I rarely wear my hair up…actually that’s a lie, let me rephrase. I rarely wear my hair up when I’m going outside the house and givie a crap what I look like. But on the rare occasion that I do, I make sure to put a few extra seconds into taming flyaways around my hairline because it makes me look decidedly less like I just rolled out of bed after a night of drinking.
When I was a youngin’ back in Queens we used to refer to them as baby hairs, does anyone else call them that? In The last few years it has come to my attention that half the words I know do not make sense to anyone outside the Burroughs. Nobody hangs out on the stoop, or knows what the hell a Johnny Pump is, ya know? Anyway, whatever they are called we dealt with them by cementing them down into our ponytails with herbal essences or Queen Helene hair gel. Both of which were crusty and shiny and turned into artificial dandruff snow flurries by the end of the day. Not ideal but before youtube and google things were different. We were on our own.
As I grew older I learned better ways and products for taming flyaways, but there is one way that is the fastest and simplest and also happens to be incredibly effective.
CLEAR BROW GEL!
Before I tried this trick I honestly didn’t think it would have enough hold, but it really keeps them in place all day, doesn’t look glued down and shiny like actual hair gel (not that anyone uses that anymore anyway) and it does it quickly. Like two or three swipes and you’re done.
I took pictures of the process while I was in the middle of doing my makeup the other day to show you guys. The angle required to show you how I do it is not flattering, but I did it anyway because I trust you guys not to laugh at my elf nose.
See how it makes it way neater but still let’s it look natural? Whenever I tie my hair up I like to keep it messy because I think it’s more flattering on me, but I also want to look like I at least tried so taming flyaways and keeping it natural is the perfect combo.
You can also keep swiping and really slick it into a neat ponytail if you are going for the snatched look. Either way, I hope this tip was helpful if you have a ton of flyaways around your hairline like I do.