Hairstyles are magical. They can transform your entire look in a jiffy. But it is also true that hairstyles can make or break your look. Interestingly, styling your hair is no longer limited to just hair dryers. There are a lot more hair products and tools available. And guess what, these are available for different hair types as well. One such magical product is hair spray. But the most common question that’s asked is; how to use hair spray?
Knowing about hair sprays is one thing, but knowing how to effectively use it so that you flaunt your mane in all its glory is another. In this article, we are going to tell you all about it. Stay tuned and keep reading.
What is hair spray
Before we delve into how to use hair spray, let’s first figure out what it is and how it affects your hair. Hair spray is basically a spray, also known as a hair spritz, it’s a formulation used to protect the hair against heat and humidity. We all know how humidity wreaks havoc on the hair.
Even the most gorgeous tresses turn sticky and lose all lustre once they come into contact with humidity. But this can be avoided if you have your hair styled with the help of a hair spray.
What are the benefits of using hair spray
Hair spray can do wonders for any type of hair. Whether you have oily hair, dry hair or even a combination of scalp and hair, a hair spray will help you combat the weather conditions. For instance, curly hair that may go out of control otherwise, can be held perfectly with the help of hair sprays.
Hair sprays hold all sorts of complex hairstyles. Whether you have frizzy due to humidity or have extremely greasy hair, hair spray can do away with the oiliness and the limp texture and give your hair the volume and boost you require.
There are different types of hair spray available too, depending on the hair type and the benefits that the spray has to offer.
Types of hair spray
Hair sprays bind your hair to give them texture. But they also come in various forms and types. You have to choose the right hair spray to suit your requirement.
1. Regular hair spray
If your needs are pretty basic and limited to styling and basically putting your flyaways into place, a regular hair spray should do the trick.
2. Texturising hair spray
This one is quite like a dry shampoo, but slightly different. It adds texture and volume to your hair without drying it or weighing it down.
3. Finishing hair spray
This, as the name suggests, is the last thing you spray on your hair. It is usually used by stage models and stylists to hold their hairstyles in place. It makes your hair a little stiff and is therefore good for occasional use, rather than everyday use.
4. Volumising hair spray
Again, as the name suggests, this hair spray is all about giving your hair the required volume and puff. This hair spray is usually sprayed at the roots to give your overall hair a lush and thick appearance.
5. Freeze hold hair spray
This is an advanced form of finishing hair spray. The reason it is named freeze hold is that it literally freezes the hairstyle and it does not move an inch. This is a favourite of teams behind stages who manage the runway models and their hair. It is basically a red carpet hair spray.
6. Shaping hair spray
This one is an in-process spray that is used when the styling is going on. The stylist can use it while combing or styling various parts or sections of your hair. It makes the hold better and even the hair texture is more manageable after using this.
7. Thermal hair spray
This hair spray, as the name suggests, is basically a protection spray that prevents your hair from getting damaged from heating tools such as hair dryers, etc. While using this hair spray is a mandate when using heat styling equipment, you can also use it otherwise.
How to use hair spray
Using hair spray is not a difficult task. All you need to do is follow some steps and get them right. Also, usage frequency, distance from the roots and hair and the quality of the spray itself matters. Let us tell you how you can use hair spray in the best possible manner, step by step.
Tip 1: Take the spray nozzle and hold it at least 30cm away from your hair or roots, depending on whether you are using it on your roots or on your hair. Ensure that you maintain the distance or the chemicals may harm your hair instead of lifting the look, which is the purpose. Ensure that your nozzle is not gummed up. It should have a clean outlet so that you can get the spray on your hair in clean bursts and not erratic ones.
Tip 2: Hold your hair upside down while spraying. That is the best way to help your hair spray go in deeper and give the requisite benefits. Spray it while holding your hair upside down and then shake your tresses. Do it in sections.
Tip 3: The best way to use a hair spray is by parting your hair into sections. You may end up missing sections if you use it on the entire volume of your hair or roots. But if you part it in sections, you will do it just the right way and cover it all.
Tip 4: If you have hair that is truly unruly and frizzy and do not wish to use the hair spray directly on your hair or scalp, the best way to do it would be to take the product on your hand and then spread it across your strands.
Tip 5: Another thing to know is that if you have a sensitive scalp, avoid any hair spray that contains alcohol or any other irritant. Otherwise, it may have the opposite effect.
Tip 6: It is important to use the right type of hair spray to make your hair look its best. We have told you about the various sprays, make sure you pick the right one for yourself. Do not go picking a hair spray that is not meant for your hair type. And of course, be mindful of the ingredients, as we said. Alcohol-based sprays can aggravate allergens, especially if you have a sensitive scalp.
Tip 7: Ditch the brush and use your hands to comb down your strands. It is a gentler way of dealing with your hair when you are using a treatment like hair spray. Brushes are good for minor tangles, but when applied with force can do more harm than good.