Purpose and Benefit of Hairsprays
Hairspray isn’t just for women
There is a stigma with hairsprays that it is only for women: false.
Men tend to think this because we think of mom busting out the big ol’ aerosol can and dousing her perm, remember?
The whole house smelled like a salon and you were gagging on the fumes, right? Well, this isn’t 1985 anymore. Hairspray’s are now being designed specifically for men and the products are varied to suit your hair type, and built with ingredients to treat your hair right and meet your hold needs.
Not only that, some men simply don’t want a handful of jelly run through their hair, coating every follicle and weighing them down. So how are hairsprays different today?
What’s in Hairspray?
Let’s start by changing the way you think of hairspray historically, by reminding you that Mom’s can of Aquanet is a thing of the past. Hairsprays no longer contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as the legal agreement via “Montreal Protocol” protects the environment from these extremely harmful chemicals.
Today, hairspray can be alcohol based or not, but often include beneficial ingredients that fortify hair, give volume and help hold in place even the most intricate styles all in earth-friendly products.
We tend to have this thought of hairspray related to pageants, talent shows, and entertainment where it is “caked on” and abrasive. Sure, that is what it is when needed, but why can’t it be a simple tool to manage hair and hold tight cool styling?
Well, it can.
What it comes down to is selecting the right spray for your hair type first, then considering what type of hold your style demands.
Where does Hairspray stand vs other products?
Frankly, it comes down to if you want it as a supplement or a standalone. Hairspray as a standalone product can meet a ton of needs: hold, maintenance, volume, etc.
As a supplement, it is key as a way to freeze great style, tame frizz or loose hair, add bounce to design, etc. You name it, it can be a wonderful tool.
Hairspray For Thin Hair:
You probably want to focus on volume and hold. Typically, men with thinner hair actually get the best of natural oil from the scalp as it easily works from root to tip, so what they want is boost.
The concern is that you pick a hairspray that ends up plastering your hair to your scalp and now you are the creepy guy, not the suave guy.
You want to look for key words like “boost,” “volume,” and “lift.” Consider John Frieda Collection Luxurious Volume as a good hairspray for thin and thinning hair.
Hairspray For Thick Hair:
Men with thicker hair are typically looking to contain frizz and hold shape. Men with thicker hair love to style; they love to flaunt and get creative.
All good, but they tend to struggle with dryer hair, frayed ends and frizz. Unlike thin hair types, thicker hair types do struggle to see the true benefit of the scalp’s natural oils (especially at the tip, thus frizzing occurs) so using products that include some natural ingredients to fortify the hair and manage stray ends will certainly help.
Consider Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray as a good answer to managing thicker hair, with the added benefit of healthy ginger.
Hairspray For Curly Hair:
Why don’t men with curly hair use hairspray?
Because they think it will hold too strong or mat down the natural curl and wave. This is not true; you just need the right product. Curly hair begs to be styled right, but you must look for a product that enhances your hair’s bounce and movement.
Curly hair can also be fun and played upon, but there is a fine line between trend setter and “dude looks crazy.” Usually, the best hairspray’s for men with curly hair are alcohol-free, allowing your hair to move but managing frizzy ends.
Look at Schwarzkopf Professional Got2b Rockin’It Encore Hold Hairspray to give you style and movement.
So, How Do You Use Hairspray?
Pretty simple actually.
No sticky hands with hairspray – simply style your hair to your liking, hold the can about 10 inches from your head and spray. Typically, you want to use about 3 or 4 hits, or if using an aerosol just do a 3 or 4 count.
Like other grooming products, input begets style so watch what you put in as it is dependent on how much hold you want—experiment with it.
Thick hair types may shampoo less but, perhaps, you cannot get in the shower without an all-out cleaning. No matter the hair grooming product you use, consider the importance of proper hair treatment. Your shampoo should clean, strengthen, and benefit your hair type.
Conditioners are often forgotten, but if you are frustrated with frayed ends, split hairs, or poor control you should be using a conditioner. Your grooming products (gels, pomades, clays, and, now, hairsprays) will help harness these difficulties but proper cleaning will mitigate need for supplemental products.
Hairspray vs. Other Hair Products:
As mentioned before, hairspray is a bit underused these days, probably because men just don’t know the product. Gels, pomades, waxes, mattes, clays, etcetera are big now because they go directly in the hair to coat the follicles almost entirely then allow you to comb your style from there.
This is all fine and well, but it does add more weight to your hair than hairspray will and, typically, these other products don’t showcase your natural hair.
Hairspray holds more tenuously, so you’ll notice that it feels much lighter and, if you so want it, you still get bounce and movement without losing shape.
It is not uncommon to use hairspray with other styling products, however. One often used combination is to style your hair with a pomade or clay and top it with hairspray.
This is mostly done ben men with thicker hair that want to craft their specific hair style with a pomade to give it shape, then use hairspray to freeze that style in place but give it extra shine and polish.
So what is the best men’s hairspray?
You be the judge…