The 10 Best Hair Setting Spray of 2022

Lecea Hudson
Jan 13, 2022

Setting sprays are half mist and half powder styling aids. The main ingredients are film-forming agents and solvents. Film-forming agents usually consist of polymers. When you spray it to the hair, the volatile solvents gradually evaporate and leave polymers into a film on the hair. When the film dries, the hair style will be set. Compared to hair sprays and hair waxes, setting sprays are easier to use, but it is not advisable to use them every day.

Dove stylist Mark Townsend says that staying power is the most important indicator when choosing a setting spray. He has styled for Olsen twins and Dakota Johnson, and says that sprays with less staying power are easier to comb to do styling, while sprays with strong staying power can easily smooth frizz and set hair styles.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like Tigi, Kenra, TRESemme and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, and most of them are the winners of multiple beauty awards. So to find your pick, check out the list of styling sprays we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. TIGI
  • 2. Kenra
  • 3. TRESemmé
  • 4. Sebastian
  • 5. L'Oréal Paris
  • 6. Boldify
  • 7. Nexxus
  • 8. Nioxin
  • 9. REDKEN
  • 10. Sexyhair


TONI&GUY is one of the most professional hairdressing salons around the world, which was acquired by Unilever in 2009. This brand has users in more than 40 countries and regions on 5 continents, and has more than 400 hair salons. Tigi was founded by TONI&GUY in 1970, mainly engaging in hairspray, scissors and other accessories. Now, Tigi has become a very important styling brand and has won the honor of the global TOP hairstyle art creation group 10 times.

There are three main series of Tigi styling products, namely Bed Head, CatWalk and Copyright Care. Most of them contain VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, and are effective in styling. Tigi hair setting sprays are mainly from the Bed Head and Cat Walk series, and the CatWalk series is more common in the backstage of the CatWalk show. Tigi hair setting spray focuses on building hair texture with a sleek, luxury packaging. Products of Bed Head series are more commonly used by people in their daily lives, which are effective in sun protection and hair hold with mostly fluorescent colors.

The Bed Head series has 5 hair setting sprays, and the Bed Head Masterpiece with a tropical fruit scent sells best. Containing PEG, AMP-Isostearoyl Hydr, Acrylates Butylamino, etc., Bed Head Masterpiece provides a long-lasting styling and moisturizing effect. Besides, it mixes a variety of silicone oils to make hair smoother and shinier. It should be noted that it contains Alcohol Denat, fragrances, etc. and is slightly irritating, so it should be used with caution if the scalp is damaged or sensitive.

Ultra-fine and free of mineral oil, QUEEN FOR A DAY spray evenly covers the hair to make the hair fuller and plumper. The PVP in it also makes the hairstyle long-lasting, which has received a lot of praises. Salty Not Sorry is lighter, and humidity-resistant, making hair softer and more natural. If you want to make your hairstyle long lasting, it is recommended using Bed Hard Head Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray. Citrus-scented and non-irritating, this spray has strong staying power and contains UVB sunscreen. Although it has the potential risk of disrupting hormone secretion, a small amount generally does not cause safety problems. It is available on Amazon and other websites.

Compared to Bed Head series, hair setting spays of CatWalk series is less effective in hair hold with better humidity resistance, also making hair look fuller.

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Founded in Indianapolis in 1929, Kenra was acquired by the hairdresser and entrepreneur Henry J Meyers after 30 years of continuous development. Since then, Kenra has also launched two sub-brands, Kenra Platinum and Kenra Color, mainly for professional hair stylists. It has enjoyed full reputation and great favor of many professional hair stylists. Kenra also won many honorary awards by the industry, with its quality fully affirmed. Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray won Stylist Choice Award in 2012, while Kenra Volume 25 was the winner of the 12th Stylist Choice Award in 2016.

