Best for Hold
This fast-drying, non-flaking spray with Bulgarian lavender, bergamot and palmarosa essential oils will hold up all hair types with a 24-hour humidity defense. If your hair is known to fall victim to humidity no matter the product, layer where needed for extra hold.
Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, $31.99 at Amazon
Best from the Pros
There's a reason this hairspray is a must-have for editorial shoots, the red carpet and beyond. Its holding power is strong and it gives a clean, shiny, soft finish that lasts all day. Though its hold is tough, there's no need to wash your hair afterward. Simply brush it out and you'll still have soft tresses.
L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray, $12.59 at Amazon
Best for Volume
If you like big hair, you need to make sure it stays that way from the moment you leave home until you set foot back in the door. Finding a hold that keeps hair big and in place like cement without the feel of wearing a sticky helmet isn't easy, but it does exist. This hairspray has what it takes to give voluminous, soft hair that holds all day.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Out Hold Hairspray, $8.31 at Amazon
Worst for Volume
Claiming to be infused with lemongrass and orange flower, this "red carpet" worthy hairspray left reviewers with heavy, sticky and stiff locks. Testers were underwhelmed with the shine factor, but appreciated the recyclable can and the product meeting clean air standards.
Not Your Mother's All Eyes On Me Shape & Shine Hairspray, $10.50 at Amazon
Best for Fighting Frizz
This bamboo extract hairspray is formulated to take on moisture in the summer air and fight against frizz as it strengthens, smooths and shines hair. Spray on damp hair while styling, layer where needed for extra frizz control and spray on dry hair to finish styling. Go in the rain carefree without worry that your hair will end in a frizzy frenzy.
Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Strong, $3.82 at Drugstore.com
Best for Shine and Softness
This argan oil-infused hairspray is suitable for all hair types as it provides moisture, softness and shine without weighing hair down. It also fights against frizz and humidity and gives a long-lasting, flexible hold without a sticky residue. If that's not enough to win you over, its sweet smell sure will.
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium, $19.45 at Amazon
Worst for Shine and Softness
This retro pink can represents the product well — a bit dated and not of the highest quality. Reviewers burdened with allergies, asthma and sinus problems were turned off by the chemical "bug spray" scent that left them disappointed that the product claims to be unscented. While a few testers appreciated the value of this inexpensive spritz, they were underwhelmed with the stiff and flaky "dandruff" residue left behind by this hairspray.
Suave Extreme Hold, $6.76 at Amazon
Best for All Hair Types
Natural awapuhi balances and moisturizes hair, while ginger root works to hold every hair type be it thick, fine, curly or wavy. It also provides humidity resistance, UV protection for those with colored hair and leaves hair feeling healthy and soft.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray, $16.90 at Amazon
Best for Wavy Hair
There's a reason there was such an uproar when John Frieda discontinued its Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray and that same reason is why the spray has been re-released. It's just that good. This spray creates textured, beach waves and its non-drying formula works well on blond hair as well as brunettes.
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray, $8.15 at Amazon
Best for Fine Hair
Not only does this provide texture and thickness to fine hair without weighing it down, but it also moisturizes, conditions, repairs and protects hair from any heat-styling tools. Simply spray on damp hair evenly to add volume to limp tresses.
Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray, $33.25 at Amazon
When we think of hairspray, the images that come to mind are typically pageant queens sprayed and shellacked into having Texas-sized tresses or flashbacks to 80s-style helmet heads. But today’s sprays are actually less inclined to leave you with garish gunk in your hair and more likely to offer moisture, smoothness, shine, volume, humidity defense and UV protection —all while holding your hair in place for a full 24 hours. We sprayed, we smelled and we shook many cans of hairspray to crown the winners of this contest. Here are our picks for the best and worst hairsprays above.