#TBT: Aqua Net Hairspray

#TBT: Aqua Net Hairspray

Throughout the 50s and 60s, hairspray was a constant best seller in the beauty category. How else were women supposed to achieve those immovable beehives and impossible bouffants? Even as technology and formulas progress, women continue to rely on hairspray. It followed us as we went from adolescents to adults; slicking back our baby hairs during ballet recitals, holding gravity defying updos in place for prom, maintaining curls for special dates, and so much more. These days, we tend to rely on hairspray to preserve blowouts, hold volume, or keep frizz under control. Unlike Aqua Net’s stiff, crunchy, can’t-move-your-fingers-through-your-hair formula, hairsprays of present are more malleable and less dense. Here, a few of our favorite new formulas for this staple hair product:

Rahua Voluminous Hairspray ($28) is 100% natural, USDA organic, and alcohol-free. It’s filled with lavender and eucalyptus to calm and relax you during application and wear. This formula tends to work best to rejuvenate second-day hair, so get spraying!

To keep more complex styles in place, consider trying TIGI Catwalk Work It Hairspray ($21). It’s flexible, but has the strength you need to make sure styled hair stays styled.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($4) is a secret drugstore weapon in the never ending battle against frizz. If you’re experiencing humidity, add this spray to your arsenal of hair tools to tame flyaways and control the dreaded poof .

We would be completely remiss not to include L’Oreal Elnett ($15), a legendary hairspray that truly lives up to must-own hype. The formula offers an ideal balance for hold and soft, manageability (as in, you can actually brush it out!).

Although it’s really more of a “finishing spray,” Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish ($30) gives an amazing lived-in look with a bit of separation and sheen. Use it on days when you’re vibe is “perfectly imperfect.”


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

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