10 Different Types of Hairspray

Let’s talk about the different types of hairspray…

Finishing spray? Shine spray? What is the difference? There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the perfect hairspray for your everyday style. Keep reading to find out what the different types of hairspray are, how to use each of them, and some other hairspray terminology.

What's the difference between shine spray and finishing spray? Read about the different types of hairspray and why you should use each one...

What is Hairspray?

Hairspray (aka lacquer or spritz) is defined as a solution that is sprayed onto the hair to hold it in place.

The solution is made of long, chainlike molecules called polymers, that add structural support to the hair. Basically, this just makes your hair either stick to other pieces of hair or stiffen, making it difficult for the hair to move.

Although hairsprays are most commonly purchased in an aerosol can, they can also be found in a pump bottle. Many people chose the pump nozzle types of hairspray to avoid the harmful chemicals found in aerosol cans, as well as the inability to easily catch fire. Pump nozzle-type hairsprays also provide more of a wet-look, making them a popular alternative for people with curly hair.

How to Use Hairspray Correctly:

What's the difference between shine spray and finishing spray? Read about the different types of hairspray and why you should use each one...

  • The first step is to make sure that the nozzle is not clogged up with product. If it is, it will not spray predictably.
  • Next, to prevent your hair from completely sticking together (which can lead to breakage), I would suggest holding the hairspray at least 12 inches away from your head and moving it around your head as you spray.
  • Also, run your fingers through your hair as you spray, to allow the product to reach all areas of your hair.

Some Quick Hairspray Terminology:

Finishing spray? Shine spray? What is the difference? Let me teach you the different types of hairspray!

  • Flexibility – The amount of hair movement after applying the spray. Opt for a more flexible spray if you just want a light-hold, allowing your hair to move more freely.
  • Hold – The opposite of flexibility. This measures how much the hair will stay in place after spraying. The amount of hold is affected by the size of the polymer droplets, regulated by the size of the sprayer nozzle.
  • VOC / LVOC – You will commonly see something like “55% LVOC” written in the hairspray description. VOC means “Volatile Organic Compound,” which refers to the chemicals in aerosol cans that are harmful to the environment. New regulations to lower the amount of these chemicals have been put in place to protect the environment. LVOC means “low volatile organic compounds.”

10 Different Types of Hairspray:

What's the difference between shine spray and finishing spray? Read about the different types of hairspray and why you should use each one...

1. Regular Hairspray

Regular hairspray is pretty much spray that will hold your hair in place with no extra features. Aqua Net, anybody?

Now that you know the basics of good ol’ regular hairspray, let me teach you about the different varieties and other types of hairspray that exist…

2. Finishing Spray

Finishing sprays are meant to be the absolute last thing you put on your hair before walking out the door. They are meant to hold your style in place, therefore a typical finishing spray will have a heavy hold factor. There are a lot of different types of finishing sprays, and they could either add shine or make your hair matte, depending on what you want.

3. Texture Spray

Texture spray is similar to dry shampoo except you can use it all over your hair (dry shampoo is mainly for the roots). It won’t leave a residue, and it doesn’t soak up oil as dry shampoo does. This is a great way to add weightless texture to your hair, and create a lot of volume.

4. Shine Spray

Shine spray is a type of finishing spray that will add shine to your finished hairstyle. Some shine sprays like Bedhead Masterpiece have a hold factor to them, while others, like the It’s a 10 Miracle Shine Spray just add shine.

5. Thermal Spray

If you do a lot of styling with the use of hot tools, you should definitely use a thermal spray. These work by adding extra moisture to your hair, preventing the natural moisture from evaporating. They also add a protective barrier to the hair.

There are also types of thermal sprays that are meant to be used before curling your hair (ex: you spray it on your hair right before curling it.)  They are better for your hair than traditional hairspray, as they have less alcohol, which can seriously damage your hair when combined with heat.

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6. Freeze Spray

A freeze spray has the most hold out of any types of hairsprays and will make sure that your hair doesn’t move at all.

7. Volumizing Spray

Volumizing spray (also called “thickening spray”) should offer all the benefits of regular hairspray while making your hair appear to be thicker and fuller. Root-lifting sprays can be applied to your hair at the root, to make the root stand up more, adding extra volume to the hair.

8. Working Spray

Working sprays have the least amount of hold. They are typically pretty flexible, allowing you to use them while you are “working” through the hairstyle.

You will be able to texturize the hair with your fingers or brush the hair after applying working spray.

9. Weightless Spray

Weightless hairsprays are extremely light, so they will not weigh your hair down at all. This is a good option for someone with super fine hair.

10. Shaping Spray

Shaping spray is a flexible type of finishing spray that will allow you to be able to brush through your hair after using it.

An advantage to using shaping spray is that your hair will move freely and have natural bounce, while still holding the style in place. The difference between shaping spray and working spray is that working spray should be used while you are styling your hair and shaping spray should be used after the style is complete.

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Are there any other types of hairspray products that I left out? Do you have any experiences with any of these hairspray types? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below…

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6 thoughts on “10 Different Types of Hairspray”

  1. Hi !!

    Just for you to know, my natural hair has been silky straight to slight wavy from childhood but never ever frizzy. So at 30, this first time front hair frizzing, without taming no matter what I do is totally surprising.

  2. Hi !!

    I reside in Singapore. I’m new to hairspray as well. I have straightened my hair (Shiseido straightening) about 8 months ago. But the problem is, post delivery (my baby is now 20 months) Only the front section of my hair have started curling/frizzing making my entire hair look mess. Kindly advice on the best hairspray for me.

  3. Hello to you from Assam, India. Your article is very easy and simply. It helped me to know about tge “Hair sprays” clearly. I’ve never used it before, so I’ve no idea for which one should I buy. Can you please suggest me one or two of these for my natural hair? Because I’ve never used any any hair styling product before. Thanks! I’ll wait for ypur reply.

  4. is it ok to use 3 types of hair spray at the same time … like I want to use dry texture spray and shine spray to get shine and shaping spray to get hold on them . ? is it ok …

    • I mean, I’m sure it’s okay, but you will be adding a lot of build-up to your hair. They also might counteract each other so that they don’t work as good. I would probably recommend finding the one you want the most and using that. Hope this helps 🙂


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