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Constance Dunn, author of "Practical Glamour," went many moons without hairspray -- she loathes the look and feel of "hairspray hair." One morning, though, a stylist finished her hair with the right product, and she discovered hairspray had benefits. “My curls looked sleek, yet flowing and natural, until late in the evening,” she said. To help you avoid sticky formulas and those that don’t deliver, Dunn and a four-pack of hair pros pick the best hairsprays for fine-haired ladies.
Avi Elkayam, owner and stylist at Avanti Salon in South Boston, recommends Superfine Strong hairspray by Oribe. You’ll never need to worry about gluey spots or inconsistency: “It’s nonsticky, and comes out in a fire-extinguisher-like spray, so you get an even and very fine application,” Elkayam says. Oribe holds curls like no other hairspray Elkayam has used before, and it’s good for the hair, too -- the paraben-free formula contains UV protection and is enriched with hydrolyzed wheat protein, plant-derived humectants and vitamin B-5.
NYC hair stylist and makeup artist Heather Adessa uses Rusk W8Less Strong Hold Hairspray for setting curls in fine hair. She recommends spraying your hair lightly before styling, while your hair is still wet. Once it’s dry, it will keep your style in place for hours. After creating a curl, spray it individually for maximum staying power. The formula is humidity-resistant and has SPF protection.
To achieve lasting curls for his fine-haired clients, Dallas stylist and salon owner Johnny Rodriguez uses Re-Shaper by Sebastian. A light misting will give your curls a lasting finish with 18 hours of holding power. The spray is a reformulation of the old Sebastian Shaper, derived from the scents of the Gucci line of products. This ideal “working hairspray” gets Rodriguez's vote for its versatility in molding your curls into all sorts of shapes and styles.
Sheer Lacquer finishing spray by Shu Uemura is Dallas stylist Salomon Valverde’s top pick for his fine-haired clients. Valverde says the product has a nice hold without being sticky, and gives maximum natural movement. The formula has UV inhibitors, ideal if you also color treat your fine hair. There’s a light floral scent. For best results, use on dry, styled hair.
Dunn rekindled her relationship with hairspray using Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist by TRESemme. “It is a treasure due to its invisible hold and super-sweet price, about $5 for an 11-ounce can,” she says. It neither weighs your hair down nor gives that “shellacked, Shirley Temple wig on your head” look. After you’ve applied a fine mist of the product, you can still work with your hair, or run a brush or your hands through it.