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 best hairsprays 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 hairsprays (and the worst!) above.
Joane Amay was born in New York City but raised in New Jersey and considers herself a Jersey girl through and through. She is currently the contributing beauty editor at Uptown magazine but has worked as an editor at Lucky, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Claire. A lover of shoes and bags, she owns way too many and plans on adding more to her considerable collection.