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Hairstyling sprays and mousses are great products for giving hold and controlling frizz, but buy the wrong brand and your touchable tresses can become as stiff as straw -- totally not sexy. To help you achieve a look that leaves you controlled and not crispy, a panel of salon experts chose their favorites and offer expert tips on application and use. A formula exists for every type of hair and situation, allowing you to achieve just the right amount of hands-on hold you need.
Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam
San Francisco hairstylist Ashley Smith says bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam offers totally flexible control that works well with curls, waves and textured hair. For best results, apply a dime-sized amount of the foam to your hand and distribute it between the palms of both hands until the product has been spread evenly. From the root to the ends, work the product into your hair. Air dry or use a diffuser to accentuate curls and waves. For a good finish, use the line’s Surf Spray once your hair is dry for added texture.
Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray
For the styling team at Jarrod Harms’ Detour Salon in Encinitas, Calif., bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Mode hairspray is best for providing clients with long-lasting hold. Harms says it’s important to look for a spray that gives control with brushability -- two things imperative for contemporary styling. He loves the smell and super shine of the spray and says it gives you the flexibility to layer the product into your hair for a natural effect and to turn up the staying power.
At Rebecca Haehnle’s Parlour Salon in Washington, D.C., stylists use the Maximista Thickening Spray by Oribe, which works double-time as a thermal protector and an intense body builder for your hair. The formula contains UV protection, so it’s especially beneficial for color-treated hair. The brand’s Royal Blowout is the stylst’s pick when a client is seeking the ultimate blow out. You’ll have the trifecta of heat protection, split-end repair and speedy dry time. It’s made with a patented film-forming sugar polymer forming a barrier from humidity and fortified with argan oil for super softening.
When celebrity stylist Naz Kupelian wants a touchable hold in the Boston-area salon that bears his name, he uses mousse by Rusk. The formula contains silk and honey to help smooth, strengthen and moisturize your hair as it adds volume, body and shine. Kupelian says this simple styling solution is super easy to apply, “Use your hands to distribute through your entire head of hair, and then style as needed! There is nothing more to do -- you will look fabulous!”