Hair Spray Get The Best, Forget The Rest
The hair spray you choose depends on the hair styling process. Some processes require more hold than others (i.e., formal updo vs. casual curly style).
If you do a lot of intricate styling, it’s a good idea to have both a working spray and a finishing spray. And then there’s the choice between aerosol and pump sprays. Which you choose is strictly personal preference.
Generally, the aerosol products dry faster. Some people are partial to the pump action sprays simply because they’re less impactful on the environment.
This page breaks down the best of the best in each of the following categories.
Light Hold Hair Sprays | Medium Hold | Firm Hold
A medium hold (working) hair spray allows for combing and moving the hair around during styling. The aerosol working sprays can be used as thermal stylers as well, offering protection from the heat of a flat iron or curling iron. If you use a medium hold hair spray as a finisher though, you’ll be disappointed unless you like a very light hold.
An aerosol working hairspray is great for supporting backcombing. Spray underneath each section after you’ve backcombed it for extra hold. Also works well for sculpting hair when creating updos, but don’t overuse it or the hair may become sticky and difficult to work with. A liquid (pump action) styling hair spray can be used on wet hair, usually to define and control unruly or coarse hair.
Finishing spray has a very strong hold factor and is intended to be used after all styling is done. They have a high alcohol content and are usually heavily scented to disguise the alcohol smell. Cover the hair with a thin veil of finishing hair spray, quickly (and delicately) smoothing any strays into place before it dries. Great for creating lasting updo’s.
It’s a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo like Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo occasionally if you use a lot of hairspray. Extended use can cause a buildup, making the hair limp and dull looking. Buildup will also decrease the effectiveness of products despite your best styling efforts.