The hair product marketplace is filled with all types of hair spray products that can set your hairstyle, enhance shine, reduce frizz, and even promote volume. Hair spray can be used by itself, or used in conjunction with any hair paste or pomade. They can also be sprayed on the outer layer of hair to lock in the hairstyle in place, or sprayed deep into the roots to coat the hair and lift them up.
Typically, hair spray is packaged in an aerosol can or bottle with a pump sprayer, and is primarily geared towards women – this does not mean that men can’t and shouldn’t use them as well. To make life simple, stay focused on the holding power because that’s the main difference between all hair spray products. They can generally be categorized as flexible-, medium-, or maximum-hold.
Flexible-hold hair sprays offer the least amount of staying power and work well for longer hairstyles. They provide just enough control to reduce frizzing, but still allow some natural movement. The medium-hold hair sprays have a slightly stronger hold than the flexible types and should be used sparingly if movement is still desired. Medium-sprays are ideal for hairstyles that require volume, but don’t necessarily need to be stiff.
Maximum-hold sprays are obviously the strongest of the bunch and they work to keep every strand in the same place throughout the day. If you’re styling product isn’t giving you enough hold throughout the day, then blast it with a few shots of maximum-hold sprays and that’ll do the trick. You’ll still maintain the definition and texture of the hairstyle, but it’ll now be locked in place. Just be mindful that some types of hair spray product may require washing with a clarifying shampoo to remove all residues.