Sprays are one of the most effective ways of applying styling products to your hair. The styling product is dispensed from an aerosol container or pump in a fine mist, allowing it to be evenly distributed across every strand of hair. Styling sprays come in two basic options: products that are applied to damp hair prior to drying and hair sprays that are applied after your hair is dry to fix your style in place.
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Your hair type will indicate which styling sprays are most appropriate for you. Fine hair will benefit from hair sprays that contain thickening, texturizing or volumizing ingredients. Thick, wavy hair is suited to sprays that help to control frizz and tame unruly locks. Curl activator sprays can help to enhance and maintain natural curls.
Sprays that are used before drying and styling your hair tend to be added to damp hair. The active ingredients penetrate the hair shaft to nourish, protect, and strengthen it. After applying the spray, you can use a hair dryer or allow your hair to dry naturally. Styling sprays can help to protect hair from the rigors of heated styling tools, such as straightening irons. Some treatment sprays can be used to perk up hair between washes.
When you have spent time blow drying your hair into your desired style, you want it to remain in place for the rest of the day. One way to achieve this is to finish your styling regime with hair spray that will fix your style in place. The ingredients in hair spray create a fine layer of film on each strand of hair. This film causes the strands to stick together.
Depending on your preferred style, you can use a light, medium or firm hold hair spray. Firm hold sprays are ideal for styles that need to be fixed in place without any movement. They are also extremely useful for occasions where you cannot touch up your hair style during the day, such as weddings. For styles that require your hair to retain its natural movement and bounce, sprays with light or medium hold may be more suitable.
When applying hair spray, you should hold the can approximately eight to ten inches away from your head. If you hold the can too close you risk creating a wet look or ending up with a stiff, crispy effect when the spray dries. When you want to achieve maximum hold with your hair spray you should spray a fine mist over your hair several times rather than holding the can closer to your hair.
When you no longer require your hair to remain in place, you can generally brush hair spray out. However, you may need to wash your hair to remove hair spray if you have used a maximum hold formula or if you have applied several layers of product to the hair.
Using hair spray at the end of your styling routine can help to control frizz. The hair shaft is sealed by the spray, preventing it from drawing in moisture from the air.
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