3 Steps to Remove Flyaway hairs in Photoshop

3 Steps To Quickly Remove Flyaway Hairs In Photoshop

3 Steps To Quickly Remove Flyaway Hairs In Photoshop


How to quickly remove flyaway hairs in photoshop. Speed-up your e-commerce retouching workflow with best-editing practices & professional tips.  



This tutorial will cover how to quickly remove unwanted flyaway hairs from your e-commerce model images in Photoshop.


The goal of this workflow is to help you speed up your retouching with best-editing practices you can implement quickly and effectively.


Every photo shoot & every image is unique. The lighting setup, the models hairstyle, hair color and shape all slightly change. The editing goals for hair generally stays the same; remove any distracting hairs. When it comes to editing hair, you’ll want to remove flyaway hair quickly with consistency. The best way to improve your editing speed it by practicing and getting very comfortable with the tools in Photoshop. 


Things to know


Less is more, when it comes to flyaway hair removal. 


Be careful not to remove too many natural hair strands. When hair-retouching is overdone it tends to have hard edges that catch the eye’s attention. With e-commerce image retouching we always want to direct attention to the product. It is better to under do hair retouching, than to over do it.


Overdone flyaway hair removal – Sharp/hard edges

Step 1)


Identify the problem areas first. This will help you work on the areas the actually require your time. 


Look at the hair strands and ask yourself: Is this a problem? Is this distracting from the product? 


Hairs that go against the general hair-flow are usually problem areas. These are hairs that stand up instead of falling down. 


Remove flyaway hairs in photoshop. Locate the problem areas first.
Identify the problem hairs (distractions)

Step 2) 


Create a new empty layer. Use the Clone Stamp Tool to replace unwanted hair with the background. 


Usually it is best to start by cloning the hair to sit closer to the hairline. The aim is it move the tips of the hair to sit closer to the natural shape of the hair while keeping the natural edge. Don’t make it too perfect. Try to leave some natural edges, an odd strand etc. Try a semi-hard clone stamp brush for this technique


Step 3) 


Remove any hairs that cross the model’s face or are moving against the general flow of hair.


These are usually single strands that cross the forehead, eyebrows or cheeks. Use the spot healing brush tool at a size just slightly larger than your hair strands. If possible, get comfortable using a wacom drawing tablet & pen because this will help you accurately draw over hair strands and save you time.



Remove flyaway hairs in photoshop. Correct example
Correct flyaway removal



  • Use a semi hard clone stamp tool. This is because hair tips are usually more hard than soft. 
  • Less is more – don’t overdo the retouching. This also saves you time!
  • Keep some hairs that fall with the main hair-flow. 
  • As you work, take a moment to zoom back out to view the whole image. Ask yourself “does this honestly look real?” “Does anything catch my eye to the point It’s distracting from the products?”





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