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Welcome to our big hairspray test 2021. Here we present all the hairsprays we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best hairspray for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a hairspray.




The most important facts

  • Hairspray gives the hairstyle the finishing touch. It gives the hair the right hold and protects it from damp weather.
  • Hairsprays are available for every hair type and in different strengths. There are five different strengths and the higher the strength, the more the hair is fixed.
  • Hairsprays are available with propellant gas and as pump sprays. Sensitive persons, asthmatics or allergy sufferers should use the pump sprays.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a hairspray

What is hairspray used for and who is it suitable for?

Hairspray is a real all-rounder in the field of hair styling. It can be used on its own as well as with other hair styling products and gives the hairstyle the final touch and necessary hold. Furthermore, hairspray offers protection against the weather, which means that the hairstyle can withstand wind and humidity.

Haarspray Friseur

When using hairspray, you should avoid any skin contact. Especially the shoulders should be covered, otherwise the chemicals in the spray can cause skin rashes and pimples. The best way to prevent this is to put a towel around your shoulders. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

It is also often used to make hair look shinier and smoother. Some hairsprays contain important fats and proteins that have a nourishing effect.

In short, hairspray can do the following for you:

  • Used together with other hair styling products
  • Gives the final touch to hair styling
  • Ensures a long-lasting hold of the hairstyle
  • Protects straightened hair from wind and humidity
  • Makes hair look smoother and healthier

Basically, hairspray is suitable for everyone. Whether your hair is short, medium or long, a hairspray can be used for any hair length.

However, hairspray is not suitable for hair types that tend to have greasy hair. In this case, hairspray tends to be counterproductive - the look of the hair tends to deteriorate.

Did you know that you can use hairspray not only for your hair, but also for flowers?

With hairspray you can give cut flowers a longer life. Simply spray the bottom of the flowers at the cut ends, because then they won't die so quickly and you can enjoy the splendour a little longer.

What types of hairsprays are there?

The selection of hairsprays is huge and could not be more different. Basically, hairspray can be differentiated according to the different hair types and the packaging.

One way to distinguish hair sprays is to first take a look at your own hair. Depending on the hair type, sprays are offered to support the hair type and make styling the hair even better. The following hair sprays can be distinguished:

  • For extra volume
  • For extra shine
  • For extra heat protection
  • For curly hair
  • For strong or thick hair
  • With or without alcohol
  • With or without silicones
  • For coloured hair
  • Etc.

Furthermore, you can also distinguish hair sprays according to the packaging. You have the choice between sprays with propellant gas or pump sprays.

How do I use the hairspray correctly?

Basically, the application is very easy: press the button of the hairspray and spray. However, this is unfortunately not all that is needed to create an optimal and perfect styling - for example of straightened hair. There are a few tips that you should follow.

Firstly, you should keep a distance of about 20 to 30 centimetres from the hair. This will allow the particles of hairspray to spread over the entire hairstyle rather than concentrating on one area. Make sure you never hold the bottle in a static position and always keep the hairspray can moving. As with the straightener, watch the intensity, less is more - this way you don't weigh the hair down unnecessarily.

When using a hairspray, make sure to keep the right distance.

The fine spray mist can "conjure up" considerable volume in the hair. The hairspray literally gives a high feeling to tired, drooping hair. Work on your hair in sections. Do not only spray the surface of the hair, but also the lower layers.

For a particularly smooth style, spread the hairspray over the palms of your hands and gently run your palms through your hair - this will tame any hair that sticks out.

If you've styled your straightened hair into an updo, a discarded toothbrush can help you fix the last flyaway hairs. Simply spray a toothbrush with hairspray and comb it into place.

If you want to give your hair a shiny finish, you can spray a brush with shine spray. Then run the brush through your hair. This will distribute the shine evenly.

How do I get hairspray out of my hair?

A simple brush is enough to remove the hairspray from your hair. This means that hairspray can be brushed out of the hair. With stronger hairsprays, however, you may have to wash it out. By then, even the last remnants of hairspray should have disappeared.

Is hairspray harmful to the hair or does it have disadvantages?

The rule of thumb should be - as with straightening your hair - less is more. Using hairspray too often can lead to dry, dull hair as well as split ends and hair breakage. This happens because many hairsprays contain alcohol, which can damage the hair.

Did you know that a species of bacteria lives in hairsprays?

Japanese scientists found this out in 2008. The bacteria species is called Microbacterium Hatanonis. But don't worry, because this bacterium is not dangerous for you.

To keep this effect low and to avoid it, many hairspray products contain additional conditioning ingredients. To avoid this problem altogether, hairsprays are offered without alcohol.

