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We’ve All Been Applying Hairspray the Wrong Way — This Is How to Get Long-Lasting Hold Without Stiffness

Say goodbye to frizz, too.


When you’re trying to protect your freshly-styled hair on a humid summer night, a spritz or two of hairspray is just what you need. But if you thought applying it was as simple as opening the can or bottle, pointing the nozzle toward your tresses, and going to town, we’ve got some important news to share: you should really be spraying it on your hair brush.

A Hairspray Hack for Long-Lasting Hold

This tip comes to you from celebrity hair stylist Adam Reed, who told Good Housekeeping about his trick for creating the perfect hold without the characteristic stiff crunchiness you typically get when applying hairspray. According to Reed, you want to avoid spraying your product directly onto your hair.

“Apply the final fixing spray to a brush and sweep it through the hair, then it holds without any stiffness and is evenly distributed,” Reed said. “If you want extra hold at the roots, apply to your fingers and work directly into the root – this allows you to apply the hairspray evenly and create a more natural finish.” Isn’t that genius?

TK When I tried this trick for myself, I was pleased to find that my hair retained a natural-looking, flowy bounce for hours. And when you think about it, the mechanics behind this hack make sense. Applying hairspray to a brush and then running it through your hair not only prevents the hair from binding or getting tangled, but it also ensures your product reaches all of your hair from root to tip, instead of just the top layer. Ultimately, this is a hack that could extend your ‘do for hours.

One thing that’s important to note: this tip will only work if you’re creating loose, flowing hair styles (à la Kate Middleton, for example), so don’t attempt this trick after running a curling iron through your tresses!

So next time you’re going out on the town, give this little hairspray hack a try. We think you’ll be impressed with the results!

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