Kenra Platinum's products with high-end formulas are suitable for highly-priced hair stylist. Kenra Color has launched a variety of color maintenance products, suitable for hairstylists who often provide ironing or dyeing services. Kenra has three categories of products, Prep, Layer and Finish. Among them, Volume Spray 25 is its most representative professional hairspray, leading in market sales. Compared with other sprays, it has superior performance. Containing alcohol, Octylacrylamide, AMP-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and other ingredients, this good-to-use formula not only moisturizes but also prevents external humidity, making the hair fluffier and more natural. This long-lasting spray provides hold for up to 120 hours. Its wind resistance is up to 25 MPH, and it has a super hold. This multifunctional product makes hair moisturized, fluffy and easy-to-shape before styling, and also hold your hairstyle in place. Volume Spray 25 is available in 4 specifications, both 10oz and 16oz for 55% and 80% VOC concentration, and you can buy it on demand.

Lots of Kenra's products have been recommended by well-known media. You can find more detailed information on the official website, and also pay attention to some shopping websites. It is very cost-effective to buy when there is a discount on the shopping festival.

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Founded in 1947, TRESemmé is a high-end American salon brand. The founder Edna L. Emme is not only a top hair stylist, but also the president of The National Cosmetology Association in American. As a successful female entrepreneur and a pioneer of office ladies, Edna believes that beautiful hair can make people more confident. TRESemmé has been a brand recommended by professional stylists for 70 years. It is the largest styling brand in the United States and an official partner brand for the New York Fashion Week show. Its sales and market share are quite high. According to statistics, 1 bottle of TRESemmé products can be sold every second in the United States.

TRESemmé has a variety of products, including shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, hair spray, etc., that can repair hair damaged by heat. Its spray products are divided into two types: Hair Spray and Heat Protectant Spray. The ordinary spray can meet most of the needs for daily styling, while the heat-proof spray is more suitable for hair damaged by perming or coloring, which plays effective heat protection. TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Spray for Frizz Control is an ordinary spray full of floral and fruity scent, which is suitable for all hair types. It uses Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer as the film-forming agent, providing excellent moisture-proof effect. Under the interaction of multiple ingredients, it makes hair softer and prevents frizz effectively. It is worth mentioning that a quick application of TRESemmé hair spray gives professional staying and bouncing power without feeling stiff or sticky. It is available on amazon, walmart and other websites or offline stores.

The trustworthy, good-to-use TRESemmé spray creates beautiful, long-lasting hairstyles and makes you more independent and confident.

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Sebastian was co-founded by American hair stylist Geri Cusenza and her husband John Sebastian in the 1970s. Sebastian has a number of products and technological innovations. As a pioneer in the hairdressing industry, it designed the world's first curling iron and invented the first bottle of styling hair spray in real sense. Now, Sebastian is owned by Procter & Gamble. It launched various stylish products, which are beloved by Hollywood stars and international fashion week stylists.

Sebastian products are divided into three categories: hair care, hair styling and hair color gloss. In the series of hair care, Potion 9 Leave-in Conditioner, Drench Shampoo for Dry Hair, Shaper & Re-Shaper Hairsprays and Drench Conditioner are all best-sellers.

The styling sprays are available in black and white packages. Re-Shaper, Volupt Spray, and Shaper Zero Gravity are all in black matte bottles. Available in different specifications to choose conveniently, they all have high-quality formula and are very popular. Among them, Re-Shaper and Shaper Zero Gravity use Butyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer as film forming agent, which is effective in hair hold. Shaper Zero Gravity is recommended for fine hair. Compared with Re-Shaper and Shaper Zero Gravity, Volupt Spray has more ingredients. In addition to keeping your hair in place, it can also effectively protect the hair from heat damage and make the hair fluffier. And it is more effective to use it with Volupt shampoo and conditioner.

Among the products in white bottles, Sebastian Shaper sells best with lots of fans, which is favored by hairstylists. Moisture-proof, this hair spray has a high-quality formula, which controls frizz effectively. And it is even more effective for wet hair.

All Sebastian's hair sprays are equipped with spray heads which are very convenient to spray by keeping a certain distance away from the hair.

