How to Use Hair Spray Properly
Article from the Beauty Blog by Styled by Lynne

HaarsprayMost people have hair spray in their bathroom cabinet. Should you just spray it on top of your hair to give it the desired hold or can you also apply it close to the hair roots? Which of the many hair sprays should you use for different purposes?

Meanwhile, there is a broad spectrum of hair nurturing sprays for certain hair structures (e. g. curly or colour-treated and therefore dry hair); there are also hair sprays, which protect against the effects of intense sun exposure. Perfume-free hair sprays are available for people who are sensitive to fragrances.

You should select hair spray according to its purpose. Use hair spray for light hold if you like your hair to still move naturally. Hair spray for strong hold keeps your hair in place in storm and most weather. You may have spent much effort on an elaborate hair style and would like to keep it intact for a while. In such a case, hair spray with ultra-strong hold serves your purpose.  Some hair varnishes are suitable for styling individual strands of your hair or very short hair styles.

Tip 1: Innovative hair sprays prevent hair strands from sticking together. To take advantage of these formulations you must however hold the spray nozzle at least 30 centimetres (almost 12″) away from your hair and keep the spray can in constant motion

Tip 2: Before using the hair spray, make sure that the spray nozzle is not gummed up. Otherwise, the hair spray will not leave the can as a fine mist but rather in sticky spurts

Tip 3: Apply hair spray as follows if you want to give your hair more volume: Shake your hair while holding your head upside down. Then throw your hair back again without too much force. Lift individual strands of hair, and from a shorter distance apply a little hair spray underneath the strands. Allow the hair spray to dry before moving to the next strand

Tip 4: Tip for women with bob haircuts: Slightly lift the covering hair and apply the hair spray at an angle from below toward the hair ends. This provides marvellous hold to bevelled side hair

Tip 5: Please note if you have a sensitive scalp: Hair spray contains alcohol and therefore dries the hair and scalp. You should therefore apply the spray only to the hair ends

Tip 6: You can give hair a lot of hold and bounce by spraying it liberally over your hair and then either put heated rollers into your hair, use a curling iron or pull the hair ends through a flat iron. Then apply some more hair spray to give your hairdo hold. This is how it is done backstage for the big fashion events

Tip 7: If used unobtrusively hair spray also helps against oily hair roots. This is a nice trick to know in case your fringes tend to look oily before the rest of the hair. Simply pull the freshly washed fringes over a round brush to keep the hair away from the skin and apply a small amount of hair spray

Tip 8: In case you have oily hair don’t use hair sprays, which are designed to provide shine (e. g. ultra shine, diamond gloss, glossy finish)

Tip 9: You can tame a few unruly strands of hair by simply spraying a little hair spray into your hands and then use them to smooth your hair

Tip 10: Hair spray can also give eyebrows a beautiful line. Simply apply a little hair spray to an eyebrow brush before using it

Source: Schwarzkopf