Whether you use it to add volume at your roots or you rely on it to tame flyaways, hairspray is a beauty-cabinet must. But with so many on the market, it can be hard to sift through which are worth buying and which are likely to leave your strands a helmet-y, crunchy mess. Here are three formulas we swear by.


Editors' Pick: L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

The Facts:

  • Micro-diffusion technology disperses the product evenly
  • Humidity-resistant
  • Extra strong hold

Elnett has been an industry favorite for decades for a reason: It’s that good. Says one PureWow editor, “I’ve probably tried 15 different hairsprays and, no matter how good they are, I keep going back to Elnett. It’s an extra-strong hold, but never makes my hair feel like a helmet. I don’t know how it keeps everything in place without feeling too heavy, but I’m happy it does.”

Buy it ($10)


Best Value: Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

The Facts:

  • Holds for 24 hours with anti-humidity protection
  • Infused with natural bamboo extract for a shiny finish
  • Sparkling, fruity fragrance

For $4, it doesn’t get much better than Sleek and Shine. This formula is meant to wrap around hair strands to create an instant, invisible shield against frizz. With an ultra-strong hold, it’s great for long-wear use—especially if you’re teasing your hair. Just be aware that the fragrance is pretty strong, so if you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to look elsewhere. 

Buy it ($4)


Splurge-Worthy: R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray

The Facts:

  • Vegan
  • Smells like bergamot, wild fig and cedarwood
  • Paraben- and sulfate-free

According to one of our editors, “This hairspray smells expensive.” It’s not just nice to sniff, though. R+Co calls Outer Space a “working spray,” meaning you can add more without any buildup. In our editors’ experience, it created a light-to-medium hold that was perfect for keeping flyaways at bay. Luckily, a little goes a long way, so you can feel a little better about shelling out the extra money.

Buy it ($30)

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