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As anyone with fine hair will tell you, finding the perfect hairspray can be a seemingly never-ending struggle. Whereas other hair textures can simply grab any old can, spray, and go, those of us with limp locks are faced with a tricky conundrum. You obviously need a mist that will hold your style in place—we are talking about hairspray, after all. But that most definitely cannot come at the expense of it being too heavy, weighing down your fine strands, and leaving your locks looking limper than when you started. If we’re being honest, a good hairspray for fine hair is kind of a unicorn in the hair product world. Still, we’re always up for a good beauty challenge, so we got to spritzing, in search of the sprays that could get the job done.
These fabulous hairsprays for fine hair are the fruits of our labor.
Best Overall: Kenra Volume Spray
If you’re in need of serious, serious hold, this formula can’t be beaten; it resists humidity for up to 24 hours and winds up to 25 miles per hour. It’s impressive for sure, but we get it, it does kind of sound like that will all come at the expense of winding up with helmet head. Nope. Despite the extreme hold, it still builds plenty of volume, and also dries quickly and feels lightweight.
Best Texturizing: Ouai Texturizing Hairspray
True story: We once left this in the gym locker room and shed a tear over the loss. Okay, maybe we were a little hormonal, but this really is that good. A hairspray-dry shampoo-texturizing spritz hybrid, it builds plenty of volume and texture and imparts a touch of hold. But the benefits don’t stop there. Volcanic minerals absorb excess oil, making this choice for second- (or third-) day hair. And in true Ouai fashion, the floral and citrus scent is oh-so-sophisticated. It works great on all hair types and textures but is definitely a must for those with fine strands.
Best Budget: Tresemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Level 2 Hairspray
This formula comes in hold levels from one to four; for fine hair, two is where it’s at. You get enough hold, humidity-blocking, and frizz-fighting power, but without any stiffness or crunch. Also cool: Despite the skinny size, this packs the same amount of product as a regular size bottle, thanks to a unique compressed micro-mist technology. Though it does ring in at a much more affordable price than many other hairsprays.
Best Volumizing: OGX Bodifying + Fiber Full Hairspray
Volumizing is always the name of the game for anyone with fine hair, which is why this particular styler is so great. A combo of bamboo fibers and collagen plumps up strands, while simultaneously imparting all-day hold to keep your newly voluminous look locked in. Top tip: It’s actually best to spray this on damp hair before blow-drying.
Best Splurge: Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray
A bottle of this is pricey, for sure, but a) it lasts a long time and b) it’s totally worth it. Just a quick spritz packs hold and major frizz-fighting power, locking out the humidity that can quickly wreak havoc on your style (and make fine hair fall flat). It also contains panthenol to increase the diameter of each and every strand, a major win for those with limp locks. Plus, it’s safe for color- and keratin-treated hair, too.
Best for Updos: L’Oréal Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
This guy has been around for over 60 years, the true definition of a cult-classic. Once only available in Europe, obsessed stylists used to smuggle it back stateside in their suitcases. (Happily, that’s no longer the case.) The mist is ultra-fine and packs some intense hold, choice if you’re sporting a ‘do that really needs to stay in place. Still, we love it for thinner strands because it’s so brushable; comb through your mane and it pretty much disappears.
Best for Blowouts: Drybar Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray
It should come as no surprise that the salon chain known for creating perfect blowouts also has a hairspray that’s perfect to use post-blowout. The hold is workable and flexible, ideal for both setting a blowout and touching it up throughout the day. It also contains prune oil to condition, add shine, and fight humidity. Who knew?
Best Customizable: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder
It may not technically be called a hairspray, but don’t worry, this innovative spray does give you plenty of hold. It also gives you the exact amount of volume you crave, thanks to the innovative delivery system. Turn the nozzle to adjust the particle size and spray rate of the flexible and firm polymers that impart body. We like using a little bit less for the smaller pieces around our face, and cranking it up to add loads of volume to the hair on top and at the back of our head.
Best for Color-Treated Hair: Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
Truly, the name says it all. For large and in charge hair (what do they say in Texas, the higher the hair, the closer to God?) this can’t be beaten. It’s a pretty firm hold, though it won’t weigh down strands, instead giving them a major boost. The addition of UV protection to safeguard your hue and ward off fading makes it especially choice for anyone who colors his or her hair.
Best for Dry Hair: Verb Ghost Hairspray
If your mane is dry to begin with, many hairsprays (which are alcohol-based) can only exacerbate the situation. Not the case here. While this medium-hold spray does have alcohol, it also has the unique distinction of having three moisturizing ingredients. Moringa seed oil moisturizes and detangles, pro-vitamin B5 hydrates the scalp and smooths hair, and glycerin binds even more moisture to the hair. Basically, it leaves you with the kind of hair that you can’t stop touching.
Best for Humid Weather: Kérastase Laque Couture Medium Hold Hairspray
Rainy nights, muggy days, tropical vacations—no matter what type of frizz-inducing scenario you find yourself in, this spray has got you covered. With frizz control and humidity protection, it keeps all textures smooth and sleek by maintaining the integrity of the hair cuticle. (As a quick reminder, the cuticle is the outer layer of the hair, which is ultimately responsible for how your hair looks and feels). It works well on all textures, but the featherweight feel is especially nice for anyone with finer hair.
Best Drugstore: Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing Mist
A proprietary Fluid-Fix technology ensures that the nearly invisible mist remains completely weightless, and stays touchable, flexible, and brushable. It also imparts a nice glossy finish onto your newly bouncy and full hair and earns extra points for the floral fragrance, a blend of rose and jasmine.