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Big bad baby hairs

Andrea asks: I have a question regarding short “baby-like” hairs that grow around my hairline. I’ve had them ever since I was little and I’m wondering why they never grow out. They’re not due to damage. They’re not long enough to be “fly-aways”, but they’re obvious enough that I’m too embarrassed to pull my hair back in a ponytail. Is there anything I can do, or any product I should use, to help these baby hairs grow out?

The Right Brain Replies:

We recommend washing your hair with baby shampoo, wearing Baby Phat perfume, dressing in clothes from Bebe, and listening to music by the 70s glam-rock band, The Babys. Joking!

Why are some hairs different than others?

Seriously though, there’s really nothing you can do to make your “baby hairs” grow out. Their size and shape are determined by the genetics of your hair follicle. Some types of hairs are “programmed” to only grow so thick and so long. You can read more about it in our post on “Why Armpit Hairs Don’t Grow Down To Your Knees.”

I’m sorry that we can’t recommend a product to help you battle baby hairs, but if they really bother you you might consider have electrolysis or laser hair removal.

Does any one else have trouble with baby hairs? Leave a comment and share your misery!

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  • Janet March 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

    I have mad baby hairs too, and hair spray does not hold them back. I’ve resorted to using clear mascara to tame flyaways — it works terrifically and barely shows. The only caveat is to not use too much or the product will weigh the baby hairs down and cause them to separate from the rest of your hairdo.

  • Britt September 20, 2014, 1:27 am

    I have some hairs like that around my hairline, but not too too bad. If I wear my hair back Ill coat down with Got 2 B Glued Spiking gel or spray. Also it holds down would-be flyaways. Only, don’t remove pony tail until your ready wash hair because it will be stuck like that.
    Actually, the clear mascara idea above sounds like it might be easier and less messy, if not as strong. The stuff is super sticky on your fingers.

  • samantha January 29, 2015, 6:27 pm

    I have always had baby hairs that frame my face. Is I were to remove them it would look like I was losing my hair. Everyone always said that I had frizzy hair because they are not tame able and have always looked unhealthy. I get by with leave in conditioner or anything like a serum. At least that way they are weighed down and not sticking straight up. It’s a bummer to know nothing can be done

  • Janeil February 22, 2015, 9:34 pm

    I can’t be the only person who loves baby hairs. Seriously. I have them alll around my hairline, and I honestly didn’t know I had them until I stopped perming my hair about a year ago. I used to admire the way other people’s baby hairs framed their faces so delicately. A lot of people manipulate their baby hairs’ natural movement, and for me it’s SO attractive. Heck, so many of my friends are jealous of MY baby hair now.

  • Zara January 7, 2016, 4:55 am

    I’ve always had really bad baby hairs on the ‘corners’ of my hairline (above temples, and I really hated how it looked and how little I could hide them….Although I did notice how you can keep them in healthier shape to help them grow a little or look generally a little neater.

    Of course prevent as much damage as possible-the typical hairdryers straighteners, tight hairstyles etc… But it the minor things you have to watch out for. For about three-four year I had a side parting, the baby hairs would be frustrating and ridiculous but I managed…As I wore my hair up as I occasionally do, after this amount of time I realised that one side of the baby hair problem had become much worse and more noticeable, I then realised that it was the side in which I had my parting- Uh Oh.

    After thinking about it, I had used hairspray on the area, combing it more than the other side after washing it so it would dry in place, it was exposed to more sunlight, rain would fall on it more than the other, it was being fiddld with all day (as it was generally the first place my hand would go if my hair was in my face)………And all of these small things really damaged the delicate area and made the hairs frizzier and more noticeable.

    I’m not saying you have to stay in bed your whole life to protect them, but be a little more cautious of the small things as they add up.


  • Ali February 7, 2016, 12:53 am

    Coconut oil! It won’t get rid of them but helps tame them. Baby hairs get forgotten about so causes them to be dry and frizzy. I rub coconut oil into them the night before I shower….and second thing I do is trim them. Please be very careful with this. I take almost no length off and just focus on cleaning them up and usually cut them at a slight angle getting longer towards the side of my head, but that’s what works for my hair line. If you cut too much off It can be awful. Doing these has caused my baby hairs to look healthier and blend a little more into my hair line. They have slightly grown too.

  • Emma April 4, 2016, 8:00 pm

    I have major baby hairs. I do anything, everything to get rid of them. I go from hairspray to hair gel to head band to water. Nothing works. When I try using one of these it makes my head look like a sun with all my baby hairs as the rays! Now I’m ashamed to pull my hair back. And I have to do it about 2 times a week! Please help!!!!

    • Nichole November 17, 2016, 1:29 pm

      Wear you hair part (side or middle), tuck hair behind ears and pull hair into a low ponytail this will cover any baby hairs from sticking out when hair is pulled back.

  • Mariaah Douthitt April 19, 2016, 7:53 pm

    I shaved my baby hairs a while back and now it looks hideous how do I grow this out within a week??? (Please reply asap!!)

    • Randy Schueller April 19, 2016, 11:21 pm

      Hair doesn’t grow that fast.

    • hannah June 15, 2016, 7:07 pm

      I did that to and regret it so much!!

  • Mya May 8, 2016, 3:15 am

    My baby hairs are ridiculous but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. The thing is my baby hairs reach all the way to my eyebrows and I’m very curious about what that means. Im a very curious person so if you know or even think anything PLEASE TELL ME.

