3 Tips to Tame Your Baby Hairs (Once and for All)
Raise your hand if you love spending a good hour on styling and blow-drying your hair only to step away and see your unruly baby hairs everywhere. We can’t see you, but we’re going to go ahead and guess you didn’t raise your hand. It’s ok; we didn’t either. Baby hairs: We can’t live with them, and we literally cannot live without them no matter how hard we try. They’re stubborn, frail, fine, and just downright infuriating at times, but with frustration comes innovation. We’ve rounded up some of the best and easiest ways to tame your pesky flyaways, and we’ve even come up with a few ways for you to, dare we say, embrace your baby hairs. Keep scrolling to find out how to tame your baby hairs (once and for all).
Step 1: Water them down. Baby hairs need to be completely wet in order to style them. This doesn’t mean you have to do a full shampoo every time you want to style your fine hairs, but instead just reach for a mist bottle and spritz along your hairline to dampen the strands (a good splash works too).
Step 2: Heat them up. Once your baby hairs are wet, secure a hold on them with your index and middle fingers and begin the blow-drying process. Begin to pull the fine hairs approximately one or two inches from the scalp and dry them with heat for three seconds. Then, blast them with cool air for three seconds. Alternating between hot and cool will help protect frail hairs from burning. Remember that baby hairs at the front of your head dry quickly, so be careful to not over-dry them!
Step 3: Set the strands. Grab a toothbrush and mist the bristles with a medium- to firm-hold hair spray, like Oscar Blandi’s Lacca Medium Hold Hairspray ($25), then gently brush over the baby hairs along the hairline and into place. If you don’t want to buy another toothbrush, grab a tissue instead. Spritz a folded tissue with a small amount of hair spray and slide it across your hairline, smoothing down any stubborn baby hairs along the way. And if you are not a fan of hair spray, you can opt out for a styling cream instead, like Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($36). You can apply the cream with your fingertip or put a dab of it onto a toothbrush to smooth over flyaways.
The other option? Embrace your baby hairs. The baby hair trend has been taking off even with celebs like Rihanna sporting the look. So what hairstyles can perfectly mask and incorporate your pesky wisps? Any messy hairstyle, really. You’ll look adorably undone with messy locks that are loosely tied in a braid, bun, or ponytail. A messy braid will allow you to twist and hide stray baby hairs without having to use any products; the wispy hairs instead will just look like a part of the style. A half-up ’do is also another perfect style for making baby hairs part of your look. Tying up half of your hair by either clipping or pinning the top section will not only add to the body of the style, but will also overshadow any lingering baby hairs.