The Best Hair Spray Products for Different Occasions

Lock in your favorite hairstyle with a hairspray that works for you.

Some days, you can leave the house confident in your look while other days, you just want to hide out with a pair of sunglasses and a baseball cap in your best version of the #DadHats trend. Bottom line: We’re ever-evolving creatures with challenges and product needs, like the best hairspray, which vary from day to day.

Any hair aficionado worth her salt has an arsenal that reflects the need for multiple sprays. Read on as you discover some of the best hair spray products out there:

Whether you need a hair spray that’ll keep your style locked down all day long or you’re looking for a spray that’ll hold your beachy texture in place, we’ve got you covered!

1. For Touchable Hold: Suave Professionals Flexible Control Non-Aerosol Hairspray

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Ideal for keeping down styled, blown-out hair in place after a normal commute or while running errands, an effective best hairspray for natural hold usually has anti-frizz properties to shield hair from environmental humidity and other city-life aggressors. It provides some touchable, swingy bounce while retaining the shape and shine of your overall look. This spray also helps keep strands from assaulting your lip gloss on a windy day. A lighter mist such as Suave Professionals Flexible Control Non-Aerosol Hairspray offers up frizz protection and malleable movement, for a look that isn’t overdone, i.e. on natural curls or a blowout.

2. For a Non-Crunchy Style: TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost Hold Level 3

The preferred hair spray to keep more elaborate hairstyles from unfurling has a fine-mist formula that retains hold without any crispy feel afterward—or worse, any white flaking. Around a three on the hold spectrum, the best hair spray products in this category are ideal for holding down flyaways. We love TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Boost Hold Level 3 for these reasons. It also helps keep braids and buns plaits from unraveling while still showing off some strand dimensions.

3. For a Budge-Proof Style: TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4

These are modern times and we now have a slew of products that give firm hold without sacrificing volume and body. Best for all-day wonder women that can’t forego one for the other, these fine-mist aerosol formulas have weather-defiant formulations for a frizz-proof finish. TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4 keep all strands looking neat, clean, and perfectly in place the entire day, without a stiff feel.

4. For Wedding-Proof Hair: Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray

For big moments that require big hair, you gotta bring out the big guns. Thankfully, we’ve evolved from the crunchy, shellacked bird-nest finish of first-generation hair sprays. We can now enjoy super budge-proof, immaculate hairstyles without looking like a fire hazard. This formula, such as the one in Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray offers humidity-fighting properties. It also enhances shine and suppleness, crucial aspects in an all-day look.

5. For Beachy Texture: TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1

For those fringe events in life where you need to look like you didn’t give a damn (but you obviously have to, because duh), like on the beach, a rooftop barbeque, Sunday brunch with the girls, or a gym date with your partner, TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 is the chill, everyday hairspray you need.

6. For the #IWokeUpLikeThis Vibes: Dove Style+Care Compressed Flexible Hold Hairspray

Ever see girls strolling down the street with that perfectly undone messy bun or those rolled-out-of-bed waves that you so badly wish you could emulate? Well, there’s no time like the holiday season to let you know that you can!  The trick is to give your hair a little quality time with a curling wand and locking in that style with a flexible hairspray. Our current fave is Dove Style+Care Compressed Flexible Hold Hairspray because the more you layer it, the more it can work for whatever look you’re going for without looking too stiff. Oh, and did we mention it smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G?

7. For a Look that Seriously Stays Put:  Bed Head by TIGI Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hair Spray

Believe us, we get it, the last thing you want is to spend that much time on creating the perfect updo only for it to come undone halfway through a fancy dinner. So, when you’re faced with a party and a hairstyle that can be tricky to stay in place, don’t risk a hair faux pas and instead seal in your style in with a strong, long-lasting spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hairspray. Perfect for any hair length or texture, this formula will make sure that your hairstyle stays put.

8. For a Lightweight Buildable Hold:  Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray

You know those instances where you need just a touch of hold to your style, but don’t want to sacrifice any softness or movement in your style? Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray is the perfect option for you then! We love this spray because it’s lightweight, which allows it to be very buildable. The spray leaves your hair with a soft, matte finish and doesn’t make it stiff or crunchy. Plus, it’s fast-drying, making it perfect for when you’re in a rush.

9. For Curly Hair: TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hair Spray

TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hair Spray is a great option for all curly-haired girls. This is the perfect final step for your look because it uses coconut and avocado oil to protect your hair from frizz, and you don’t need to worry about your curls being weighed down.

10. For Emergency Touch-Ups: TRESemmé Hair Spray Flexible Touch-Up Pen

How many times have you been out with your friends or at an event and that one piece of hair just won’t stay in place? That’s definitely happened to us and it could not be more annoying. Luckily, TRESemmé Hair Spray Flexible Touch-Up Pen is the perfect solution to this. This hair spray pen can easily fit in your purse and it’s so convenient. All you have to do is remove the cap, shake the pen, and spritz 10-12 inches away from your hair. This product is great for those quick touch-ups and sudden frizz and flyaways.

The world of hair products is growing at a rapid pace. But with all of those different products it can be quite overwhelming to understand exactly what they do and how they’re different—which is how we get to the great hair serum vs. hairspray debate. These two products couldn’t be more different. But they do have a few similar characteristics that work on similar hair types.

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