Works particularly well for those with short and thin hair. Makes a good alternative to heavier, thicker spray gels that tend to be difficult to wash out at the end of the day. Good for styling and sculpting the hair for long-lasting daily results. The spray is gentle on the hair and minimizes overspray.
Can be too thin for people who need a thicker spray formula.
Formula uses natural ingredients for extra healing properties. Has a high degree of volume and manageability. Makes styling easier. Good for a broad range of hair types.
Does not thicken as much as other high-quality hair products.
Uses a heavy-duty formula designed for the unique needs of curly hair whether it is damp or dry. Moisturizes hair while giving it more flexibility to style. Will also slightly curl straight hair for a natural curly look without extensive product or extra equipment.
The spray pump can start to stick after a few uses.
Extremely easy to apply for a medium hold. Does a good job of keeping the hairstyle firm throughout the day without much preparation in the morning. Comes with an alcohol-free formula and small amount of sunscreen to protect the scalp from sun burning on hot summer days.
Spray pattern is too direct and narrow to cover a large portion of hair in one spray.
Uses a formula that is gentler on damaged and aging hair. Good for splitting and fraying hair strands. Has a good deal of volume after it sets and dries in just a couple minutes. Dries without leaving any noticeable buildup.
The hair loses some natural shine and manageability after use.
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Love gel to style your hair, but hate getting the sticky stuff on your hands? Spray hair gel is a perfect medium. Spray gel also results in more natural looking styles, versus the very sculpted, stiff look of traditional gel application. In fact, a fine mist can work like a flexible hold hairspray, setting the style with no crunchy, stringy effect. Pay attention to the specific formula to get the result you want. Words like “soft”, “flexible” and “natural” mean little to no stiffness or noticeable product in the hair (unless applied heavily). “Curl”, “volumizing”, or “thickening” will tend to produce results with less movement and more body. Luxury or salon brands can cost around $20, while drugstore brands only cost a few dollars.