We all know and love hairspray for helping to giving our styles hold—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what hairspray can do. If you want to up your hairspray game, it’s time to learn a few easy hacks for using this product. Nope, it’s not all about securing the shape of your style with hairspray. It turns out that there are quite a few smart, surprising ways to utilize your favorite mists. So, spray your way to fabulous style with these six hairspray hacks. We have a feeling hairspray is about to become your go-to styling secret weapon!
Hairspray Hack #1: Give Bobby Pins Added Grip
Bobby pins can be your style savior, helping to conceal lumps, pin down stray strands, and keep updos from falling down. But they can also be a major pain when they don’t offer enough hold. To punch up the power of your pins, coat then with a hairspray, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold. While the bobby pins are still tacky—before the spray has dried down—insert the pins into your hair. The quick coating helps give the pins an amplified hold.
Hairspray Hack #2: Spritz Your Toothbrush
Most of the time you want to keep hairspray away from your toothbrush, but not today. Combining the two is a simple fix for flyaways. Spray hairspray directly onto a clean toothbrush (definitely not one that goes anywhere near your mouth), and brush over flyaways. This can help smooth your hair and keep flyaways in place. Try this trick with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray.
Hairspray Hack #3: Add Texture
Cut a product or two out of your routine by making your hairspray serve double duty. You can create texture by spraying a hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray, throughout your strands. After misting, scrunch and bend pieces to add shape and keep your style from looking flat. For an added boost of volume, concentrate spray at the roots and lift with your fingers.
Hairspray Hack #4: Shield Temporary Hair Color Sprays
Vibrant hair color tends to fade fast, especially when you’re using temporary hair chalks or color sprays. To help lock your color in place for the time being—and keep it from transferring to your clothes—add a layer of hairspray overtop. The hairspray can act as a protective shield to help (temporarily) seal in color. When you’re ready to return to your natural hue, just rinse out! Use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold with UV Filter for Color-Treated Hair. (Learn how to temporarily hide gray roots with a root cover up spray.)
Hairspray Hack #5: Style Your Brows
For brows that need taming, pick up a hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. After filling in brows with a pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Pencil, spritz a spoolie with hairspray and gently brush through your brows. The hairspray can help hold hairs in place (just like it works on your head). No more unruly brows!
Hairspray Hack #6: Neutralize Static
Did you know hairspray can help combat static cling? That’s right! If your hair is feeling super-static-y, just spray it. Brush the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume through and your strands will no longer look shocked, only smooth.
And there you go! Who knew hairspray had so many uses—and that there were so many ways to apply it other than just spritzing it directly onto your hair? It’s plain to see that hairspray deserves a starring role in your hairstyling routine, and the good news is, you have plenty of different products to choose from.
Want even more tips on using hairspray like a pro? Brush up on the basics with our article, Expert Advice: The Right Way to Use Hairspray.