Big, voluminous styles have been making a comeback. Whether the style is a mess of wild curls or a structured retro do, the best way to build gravity-defying volume is with backcombing. Better know as “teasing” or “ratting,” backcombing is the process of literally combing or brushing the hair backward, from ends to scalp, in order to create a nest of hair that can serve as the foundation for a number of styles. The technique is fairly simple but I find that a lot of my clients struggle with it. I believe a portion of the difficulty lies with product. Really, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a really powerful hairspray. This is especially true if your hair is fine or straight like mine, and prone to collapsing halfway through the night. A strong, dry hairspray will provide the texture to create the shape you desire and lock the style in. Click through the slideshow for 8 fantastic strong hold hairsprays and go to new heights!
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8 Strong Hold Hairsprays To Defy Gravity
Redken Control Addict 28 2 of 9
This heavy-duty hairspray provides 24-hour humidity control and is utterly flake-proof.
Find an authorized salon at Redken $20
Umberto Super Hold Hairspray 3 of 9
Get all-day hold with this great smelling maximum hold hairspray.
Pick it up at Target $11.99
Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray 4 of 9
Hold hair in place and finish with shine when you use this superfine spray.
Get it at Oribe $36
Paul Mitchell Stay Strong Express Dry Strong Hold Hairspray 5 of 9
This awesome strong hold spray dries on contact for super fast styling .
Find an authorized retailer at Paul Mitchell $32.50
Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay Intense Hold Hairspray 6 of 9
This hairspray offers long lasting hold, humidity protection, and shine.
Found at Ulta $17.95
Sachajuan Super Strong Hold Hairspray 7 of 9
This spray contains panthenol to strengthen locks while it provides lots of hold and shine.
Available at Hair Envy $30
Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray 8 of 9
Powerful hold with humidity control, UV-filters, and antioxidants.
Found at Aveda $27
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold 9 of 9
This classic line of sprays maintains its cult following for a reason. It provides lots of hold and shine without turning greasy.
Pick it up at Target $12.99