How to Use Hairspray to Eliminate Frizz in Humidity and Rain

Imagine: Sydney. 2021. Biting rain with a nice side of 99% humidity. Anyone who has even the slightest hint of curls or waves in their hair knows that in these conditions, you only get shivers. Why did I just spend 20 minutes carefully combing my hair when I’m walking outside and it’s all going down the drain? Honestly, I’m moving to Tasmania where there’s no humidity and I’m sure everyone has nice thick straight locks. But in the meantime, I need all the help I can get with frizzy hair. Enter my colleague Emma, which constantly has a chic and smooth head of which I am v. jealous.

This morning I walked to the bathroom feeling ashamed of my manky ‘do and she walked out of said bathroom looking as neat as ever. I grabbed my head and said “Arghh don’t look at me, I’m in the center of frizz from the rain!” to which she responded with 14 simple (pretty obvious really) words that changed everything. “My trick is this: spray hairspray on your hands, then run them over your head!”

There is hairspray in the bathroom so I practically rushed in, tried it and it worked. It worked damn well. Any flyaways were smoothed out, but I didn’t get the crunchy helmet effect of a traditional hairspray application. This is the simple and cheap hack for frizzy hair that I didn’t know I needed.

I immediately ran out and told my team members, some of whom had a) never heard of the idea and b) only done it while dancing as kids. Remember those hairstyles stuck on your head from jazz ballet days? Hands of hairspray, people! Maybe because I’m unco and never danced is why the whole frizzy hair hack was new to me.

I also told my boss about it, who added a second level of hacking to the hack: instead of straight hairspray, she wets her hands first, then sprays hairspray. Dilutes hairspray to tone down any level of crunch, but it still does its straightening job.

I swear, I didn’t know you could learn so much on a Friday. Since then, I’ve been to the bathroom several times and have had a touch-up each time. I’m stylish, people!

You might already know this trick for frizzy hair and you’re rolling your eyes at this whole article, but if someone didn’t know about this trick, welcome to you and your fabulous locks. Especially considering it’s going to piss for at least the next week.

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Melissa R. Brumfield