How to Tame Baby Hairs

how to tame baby hairs

Whether you call them baby hairs, wispies, or cowlicks, those thin and short hairs that surround your forehead or part line are a pain the butt. For those of you who are lucky enough to not have them, make sure you thank the genetics God each and every night. For those of you who are like me and struggle with these annoyances, I’ve found a few solutions that help tame the little beasts. Here are my tips on how to tame baby hairs.

tame baby hairs

Below are a few products to help you learn how to tame baby hairs.

Clear mascara

I’ve written about my love for this product before, as it has multiple uses. I use my Covergirl Professional Natural Lash Clear Mascara as a mascara, a brow tamer and now something to help with my frizzies. The formula is clear and not sticky, and the mascara wand applicator is perfect for small areas like the inch or two of baby hairs around my hairline. After styling my hair, I just apply a little of the mascara (which is basically a lighter version of hair gel) with the wand and it keeps the hairs at bay.

Heavy duty hairspray & an old toothbrush

I find this to be a quick fix or flyaways on the top of my head, so it can easily be used on your baby hairs as well. Just spray some of your favorite hairspray (I recommend L’Oreal Paris Elnett Extra StrongHold Hairspray) directly onto an old, clean toothbrush and brush the hairs in the direction you want them to stay.

John Frieda’s Flawless Finishing Crème

I use this cream on dry hair mainly to tame any frizzy ends or make my curls/layers appear more “piece-y”. However, in a pinch I spread some between my hands and use it on the frizzy hairs around my part or forehead hairs. I find that if you use too much it can appear wet and greasy, so I only apply a minimal amount. Bonus: it smells good.

Other products

Pomades, waxes and gels can generally help keep down those pesky hairs as well. I suggest Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother or Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Cream.


  1. I need to try all of these! I have the world’s worst baby hairs — seriously, when I try to hairspray them back, they just end up sticking straight back out. Nothing can tame them. Hopefully one of these tips will help!

  2. Rachel, I don’t know what it is about winter but my flyaways are so out of control! I never thought about using clear mascara but I am kind of in love with the idea. P.S., I am a new reader and am loving your blog!

  3. Okay, I’m loving the hairspray + toothbrush trick and the clear mascara idea! I have a widows peak cowlick right in the middle of my hairline and it is an absolute nightmare!

  4. This is super helpful! I often get lazy and forget to tame my baby hairs and then I see a picture and cringe! I need to step up my game!

      1. I use the clear mascara and love it, but I use it up too fast. I need a bigger bottle but they don’t exist lol. Do the gels and/or creams feel and look the same? I need it for when my hair is both down and in ponytail. When my hair is down obviously I don’t want it to be a slick back look or too hard. If the John Frieda product looks greasy if I use too much then I don’t think I should use that one. Thank you!

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