in your beauty arsenal?

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Baby hairs or flyaways: What they are and how to tame them

When was the last time you made a super chic hairstyle, feeling all fancy, only to discover when looking in the mirror that apparently millions of little wispy hairs decided to NOT want to be part of this? Meet your baby hairs, also called flyaways! Those teeny little hairs can make styling your hair a real challenge, to put it nicely.

As a curly girl with a tendency for dry, frizzy hair, I’ve had to deal with flyaways all my life. And a while ago a dear reader asked me for advice on dealing with those stubborn short hairs. Then I knew I had to do some more research into the best ways to tame baby hairs. And then share it with you!

So today you will learn about the following things:

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What is baby hair?

So what exactly are baby hairs? The definition for these flyaways is simple: Baby hairs are small hairs on top of your head. So far so good. Doesn’t sound too bad so far, right?

But as the name suggests, they “fly away”. If you don’t do anything about them, these whispies have the tendency to stick straight up from your head.

This can really ruin an otherwise perfect hairstyle, especially if you are trying to go for a sleek look. (Believe me, as a teenager all I wanted was a sleek look, and I hardly ever managed. Life was hard.)

But why do many of us have shorter hair on top of our head, in the neck and on our temples?

What causes baby hairs?

I specifically didn’t get more specific in my definition of baby hairs, and left it at “small hairs”. Theoretically, there is only one cause for “real” baby hairs. Practically, people call all kinds of short hairs around the crown of your head baby hairs. So let’s look at the different causes of this phenomenon!

1. Baby hairs or breakage?

Many people think that flyaways always come from frizzy broken hair on top of your head. But frizz and hair breakage are only two of the possible reasons for having baby hairs.

An easy way to find out if your flyaways come from hair breaking off is to take a good look at the tips. Is the tip of those short hairs blunt and as thick as the rest of the hair? Or is the tip thinning out and rather pointy?

In the first case, you are definitely dealing with breakage. Take a good look at your hair care routine and find out what might be causing it! Also, consider implementing my most important tips for healthy hair growth to automatically get rid of many causes for breakage.

Do you know what’s perfect for helping you keep track of your hair care routine and keep you motivated? The hair planner! It contains quite a few printable pages helping you to grow healthy hair, and most importantly, regular reminders to do all the right things. Check it out here!

2. New hair growth

Another reason could be related to having had hair loss in the last few months. When you beat hair loss, new hair will start to grow. And then you’ll most literally have “baby” hair growing out of your scalp.

Naturally, this new hair growth is going to be much short than the rest. The good news about this type of baby hair is that you will literally outgrow it. Once it reaches a certain length, you won’t even notice it anymore.

Related: Healthy hair diet: See the best foods for healthy hair!

3. The actual cause of baby hairs

The last cause of baby hair is that it’s simply in your genes. Actually, these are the only “real” baby hairs. You can eliminate all the other causes of baby hair. But this one is permanent until we find out how to change our genes. (Spoiler: I don’t think you should. Embrace those flyaways! But more on how to deal with your baby hairs below.)

If you look at your entire body, you already know that not every type of hair gets to the same length. Even though you probably never trim your eyelashes, they won’t grow long enough to touch your forehead. Ever. The follicle simply isn’t built like that.

And even though baby hairs live on your head, they don’t have the same growth cycle as your longer hair. Simply put, they are like a transition between your super fine body hair and your “main” locks.

Do baby hairs grow out?

So as you can see from the causes of baby hairs above, the “real” baby hairs on your hairline won’t grow out. There is a genetic limit to how long they grow.

If you deal with breakage, frizz, or new growth, on the other hand, all you need is good hair care and some patience. For everyone else, let’s have a look at ways for taming those baby hairs on top of your head.

9 ways to tame baby hairs (or deal with them)

There are different ways to tame your baby hairs. Some will work for you, some might not. Just make sure you tried all of them before you even think of getting rid of your baby hairs altogether.

Yes, you can laser them away, theoretically. But first of all, that will be expensive. And second of all, they are super cute! Embrace them, and learn how to make them work for you.

Alright. Enough preaching. Let’s get started with tip number 1!

1. Fight frizz

The first and most important step you want to take to reduce the “light socket look” is to make sure you got your frizz under control. Baby hairs are the worst when they are dry, frizzy and sticking straight up from your head.

So make sure your hair is well moisturized, has no head damage and you are actively decreasing frizz through your hair care.

For all the details on which things to look out for, which products to use and so on, make sure to check out my big guide on how to get rid of frizz.

Also make sure to sign up for my newsletter below, as you’ll get my checklist of the Do’s and Don’ts for frizzy hair as a thank you for signing up!

