The Best Lightweight Hairspray

Using the wrong hairspray can leave you feeling and looking less than your best.

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You’ve probably bought 100 different bottles of hairspray – maybe you liked some of them, maybe others left your hair feeling like a block of cement piled on top of your head. A good lightweight hairspray is tough to find – you need enough hold so you don’t look like you’ve been out in a windstorm all the time, but that crunchy, brittle look just doesn’t cut it for most styles. Luckily, there are some highly recommended lightweight hairsprays that can help give you the hold and look you need.

Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray Lightweight Hold

Suave Professionals Touchable Finish hairspray in a lightweight hold is recommended by “Allure” magazine, and it made its top beauty products list of 2012. According to “Allure” Suave Professionals Touchable Finish hairspray dries quickly for ladies on the go without leaving your untouchable with a sticky, crunchy look. Best of all, at the time of publication, Suave Professionals Touchable Finish hairspray can be found at many drugstores and grocery stores for less than $4.

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray

Good Housekeeping recommends Paul Mitchell’s Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray for all day, lightweight hold for everyday styles that aren’t too crazy. Consumers that tested the product liked the added volume the hairspray gave them, so if you’ve got fine, thin hair that just falls flat on your head, this might be the right hairspray for you. But testers also said that their hair became a bit frizzy after almost a full day of use, so if you’ve got curls that tend to frizz up, you might need to reapply the spray after a while. At the time of publication, Paul Mitchell’s Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray costs $15 for an 11-ounce can.

Aveda Witch Hazel Light Hold Hairspray

Aveda’s Witch Hazel Light Hold hairspray is recommended by Style Hair Magazine, an online publication well-known for its beauty tips and advice. Aveda’s product is recommended especially for fine hair types, which can easily be weighed down, giving you that stuck to the head pixie look! Aveda Witch Hazel Light Hold hairspray should give you enough hold to eliminate flyaway strands and eliminate excess static, which is good for ladies with tight curls. If you don’t like strong smells, this is an excellent product for you – it has no smell after it dries.

Make Your Own

If you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting down to work, you can make your own lightweight hairspray that’s all-natural and won’t damage your hair, according to Josephine Fairley, the author of “The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book.” To make your own lightweight hairspray, combine 2 cups of bottled sugar-free apple juice, 2 cups of filtered water, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 5 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil in a clean glass bottle with a spray top. Shake the mixture to combine the ingredients and use it just like the hairspray you get off the drugstore shelves. Make sure to shake the mixture before you use it each time – the ingredients have a tendency to separate, according to Fairley.

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