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L'Oréal Paris

Founded in 1907, L'Oréal Paris is one of the most well-known and oldest mass cosmetics brands in the L'Oréal Group. As Europe's best seller of hair washing and hair care, this brand mainly focuses on products of hair dyeing, hair care, make-up and skin care, which are cost-effective and favored by beauty lovers worldwide. Hair styling products from L'Oréal are cost-effective, including a variety of popular hair gels and pomades in addition to mousse.

L'Oreal has a wide range of hair styling sprays. There are two kinds of packaging, the gold bottle and the black bottle, with similar formulas and strong staying power. According to different effects, each product of L'Oréal is added with unique ingredients. With large capacity and reasonable price, it is very cost-effective. There are 6 types of black bottle sprays, and each has its own features. They are suitable for dry or damaged hair, permed or colored hair, and fine or flat hair, meeting people's daily needs. Unscented and effective with a simple formula, Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented helps make your hair stay put, which is worth recommending. Suitable for all hair types, both men and women, this spray is favored by lots of people.

There are 6 types of black bottle sprays, which are very popular with professional hairdressers. Among them, Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray sells quite well. Different from other products in black bottles, this spray applies advanced fibralock technology, which smooths the frizz in the shortest time as well as preventing heat damage. This spray is quite effective in hair hold, so it is recommended when time limited.

Many hair styling sprays from L'Oréal Paris contain fragrance, limonene and other ingredients, which are slightly irritating. Be careful not to spray them into the eyes, and do not store them in a place where the temperature is too high.

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BOLDIFY is a well-known hair care brand. It persists in preventing people from hair problems to live life boldly. Directly made in American, each batch of products has undergone strict purity testing. Meanwhile, the producing environment has reached the highest national safety standard to ensure the quality. It meets the consumers' various needs. Whether you want to moisturize your hair, reduce hair loss or maintain your hairstyle, BOLDIFY can meet your requirements. Besides, it is cruelty-free and widely acclaimed.

BOLDIFY is divided into Hair Growth, Hair Thickening, and Hair Building. It comes in different forms, such as spray, powder, serum, gummies, etc. BOLDIFY also launched the professional teaser brush to be used with hair loss products, making the products more convenient to apply. Among its three hair sprays, the best seller and one of its most representative products, BOLDIFY Hair Thickening Spray, has been recommended by many professional hair stylists, and was the winner of “Editor Pick” on Bustle website in 2020. Mineral-rich and nutrient-rich, the healthy formula also has a light pleasant scent. It is easy to spray. Smear it evenly on the wet hair and blow it dry, then it will quickly add volume and shine to your hair, making the hair lighter and fuller without feeling heavy or sticky. Thanks to its wide range of uses, hair stylists can apply it to set the hair and easily create fashionable styles, suitable for both men and women. Besides, its Dry Texturizing Spray, Root Boosting Spray and other products are also quite salable.

BODIFY is extremely confident in its products. If you are not satisfied, you can get a full refund in one day without returning the goods. You can also get extra discounts by joining VIP.

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Founded in 1979 by Jheri Redding, Nexxus is a professional hair care brand acquired by Unilever. The founder Jheri Redding made many innovations in the field of hair care. The addition of protein to hair care products to nourish hair is his most well-known achievement which has had a huge impact on the hairdressing industry. There are also authoritative hairdressing experts and senior stylists in the Nexxus team. Many Nexxus products combine high-quality formulas and advanced technology to give consumers a salon-level hair care experience with remarkable effects. Among them, Keraphix Keratin Shampoo for Damaged Hair was the winner of Allure "THE BEAUTY EXPERT" in 2020.

Derived from the founder Jheri Redding's R&D achievement, almost all Nexxus products contain protein. The long-lasting Nexxus spray is highly wind resistant and humidity resistant. For soft, fine hair, it is recommended to use Nexxus Hair Mist Comb Thru Finishing Hair Spray for Volume, which is infused with acrylate and Fluid-Fix Complex. This pleasant-scented spray makes hair soft and easy to style with an excellent hold. The design of dual-hole nozzle makes the spray more delicate without destroying the hairstyle.

Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Mist for Control is also very popular. It is similar to Hair Mist Comb Thru Finishing Hair Spray for Volume, while it has a wider range of applications, suitable for all hair types. This fresh and fruity scented spray makes hair shinier and dry quickly without feeling sticky.