2. Use pretty headbands

You know what I think? I think the huge 2018 headband trend was started by girls with stubborn, frizzy flyaway hair. Because headbands are the perfect way to tame those baby hairs!

You don’t need to worry about any products, and you’ll definitely look cute with them. While I found these ones* perfect for spring and summer, you can also get warmer ones for fall and winter. For example, check out these crocheted headwraps*!

Related: 7 cute summer hairstyles for long hair

3. Use bobby pins

Obviously, you can also clip your baby hairs away with bobby pins. If they are long enough, that is. And if you haven’t lost all of your bobby pins yet. (What, is that just me? Everyone loses their bobby pins, right?!)

A little hack to not lose the bobby pins THAT easily is to get a magnetic pin holder*(!!). This genius invention has a magnet strong enough to catch all hair clips and pins you throw toward its surface. And yes, that also means that cleaning up your pins after using them is only a matter of seconds now.

You can get your new hair buddy here*!

4. Pomade

The best hair product for flyaway hair is probably pomade. If you know how to use it, pomade smoothes out even the frizziest of frizzy hairs and can get any unruly lock to lay low.

On the other hand, it’s quite easy to overdose on pomade. And then you don’t have flyaways anymore. But all your volume will be gone, too. And things might look a little too shiny if you know what I mean.

So if you decide to try pomade, get one with matte finish first, like this one*. And start with tiny little amounts. Can still add more later.

5. Hair gel & a toothbrush

A method that has become quite popular, even fashionable recently, is to use an edge control hair gel* and a toothbrush to “lay your edges”. Or you can get even tiny hairbrushes specifically for this*.

While this method definitely works, doing gelled down baby hairs as a white girl can come with the unpleasant aftertaste of cultural appropriation. I’ll say more about this below.

6. Water

In some cases, the solution can be so easy, and so close. If you don’t have anything else handy, but you need to get rid of those baby hairs RIGHT NOW, try water. Yes, really!

Take those whispies, properly soak them with water, and then while they’re really wet style them the way you want them to be when dry.

And then, don’t touch them anymore until they’re dry.

7. Hairspray

For some people, hairspray does the trick to tame the baby hairs. But not simply by spraying it all over.

No, they mist a fine brush with the hairspray, similar to the hair gel technique. Then they carefully brush the flyaways wherever they’re supposed to go.

First of all, I have to say, that for me personally, hairspray never worked. But some people swear on this method, so of course, I had to put it on this list. Secondly, I think that this method might work really well to get rid of flyaways after straightening your hair.

I don’t straighten my hair with heat anymore, but I remember it feeling dry and thing after doing so. Hairspray, on the other hand, used to weigh down my hair and stop the “straightening frizz”. (If you still do straighten your hair, you probably know what I mean.)

8. Wear loose hairdos and go for a romantic look

My favorite tip for dealing with baby hairs is to actually embrace them. Do you know how many women pull out a few strands of hair to make an updo look softer? Almost everyone!

Unsurprisingly, these loose strands fit in much better if they actually are a little shorter than the rest. So having baby hairs is really an advantage when it comes to styling a look that looks a little relaxed and just… friendlier.

And if you really can’t deal with the baby hairs at all, you can still go for a hairstyle that parts in the middle. As most baby hairs are on your temples, your neck and on your forehead, they get weighed down by the rest of the hair.

Related: 6 quick and easy hairstyles for long hair to do yourself

9. Wear a SLAP

Okay, I have to admit: some days, embracing my whispies is simply not an option. You know, those crazy days, when my hair is super dry and all this short frizzy hair on top of my head sticks straight up?

On those days, I simply wear my SLAP*. In case you didn’t know, SLAP stands for satin lined cap and I’m a total fangirl of these.

First of all, the satin in SLAPs is actually hair friendly, unlike cotton. So I can use them to protect my hair from damage while I sleep, from the sun and from cold.

Second of all, these caps actually fit all of my hair. I haven’t found others that could do it so far.

And, last but not least, I can use them to cover up any bad hair days or – you guessed it – stubborn baby hairs.

You can find the awesomeness that is SLAPs here*!

Related: My Satin lined cap review: benefits & tips

Baby hairs and cultural appropriation

Like I said before, “laying your edges” as a white girl can easily get you called out for cultural appropriation.

Baby hairs happen for people of all colors. But to use gel or pomade and a small brush to form your edges into beautiful patterns used to be practiced specifically by women of color for decades.

In recent years, this became a trend in high fashion though. Designers took the idea of gelling your baby hairs and applied it to their (white) models. Without going into details about cultural appropriation here, it is safe to say that this quickly became a very controversial practice.

