What Hair Product Will Keep My Hair Staying in Place All Day?

Lock that style in place with hairspray, gel, mousse or wax.

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Whether you need an elegant updo to last all night or you just want your curls to hang in there through a humid day, stocking your cabinet with hair-holding products is key to lasting style. For every hair issue, there's a product solution. Find the texture and formula that works best for your mane, and you'll be perfectly coiffed all day long.

Mousse

If volume and body is what you want to maintain, mousse is your ticket to long-lasting style. When used properly, mousse pumps up your hair and keeps it full all day. Squirt a dollop of mousse into your palm, then scrunch it into your hair from beginning at the tips and working your way up to the roots. Blast your hair with hot air to dry it and head out confident in the holding power of your hair.

Spray Gel

Curls are notoriously tough to hold onto in straight hair, especially if there's humidity or rain in the forecast. Spray gel will ward off unruliness and lock those curls in. Spritz gel over damp hair, then style or dry as desired. Spray gel can be a little drying for permed or color-treated hair, so just use it on days where you want long-lasting hold and curl definition.

Wax

Wax gives your hair hold that is flexible, not hard, so it's ideal for short, spiky looks or tousled shags. After washing your hair, allow it to air dry or blast it dry with your blow dryer. Wax works best on dry hair. Work a pea-size amount through your hair, focusing on the lengths and tips. Mold your hair into place. Give it a tousle or shake throughout the day to refresh the style.

Hairspray

That French twist, top knot or chignon will stand up to whatever nature throws its way if it's properly held with hairspray. Hairsprays come in various holds from soft and flexible to maximum hold. Opt for maximum if you need every hair to stay in place and you don't want to be fussing with your style. Mist your entire head with hairspray once you've finished styling it. You'll get hours of carefree hold.

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