Top 5 Hairsprays

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I remember the first time I sprayed White Rain on my hair when I was working a temp job at a metal production company. My hair was messed up from the headset I had to wear, and I grabbed the white rain sitting in the bathroom and sprayed.

Small beads of crispy liquid flung out of the bottle and coated my hair. I couldn’t even brush through it with my fingers!

And that is when I knew–hairspray can be realllllly wrong, or really right. Find a few of my favorite hairsprays below!

No 1. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray – this is another more firm hold option and can also be forgiving like the Kenra Volume 25.

No 2. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Soft Texture Finishing Spray – the lightest of all, but great for loose and beachy waves.

No 3. Amika Fluxus Touchable Hairspray – this is such a great flexible option for those who like a looser hold. It’s lightweight and smells really nice.

No 4. Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish Texture Spray – this is a rather loose hold but adds a really nice texture to your hair. If your curls mesh together, try using a texture spray like this to give them a little definition!

No 5. Kenra Volume 25 – my absolute favorite for almost 20 years! It’s a strong hold while still being brushable and flexible. Layers beautifully too!


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Shauna Schwab says · 09.23.21

I’ve been using Kenra 25, per your recommendation and I love it!

Caroline says · 09.23.21

Ha!! Love this. For years I was only using “Final Net” because that’s all mom would buy (old lady smell, anyone?) now I’m a Kenra 25 gal for over a decade, thanks to a certain small things blog.

Ashley says · 09.23.21

White Rain! Wow, what a throw back. That and Rave and AquaNet. Love amika products. Thanks for the recommendations!

Emily says · 09.23.21

I love the Amika Fluxus Hairspray but it is constantly clogging on me! I thought it was the particular bottle I had at first but every one since clogs too, and I’ve read a lot of reviews saying saying same. I still use it because I love it, just don’t understand why this particular Hairspray clogs constantly!

Julia says · 09.23.21

Have you ever tried Freeze It? It’s been my go-to for years! Every time I try something different I always end up going back to it.

Deirdre says · 09.23.21

What drugstore hairsprays do you recommend? Would love to see some reviews!

Laura says · 05.03.22

I was just about to post the same thing! Inquiring minds want to know! 🤣

Kelley says · 09.23.21

White rain was the choice of my mom growing up. I can picture it in my head lol. She was a delta flight attendant had to be super polished and that was like her aqua net she twisted her hair back put in a little snood and sprayed the crap out of her hair nothing was out of place on my mamas head.

Dennis Leon says · 11.30.21

Really Amika is best hair spray for women. I suggest our client for Amika.

Jenn says · 05.03.22

I’ve been using Kenra vol.25 for years because of your recommendation. I love it and it last forever!!! I’m interested in trying the Bumble and Bumble and Amika products you spoke about and might grab one on my next shopping trip! Thanks for all you do! 💜

Rachel says · 05.07.22

I would love to find one that gives lifeless hair body and hold without being stuck! Will have to look for these! 🙂 I curl my hair usually once a week(hello day 3 hair) so I need hold because we’ll my hair is naturally straight but a wand curls pretty well. So one that does hold but doesn’t make it stiff and gives body too!

Lindsy Primo says · 05.23.23

What hairspray do you recommend for flyaways? I get short strands of hair that stick up and look like antennas;)

Robbi says · 07.01.23

I need a hairspray for my wedding and went right to your Blog to remember “which Kendra does she always use?” Ordering and thanks!

Rebekah Ford says · 02.18.24

My latest can of Kenra 25 is terrible! Can you tell me the info you shared about the contact info for a replacement?? I must have the bad formula because I’ve used this for years and loved it!

Kathy says · 02.26.24

I found you several years ago and have been an avid follower. I discovered Kenra 25 because of you and it has been my all time favorite! I am curious if you have noticed that the formula and smell has COMPLETELY changed? It does nothing for my hair and I cannot get passed the new smell. I am so upset about this change! Anyway, just was curios if you have noticed the changes as well. Take Care!

Kate says · 02.26.24

I have! And I know that Kenra knows there have been some compromised cans. They are actively working on fixing it. Definitely reach out to their customer service team!

Lisa says · 03.13.24

I hate to see your comment but thankful it wasn’t just me. The smell and consistency is so off. A can would last me awhile and I’ve been through a few now. It is NOT the same. Trying to find something comparable isn’t going well but I refuse to buy another Kenra can. I am so bummed about it. I’ve been a big fan for years. It has changed.

Lisa says · 02.27.24

I came to this looking for options comparable to Kenra 25. I have been a huge fan for years and it is way off. My last three cans are almost like air. I wasn’t happy to seen others with the same issues but feel less like I am losing my mind. Thank your for the other recommendations. Here is to hoping I find a new favorite.

LK says · 03.16.24

Kenra 25 has changed! Ugh. New formula and it’s awful…doesn’t hold at all and I have fine hair. Have you noticed this too?

Kate says · 03.18.24

I know……and they know too. I think they are trying to fix it