The Best Nonflaking Hairsprays

Today's hairsprays give natural all day hold, as with JLo's flowing locks.

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Hairspray, you have come a long way. There was a time that all you were was a toxic fume of shellac that held stiff hair molds in place. Those days are behind you. No more bee-hives. No more hair that can stop a bullet. You have transformed into a wonder tool for soft and beautiful hold. You shine. You flow. You fight humidity. You do it all without flaking. You go, hairspray.

You Can Get Your Hollywood On

L'Oreal's Elnett Satin hairspray was only available in Europe until recently. Yet somehow, it made its way to every red carpet celebrity's head. It is also a staple of stylists working the coifs for runway shows. L'Oreal's Elnett Satin hairspray is a flake-free hairspray that can give you soft or maximum hold. It brushes out without mussing hair. It comes in three formulas: Extra Strong With UV Filters For Color Treated Hair; Extra Strong Hold; Strong Hold and pocket-sized Strong Hold. This was featured as a best of in "InStyle", "Essence" and "Allure" magazines.

Reduce That Carbon Footprint With Style

Aveda's Control Force Firm Hold hairspray won "Shape" magazine's "best of" for 2010. Aveda has developed a firm hold hairspray with a net zero climate impact, so you can feel good while you get awesome hold. Their Control Force Firm Hold hairspray has essential oils like lavender. It protects your hair from humidity for up to 24 hours. This spray also has UV filters and contains antioxidants that protect from damage and help your hair shine.

Give Your Hair Shape

"InStyle" selected Sebastian Shaper Fierce Ultra-Firm Finishing Hairspray as one of its must haves under $20. They like it because it provides maximum hold without being sticky. They also like it because it is odorless. Even though it is lightweight, it provides major hold. This spray is brushable and doesn't frizz when you brush it out. Use it on dry hair for best results.

Control With Flexibility

Garnier Fructis is tapping into the power of that renewable plant source, bamboo. Their Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray is selected by "Essence" because of its ability to control humidity and hold styles. Bamboo is a nutrient-rich plant source that helps coat and protect hair. It holds hair and makes it shiny -- ideal if you want your relaxed hair to have soft control.

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