Anytime you see a man who looks impeccably put together with no hair out of place, we are ready to bet his secret is hairspray. You probably think you know about hairspray: it smells, is crispy, and makes your hair look and feel like a helmet. Think again
Hairspray is the most underrated hair styling product for men, according to Tuft NYC hairdresser Mr. Natty. “Guys don’t use it a lot, but it’s so important,” he says. “It can act like a styling or fixing product. You can put it on thinner hair and it will feel thicker. “But he understands why most guys are a bit afraid of sprays – they put old-school sprays a little too much on thick and tight hair. His trick is to spray it on a brush instead of directly on the hair. This way you will ensure a lighter grip and a more natural finish.
With modern hairsprays, you might not even have to do this. Top hairspray brands come out with lighter sprays that are flexible, which means you can run your hands through your hair without loosening the ties (no more helmet head). No matter what type of hair you have, there is a hairspray for you. These are the 1
American crew care spray
This hairspray is slightly more fluid than aerosol versions, which means you can use it on damp or dry hair to get the shape you want. Start with a little and you can always add more for a more reserved look.
R + Co balloon dry volume spray
Volume sprays often don’t have as much hold as traditional hairsprays, but are ideal for fine or thinning hair. Use it on dry hair and spray on the roots before working through your hair with your hands or a brush. It pumps up slack strands without the weight of any other product.
Dove Men Care control spray
One reason some people don’t like hairspray is because they don’t like the scent. This odorless hairspray won’t leave you smelling weird, but still offers the hold and control of a traditional hairspray.
Blossom & Bloom ™ Ginseng + Biotin hair volume spray
You can still use hairspray even if you don’t want to freeze your hair (in fact you should). What this spray lacks in hold it makes up for in volume, which makes it ideal for pumping up fine or thinning hair. A few sprays can make limp hair look fuller and even dissolve excess oil to make it look cleaner.
IGK Beach Club Texture Spray
For men with fine or thinning hair, adding texture can make it look fuller and thicker. Using this texture spray instead of creams or pomades will help you get taller without worrying about your hair getting drained by the afternoon.
Living Proof Flex hairspray
This flexible hold hairspray is like three different products in one. Spray on damp hair for extra styling (like a pomade) or dry hair to keep your style in place. It also provides heat protection when blow drying your hair. If you’re not careful, it can dry out too much and frizz your hair.
Moroccan luminous hairspray
The healthy oils in this spray can make dull hair look shinier and healthier with just a little spray. It’s also good for curly hair thanks to higher levels of moisturizing elements than traditional hairspray. It has more fragrance than some others, but the flexible hold is great for keeping curls in place.
Tresemme Compressed Micro Mist Boost # 3 hold hairspray
The best thing about this hairspray is that the bottle is tiny but powerful, so you don’t have to worry about keeping a large, chunky can in your bathroom (or in your gym bag). We like the # 3 handle because it isn’t crispy but still keeps any type of hair in check.
OUAI volumizing hairspray
This sleek and minimal hairspray offers a cool look in a cool looking package. It instantly pumps up thin hair or loses volume as the day progresses. Use this before you go out instead of adding more pomade. It helps twist hair without weighing it down.
The Mane Choice Peach Black Tea Volume Therapy Hairspray
This non-aerosol spray gives medium hold to all hair types. However, the moisturizing ingredients are great for curly hair that feels dry or crispy with other sprays. It also instantly pumps hair up to make it look fuller, but most importantly, it protects it from the heat and the elements that keep it healthy over the long term.
Verb ghost hairspray
This ghost spray is another flexible, medium hold spray. It’s ultralight and contains moisturizing ingredients that bring out that dry hair idea. Use it as a finisher once you’ve added your other product and it will click into place in style with no crunch.
Sebastian Dark Oil Silk-scented hair mist
This hairspray has the least hold of anything on this list, but still helps maintain the shape of your style while smoothing and nourishing dry or curly hair. It also adds natural volume so spray sparingly first, then work down to your desired look.
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