7 Best Flexible Hairsprays That Won't Leave Your Strands Crunchy & Stiff

When it comes to wearing hairspray, there's a delicate balance that needs to be considered: If you use too little, your perfectly styled hair will fall out of place. But if you use too much, you'll be stuck with a greasy helmet for the rest of the afternoon. It's a no-win, unless you a) you're a professional stylist and know what you're doing and b) have a really good product. Thankfully, that's why there's flexible hairspray comes in.

Flexible hairspray is the perfect solution for all of these messy problems. It provides a medium level of hold, so won't give you a frozen-stiff head of hair, but is still strong enough to help you achieve your desired look. It can add volume to a dulled-down look, work to soak up oil the same way as a dry shampoo would, or help keep even the wildest updos in place. To properly apply, hold the nozzle far away from the top of your head. For volume, run your fingers through your strands. To hold a style in place, don't touch it (that one seems pretty obvious, but is still worth mentioning because it's important).

Here are seven of the best flexible hairsprays on the market now — just make sure to keep them away from any open flames.

1. Ouai Haircare

Ouai Haircare Medium Hairspray, $26, Netaporter

This medium hold hairpsray from celeb stylist Jen Atkin's line won't leave your hair sticky or flaky. If it's good enough for the Kardashians, it's good enough for us.

2. IGK Flexible Hairspray

IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray, $29, Sephora

Not only is this a fabulous product, but the name is absolutely hilarious. According to the brand's product description, "Just like any good intern, this flexible hairspray is versatile, controllable, and boasts fabulous memory. No matter how much you work it, this advanced formula refuses to flake." Been there, done that.

3. Oribe Hairspray

Oribe Superfine Hairspray, $33, BirchBox

This flexible hold spray (which smells amazing, by the way) has an ultra-dry finish so your hair won't look greasy. It helps add volume and hold to blowouts, and can also function as a finishing spray.

4. R+Co Outer Space Hair Spray

R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hair Spray, $29, R + Co

This Outer Space Spray has “memory,” which means you can set your hair with rollers, use a curling iron or put it in a ponytail and spray this in it for an all day hold.

5. Clinique Non-Aerosol Hairspray

Clinique Non-Aerosol Hairspray, $13, Clinique

Not only is this non-aerosol spray good for the environment, but it promises humidity-resistant, flexible control that will hold your hair in place without stiffness or buildup.

6. Chi Flexible Hold Spray

Chi Keratin Flex Finish Hairspray, $14, Discount Beauty Center

Not only will this spray hold your hair in place, but since it's infused with keratin it will also strengthen your strands and reduce breakage.

7. Parlor Flexible Hairspray

Parlor By Jeff Chastain Flexible Hairspray, $24, Birchbox

This spray is infused with almond oil, which not only makes it smell amazing, but also helps make your hair soft and shiny. Double score.

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