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How to Guide: Hairspray

An oldie but still a goodie – as long as you use it correctly.

With a history dating back to the 1950s, it’s easy to believe that hairspray is an old-fashioned styling product that’s best avoided, unless you want helmet hair. But top stylist Richard Kavanagh says it’s essential. Here are his tips:

A VERSATILE CHOICE

“It’s useful for a wide range of hairstyles. From creating texture and adding hold, to extra polish and shine, most styles benefit. Hairspray can be used to lock out humidity, create a wet look, add messy texture, and applied with hot tools as a styling aid. I would recommend hairspray in your regime no matter what other products you use.”

WHICH WAY TO GO

“A simple rule is light, dry hairspray for soft hold and flexible styles. For longer-lasting hold and to lock styles in place, try a stronger, shiny hairspray. And a wetter hairspray for creating texture. If in doubt, ask your stylist for advice.”

STRONG OR LIGHT?

“If you’re only going to buy one, get a stronger hold. You can always use a little less or spray it from further away to create a finer mist.”

WHAT NOT TO DO

“I think the biggest mistake is spraying it too close to the hair, leaving wet marks. It’s amazing what difference it makes holding the can at arm’s length.”

INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

“Spray onto a bristle brush and then brush over your ponytail to smooth out. A little hairspray on your hands smoothed over your hair can also help control static.”

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME

L’Oréal officially launched the first ever aerosol hairspray way back in 1957. In those days it was more of a lacquer that held hair stiff and left a resin that was tough to wash out. Today’s sprays, by contrast, are all about flexible, movable hair and can be used to thicken, as well as shape and protect from heat.

5 TO TRY

HUMIDITY RESISTANT Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper $35 – a strong-hold hairspray that locks out humidity but still has a touchable feel and is easily brushed out.

SHINE BOOSTING L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Lumiere $23 – extreme hold hairspray that provides optimal shine with a neutral fragrance.

HOT BUY Tresemmé Two Extra Hold, $9.29 – a dry hairspray that gives grip and hold without any stickiness. Great for controlling flyaways.

FINE HAIR Redken Fashion Work 12 $36 – a light, flexible hairspray that builds volume and texture and helps with humidity resistance.

COLOUR-CARING Pureology Colour Stylist Strengthening Control $37.50 – fast-drying with flexible hold, works to protect hair from colour fade.

HOT TIP Try applying hairspray onto dry hair before using tongs or straighteners.

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