The 12 Best Hairsprays of 2024

From strong hold to flexible.

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Hairsprays have come a long way. Once upon a time, the market only consisted of strong hold formulas that smelled toxic and gave a straw-like finish. Now? “Hairspray doesn’t have to make your hair stiff to be effective,” says Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist and BondiBoost Brand Ambassador. “Formulas have come a long way. Hydrating and nourishing hairsprays can have more of a flexible hold without making your hair feel too crunchy or sticky.” Options range from uber-fine mists that feel nonexistent to stronger-hold options infused with good-for-your-hair ingredients. 

There’s a hairspray for every updo, beachy wave, and slicked-back bun. Some are made specifically to fight humidity-induced frizz or lock in a curl on the finest of fine hair types. To make sure you’re picking the best hairspray for your specific needs, we’ve (literally) sprayed dozens of hairsprays in search of the most high-performing, long-lasting, luxurious-feeling formulas out there. To see our top picks, and get some tips from the pros, keep reading.

What to Look For in Hairspray

  • Hair Texture 

The best hairspray for you actually has a lot to do with your level of hair texture—take it from hairstylist Monae Everett. “If the hair has less texture and does not need to stay in place for a long time, I will select a flexible or medium hold spray,” she explains. “If the hair has tight curls or coiled texture and/or needs to stay in place without moving for 12 or 16 hours, then I will select a strong hold hairspray.”

  • Type of Hold

You’ll likely find three types of hairsprays: Strong hold, medium hold, and flexible hold. The best option for you likely depends on the type of style you’re trying to achieve. “Use a strong hold hairspray for updos or styles that need more of a structured hold,” explains Buckett. “A more flexible and brushable hold can be used on hair that needs to move without looking or feeling too stiff—it’s perfect for long haircuts that need to hold a blowout or beach waves.” 

If your hair is naturally curly, but thermally straightened, Everett recommends sealing the straightness in with a medium hold hairspray. “It allows the hair to hold the style without wetting the hair and making it revert back to a curly style.” 

The Best Hairsprays

Meet the Experts

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Tommy Buckett

Distinguished hairstylist Tommy Buckett has always loved transformation, even as a child. While growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he would set up a makeshift salon in the family kitchen, recreating his friends' latest trends with box color and styles seen on TV's "My So Called Life.

The moment he could, Tommy moved to New York City, where he got the opportunity to work under Sally Hershberger, learning from the best. Later on, he began working with Marie Robinson, his peer and close friend, when she opened her 5th Ave salon. Most recently, Tommy worked as the lead stylist for renowned Serge Normant to further expand his editorial portfolio and hone his celebrity roster. 

Buckett has worked with celebrity talent for countless cover/fashion shoots, national TV shows, red carpet, and press events. His list of famous clients most notably includes Elisabeth Moss, Amber Heard, Claire Danes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones, Zosia Mamet, Sadie Sink, Ashley Benson, Maya Hawke, Molly Shannon, Ali Wong, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Lea Michele, Krysta Rodriguez, Cristin Milioti and Nina Dobrev.

Editorial clients include Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, New York Mag, Allure, In Style, L'Official, Dazed, GQ, LA Confidential. He has collaborated with creative teams on runway fashion shows for Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Marchesa, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff.

Buckett has also served as spokesperson and brand consultant for beauty brands such as Kerastase, Garnier, Sedu, and Dyson. He is a trusted expert providing product review and video content creation for beauty sites such as Byrdie, Violet Grey, and Harper's Bazaar.

He built his reputation on making the most discerning clients feel their best. From effortless cuts to brushed-out red-carpet, Buckett has become widely known for his ability to accentuate a client's natural hair texture perfectly.

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Monae Everett

Backed-up by two decades of training and experience in the fields of beauty, fashion and branding, Monaé Everett is an American Board Certified Haircolorist with a diverse educational background. Additionally, she earned degrees in Communications and Sociology from George Mason University.

As a major force in beauty, Monaè has worked under top global hair care brands, such as Wella, Sebastian, and Mizani, which makes her the perfect presenter for your next event. She is the industry expert for all hair textures.

Monaè’s professional work has been heavily displayed in the world of film, television, print, heater, and numerous New York Fashion Week shows. National media giants such as Glamour, Harper’s BAZAAR, ESSENCE, InStyle, and Yahoo! Beauty tap Monaè regularly as a trusted voice and authority in the beauty and style industry. 

Her work can be seen in media ranging from Harper's BAZAAR to Yahoo! and ESSENCE to Hair's How. Monaè’s diverse work has been displayed on such celebs including Tia Mowry, Yara Shahidi, Emily Tosta and Nickelodeon starlets Lizzy Greene and Sofia Wylie. 

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.