I Edward Monkton on Hairknow I struggle with hair spray from time to time. I hate it when my hair sticks together in unattractive little clumps. I hate it when I've put on plenty of hairspray and it still doesn't hold my curl or my slick look or whatever it is I'm trying to pull off. How can you make sure you get the most out of your hairspray?

  • Make sure you get the right hairspray for your hair. If you have curly, thick hair, you'll probably need a different product than someone with fine, straight hair. Check out all of your options before you buy the first thing on the shelf to make sure that you are getting something that will do what you need.
  • Lighter sprays are easier to use when you want to just get things to hold all over (i.e. when you've finished curling your hair all over). If you need something to hold more specifically (i.e. one curl that has to stay where it is) heavier aerosols or even scrunching sprays might be a better choice.
  • Hair spray works more effectively if you use it when your hair is dry. If you spray hair spray on a wet head, you'll not only hold in the moisture so your hair doesn't dry the right way, but you'll dilute the hair spray.
  • You can't always force your hair to do what it doesn't want to do. If the hair spray just isn't solving the problem, don't keep adding more - just use the body you've created to do something else.
  • Don't hold the can right next to your head. A more concentrated dose isn't necessarily a more effective one - it's just a more sticky one. Keep the can at least 6 inches from your head and don't spray in one spot for too long.
  • If you want volume, don't try to spray from the top. It will hold weigh down your hair and give you the opposite of what you want. Spray and brush from the underside, give it a minute to dry a little, and then gently brush the top smooth.

Be patient and choosy with your products, and even you can use hair spray without fear.