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How often have you heard a friend raving about a hair product only to find once you picked it up and tried it for yourself, it’s only meh? One such product that’s cause for such disagreement is hairspray. What works for your best friend might not work for you. Well, duh! We all have different hair types, so why would we just assume that we can all use the same formula and see the same results? Silly, right? To decode the hairspray headache, we chatted with celebrity hairstylist and founder of Hair Room Service, Michael Dueñas to finally uncover the best drugstore hairspray for each hair type. The best part? All of his picks are under $15.
Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
Ideal for thin hair, Big Sexy Hair’s formula is really light weight (best for thin hair) yet still maintains a good hold (a crucial aspect of hairspray). It has subtle texture that “helps keep volume and expand your style,” says Dueñas.
$14, at Amazon
Pantene Pro-V Medium – Thick Hair Style Anti-Humidity Hairspray
“This spray does not flake, even when used heavily—perfect for thick hair when you have to lay it on,” says Dueñas. “It has a strong, flexible hold and helps [keep] your frizz at bay.” Sounds good enough for us!
$12, at Walmart
TIGI Bedhead Masterpiece Hairspray
Natural hair needs to look for a hydrating formula that still maintains strength—after all this is hairspray we’re talking about. Dueñas recommends TIGI’s formula because it has ample moisture and provides a strong yet flexible hold, making it “perfect for unruly or hard to control curls.” Bonus points, zero flakes involved!
$14, at Walmart
L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Weather Control Hairspray
Turns out wavy hair needs a bit more TLC than you might think. “Wavy hair is special—too heavy of a hairspray and your waves fall flat–too light, and you get frizz and no control,” explains Dueñas. “This hairspray is just the right amount of hold and control. You can also use it in wet hair and let your waves dry naturally, without getting sticky!”
$5, at Walgreens
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hair Spray
Curly hair needs a hairspray that keeps humidity at bay. Dueñas says one of the best anti-humectant hairsprays out there is none other than John Frieda’s classic Frizz Ease spray. He claims this spray is “almost impenetrable, has natural shine (as to not make your curls looks wet), and has just the right amount of flexibility to let your curls bounce naturally.”
$5, at Target
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, Extra Strong Hold
Listen up, everyone with straight hair! This cult classic from L’Oreal is your best bet, says Dueñas. It is super light, has perfect hold, deposits zero flakes, and is a complete staple in the hairdressing world. Guess there’s a reason it’s a cult classic.
$13, at Walgreens
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