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Could Your Hairspray Be Damaging Your Locks? Let’s Find Out!

Could Your Hairspray Be Damaging Your Locks? Let’s Find Out!

The hairspray is one of the most popular hair products in the market today. Not only does it do a fab job at securing hairstyles, but also tames annoying flyaways. It’s easy to use and is travel-friendly. Not to mention that hairspray also prevents the hair from frizzing up due to the wind, heat and humidity. While the hairspray sounds too good to be true, we can’t help but wonder, does it have cons as well? Let’s find out!

Could Your Hairspray Be Damaging Your Locks?

Hairsprays as products do not damage the hair, but if do these things to it, it will take a toll on your hair’s natural texture. 

Your Hairspray Contains Ethanol

If you see ethanol as an ingredient in your hairspray, avoid using it. It’s a type of alcohol that dries the hair strands out and causes irritation and itchiness on the scalp. Keep an eye out for non-drying fatty alcohols like Cetearyl or stearyl, which aren’t as damaging to your hair. 

You’re Brushing Hairsprayed Hair

woman brushing her hair with a comb


Brushing your hair is cool, but brushing your hair that’s coated with hairspray isn’t. As you know, the hair becomes stiff after using hairspray. If you brush too hard, you will experience hair fall and hair breakage. Wash your hair first, dry it and then, gently comb it from the roots to the tips.

You Keep The Hairspray Product In Your Hair For Days

Not more than two days can you keep hairspray on. If you don’t wash your hair for days, you will have to deal with hairspray product build-up after. The hairspray’s residue looks similar to white dandruff particles (Only stickier) To prevent product build-up, don’t just wash your locks with shampoo, but your scalp as well. If you use a lot of hair styling products, it might help if you invest in a clarifying shampoo. Use it once a week to get rid of all product build-up from your hair, but don’t forget to condition afterwards!

You Only Use Hairspray & No Other Product

woman holding hairspray



If you’re only using hairspray to style your hair, you will be in a soup. Hairspray looks best on healthy hair. To improve your hair’s texture, you should be washing, oiling and hydrating it often. Look for a hairspray that contains Vitamin E, rosemary or aloe vera. These ingredients will do a fine job at protecting your hair and styling it at the same time. And don’t forget to use some hair serum to nourish and hydrate your hair from time to time. 

You’re Spraying It Too Close To The Hair

If you use hairspray too close to your roots and strands, it will irritate the scalp and weigh down the hair. When using hairspray, keep it at a good distance from the hair. The spray will coat your strands with the product without making the hair appear greasy or oily. 


Final thoughts: The hairspray is not a harmful product for your hair unless you use it right. Also, most hairsprays do not have expiration dates. They have a long shelf-life provided you keep them in a cool and dry place. 

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21 Oct 2020

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