How Well Do You Know Your Hairspray?

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To hold your perfect style in place, sometimes spritz and gel just won’t do! Hairspray can give you the hold you need, but what does that actually mean? We’ve got the answers to this and more.

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Aerosol vs. non-aerosol

So yes, you may have known that one is better for the environment. But did you know that non-aerosol sprays help to lock in the shape and texture of curly hair, and that aerosols are better for blown-out, smoother hair styles adding hold and finish?


Is hairspray good for your hair?

If you opt to purchase a good and NOURISHING hairspray, you can find that it has many added benefits for the hair. Try a formula with repairing ingredients such as Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray ($19.99, Paul Mitchell salons). This is a great option because it offers added moisture and helps fight against humidity.

What does hold actually mean?

Whether its “light hold,” “medium hold,” or “freeze hold”, what exactly is that referring to? You probably thought the most logical concept is how well it will hold your style, right? Wrong. Hold actually refers to your hair type. Light hold = fine hair, medium hold = medium/thick hair and freeze hold = very thick hair.

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What is the best application technique? 

For the best application,  hold the can approximately six inches from your head and spray in a constant stream, motioning left to right.

You get what you pay for. 

Cheap hairsprays are a no go when it comes to the overall health of your hair. I know spending upwards of $10 for a can of spray may make you cringe, but trust me it’s worth it. The better sprays leave less residue behind on the hair and are often infused with higher quality ingredients that are actually nourishing for the hair.

It’s a styling tool. 

A quick and easy way to touch up your waves is to take freshly sprayed sections of the hair and wrap it around the the can. It’s great because you aren’t using heat.


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