Before you buy a hairspray, be sure to check the ingredients it contains.

In terms of health, hairspray cannot be proven to cause any permanent damage. However, allergy sufferers, asthmatics and sensitive people like to opt for pump sprays and thus accept the higher price.

What is the difference between hairspray and hair lacquer?

Basically, both hairspray and hair lacquer are hairsprays. The difference lies in the specialisation. Hair lacquer is a further development of hairspray and is used to emphasise individual parts.

While hairspray has the function of giving the hair styling the final touch, hair lacquer is usually only used in sections or strands. Hair lacquer is intended to strengthen and emphasise certain sections of the hairstyle or to create unnatural shapes - such as updos or spikes.

Decision: What types of hairspray are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two different types:

  • Hairspray
  • Hairspray

The choice of hairsprays is almost limitless. Manufacturers offer the right product for every hair type. They also hardly differ in their handling. It doesn't matter whether you choose a hairspray or a hair lacquer: Both products serve as a finish and are applied to the finished hairstyle.

In the following section, we will go into more detail about the two types of hairspray mentioned above. With a list of advantages and disadvantages, we will try to help you make a decision.

What are the properties of hairspray and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Hairspray is designed to help you strengthen your hairstyle and protect it from different weather conditions. Unlike hair lacquer, hairspray does not leave your hair stiff after use. It makes your hair look natural and gives it a nice shine.

Haarspray Frau

When applied, hairspray covers your hair like a protective film. The polymers contained in the hairspray have a strengthening effect and also repel water. (Photo: Ayo Ogunseinde / unsplash.com)

You should use hairspray if you want to achieve a natural result. Your hair will remain flexible and malleable even with the spray. It's also an easy way to add body to your hairstyle.

Polymers have a positive effect on the durability of your hairstyle. However, you may have problems with this ingredient because it closes the skin pores. If this is the case, you should buy a product with shellac. This is based on natural ingredients and is also approved for natural cosmetics.

Since the variety of products is so large, you will probably not be able to avoid testing several manufacturers. Basically, it can be said: The higher the price, the better the result.

If you want to weaken the effect of the hairspray, you can simply brush your hair. To remove the spray completely, you should wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo.

Advantages
  • Natural look
  • Protection from wind and weather
  • Can be brushed out
Disadvantages
  • Possible incompatibility
  • Environmental impact

What properties does hair lacquer have and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Basically, hair lacquer is used to strengthen and protect your hair. In contrast to hairspray, its intensity is much stronger. Hair lacquer solidifies your hair. In combination with other ingredients, acrylates form a particularly dense film on your hair that provides the necessary hold.

If you use hair lacquer, you should not underestimate its strong effect. If you don't like the result, wash your hair again. Brushing is not possible with a real hair lacquer. In addition, you should take care to use the lacquer only in moderation. Otherwise, your hairstyle or hair can quickly look artificial.

Hair lacquer can also be very helpful, for example, if you want to set your hair or only fix individual strands. Hair lacquer can also be very helpful for short hairstyles to achieve a particularly smooth and close-fitting result.

Advantages
  • Extra strong hold
  • Protection against wind and weather
Disadvantages
  • Artificial look if wrongly dosed
  • Cannot be brushed out
  • Environmental impact

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate hairspray based on these factors

You've straightened your hair with a straightening iron or styled it with a round brush, curling iron or hairdryer. If you now just grab the next best hairspray and spray it on, you won't be able to achieve a perfect hairstyle? To achieve this, you need a hairspray that suits you and your hair.

A glance at the shelf in the drugstore shows the huge selection and variety of different hairsprays available. The following text will show you which criteria you can use to find the right hairspray for you.

The following points are discussed in detail:

  • The right hairspray for your hair type
  • The strength of the hairspray
  • Pump spray or spray with propellant gas
  • Hairspray with or without silicones

The right hairspray for your hair type

When styling hair, it is not only important to use the right hairspray, but also to use the right hairspray for your hair type. Thanks to the huge selection of hairsprays, it is no problem to find the right and optimal hairspray for everyone.

The following table gives you a brief overview of hair types and what you need to consider when looking for the right hairspray.

