Once wielded like mighty swords in their glamour-filled arsenals, beauty pageant mothers and Texas debutantes should be prepared to start sharing the hairspray stage with varnishing virgins and the prodigal sprayer alike.
The aerosol cans lining the shelves of salons and drugstores today certainly aren’t your momma’s hairsprays. These high-tech products are flexible and light yet still manage to provide substantial hold and volume. A little bit goes a long way with these small and mighty stylers, so say goodbye to the cloudy halo of fumes and chemicals that was once your morning routine. Also, be prepared to correct your prejudice that hairspray is best left where it belongs—in the 80s with magenta legwarmers and acid-wash jeans.
The best of the best is arguably a new old product by L’Oreal. After years of smuggling Elnett Satin in from Europe, this hairspray is finally available to it’s cult-like followers in the United States. L’Oreal claims that this hairspray is “so fine, that it disappears at the stroke of a brush.” Ladies, no longer will you risk permanently affixing tuffs of cotton or small children to your daily ‘do because this marketing campaign doth speak the truth. It provides legitimate all-day hold and brushes out easily without leaving telltale white flakes or a chalky residue behind. And at approximately fourteen dollars for an eleven-ounce can, this hairspray is well within the bounds of affordability; however, if you won’t budge above $3.99 for styling products, you’re more than welcome to continue misting yourself with Aquanet. Consider yourself warned.
The trick to taming your fear of hairspray and the horrifying images it garners (mile-high bangs anyone?) is to learn how to use it. The best thing about hairspray is that it is extremely user-friendly and works with practically every type of hair. Use it like you would a digital camera: point and shoot. Hold the can a comfortable arms’-length from your head and spray in a gentle sweeping motion to coat your strands evenly.
Another benefit of hairspray is that it is ridiculously versatile as well. Spray it on damp hair with a texturizing mousse and scrunch to create beachy waves, or use it as a style-setter on sleek blowouts to keep them going and going and going all day long. No matter how you choose to use it, your styles will never possess the awkward stickiness or dark clumps that were the hallmark of previous generations of hairsprays.
So, breathe deeply tomorrow morning and know that your styles [and lungs] are safe with hairspray.