When it comes to styling products, hairspray definitely deserves our vote for most improved. Forget the crunchy, crisp, stiff, shellaced hair of decades past, because that best hairsprays will fix your look without these problems. The latest and greatest formulas are more invisible than ever, regardless of their hold level, and work on all hair types.
Speaking of which, when choosing a spray, hold is the most important piece of the puzzle. On the one hand you have flexible or light formulas. “I think of these as working hairsprays — the ones you use while styling your hair and maybe not 100 percent ready to commit to a finished look,” advises Los Angeles-based hairstylist Mark Townsend. He adds that these hairsprays are easier to brush out while still allowing you to manipulate and play with your style.
In the opposite corner, heavy-hold hairsprays are your finishing touch, best for holding a style in place, says Townsend. He also likes these for smoothing out stray hairs around your hairline or nape of the neck when you’re sporting polished bangs or an updo – much like you would use edge control. Townsend likes to spritz a bit of hairspray on a (clean, of course) natural-bristle toothbrush and use it to smooth flyaways.
Whether you’re looking for a gentle splash, a heavy splash – or want either – we’ve got you covered. Take a look below at these 17 standout hairsprays for sleek, frizz-free looks without the crunch or sticky feel.
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