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Taming the Mane: 14 Tips For Managing Unruly Hair

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While some may be blessed with hair that always does as it’s told, others struggle with an unruly mane that often seems impossible to control. If you can relate with the latter, read on – Nubi is here to share some txop tips on how to manage hair that seems to have a mind of its own!

1. Invest in a High-Quality Hairdryer 

The Blow Me Away Hairdryer

There are so many different styling tools out there that promise to make it easier to manage hair that’s unruly. However, the single-most important tool that you could have in your styling arsenal is a good hairdryer. Although many of the available models may initially look similar, some will have motors that are far more powerful than the others, and these are the ones that you want if you’re hoping to achieve a smooth and frizz-free finish.

If your hairdryer could do with an upgrade, check out Nubi’s Blow Me Away hairdryer. It boasts a professional-grade motor along with two diffusers and three temperature settings. You’ll be able to dry your hair to perfection so much faster, meaning less heat damage and frizz as a result!

2. Apply Styling Products While Your Hair is Wet

While some choose to wait until their hair has partly dried before applying any styling products, those who are attempting to manage hair that’s unruly would be better off reaching for their go-to styling formulas ASAP. Hair is most permeable when it’s wet, meaning that this is when your products will be able to soak their way into your strands most easily.

Whether you’re using a leave-in conditioner, a hair serum, a curl cream, or anything else, run it through your locks as soon as you step out of the shower. 

3. Treat Your Locks to Silk

If your hair always seems to be at its unruliest in the mornings, your pillowcase could be to blame. Each time your strands rub against your pillowcase at night, friction is created. This leads to frizz and out-of-control flyaways – everything you’re trying to avoid!

The solution is to swap your regular pillowcases for silk or satin versions. The smoothness of these fabrics greatly minimizes the amount of friction that’s created. These materials also won’t suck away the moisture from your hair in the way that other fabrics do. For even better results, try twisting your hair into a loose bun and securing it with a silk scrunchie before laying your head upon your silk pillowcase!

4. Enjoy a Quick Fix With a Hot Brush

Simply Sleek Brush Teal

Running late and need a quick fix for your unruly mane? Rather than turning to your regular hairbrush, consider a hot brush instead. These look just like any other hairbrush but plug them in and they heat up. This will allow you to quickly brush away the look of frizz and flyaways, giving your hair a much sleeker finish. It won’t straighten your hair in the same way that a flat iron would, but it will definitely leave your mane looking much smoother.

As always, professional-grade styling tools are the way to go. This is why the Nubi Simply Sleek Brush Teal is such a bestseller. It has been designed with tech that will give your hair a much shinier and healthier appearance.

5. Be Smart About Heat Styling

Soft N Straight Purple

Speaking of heated styling tools…

They can be extremely useful when trying to manage unruly hair. However, at the same time, they can sometimes make things worse. Use the wrong tools, or use the right tools incorrectly, and you’ll only end up causing heat damage. This will lead to frizz, dryness, and even more unruliness!

Ideally, when using a heated styling tool, you need one that’s going to keep the appearance of damage to a minimum, just like the Nubi Soft N’ Straight 1.25” Ceramic Purple Styler. Not only does it allow you to adjust the amount of heat that’s emitted, meaning that you won’t have to subject your hair to excessive levels of heat, but it also comes with negative ion and infrared technologies. These will help to keep your hair looking smooth and glossy for hours, or even days, after you’ve finished styling your strands.

6. Stop Touching Your Strands

Do you often find yourself running your fingers through your hair or twirling strands of hair around your fingers? If your hands and your hair are in frequent contact throughout the day, it’s time to break this habit.

Why? Because the more you touch your hair, the frizzier it will end up. Instead, find something else to occupy your hands with. You may need to keep your hair tied back for a while until you break this habit but, once you do, your hair should feel so much more manageable!

7. Hairspray Can Work Wonders

People with unruly, frizzy hair often stay away from hairspray. Many find that while it provides some instant relief, it only leads to even more frizz in the long run. 