So use your own discretion and social awareness when deciding if to try this trend. It’s always nice to be aware of these things!

How do you deal with baby hairs?

Now it’s your turn. Tell me in the comments how you deal with baby hairs! Love them? Hate them? Found the perfect way to tame them? I’d love to hear your opinion.

And, as always, make sure to pin this for later!

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3 Ways To Smooth Down Baby Hairs For A Perfectly Styled ‘Do

It’s no secret that black folks have a special relationship with their hair. When your hair is coarse and dense with fine curls, you learn how to manage it with the militancy of a general. You want to check on every single strand to make sure it’s living up to its full potential. One common dilemma for thicker, coarser hair of any ethnicity is trying to smooth down baby hairs and avoid frizz at the hairline. The fine hair around our edges is fragile and prone to breakage. Personally, I react to the word breakage the same way I react to the word fire being shouted: Where?! How?!

According to hair loss clinic His Hair Clinic, everyone has two different types of textures: The finer vellus hair of our arms and the coarser terminal hair of our pubes, scalps, and armpit hair. Both types can be found on our heads to varying degrees. For some of us, there is a border around the hairline where terminal hair mixes with vellus hair. As Dove expert hairstylist Gretchen Monahan explained to Oprah.com, that baby hair is finer than the rest of your hair and doesn’t grow very long before it falls out. That’s because vellus hair, like most of our body hair, has the lifespan of six months. Those baby hairs aren’t going to get as long as the rest of your hair, but they still need a lil extra to keep from breaking.

Whether it’s an up-do, blowout, or braids, there’s a reason why these three age-old tricks for smoothing baby hairs is so popular. They are super easy to perform and super easy on your precious baby hairs. These three methods for laying baby hair down will help ensure there’s no frizz on your watch.

1. Rat Tail Comb & Oil Method

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The rat tail comb is hands-down one of the best hair inventions of all time: Not only is it commonly considered the preferred method for parting kinky hair, but its fine teeth can be perfect for smoothing and styling baby hairs.

To smooth and style my own ‘do, I put a combination of flaxseed and grapeseed oil in a tinted vial with a dropper to easily apply a controlled amount of oil to my edges. My oil choice relies solely on my hair’s needs: Grapeseed is pretty lightweight which is ideal for me since it will be distributed along the oil-prone skin on my face. The flaxseed is rich in vitamin E and my baby hairs could always use some support to prevent breakage. Take the rat tail comb and make a zig-zag with the baby hairs on each side of your temples and viola! You’re good to go.

2. Toothbrush & Cream Method

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My personal favorite method uses a tool we’re all familiar with: the toothbrush. Do not attempt to use the same brush you use to clean your teeth; instead, purchase a simple toothbrush with soft bristles. Apply a styling cream (my favorite is a homemade water-based cream with mango butter, avocado oil, and coconut oil) directly on your brush and zig-zag away on each side of your temple. The brush method works even better on my baby hairs than the rat-tail because the amount of bristles catches all the hair in one swift motion.

3. Fingers & Water Method

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If you have two hands, then you have two sets of combs. Anyone who finger detangles knows exactly how great our fingers can be when it comes to hair styling. This method is literally the cheapest and you can easily get the hang of it after a few days of practice.

I like to spritz my hairline directly with a spray bottle filled with distilled water. Next, I simply take my index and middle finger, making an S motion on each side of my temple. Smooth down your hair until it dries with a satin/silk scarf to avoid frizzies; you can wash your face, brush your teeth, have some coffee, then take off your scarf. If you’re short on time or short on moisture, add a small amount of leave-in conditioner to your spray bottle before smoothing with your fingers and you should be able to forgo the satin scarf and the frizzies.

With these three methods for smoothing down baby hair, it’s no wonder my ‘do’s are looking more and more grown up.

Tame Baby Hair Efficiently – 5 Cool Hacks That Really Work! Jyotsana Rao Hyderabd040-395603080 November 2, 2017

Whether you call them baby hair, flyaways, cowlicks or wispies – those tiny and unruly hairs that surround your part line are a real pain. For those who are lucky enough to not have them – make sure to thank your genetics each and every moment you look at your face in the mirror!

And for those unlucky ones like me, who struggle with these annoyances daily, I’ve a few crazy hacks that help tame the little ‘beasts’.

Here are a few tips on how to tame baby hair:

1. A Clear Mascara:

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All you need is mascara and a brow tamer to help with your frizzes. Mascara, which is basically a lighter version of the hair gel, is clear and non sticky. Once you’re done with styling your hair, apply a bit of mascara with the wand and tame it in the direction you want it to stay. It works – try it out!

