Hairspray is a staple of our getting-ready routine, whether we’re headed to brunch or prepping for a night out, the only difference is the level of residual mist in the air. Though it feels like there are a million different sprays for any and every reason, hairspray is the OG in the category. As you probably already know, hairspray isn’t just for hold—it’s a multipurpose product, especially when it comes to adding texture. The best part is that no matter what look you’re going for, you don’t have to break the bank—great news when you’ve got a major event pending and need it by the bottle. Here are the best drugstore hairsprays for every hair type, and even, occasion!
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L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold: $14.99
If you don’t know, now you know. This cult classic drugstore hairspray has been keeping red carpet mops together for generations. Think of the spray as a pro-tip in a product—hair is left perfectly finished without a trace of flakiness thanks to an ultra fine mist.
Not Your Mother’s She’s A Tease Volumizing Hairspray: $6.99
Apple blossom and bamboo are unexpected sources of va-va-voom but wow, do they pack a punch. Consider yourself humidity-proof after misting this spray, which meets U.S. clear air standards, and contains no aluminum or CFCs.
SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist: $11.49
This is just what the curl doctor ordered. It’s gentle enough to use on even the most breakage-prone locks but still provides a soft hold. All natural ingredients work to deliver moisture while taming flyaways.
Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Volume Hairspray: $8.14
Create luminous shine with this paraben and DEA-free formula. Instead of relying on harsh chemicals, vitamin E and coconut oil strengthen strands while delivering a flexible finish.
Göt2b Volumaniac Bodify Hairspray: $5.71
This spray helps bodify even the skinniest strands, and is doubly dramatic on shorter hair.
Tigi Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray: $14.04
Tigi’s hairspray pulls double duty, acting as a shine spray so reflective, you’ll want to turn your hair into a GIF. Pro-tip: straighten strands to maximize luminosity.
Aussie Sprunch Aerosol Hair Spray Flexible Hold: $3.49
Just because you’re gyming doesn’t mean it’s a hairspray cheat day. Spritz this drugstore hairspray on your strands and maximize your pony’s staying power, because it’s a universal fact that being distracted by your hair mid-workout is the worst.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray: $8.99
The weather can make our locks go wild, but John Frieda’s moisture barrier hairspray locks out frizz for 24 hours, protecting your style from the elements, though we’d still bring an umbrella. You can never be too careful!
Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Hairspray: $19.95
This ultra popular red can was one of the first hairsprays to ever come in color—and with the word “sexy” boldly stated on its packaging, it seems like a no-brainer for channeling our fave catwalk titans. The hairspray also guards against UV, perfect for days spent in the sun, à la the supers.
Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray: $5.98
Keep the static away while nourishing your roots. Taking advantage of a Nutri-Style Complex, this non-aerosol spray provides hold while keeping locks radiant and healthy.
TRESemmé Beauty Full Volume Flexible Finish Hair Spray: $6.17
If you’ve got a function guaranteed to go into the wee hours, you’ll want 24-hour hold. This spray provides all the body and flexibility you need without buildup—and it lasts.
L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Fine Control Hairspray: $4.49
A micro-diffused spray is perfect for those with fine hair—your top priority is not being weighed down. Pro-tip: If you’re not feeling your style, brush it out and start fresh without worrying about stickiness.
Garnier Fructis Style Sheer Set Breathable Hold Hairspray: $10.38
Plant resins and micro-minerals are combined in this water-free spray, which boasts a two-day hold. Locks are touchable yet stay in place, which is why we’re recommending this for any and all braided styles.
Herbal Essences Alcohol Free Volume Hair Spray: $18.40
The new formula gradually builds body with a blend of antioxidants like aloe and our friend, bamboo. These ingredients will help bring out your natural wave. For truly beach-y vibes, layer it under your go-to surf spray.
Giovanni Organic Hair Care L.A. Hold Hair Spritz: $7.78
This certified organic drugstore hairspray saturates strands with a blend of oils for a strong but invisible hold, to keep locks very “Silver Lake starlet.”