In some cases, this is true. However, it all comes down to how you use your hairspray. Sure, spraying a heavy layer over your locks may lead to frizz but try lightly misting a brush or a comb with some hairspray instead. Then, run this through your strands, focusing on the most unruly areas. The hairspray will gently smooth your strands down, locking them in place without causing them to frizz up.

8. Use the Right Shampoo/Conditioner For Your Hair Type

As you can imagine, the hair care products that you use will have a huge impact on how easy it is to manage hair that’s often unruly. This is why it’s so crucial to keep your hair type in mind when deciding which hair care products to use.

If your hair is dry or damaged, you’ll need a very gentle shampoo paired with a rich conditioner. Look for formulas brimming with plant oils as the extra moisture and nutrients is exactly what your locks will be craving. Meanwhile, oily hair needs the opposite. A more powerful shampoo will remove the excess oil produced by your scalp while a light conditioner will seal your strands without leaving them feeling limp or weighed down.

9. Turn Down the Temperature in the Shower

There’s no denying how relaxing it can be to stand under a steamy hot jet when washing your hair. However, hot water needs to be avoided at all costs if you’re trying to manage hair that’s normally unruly. 

Hot water strips away the hair’s sebum, leaving it feeling dry and unprotected. This then makes it more prone to environmental damage, all of which will only give you hair that’s even harder to control. 

Instead, turn the temperature down so that it’s cool, or lukewarm at the most. It may not feel as comfortable but your hair will thank you!

10. Deep Condition Weekly

If you’ve been struggling to manage hair that’s unruly, there’s a good chance that your hair is lacking in something. Whether this may be moisture, certain nutrients, or anything else, it’s unlikely that your regular shampoo and conditioner are providing this, which is why your hair is acting so stubborn.

This is where a deep conditioner can save the day. They contain a much higher concentration of ingredients than a regular conditioner, which is why they shouldn’t be used more than once a week. However, pamper your locks with a deep conditioning formula on a weekly basis and you should end up with strands that feel much softer and easier to control.

11. Soak Up Excess Moisture With a Microfiber Towel

We’ve already talked about how important it is to applying styling products to your locks while they’re still damp. However, once you’ve done that, what next? 

Rather than rubbing your soaking wet strands with a regular terrycloth towel, try wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel instead. This will keep friction (which, as you know, causes frizz) to a minimum while also speeding up drying time. Once your hair is about 70-80% dry, you can then finish things off with a hairdryer.

12. Avoid Over-Brushing Your Hair

Ever been told that you should be brushing your hair 100 times each day?

Unfortunately, many follow this advice, even though they shouldn’t. When it comes down to it, over-brushing your hair can actually damage it, making it even harder to manage. Everyone’s hair is different, so a one-size-fits-all rule doesn’t work. Instead, brush your hair as much as you need to to remove tangles and then stop.

13. Don’t Fight Mother Nature When Trying to Manage Hair

As you probably know, the weather can have a huge impact on your hair. Humid conditions will cause it to frizz up in a big way, especially if your hair is on the dry side.

While there’s nothing wrong with trying to keep your hair under control, there’s also no point in fighting a losing battle. If the weather is very humid and you were hoping to turn your curly, frizzy locks into pin-straight tresses, you may want to change your plans. Try a looser and more relaxed style that defines your curls instead. Work with Mother Nature, rather than against, and your hair will look all the better for it.

14. Find a Hairstylist You Can Trust

A good hairstylist is so important when you’re struggling to manage hair for whatever reason. Not only will they be able to cut your hair in a way that makes it easier to control, but they’ll also be full of professional tips to share with you.

Once you’ve found a good hairstylist, book yourself in for a trim every six weeks. This will ensure that any split ends are regularly removed, which will immediately make your hair much simpler to care for and style.


While managing unruly hair may seem like an insurmountable challenge at times, all you need are the above tips. Follow them as closely as possible and you should soon find that your mane not only begins to look healthier but also becomes so much easier to control and style.

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