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Hairspray 101: How to Find the Best Hairspray for You

By Carly Cochrane - 4 months ago | Updated
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We know how it feels to spend hours styling a big, bouncy blowout, sleek, straight locks or a fancy up-do for it all to fall flat and frizzy by noon. It’s frustrating to say the least.

Whilst dousing yourself in hairspray may seem like the only way to keep those flyaway hairs in place, you run the risk of flaunting that sticky, crunchy, helmet-like finish.

The key to showcasing your fabulous hairstyles from dusk ‘til dawn is to pick the best hairspray; one that suits you. That means you need to consider your hair type and the results you want from your hairspray, whether it be shine, hold or volume.

To help you find the best hairspray for you, we’ve created the ultimate hairspray guide, where we not only recommend the best products but also answer all of your FAQs.


What is hairspray used for?

Hairspray is a very popular hair styling product that can be used by both men and women. It's a liquid fixative presented as a fine mist and housed in an aerosol bottle for precise application.

Hairspray is often used to hold hairstyles such as up-dos and ponytails in place throughout the day. It can also be used to create volume and tame fly-away strands so that you can rock a sleek and sophisticated look.

There are many types of hairspray you can choose from, including finishing spray, volumising spray, shine hair spray and freeze spray.

Is hairspray bad for my hair?

Most hairsprays will not cause damage to your hair. If you are using the product in moderation and washing your hair frequently – on a daily basis or every other day – hairspray is typically harmless. As long as your hair looks and feels healthy, not dry, sticky or hard, then hairspray is fine to incorporate into your everyday routine.

How do I get hairspray out of my hair?

Hairspray is really easy to remove from your hair once you have finished showcasing your look.

Simply running a brush through your hair at the end of the day or before bed can help to break down the particles and remove hairspray. For more efficient removal, you can apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair and scalp and then brush it out.

If you use hairspray regularly or in large amounts, the best way to get rid of build-up is to cleanse and shampoo your hair. Clarifying shampoos are great for breaking down the particles that cling to your strands and scalp and will leave locks looking and feeling fresh.

What is the best hairspray for curls?

Whether you have naturally curly hair or have styled your locks into waves and coils, hairspray is a great way to secure your look.

Texturising sprays work best on curly hair, as they help hold your curl pattern in place without weighing them down or making them look and feel crunchy. Not to mention, they add bounce and texture to your hair, creating the illusion of full-bodied locks.

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hairspray

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hairspray

£19.00 Go To Store
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold - 330ml

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold

£17.25 Go To Store
Sexy Hair Curly Curl Recover Reviving Spray

Sexy Hair Curly Curl Recover Reviving Spray

£10.45 Go To Store


What is the best hairspray for fine hair?

It's time to wave bye-bye to hair that falls flat and looks limp. The secret to finding a hairspray that works on fine hair is to look for lightweight, volumising formulas. Many big brand names offer game-changing options, which you can learn all about in our complete guide to The Best Hairspray for Fine Hair.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray

£5.99 Go To Store
Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish

Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish

£19.95 Go To Store
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day PhD Body Builder

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day PhD Body Builder

£12.82 Go To Store

What is the best hairspray for blondes?

We know that maintaining your brightest, boldest blonde colour is essential, especially since you've been through all the hassle of bleaching and toning your locks. Kick brassy tones to the kerb and style your hair with a variety of hairsprays that are expertly formulated to bring out the best in colour-treated hair.

Amika Fluxus Touchable Hairspray

Amika Fluxus Touchable Hairspray

£17.00 Go To Store
L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour 10 In 1 Multi Purpose Spray

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour 10 In 1 Multi Purpose Spray

£15.30 Go To Store
Color Wow Cult Favourite Firm + Flexible Hairspray

Color Wow Cult Favourite Firm + Flexible Hairspray

£11.00 Go To Store

What is the best hairspray for shine?

The best hairsprays for shine give out a fine mist that evenly and lightly coat hair with a sheen. Whilst we can appreciate the desire for locks that shimmer and shine, be careful not to go too wild with the mist as this can lead to hair looking greasy rather than healthy. Plus, too much shine spray can cause buildup on the scalp and lead to the likes of dandruff and itchiness.

Color Wow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray

Color Wow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray

£19.50 Go To Store
Beauty Works Dream Shine Spray On Humidity Shield

Beauty Works Dream Shine Spray On Humidity Shield

£15.25 Go To Store
Label.M Shine Mist

Label.M Shine Mist

£14.60 Go To Store


What is the best hairspray for volume?

Volumising hairsprays are the key to giving your locks that extra oomph. Whether you want to create a big, bouncy blowout or give the illusion of fuller, thicker hair, it's the spray for the job. Mist under your roots for ultimate va-va-voom.

OUAI Volumising Hairspray

OUAI Volumising Hairspray

£22.00 Go To Store
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Firm Finishing Spray

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Firm Finishing Spray

£17.50 Go To Store
Oribe Volumista Mist For Volume

Oribe Volumista Mist For Volume

£36.00 Go To Store


What is the best hairspray for hold?

There's nothing more frustrating than perfecting your up-do for it to fall flat and frizzy by lunchtime. Implementing a hairspray that provides ultimate hold into your routine can be a total game-changer. These pro-grade holding hairsprays are the best for keeping every baby hair in place, without making them feel sticky or crunchy.

Hair by Sam McKnight Easy-up Do

Hair by Sam McKnight Easy-up Do

£25.00 Go To Store
ghd Final Fix Hairspray

ghd Final Fix Hairspray

£4.50 Go To Store
Davines More Inside This Is A Strong Hairspray

Davines More Inside This Is A Strong Hairspray

£21.00 Go To Store

Now that you're all clued up about the best hairsprays, you can rock your favourite styles all day and all night long without having to worry about a hair falling out of place! Tailor your hair care routine further with The Best Hair Masks for All Hair Types.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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