Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
For anyone who has to spend more than ten minutes on their hair each morning (so pretty much everyone), there's one very good thing about winter: Hats are perfect for hiding a bad hair day. But here's the downside: Dry winter weather makes flyaways and static more pronounced. Here, four quick fixes:
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A tried-and-true trick from hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins: Spritz a flexible-hold or lightweight hair spray (unless you actually want helmet head) over the flyaways in the direction you want them to lie. (Try Oribe Superfine Hairspray). Smooth them down using a boar-bristle paddle brush that's also been misted with the hair spray and you're ready to go.
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If you don't have a boar-bristle paddle brush handy (or don't feel like getting hair spray on your pricey Mason Pearson), there's another easy way to tackle flyaways. Start the same way (by misting on hair spray), but smooth your flyaways down with the side of the hair-spray can. Hairstylist Sarah Potempa does it on shoots, explaining that the coolness of the can helps to set the style.
Spritz a travel-size brush with lightweight hair spray in the morning, and then stash it in your bag for midday touchups. The hair spray that's already on it will smooth down any rogue hairs without making your style look greasy.
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You wouldn't think it, but a few household items help in the fight against flyaways. You can put a humidifier in your bedroom to counteract the (very) drying effects of indoor heat. And in a pinch, smoothing an antistatic dryer sheet over your hair will calm flyaways. Just expect to smell a little bit like clean laundry. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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