Hair Spray 101: Your Complete Guide to Different Spray Holds

Find out the difference between hair spray holds and which hairstyles each one is best for!

Hair sprays are hairstyling staples that can take your look to the next level. They help give your hairstyle a neat finish and help make your ‘do last for hours. You can also use a hair spray to prep your hair for hairstyling.

There are various types of hair sprays available, with different hold levels and features. To help you understand this amazing styling product better and figure out which one works best for what, check out this ultimate guide. 

1. Light/Flexible Hold Hair Spray

If you just want to make sure flyaways won’t suddenly pop up in the middle of your day, or if you’re going for a natural-looking hairstyle, this is your go-to hairspray. Since the hold is not too strong, it allows you to restyle your hair throughout the day, making it a great pick for when you want your daytime ‘do to transition seamlessly into a fab evening look. 

This also works great for fine hair that doesn’t require strong hold. A hair spray with light/flexible hold will give you a natural, “undone” look. If you speak makeup, it’s the hair counterpart of the no-makeup makeup look.

If you’re looking for a hair spray with a light hold, use TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Texture Hold Hairspray. It has a Level 1 Hold that’s touchable and long-lasting. It helps make textured hairstyles last without sacrificing your hair’s natural movement.

2. Medium Hold Hair Spray

Hair spray guide: Asian woman with long teased hair smiling outdoors
Add grip and volume to your hair before teasing by spritzing a medium hold hairspray.

If you want control, movement, and bounce all at the same time, a hair spray with this strength is what you need. This type is great for creating smooth hairstyles, like slicked-back ‘dos and sleek ponytails. If you have frizzy hair, this type of hair spray will keep stray strands in place.

Editor’s tip: Nail smooth and sleek hairstyles with TRESemmé́ Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Hairspray. It keeps your hair smooth but not stiff, and its fast-drying, humidity-resistant formula leaves your hair styled for hours. 

3. Boost Hold Hair Spray

Need a bit of help in the volume department? Use TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Hairspray to give your hair the hold it needs for voluminous hairstyles like bouffants and beehive ‘dos. And the best part? Even it’s a Level 3 Hold hair spray, it doesn’t make your hair stiff and sticky!

4. Extra Hold Hair Spray

Asian woman spraying onto her long curly hair
Your curls won’t fall flat when you spritz it with an extra hold hairspray. Credit: Dennie Ramon

This type gives more control than medium hold and is ideal for holding glamorous hairstyles, like curls and waves, in place. Pick this product for fabulous, long-lasting hairstyles without the added weight on your hair. 

Editor’s tip: When styling your hair, always have a bottle of TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray ready. This all-around hairstyle product provides maximum hold with extra flyaway control without making your hair stiff and sticky.

5. Firm Hold Hair Spray

Creating different shapes like a bow-style updo or a flower-shaped braid? A hair spray with a firm hold like VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray will help you nail your hairstyle. It gives your hair 24-hour protection from humidity and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.

You can also use this to give your hair a better hold before shaping it. To make sure it’s applied evenly to your hair, spray it on your comb or brush, then brush your hair from mid-lengths to the tips.

6. Extreme Hold Hair Spray

Hair spray guide: Back of Asian woman spraying on her black chignon hair
Keep updos in place with an extreme hold hairspray.

Fancy occasions call for fancy updos, and fancy updos call for extreme hold hair spray. If you’re going for an intricate chignon or an elaborate braided updo, you would need a strong, long-lasting hold to keep your hairstyle intact all day long.

Editor’s tip: When creating elaborate hairstyles or updos for thick hair, use TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray. This product gives long-lasting extreme hold complex hairstyles. Your fancy looks will never fall flat with this hardworking, weather-resistant product.

7. Ultimate Hold Hair Spray

For the strongest hold, go for the ultimate or extend hold hair spray and trust that your hairstyle will hold its shape for a long time. It’s perfect for more sophisticated updos like buns, knots, and braided updos. It lets you move around more freely without worrying about your hairstyle.

Editor’s tip: Enjoy your hairstyle all day when you use TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Extend Hold Hairspray. It lets your bold and sophisticated hairstyle stay in place, thanks to its fast-drying, humidity-resistant formula that gives your hair maximum hold. 

8. Gel Spray

This product is both hair gel and hair spray in one. With this, you get to conveniently apply hair gel by spraying it to your hair instead of using your palms. It’s great for updos and sleek hairstyles. Try VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray. Aside from giving your hair a firm hold, it also helps control frizz and it even has a UV filter.

The key to a perfect hairstyle is getting the right styling products, so it’s important that you know exactly what each spray hold does to your hair. Now, you know which one to use to help you nail your hairstyle for the day. 

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