November 26, 2010

Hair spray to know and love from Phyto, Nexxus, Living Proof, Pantene, Nick Chavez and L'Oréal!

Given how many hairsprays exist out there, it is surprisingly hard to find a good one that isn't too sticky or too heavy which will actually last all day!  My favourite hairspray trick, spray a little on your brush and lightly run over your hair to tame frizzies!

After having tried dozens, here are six that have worked well for me:

Phyto Phytolaque Soie Hair Spray - 100ml - $26 - for sensitive hair - contains silk proteins which have a structure similar to the structure of hair keratin and give an in-depth action on the damaged parts of the capillary fiber to give hair the softness and shine of silk.  It's a non-aerosol spray with a very light smell.  My hair feels bouncy when I use it, not sticky or hard at all!  Phyto has a great line of haircare products that used to be more difficult to find but now that Sephora has picked them up, it's much easier to get my fix.  You can get more info on the line and where it is carried at

Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling and Finishing Spray - 300ml - $12.99 -provides superior hold and a brilliant sheen without flaking, dulling or causing build-up.  Dries almost instantly to prevent stiffness and stickiness.  Works great as a finishing spray or creative styling tool.  It's a non-aerosol and smells the best out of all of them!  This one was especially good for getting a piecey look with my layers - it gave them definition without any stiffness.

Living Proof Hold Flexible Hairspray - 155g - $21 - humidity blocking, style protecting, shine popping for all hair types - contains PolyfluoroEster, a new molecule that prevents the damaging effects of humidity.  Can be layered for lighter to stronger finish yet remains soft and natural feeling.  It's an aerosol spray with kind of a weird smell - plum sauce maybe? This was my go-to hairspray this summer, it really did seem to work the best on days when it was humid and my hair looked much shiner then it normally would during hot weather!  You can find it at Sephora as well as The Shopping Channel -

Pantene Hairpray for Fine Hair - 327g - $5.99 - specifically designed to make creating and re-creating any volume look efforless.  Shaping polymers support the hair's structure so you can shape and re-shape your hair while you style.  A versatile, brushable formula that holds all day. Another plum sauce smelling aerosol spray. If you are on a budget, this one is a great choice - I didn't find it was brushable though, as soon as I ran a brush through it, my style fell flat!

Nick Chavez Volumizing Extra Hold Hairspray - 284g x 2 - $34.95 for a double pack - good for any hair type from fine to heavy to curly to textured.  Flash drying volumizing spray that provides a firm hold with a light mist. Aerosol, plum sauce, yadda yadda.  This one was really great for volume, I turned my head upside down, sprayed this on, especially at the roots and did it ever give it lift! Available at The Shopping Channel -

L'Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold for Colour Treated Hair - 365ml - $14.99 - with a UV filter to protect the shine of your colour provides a long lasting hold and satin touch.  It's an aerosol spray and obviously plum sauce is a normal aerosol hairspray smell, or there is something wrong with my nose.  What I like about this one is you are meant to brush it after applying so there is no stiff "hairspray" look, it's very soft and natural.

What about you, do you have a favourite hairspray that I need to try?

- Lisamarie - 


  1. Sebastian Re-Shaper (although I just saw that it's a limited edition - d'oh!) was my only hair spray this summer. I have lots of very fine curly hair, and I am a dog groomer in a non-air conditioned shop. There's way more humidity in there than nature intended! In spite of all that, I had more good hair days this summer than ever before.

  2. Nice Bev, now you're taunting me with things I can't have! ;-) Sounds wonderful!

    Best, Lisamarie

  3. The hair spray you choose depends on the hair styling process. Generally, the aerosol products dry faster. Some people are partial to the pump action sprays simply because they're less impact on the environment. I used to wear Aveda Witch Hazel Spray This light hairspray is ideal for fine hair. And it works well for people who are sensitive to smells because there is no odor after it dries.

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