7 glorious hairsprays that won't give you stiff, sticky strands
Seal your style sans tackiness
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / May 27 2022
Hairspray gets a bad rap in the beauty biz, often equated with the word ‘tacky’ in more ways than one. But let's be real; anyone still reinforcing its damaging, drying and downright sticky reputation mustn’t have met the modern formulas flooding the shelves nowadays.
Yep, there are actually a ton of totally contemporary options that have tossed the tacky finish and Hairspray-the-movie hair height in the trash in the name of hydration, shine and protection (while still sealing your style with some serious staying power).
So, if you’re after a can of hairspray that will provide hold without bringing any of that bad stuff along with it, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 7 of our absolute favourites…
Drybar The Sheriff Medium Hold Hairspray
We’ll take a medium-hold hairspray with built-in hydration any day, and boy does this one deliver in all departments. It’ll keep your tresses both tamed to perfection and touchable thanks to prune oil, its softening and humidity-fighting hero ingredient.
$41 at Sephora
Ouai Texturising Hair Spray
If it’s texture and hold you’re after, look no further than this long-lasting lifting option, able to give fine hair types a little extra oomph. A simple spray ‘n scrunch technique will save you a lot of work in the tedious teasing department.
$43 at Sephora
Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Mist
You’ll come for the non-crispy finish and the flexible feel, but you’ll definitely stay for the dreamy botanical scent – it certainly doesn’t smell anything like the cheap stuff you used to spritz at your dance concerts.
$45 at MECCA
Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield
Heat damage and humidity are two of our hair’s greatest enemies, so it’s lucky that this protection-providing mist is here to help. Its micro-fine formula also means you can brush through post-spritz without fearing a ‘Mia-in-The-Princess-Diaries’ type issue; a definite bonus.
$36 at MECCA
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Normal Strength Hairspray
An absolute classic, this weightless wonder is basically the J.Lo of hairsprays; pretty fitting considering Lopez herself calls it her “quick fix” and admits to keeping a big one at her house, and a small one in her bag at all times.
$10.99 at Priceline
TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray
Want to amp up your shine levels while also setting your style in place? Go for a spritz of this gloss-boosting lightweight spray. Don’t worry, though; shiny does not equal sticky in this equation – your strands will still feel super soft, too.
$14.95 at Smooth Sales
ghd Perfect Ending Hairspray
Blessed with a firm but flexible hold, this magical mist will lock your perfectly coiffed curls or beautiful beach waves in for the long haul without eliminating their natural movement or taking them into dreaded pageant-queen territory.
$25 at MECCA