Since moving to Washington, D.C., I’ve struggled to find hair products that can stand up to the heat, humidity and air pollution. Nothing ruins your morning quite like spending an hour in hot rollers only to have your style deflate like a poorly-made souffle the second you step outside. So should you splurge or save on your volumizing hold hairspray?
Splurge. Years ago, I used a wonderful, powerful hairspray called Freez-It. Shortly after L’Oreal brought its Elnett hairspray to the States, Freez-It disappeared from shelves. Now, I would hate to think that these two events were connected…but it always struck me as curious.
Whatever the reason for the loss of my beloved Freez-It, I started using Elnett but my heart was never in it. And while it stood up to the humidity better than most hairsprays, I was never truly happy with it.
Last month, I switched to Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder Firm Volume ($18). I spray a bit on the roots before I roll up my hair in curlers, and then, I spray it afterwards. It holds the curl and the volume, even when it’s wet outside. I’ve had more good hair days during the past month than I’ve had since I moved to D.C. in 2005.
Save. I was looking for a drugstore alternative to my $18 hairspray, when I came across Herbal Essences Body Envy Max ($4). The Interwebs touted the sprays “weightless hold,” its ability to stand up to humidity and its lustrous sheen. Unfortunately, I didn’t experience any of that.
I was struck first by the overwhelming, artificial citrus scent. After two days of use, I noticed the acne forming around my hairline and the residue build up on my locks.
Verdict. The Big Sexy Hairspray is great. I love it. It isn’t sticky or smelly. It doesn’t weigh my hair down, and it preserves both curl and volume well. So I would definitely splurge and buy the $18 hairspray.
If you need something less expensive, hopefully, some other readers will have a suggestion. Because I’ve used a lot of drugstore hairsprays–and salon hairsprays–and none can touch Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play.