    • KATERINA A MALDONADO February 19, 2018, 10:04 pm

      My baby hairs do the same. I can almost reach my ear on one side

  • Jodie Lock May 30, 2016, 1:18 pm

    I’ve learnt to kind of embrace my baby hairs, I made the HUGE mistake of shaving the side I have baby hairs on my forehead and my god did I regret. I’ve started to massage my head and hair line as well as tipping my head upside down and staying like it for a few minutes to help stimulate follicles and it seems to be helping them grow veryyyyyyy slowly. They are at the length that if I wet my hair back or hairspray it then they stay back!

  • Brittany August 1, 2016, 12:02 am

    My baby hairs. Ok so , my hair is think and curly ,,& my baby hairs are taking over the front side of my head … So the front is short but the back has my Long , curly hair. I need help…..I have olive oil spray and some Hawaiian silky ….nothing is working. The baby hairs are going to take over my head …I’m afraid to even put up my hair anymore …I always wear it down no matter how embarrassing ..please help me out with advice and tips. Please reply …I don’t want to have to hide forever

  • nuura August 13, 2016, 4:36 am

    I have ALOT! of baby hairs in the corner of my head and on my widows peak, because when I was like 12 years of age I wanted to look like a certain girl who had a huge forehead, so I shaved some off, bad choice, anyway they are growing out, I put olive oil mixed with coconut oil, I figure of it makes your eyebrows grow than it can make my hair grow to, I’m continuing with this method, I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Help!! October 22, 2016, 12:31 pm

    I shaved of my widows peak and it grew back up to my eyebrows and it looks so stupid. How do I grow it as long as my hair length? I don’t care how long it takes.

  • Emma June 3, 2017, 10:00 pm

    I have the frizziest, craziest baby hairs ever and here’s what I do to handle them. It’s pretty simple but what I do is I take some hairspray and spray it on them, then I take a toothbrush, yes a toothbrush, and I brush it through the hairs which flattens them down. I have found this to be the best method for me. (BTW I use a different toothbrush for my hair than I do my teeth, obviously!)

  • Kayla September 6, 2017, 1:12 am

    I have a literal 1-2″ section of hair all along the neckline of my hair, from the back of my ears down to the nape of my neck that grows out to about a half of an inch and does. Not. Grow.
    Looks like a wonky undercut and it’s the most annoying thing. A photographer pointed it out to me at a photoshoot once, called it a “weird neck fringe”, and I’ve been paranoid about it ever since. It doesn’t grow and shaving it off just makes my hairline look weird and it makes me so upset because the hair is so thick, but none of it is long enough to slick up into my hair or anything.
    So yeah, I feel you when it comes to annoying baby hairs.

  • Emma February 8, 2018, 7:07 pm

    I have baby hairs that are long enough to curl and go in my eyes, but they are too short to pin back. And I have hair at the front center of my head that sticks out and won’t grow. I didn’t have this problem until I got rid of my bangs! 🙁

  • julia March 19, 2018, 5:55 pm

    I CANT TAKE THIS!! 🙁 I have the most annoying baby hairs EVER!! Every time i pull my hair back, they just pop out the sides. Unlike most people, they are actually more on the sides of my head rather then the hairline by my forehead. Someone PLEASE HELP!?!? I just want to be able to grow them out as fast as possible!! They are so annoying!! ):

    • Perry Romanowski April 3, 2018, 7:43 am

      Either a styling product to hold them down, or clipping them are the only solutions that will likely work.

  • cielo May 6, 2018, 12:46 am

    I know this chat is for how to tame and embrace your baby hairs but I actually have some questions about how to grow mine out. I’m Mexican and I am expecting to have baby hairs that reach my eyelashes but they’re thin straight and short. I don’t know how some people try to hide them or take them off. Does anyone have some methods to grow them out? Help me out i’m desperate!

  • Megan May 14, 2018, 11:54 am

    Wow I’m shocked I tried the clear mascara hack and it works amazingly thank you for suggesting it in the comments. I’ve been to embarrassed to have my hair up in a ponytail and due to self confidence I can never go out with my hair up I can only have it down and I get bored of having my hair down all the time thank you again for commenting about the clear mascara it’s amazing.

  • Rag February 2, 2019, 4:26 pm

    «Seriously though, there’s really nothing you can do to make your “baby hairs” grow out. Their size and shape are determined by the genetics of your hair follicle»

    uh are you sure? I’ve used castor oil in my hair 20 minutes before showering once a week, and my baby hairs are actually growing!! I nearly have bangs now haha

    • Perry Romanowski February 4, 2019, 4:11 pm

      Yes, we’re sure. Anecdotes are not evidence of effectiveness.

  • Meech February 14, 2019, 9:51 am

    Lots of things here. I’ve got annoying baby hairs too. I’ve looked everywhere to find something to do with them and I’ve found a few things.

    If you can’t beat it, join it. Make it a part of your trim. I recently noticed that some people use them to highlight their trims. Alyssa Milano has baby hairs on either side of her temples. If you look at her less recent pictures, they sometimes look trimmed, not shaved, and they frame her face. I’ve tried this and as long as they’re not too short, they look pretty good.

    The problem I’ve always had is a long hairline at the base of my neck with all baby hairs. The only luck I’ve had with them is purposefully trimming them in a taper to look as if I planned them that way.

    Hope this helps someone.