When it comes to locking your curls into place, not just any old hairspray will do. From natural curls to temporary perms, those waves and ringlets need a product that will provide them with the right amount of hold without weighing them down.
Wondering which brand makes the best hairspray for curls? We put ten of the top sprays to the ultimate test and will share our experience with them here in this guide. Read on to see what you should be looking for on the labels when you’re comparing sprays, and see what our hair experts have to say about the top three products in our Review section.
Top 10 Hairsprays for Curls Comparison Chart
What to Look for on the Label
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the terms used by manufacturers on hairsprays, so here are some tips that will help you curly haired beauties to find the right product.
- Anti-Humidity – Curly hair is more susceptible to frizz, which is why an anti-humidity product will help keep your locks smoother even when the air is damp.
These products usually offer a light hold.
If you have natural curls and you don’t want to freeze them into place like little statues, then an anti-humidity spray is just what you need to keep them under control.
- Finishing Spray – Sometimes the best hairspray for curls isn’t even a hairspray; it is a finishing spray.
These sprays, as the name suggests, will add the finishing touch to your look, locking in place your carefully styled locks and adding a bit of shine or offering frizz protection.
If you have curly hair, don’t use a finishing spray for your daily hair styling routine. It can create a lot of buildup and dry your hair out (especially in the winter months), so limit its usage to extra special occasions or hairstyles that you would like to lock in place.
- Ingredients – Those of you with a sensitive scalp need to be particularly careful when selecting hairspray.
Avoid products with parabens, artificial fragrance, dyes, sodium chloride (which can dry out the hair), and sulfates. Our two favorite sprays for sensitive a sensitive scalp are Free & Clear Firm Hold Styling and Finishing Spray and Alterna Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hairspray. Sometimes the key to choosing the right hairspray is to consider your scalp first and then your hair.
What level of hold do you need? The chances are that you would benefit from a mix. If you have an up do, for example, locking down the do near the roots is important, but don’t use a finishing spray in this area since it can dry your scalp!
Use a hairspray with a medium to firm level of hold.
For half up dos, or when you leave your hair loose, a light to medium hold will help keep your curls in place without looking unnaturally stiff.
Top 3 Best Hairspray for Curls Reviews
Moroccanoil’s Luminous Hairspray is our top pick for curly hair. It functions as a lightweight hairspray that will give you a medium level of hold all day long, and the formula is designed to help combat frizz. It also contains Argan oil, which will nourish your hair, and glycerin to help keep the right amount of moisture inside of the follicles.
The smell is amazing, which isn’t a surprise since most Moroccanoil products have a delicious secent.
If you’re going for a natural hairstyle or a blowout and you need a product that will provide you with medium hold, this is the one.
If you’d like something a little more natural to help keep your curls under control all day, try Alterna’s Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
Those who have curly hair and live in humid climates will love this product, and you’ll also love that the formula is free of sodium chloride, gluten, parabens, phthalates and synthetic dyes.
The hold seems to be a mix between flexible and medium when used correctly. It is lightweight, so it won’t weigh down your curls, and it works great when applied to hair prior to a blowout.
If you have natural color treated curly hair that tends to go on the frizz at the first sign of humidity, try a product like this. It’s just what you need!
For more volume and a firmer hold, Big Sexy Hair’s Spray & Play Harder is an excellent choice. It will lock in your style while adding a layer of shine without leaving a sticky film on your hair once it dries.
Those with fine hair find it especially gentle, but since it is not an anti-humidity spray like the other two we just discussed, your hair will probably frizz in humid climates. The brand claims that the firm hold will hold its ground in humidity, but that depends on your hairstyle and how much product you use.
The good news is that this is a product that you can spray near the roots. As we mentioned earlier, finishing sprays should not be used near your roots since they can dry out the scalp, but this spray will help you target those unruly strands around the face or your part without over drying it.