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8 Hairsprays to Try If You're Tired of Stiff and Crunchy Hair

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If you spend a large chunk of your morning straightening, curling, or de-frizzing your hair, it's pretty safe to assume that you don't want all that time to go to waste as soon as you face Mother Nature. The good news is that if you seal your hairstyle with the right hairspray, you shouldn't have to worry about a little humidity or a particularly strong breeze ruining your hard work. The best hairsprays give strands major staying power from dusk till dawn (you don't even have to think twice about it) while still maintaining their movability and bounce.

Here are the best hairsprays for a variety of hair types that will keep every lock in place, no matter how you wear your hair. 

Best Overall: L'Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
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Before this was available stateside, stylists and hair fanatics would fly across the pond to stuff their suitcases with this hairspray—that’s how good it is. Widely considered the gold standard in hairspray, it’s a go-to for professional stylists for the red carpet, photoshoots, and glam events.

It boasts incredible hold that will keep any style in place all day, yet it leaves hair silky soft and flexible. It goes on with a super fine mist that never feels tacky or sticky, and hair gets a major shine boost. And unlike some hairsprays that leave strands as stiff as cardboard, this one does no such thing; you can brush out your hair at any time and restyle it without difficulty.

Best Budget: TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray

TRESemme Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray

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Truly a micro mist, this hairspray has such an incredibly fine mist that is it actually undetectable—except for the gorgeous sheen it leaves on your hair. Designed to last for 24 hours, it is humidity-resistant, fights frizz, and won’t let your hair fall flat. Locks are still natural, swingy, smooth, and touchable—there’s no stiffness with this one.

Best Strong Hold: Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray

You won’t have to worry about your braid unweaving or topknot tumbling down with this mega hold hairspray. A spritz will leave you with 8-hour control, plus humidity and frizz protection. The universal formula is made for all hair types. Even better, this hairspray is infused with antioxidant vitamins C and E to give hair an extra boost, protect your strands, and prevent color from fading.

Best for Fine Hair: Kenra Volume Spray 25

Fine hair can be especially susceptible to some of the downsides of hairspray—think heavy formulas that can leave hair weighed down and looking flat—but there’s no need to worry about that with this gem from Kenra. This hairspray actually adds volume and strength to hold your style in place for up to a whopping 120 hours. The formula also boasts 24-hour humidity resistance and it’s wind-resistant up to 25 mph. Plus, it dries super fast and doesn’t leave any flakes behind.

Best for Thick Hair: Matrix Vavoom Freezing Finishing Hairspray

Keep a heavy updo in place with this firm hairspray. Made for salon professionals, the formula dries fast and delivers 24-hour humidity resistance, anti-frizz protection, and bounce back hold, even in high humidity. Aptly named, it freezes your style in place so that even the most intricate styles won’t budge. An added bonus: It provides UV protection.

Best for Curly Hair: Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish

Even the most tightly coiled curls will keep their shape with this Argan oil-infused hairspray that delivers long wear. It protects curls from humidity by fighting frizz and retaining the curl’s shape, all without leaving a flaky or sticky feel. Though its hold is powerful, it feels weightless and leaves hair soft and super shiny. The hold is flexible, making it perfect for updos and complex styles like braids.

Best Flexible Hold: Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray 09

Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray
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Yes, you can still get ​a super firm hold without feeling like a piece of your hair is going to snap off, as the Joico JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray proves. The ultimate in flexible hold, this finishing aerosol spray locks down styles for all-day staying power. The formula is humidity resistant and protects strands from environmental stress. To give your style even more staying power, layer the hairspray as you style. 

Best for Humidity: Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray

oribe anti humidity spray

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Basically, you could venture out into the tropics after applying this hairspray and not have to worry about ruining your ‘do. Need proof? The formula was tested in Miami’s notoriously sticky climate to ensure that the humidity-blocking formula does its job. The hairspray contains a unique copolymer that coats strands to extend the lifetime of your style in any climate, including the steamiest ones. It works for all hair types and is safe for keratin-treated and colored hair. It can be applied before styling to lock in texture and hold, or after to freeze a style and fight frizz.

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