The 8 Best Hair Sprays
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray
With gingerroot to moisturize and polish strands, this extra-fine spray holds every hair type—fine, thick, even curly—and never leaves styles sticky, crunchy, or stiff.
To buy: $21, amazon.com.
Best Strong Hold
Aveda Controlforce Firm Hold Hair Spray
This fast-drying, long-lasting mist keeps ponytails, chignons, and buns from budging for hours. A natural corn derivative prevents flaking, and the rose, bergamot, and lavender scent is a plus.
To buy: $34, amazon.com.
Best Flexible Hold
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray
Testers loved that they could still run their fingers through their hair after applying this violet-scented spritz. Its featherweight setting power is perfect for delicate waves and curls.
To buy: $4.50 at drugstores and amazon.com.
Best Shine Booster
Best for Damaged Hair
Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime
A spritz of this ceramide-rich lacquer actually coats and fortifies brittle strands. Unlike other drying sprays, this left hair springy (not strawlike), even after a week of daily use.
To buy: This item is currently sold out. A similar product can be found here.
Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray
Its fruit waxes and bamboo extracts surround individual strands, shielding them from moisture and wet weather. Result: Testers’ hair didn’t fuzz up, even on the dampest of days.
To buy: $7 at drugstores and walmart.com.
Best for Travel
L’OrÃ©al Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
It’s every runway stylist’s must-have, and with good reason. The cult classic weathers outfit changes, sweat, and multiple stylings with a microfine mist that you can apply—and reapply—without buildup. And after all that, it still brushes out easily.
To buy: $13 at drugstores and amazon.com.