Available on various channels, you can buy Nexxus products on the official website, amazon, Ulta Beauty and other websites or offline stores.

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The founder of Nioxin, Eva Graham, was troubled by hair loss after giving birth, so she was determined to find a solution to this problem. Then she founded Nioxin in 1987 and created a brand-new salon retail business, popularizing in Asia, Europe and South Africa. Nioxin provides special hair treatment for people worldwide. Supported by the institute of Trichologists, professional stylists and a large number of consumers, it has won multiple awards in the global beauty industry and has been honored as "Favorite Thinning Hair Line" continuously for 16 years.

Nioxin's products are mainly used to treat the hair loss professionally. Cleanser Shampoo System and Kit System are popular products of Nioxin due to remarkable effects. Besides, Nioxin launched hair styling products with fewer categories. Pleasant-scented with light minty odor, Nioxin 3D Styling Thickening Hair Spray has gained a great reputation. It uses PVP for a long-lasting hold, which is effective in hair styling and keeps the hairstyle long-lasting. Containing an appropriate amount of 3D thickener, which increases the thickness of the hair visually and makes the hair more stylish, it is also very suitable for thinning hair. Different from ordinary hair styling sprays for the ends of the hair, this spray is more effective when used from the roots to the ends and then blow dry. It has received a lot of praises and recommendations, which is worth a try.

If you want a super hold, 3D Styling Thickening Hair Gel is more recommended. With a strong hair hold, it makes your hair plump and stylish.

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Found in 1960, the American hairdressing brand Redken is committed to developing high-quality products through technology to serve consumers better. Each series of Redken closely integrate the three elements of fashion, science and inspiration, aiming at combining specialization and personalization to create truly surprising products. It launched lots of popular products, many of which won awards, such as All Soft Shampoo, and Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment for Damaged Hair.

Redken has a wide range of products to meet various needs. Its products have conventional categories, mainly for haircolor, haircare and hair styling. According to different effects, each category is further divided into multiple subcategories. Hair styling products are mostly packed in black bottles with different numbers from 0 to 32, which represent different degrees of hold in order to distinguish easily. This series of products with high-quality formulas are effective, and many styling sprays and hair gels have won awards.

Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray is suitable for all hair types. It is the most effective in hair hold of this series. This long-lasting hairspray keeps the hairstyle all day long. It is also humidity-resistant, which is more effective after the hairstyle is finished. Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray is equipped with a triple-hole spray head. Compared with a dual-hole spray, this spray has a larger spray volume and a more delicate texture, which is more effective. Control Addict 28 Extra High-Hold Hairspray and Wax Blast 10 Finishing Hairspray-Wax of the same series are also very popular.

While Redken products are professional and high-qualified, most of them are quite pricey, so they are recommended for high-end consumers.

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Founded in Los Angeles in 1998, Sexy Hair is an excellent professional hair spray brand with users in more than 60 countries/religions around the world, especially loved by professionals. It is in a leading position in the industry. Its products provide an all-round conditioning for various hairstyles.

Sexy Hair has launched a variety of products, from hair care to hair styling. One of its well-known and salable products, Big Spray & Playv Volumizing Hairspray, was the winner of Allure "'Readers' Choice" and "Best of Beauty" awards in 2020. It comes in both old and new packaging, and its classic look with a red bottle and a black cap leaves people a deep impression. This product contains alcohol, Octylacrylamide, silicone oil and other ingredients to make hair shiny and easier to manage. With a lemony scent, the quick-drying mousse has an above-average holding power, which provides humidity-resistant for about 72 hours. It moisturizes and keeps the hair less frizzy, suitable for dry hair. It can be used for both men and women to make hair plumper easily. However, you need to keep a distance of 8~10 inches when applying to avoid spraying the hair roots.

Sexy Hair sprays are available in 1.5oz, 10oz, and 16oz. Small bottles are suitable to carry around, while large bottles are suitable for households. You can buy it through multiple channels, such as Amazon, Ulta, Cosmo Prof, etc.

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