It seems like very few people who aren't professional hairstylists or bridesmaids tend to use traditional hairspray anymore. Often associated with crunchy stiffness, drying alcohols and unsightly flaky residue, the once-ubiquitous styler that served as the scaffolding propping up '60s bouffants and '80s bangs has fallen by the wayside in recent years, as hair product technologies and formulations grew more advanced. With texture powders, volumizing mists, dry shampoo foams and styling pastes, who needs plain old hairspray? I do, dammit! Without it, my super-fine, limp hair falls out of just about every style I attempt.
But that doesn't mean I'm a fan of the old-school formulas that can, in fact, yield crunchy stiffness and dryness and flaky residue. Like I said: Hair product technologies and formulations have come a long way. And that includes hairspray. Take, for example, my favorite one: Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium Finish.
The brand also makes a Strong Finish version (which is good, too), but I prefer Medium because it keeps curls and waves intact, lends grip to ponytails and creates a shiny, humidity-and-frizz-blocking veil — all while leaving hair flexible and moveable, so it still looks like it belongs to an actual human being, rather than an "American Girl" doll.
Though the formula does contain the alcohol and polymers that can be found in classic hairsprays, the inclusion of vitamin B5, lanolin and Moroccanoil's requisite argan oil prevents the formula from becoming stiff and puts a bit of moisture back into strands. (But if you have very dry or damaged hair, you may still want to stay away from this.)
Another thing I love about it is the scent — for me, fragrance is a crucial factor in any hair product — which is a mix of orange blossoms and vanilla and sunshine and heaven, I think. Sometimes I mist an extra layer of the spray all over my hair just before I leave my apartment for the aroma of it alone.
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish, $24, available here.
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