Men and hairspray. Many men avoid it, favoring pomades and creams. However for pure hold, it's hard to beat hair spray. Are there good options out there for the guy who wants a quality hold, without looking like he's got Aquanet? We asked the experts to weigh in.
My favorite hairspray is OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray.
We think of hairspray differently today since there are other sprays that do similar things and act as texture sprays. For example, TROPHY Shine + Texture Spray is a texture spray that we are using in place of the traditional hair spray because it gives the hair texture and shine with a minimal amount of hold.
OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray is a spray with light control that can be brushed out. Additionally, you can spray it and put your hands through it without having your hand getting stuck. Also, the fragrance is light and will not fight with the cologne you are wearing.
This hairspray is great for men with shorter hair. Both TROPHY and OUTER SPACE can be used on shorter hair if you want control. I would use OUTER SPACE, but if you need texture and shine use TROPHY because it works best for short and long hair.
— Thom Priano, Celebrity Men’s Stylist and R+Co Co-Founder
Rarely should men use hairspray. If one must, Laque Noire by Kerastase is the best and that is only if you have a high pompadour. Any other style would only require a bit of gel, paste, wax or pomade, otherwise you are over styling and risk looking too precious unless you are securing a combover and that is a different story.
— Fred Connors, fredconnors.com
It is the driest hairspray on the market that has amazing hold, you can still run your fingers through your hair. I find a lot of other hairsprays are too wet looking or so stiff you can’t touch your hair.
I find fine hair is the best hair to use hairsprays on because products tend to collapse and weigh down the hair, where hairspray has hold, no oil, and the hair looks fuller or thicker .
Hairspray is also used by the youth and trendy with that longer, curly or textured
Top and shorter on the sides and back, the look is to look like you didn’t put product or effort into styling.
— Paul Pereira, Schwarzkopf Professional, Essential Looks Artist
I'm a huge fan of the Kevin.Murphy Bedroom.Hair when styling mens hair.
It's an aerosol spray that provides long lasting hold without creating a wet or hard finished look. Great for guys with longer locks that want to avoid having their heads look helmet-like or dated. Bonus, it also layers extremely well with pomades and wax styling products for ultimate style
longevity. Unlink a lot of other sprays on the market, this product has a neutral scent that is wearable by both men and women.
— Kristina Maccaro, Co-Owner & Creative Director Love Lane Salon
Extra Body Finishing Spray from Paul Mitchell is a medium hold working spray. What I love about it is that because of the memory in this product you aren't stuck to just one style, you can rework it when necessary making it a must have for photo shoots, and active lifestyles. When you need more hold simply use more spray.”
— Kelly Cardenas, Celebrity stylist, national Paul Mitchell educator, and owner of Kelly Cardenas Salons
I only use sprays from my signature Paul Labrecque haircare line for men. I developed my sprays so that each one has a different strength and hold level to it — for waves versus a straighter look. They are my Volume Finish strong spray and my Straight Finish soft spray.
The Paul Labrecque Straight Finish helps control the hair in humid climates and it isn't sticky. You won't see any flakes using this product!
My Volume Finish is great for controlling wave styles. It is enhanced with silk protein can be
sprayed on very dry hair and then combed through hair to set a specific style or position. The finish is crispier and better for more gelled looks — you shouldn't run your hands through your hair after the style is set.
— Paul Labrecque, Founder Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa
And there you have it — seven men's hair sprays from the top hair experts that'll give you hold and hair control without making you feel like a news anchor from the 1980s.