Battle of the… Hairsprays

Today I’m sharing my space with Beauty Babe and professional makeup artist and hairstylist, Kirsten Murphy Rossiter, who is sharing her thoughts on her best hairspray in South Africa in my Battle of the Hairsprays post…

With hairspray being a product that I use loads of (and I mean loads!), I have gone through many different ones to find the ones that really do work.

For very natural “flowy” hairstyles I love to use hairspray very lightly, applying just a bit on my hand and then onto the hair using my fingers to get rid of flyaways. Obviously for more intricate styles and brides (when the hair needs to stay in place all day) more hairspray than usual is needed!

My favourite types of hairsprays are the ones that while holding the style in place, still give a natural finish. My worst is when hair feels crispy and hard! All three of the hairsprays I’m reviewing today give the hair a slight (not an overly shiny) sheen, without leaving the hair looking dull and coated.

Two of these are hairsprays that I am currently using in my kit and the other is just a great easy to get hairspray that works super well and is a firm favourite of my hubby’s (believe it or not) So we always have a can, or two of the stuff in our house!

First up is the Paul Mitchell Express Dry Stay strong Hair Spray. I have always loved and trusted the Paul Mitchell brand and this hairspray has proved me right. It pretty much ticks all the boxes that a good hairspray should. It’s a lightweight finishing spray that holds your style in place while remaining workable, meaning that if you needed to change up your style it would be easy enough to brush out. It dries quickly without feeling sticky on the hair. And, a bonus for curly girls, is that it fights frizz and helps protect against humidity. Whoop whoop! Seriously could one product be such a great all rounder?!?! This costs around R390 for R365ml online at

Next up is a brand that I am not hugely familiar with called Indola. I loved this Flexible Finish hairspray from the get go. Much like the Paul Mitchell Express dry, it dries quickly with a flexible hold and it also helps us fight the battle against humidity. What I have really enjoyed about this hairspray is the very fine spray that comes out, giving you lots of control on the amount of product you are using. This brilliantly large 500ml bottle excites me because it means longevity in my kit! This product can be purchased at ? for R ?

Last, but by no means least, is the very well known Tresemme Salon Finish Hairspray. This is always an easy go to for me if I have run out of any of my other favourites as I know it does the trick and we always “have stock” at home. I do find this hairspray can be a little sticky at first, but not to the point that it really bothers me. Just like the other two, it holds styles extremely well, is humidity resistant and works against frizz (notice a trend here). Whether you’re a male or female hairspray user, the signature Tresemme smell is just lovely and it sells at the affordable price of around R79.95 at Clicks stores.

Which hairsprays have you tried, tested and loved? Please share your secrets, I would love to know so I can try them out in my hairstyling kit!

Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.

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  1. Thank you very much. I will be going to South Africa for the first time next April. I have trouble with my hair and have traveled enough to know different hairsprays are better in some places than in others. I shall be getting one to travel with. Thanks again. Charlotte Williams

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