Normal Hair
For healthy and well-groomed hair, a hairspray variant for normal hair is recommended.
Dry Hair
Since dry hair is difficult to comb and style, the conditioning aspect is even more important. Hairsprays for dry hair usually contain less alcohol and micro-oils that additionally care for the hair.
Frizzy Hair
In this case, an anti-frizz hairspray should be chosen. These contain micro-oils that wrap around your hair → your hair stays smooth and shiny. For particularly unruly hair, a hair lacquer is recommended. This offers extra strong hold.
Oily Hair
When buying hairspray, make sure that it does not contain silicones. Silicones are counterproductive for oily hair because they aggravate the condition of the hair.
Thin Hair
The problems with thin hair are often as follows: Hair half as thin as normal, Rapid static build-up, Greasy look, Split ends,Lack of volume → Volume hairsprays can help with this type of hair. They conjure up great volume. True volume "cheats" are sprays with collagen.
Curly Hair
Since curly hair is rather unruly, a hair lacquer is recommended here.
Strained/damaged Hair
This type of hair is not innate, but develops due to environmental influences or "styling sins" → for example, incorrect or too frequent hair straightening. In this case, hairsprays without silicones should be used.

The strength of the hairspray

When choosing the right hairspray, you can choose between different strength or hold levels. Many manufacturers indicate the strength of the hairspray with numbers on a scale from 1 to 5.

However, there are also manufacturers who additionally specify the strength level - for example, "extra strong hold" or "mega strong hold". Basically, when choosing the strength or hold of the hairspray, it depends on the purpose of the product.

Do you only want to fix the hairstyle, but still want it to look loose and fall without everyone noticing that a hairspray has been used? Then a hairspray in strength 1 or 2 is already sufficient. The finished result then looks natural and the hair does not look sticky, but is tamed.

Haarspray Wand

For curls you should use a strength 3 or 4 hairspray. This gives the curls a hold but keeps them flexible. (Photo: averie woodard / unsplash.com)

For a squat hairstyle, we recommend strength 5, the highest level. A very strong hold is especially important for these elaborate pinned hairstyles. A hair lacquer is also very suitable here. A strong hairspray also protects better against bad weather - such as humidity and rain.

An overview of the strengths and their application

Strength Hair type Application
Strength 1 or 2 For shiny hair and extra volume The look should appear as natural as possible. The aim is to fix the hairstyle but keep it loose and falling.
Strength 3 or 4 For curly, thick or thick hair and extra volume hair Especially suitable for curls. They get hold but remain flexible.
Strength 5 For unruly and brittle hair Suitable for squat styles and to protect the hair from bad weather.

Pump sprays or sprays with propellant gas

It depends on which type of hairspray you prefer, i.e. whether you want a spray with propellant or without. Hairdressers prefer pump sprays. The pump spray is without propellant gas, which means its advantage is less spray mist. Hairsprays with propellant gas, on the other hand, have a very fine spray mist. Unfortunately, some of the spray misses and does not get onto the hair.

The propellant gas is also very easily and quickly inhaled. Although this is not harmful to health, allergy sufferers, asthmatics and sensitive people in general tend to use pump sprays. The catch is that the pump spray costs more.

Hairspray with or without silicones

Silicones are supposed to give the hairstyle an extra shine or smoothness. However, this is not beneficial for every hair type. For oily hair, hairsprays with silicones are counterproductive - the condition of the oily hair is aggravated. Silicones "cheat" the hair "healthy", so to speak, for a short time.

The silicones wrap themselves around the hair and thus give shine and an additional smoothness. This means that the hair is not repaired, but further damaged by frequent use of hair care products containing silicones. If you often use hair products containing silicones - such as shampoo, setting lotion and hairspray - it is recommended that you take extra care of your hair to counteract or prevent damage.

You can recognise silicone-free sprays by their ingredients. It is worthwhile to read the small print on the hairspray can. The following ingredients indicate a silicone-free hairspray:

  • Amodimethicone
  • Behenoxy dimethicone
  • Cetearyl methicone
  • Cetyl dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - Silicone oil
  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Phenyl methicone
  • Stearoxy dimethicone
  • Stearyl dimethicone
  • Stearyl Methicone
  • Silicone Quaternium-22
  • Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Facts worth knowing about hairspray

How can hairspray be disposed of?

Hairsprays can contain propellant gas and are therefore under high pressure. Proper disposal is therefore very important if you don't want to pollute the environment unnecessarily. It is therefore an absolute "no-go" to simply throw hairspray in the household waste.

The best thing to do is to collect your spray cans and take them to your local materials depot, where they will be disposed of in a professional and environmentally friendly manner. Make sure you empty the sprays. This will save you money as you will be able to use your hairspray for longer.

How does hairspray work?

Hairspray contains a slightly sticky liquid that is sprayed onto the hair. As a result, a light film forms on the hair, which fixes it in place. The stronger the hold, the more strongly the hair is fixed. Hair lacquers hold particularly strongly.

Depending on the hair type or the desired styling result, different strengths of hairsprays are offered on the market. The strength of the spray can be read on a scale or in the short description.

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