2. Styling Products:

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Styling products can be real lifesavers while combating flyaways and frizz, but don’t go overboard and end up with wet and greasy looking locks. Grab a minimal amount of finishing crème, spread it between your hands, and use it on the frizzy hairs around your forehead hair.

Bonus: It smells really good!

3. Style It Right:

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Try to avoid excessive heat styling tools and over-brushing! It may bring hidden flyaways out of the woodworks. It’s always preferred to use a heat protectant spray before styling your hair with a blow dryer or a curling iron. Finish your styling with lightweight dry oil.

4. Love Thy Hand Lotion:

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Apply hand lotion to your hands as you usually do. Once done, gently run your palm over your hair, give it some moisture, and tame your stray hair!

You can also use a lip balm as an alternative to hand lotion. They both function the same way; except for the texture of lip balm that gives a little more of the oomph feel. To avoid that greasy effect, use your fingers to apply a small amount over your hair. (I love this little hack, as a lip balm is really never far away!)

5. The Toothbrush Trick:

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When you’re running out of your time, and cannot afford to wash and blow dry your hair, here’s a simple trick that could be of use to you.

Spritz some dry shampoo on your scalp and smooth it over using your fingers. Once your hair feels a bit dry and less-greasy, use a soft bristled toothbrush to comb those tiny strands along your hairline into place. You can also add some shine serum onto the bristles of the toothbrush to prevent hair from curling or frizzing. This is the best foolproof hack for taming baby hair for those who like a completely clean hairline!

I’ve a crazy cowlick in my hair, and I use the same method to lay it flat. It’s simple! It might sound a little weird as it involves a toothbrush, but it’s worth the try. (Remember to use a toothbrush other than the one you use for brushing your teeth, though!)

And yes, I must admit that at times, the messy, soft baby hair actually makes your face look cuter. In such a situation, one simple way of dealing with that untidy baby hair is not touching it at all! Try making a messy bun, braid, or a messy ponytail. Yes, they are super-cute and will fit in your casual summer look! The bonus is you need to put minimum effort for your fuss-free style.

Have you ever used any of these tricks to style your hair? What’s your favourite hairstyling hack? Do you have any other unusual baby hair taming secrets in your beauty arsenal? Share them with us in the comment box below!

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How to tame your baby hairs

Baby hairs are known for being tricky to tame. No matter how hard you may try to style every strand on your head, those wispy little rascals on your hairline usually have something else in mind.

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Baby hairs are shorter, finer and come through when you’re, well, a baby, but sometimes they like to stick with you through to adulthood. Kobi Bokshish, Global Hairdresser of the Year 2018, explains that everyone gets baby hairs but some factors, like heat styling, pregnancy and hormonal changes can exacerbate them.

If you’re an adult with baby hairs, you can leave ‘em just as they are (they’re natural and cute and oh-so-you), try and tame them, or do a little bit of both – whatever floats your boat!

Here are Kobi’s suggestions for what you can do to keep baby hairs under control…

Minimising breakage

If your baby hairs are hanging around because of breakage, there are a few things you can do to prevent and minimise your hair breaking.

“In the short term, reduce heat styling to minimise breakage,” says Kobi. “A good diet can help with healthy hair growth long-term.”

We also suggest being careful with wet hair (don’t be too rough with the towel and don’t use a brush on wet locks) and also make sure to keep your mane moisturised at all times.

beautyheaven loves L’Oréal Paris Elvive Anti-Breakage Conditioner, Palmolive Naturals Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner and Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair.

Taming baby hairs

If you’re into trying to control and style your baby hairs, Kobi has some tips: “Applying a serum or leave-in conditioner prior to blow-drying will lock in the moisture and help control the fluff by adding weight (so there are less flyaways).”

We also suggest using a toothbrush to comb hairspray through baby hairs or using a frizz serum like the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum and John Frieda Frizz Ease® Original 6 Effects™ Serum to smooth frizzy baby hairs.

beautyheaven loves Deep muk – Ultra Soft Leave-In Conditioner, KMS TAMEFRIZZ Curl Leave-In Conditioner and Schwarzkopf Extra Care Hair Care Ultimate Oil Elixir Serum.

Disguising baby hairs

You can hide your baby hairs. “I use Style Link Style Fixer Hairspray sprayed directly onto your hands and then gently flatten down the baby hairs, allowing it to dry for a few minutes,” says Kobi.

beautyheaven loves Cedel Extra Firm Hairspray, TIGI BedHead Hard Head Hairspray and ELEVEN Australia Give Me Hold Flexible Hairspray.

Do you have baby hairs? How do you tame them?