What's a good alternative to hair spray?

EvolvingfroEvolvingfro Posts: 14Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
I'm new to the curly girl method, and still learning what works best for my hair.  I used to set my curls with hair spray, and really miss the hold and protection from frizz it provided.  I also liked being able to use a mist on my hair, rather than having to smooth product with my hands since this usually disturbs my curls resulting in stretching and more frizz.  My hair has become extremely soft since going CG (I used to always think my hair was coarse but now I'm realizing it was just really dry!) so I don't want to go back to using an alcohol-based spray, but I am struggling to find a substitute product.  I've used hard hold gels with mixed results, but I'd really like to find a product that I can set my style with once my hair has already been air dried.  For reference, I believe I have fine to medium, low porosity, low density, 2b-c waves, with the occasional 3a spiral.  Any suggestions would be appreciated:)

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  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    Welcome!  I've never found a good alternative to hair spray, so I just use one that's silicone free.  I don't care too much about the alcohol in them, because it evaporates so quickly.  Marc Anthony Moroccan oil hair spray is what I use, but there are others.  Pantene Air Spray has several versions, and at least a couple are silicone AND alcohol free.  There are others out that, you just need to read the ingredients to make sure there's no silicones.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel


  • EvolvingfroEvolvingfro Posts: 14Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
    Thank you so much!  Finding the right products can feel overwhelming so 
    I appreciate your help :)  
  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Posts: 1,218Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    DevaCurl has a hair spray that you might be interested in looking into. However, I have never used it so I can't say if it's good or how it compares to other hairsprays.
  • EvolvingfroEvolvingfro Posts: 14Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
    Thanks, Brittney!  I just looked this up, and may have stumbled on it before and forgotten. Sadly, I can't stomach the smell of lavender, which is in a lot of highly rated deva products :'(
  • SlopezSlopez Posts: 13Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
    Hey if you're still looking I know of Innersense that sells a light hold spray its called I Create Finish and people say it still leaves their hair soft.
    Shampoo: Mane Choice pink lemonade & coconut 
    Conditioner: Oyin honey hemp
    Deep Conditioner: CJ curl rehab
    Leave In: CJ curl assurance smoothing lotion
    Curl Enhancer: Moptop custard
  • AmylizabethAmylizabeth Posts: 56Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I recently discovered Pantene Air Spray and love it!  Doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or dried it, and my volume lasts all day.. bonus, the fruity scent is very mild and doesn't linger
    2C Fine, long hair, a ton of it. Blonde balayage. East Coast Canadian. 

    Wash: Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Shampoo
    Monthly Scalp Cleanse: Baking Soda/Conditioner/Peppermint Essential Oil
    CO: Garnier Whole Blends Legendary Olive Conditioner
    Styling: Devacurl Volumizing Foam, Devacurl Wave Maker, Garnier Curl Treat Jelly
    Refresh Day: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, Devacurl Supercream
    Deep Condition: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Treatment

    My whole wash routine is upside-down... detangling, rinsing, applying products, scrunching, diffusing... the bigger the waves, the better!  

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