Hair sprays can be a tough sell; they get a bad rep for making your hair too stiff and for suffocating you with a pungent smell. But we're here to squash those misconceptions. You can lock your hair in place without losing movement (or your ability to breathe). We polled celebrity hairstylists and debated amongst ourselves at Byrdie HQ about the best hair sprays out there. Read below to see what we all had to say.
"It's great for building texture when short bursts are applied to the lengths before setting in hot rollers or wrapping the hair around your favorite T3 wand! Use to keep side swept bangs under control after styling or tame fly aways by spraying directly on a small bristled brush (or toothbrush) and smoothing the surface of hair." — Brian Fischer, celebrity hairstylist
"Sticky, stiff, crunchy—all things you might associate with a traditional hair spray, and none of what you’ll find with this version from Living Proof. I don’t usually use hairspray in my routine but when I want a little extra security for whatever hairstyle I’m doing, I reach for this guy. It makes your hair still feel touchable and soft while keeping waves in place—plus, it smells amazing." — Faith Xue, editorial director
"I'm really picky when it comes to hair spray; most of the sprays out there end up making my hair really stiff. This one from R+Co goes on lightweight but really keeps whatever hair style I have in place all day long." — Audrey Noble, associate editor