Hair spray: An indispensable part of your hair care routine

Hair spray: An indispensable part of your hair care routine

by Lotte Lindgren on Sep 17, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on February 1, 2024.

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Hair spray is an indispensable part of any hair care routine. It is a great product that can help you achieve the desired look and give durability to your hairstyles all day. In this article, we will dive into what hairspray actually is, how to use it correctly, and some helpful tips to get the best results with hairspray. So let's get started!

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What is hairspray?

Hairspray is a styling product used to maintain and shape hairstyles. It comes in different types and strengths to suit different hair types and styling needs. The use of hairspray can provide several benefits such as durability, volume and control over the hairstyle.

The functions of the hairspray

Fixing the hairstyle:

  • The hairspray is essential to maintain your hairstyle throughout the day
  • It holds the hair in place and prevents it from falling out

Adds volume and texture:

  • By spraying hairspray at the roots, you can create more voluminous hair
  • Hairspray also adds texture, giving your hair a more defined look

Protects the hair against moisture and humidity:

  • The product forms a protective barrier around the hair that helps keep it free from moisture
  • It is ideal for use in humid weather conditions or in areas with high humidity.

Different types of hairspray

The hold levels vary in the hairspray products and can be light, medium or strong depending on the styling needs. Shiny finish or matte finish are also options to consider when choosing your hairspray. In addition, some products may have specific properties such as heat protection or UV protection to provide extra care to your hair during the styling process.

Benefits of using hairspray

Long-term hold on the hairstyle: The hairspray ensures that your hairstyle lasts all day without collapsing or losing its shape.

Possibility of flexible styling and reshaping of the hairstyle throughout the day: With hairspray, you can play with different looks and change your hairstyle as needed, as it allows you to easily style and reshape your hair.

Protection against humidity and frizz: The hairspray creates a protective barrier against humidity, which helps prevent unwanted frizz in your hair.

How to use hairspray

Choose a hairspray that suits your hair type and styling needs. Research different products to find the right hold and formula for your hairstyle.

Prepare your hair by washing it, drying it lightly with a towel and brushing it thoroughly. Be sure to remove any knots or tangled areas before applying the hairspray.

Apply hairspray evenly all over your hair from an appropriate distance. Hold the spray bottle approx. 20-30cm away from your head to avoid sticky or uneven results.

Now style your hair as desired using your favorite tools such as brushes or curling irons. Use extra coats of hairspray for better hold if needed.

Always remember to follow the instructions on the product and experiment with different techniques to achieve the best results with your hairspray!

Step 1: Choose the right hairspray

  • Identify your hair's needs, e.g. volume or durability
  • Choose a hairspray with the appropriate strength and formula to achieve the desired result

Step 2: Prepare your hair

  • Wash and dry your hair thoroughly before applying hairspray.
  • Brush the hair to remove any knots and make it smooth.

Step 3: Apply the hairspray

When you apply the hairspray, make sure to hold the bottle approx. 15-20 cm away from your hair to achieve even distribution and avoid sticky hair.

It is important to spray the hairspray in small amounts and work your way through the entire hair so that every section is covered, including the roots and ends.

Step 4: Style the hair

To style your hair after applying the hairspray, you can use different techniques such as curling, brushing or tying. Choose the style that best suits your taste and occasion. Remember to be careful and avoid overloading the hair with products to avoid damage.

Tips for getting the best results with hairspray

Use the hairspray sparingly to avoid overuse. Start with a small amount and gradually build up until you achieve the desired hold. Avoid spraying too close to the scalp and instead focus on the lengths for a more natural result.

Take advantage of the versatility of hairspray to create different hairstyles. Use it to give extra volume at the roots or define curls and waves. Try different techniques like touping the hair or using your fingers to create texture before setting the look with hairspray.

Experiment with different brands and formulations of hairspray to find the best fit for your hair type and styling needs. Some sprays provide more flexible hold, while others are suitable for extra strong hold that lasts all day. Pay attention to the ingredients in the product and choose a formula without alcohol if your hair is particularly sensitive or dry.

Avoid overuse of hairspray

Choose the right amount of hairspray:

  • Apply an appropriate amount of hairspray to avoid overuse.
  • Too much product can make your hair feel heavy and greasy.

Hold the bottle at an appropriate distance from the hair:

  • Hold the bottle approx. 20-30 cm away from your hair during application.
  • This ensures that the spray is distributed evenly without weighing the hair down.

Avoid applying too much product at a time:

  • Spray lightly and adjust as needed rather than overspraying the entire hair at once.
  • With several layers, it gives better control over the hairstyle and reduces the risk of lumpy or stiff hair.

Use hairspray to create different hairstyles

Create a voluminous look with hairspray: Do you want to add fullness and volume to your hair? Use hairspray to create an impressive and full look. Spray lightly at the roots of your hair, gently lift it upwards, and watch your hairstyle gain amazing volume.

Create definition and durability in curls with hairspray: Hairspray is perfect for defining your natural curls or styled locks. Once you've styled your curls, spray lightly on each section to ensure all-day hold. This will help maintain the definition of your beautiful curls without weighing them down.

Use hairspray to fix updos: When you've spent time styling a beautiful updo, you naturally also want it to last all day or all night long. Therefore, use hairspray as the last step in your styling routine for extra durability. Spritz gently over the finished hairstyle for instant hold and peace of mind - no worries about fallout or loose ends!

Try different hairspray brands and formulas

Different hairspray brands and formulas allow you to find the perfect spray for your needs. Try different brands and find out which one suits your hair type and style best. Remember to read the product descriptions carefully to ensure that you choose a hairspray that gives the desired result.

Are there other ways to maintain hair other than hairspray?

Of course, there are many different ways to hold your hair besides using hairspray. Here are some alternative methods that you can try:

1. Hair gel : Hair gel is a popular substitute for hair spray as it provides strong hold while adding shine to the hair. Apply a small amount of gel to damp or dry hair, then style as desired.

2. Hair wax : Hair wax is ideal for creating texture and definition in the hair. The wax can be applied to dry or damp hair by rubbing a small amount between the hands and then distributing it through the hair. Style the hair as desired.

3. Hair oil : Hair oil can be used to tame flyaway hair and add shine. Apply a small amount of oil to the lengths and ends of the hair, avoid applying too much at the roots to avoid greasy hair.

4. Hairspray: Hairspray is another option to keep the hair in place. It can provide a strong and durable hold on the hairstyle. Apply a light mist of hairspray all over the hair to ensure it stays in place all day.

It is important to remember that different hair types and styles require different products and methods to keep the hair in place. It is a good idea to experiment with different products and techniques to find the best solution for your hair.


Hair spray is a popular hair care product that helps keep the hairstyle in place. There are different types of hairspray, including volumizing hairspray and long-lasting hairspray. The use of hairspray has several advantages, as it gives extra volume and structure to the hair and ensures long-term durability in the hairstyle.

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