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With so many different types, strengths, finishes, and uses, we know it can be hard to determine which hairspray to purchase. Even at Elixir, we only carry two lines and between those two we have about ten options for you! Here is your absolute guide to hairsprays and the differences and similarities between the ones we have on our shelves.
First things first… What’s the difference between Redken and evo?
Redken and evo are the two retail lines that we carry here at Elixir Hair Studio. Our professional colour line is also Redken, so the retail and professional products complement each other very well, and are more of a “chemistry-based” line. Redken pays special attention to the pH in their products (keeping it the same as your skin and hair to avoid any irritation), and most of their products have a protein technology in them as well (since your hair contains a ton of protein). You’ll notice that most of their styling products have a number after the name; that number is how much stronger than water the product is (the higher the number, the stronger it is, which will give you more hold etc).
evo started as a family-based endeavor in Australia and it didn’t take long for them to spread world-wide. Focused on basics, the line itself consists of only the products that are needed, and they all serve a separate purpose. This company focuses on speaking the truth and making products with only the necessary ingredients (most of which are vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free and gluten-free). Social responsibility is very important to them and that’s one of the reasons why we stand behind this line; the other reason is that their products do exactly what they say they are going to do and we love that.
So both lines target a slightly different market, but they both work fantastically. Besides a bit of a price difference, both lines have a range of products that will include something just right for your hair type!
Now… all the hairsprays!
The first row of pictures above are the hairsprays from each line from weakest to strongest (left to right). The white cans are evo and the black cans are Redken.
Fashion Work 12- This versatile spray has medium control and is great for colour-treated hair as it’s filled with vitamins C and E. It’s a working spray that can be used during and after styling, and it protects your hair from humidity for up to 24 hours. This fast-drying spray will leave you with a satin-matte finish.
Builder’s Paradise- This medium-hold working spray is great for all hair types. Not only does it add texture, but it reactivates with heat so you can restyle your hair over and over. This spray creates body and definition without leaving any residue. It’s a great product for building up styles and/or layering.
Forceful 23- This hairspray is super-strength and will leave you with a high-shine, non-tacky feeling. This spray will also protect your hair from humidity for up to 24 hours and it will give you control for up to eight. It has anti-frizz properties and is to be used as a finishing spray. This one is colour-safe as well as it has vitmains C and E in it.
Miss Malleable- This is another spray that is good for all hair types. It has a stronger hold factor and is multipurpose so you can use it for styling and finishing. It brushes out easily and the super-fine, dry mist doesn’t leave any residue so your hair won’t have a tacky feeling to it. It’s a great spray for creating structured looks that you want to stay in place.
Triple Take 32- The Triple Take 32 hairspray has the most maximum hold and the most extreme control of all the Redken hairsprays. Flaunting a triple-mist diffusion spout, this spray will finish off your look and make sure every strand of hair stays in place. Like the other Redken sprays, it offers humidity protection for 24 hours as well as control for the same length of time. This is also a volumizing spray with a fast-drying, very fine mist.
Helmut- This is evo’s strongest hairspray. This lacquer gives you all the hold you can ask for while offering shine at the same time. It can be used to focus on certain areas of the hair that need some controlling or it can be used all over the hair as a finishing spray. Helmut doesn’t leave a residue so it won’t feel crusty or heavy in your hair and it can be used in all hair types.
The second row of pictures includes the aerosol products that are similar to hairsprays but work a little bit differently. These focus more on volumizing and texturizing while giving some hold.
Shebang-a-bang- Good for every hair type, this spray has an ultra-fine mist so it won’t leave your hair feeling waxy even though it’s a wax spray. This has a very low hold factor and is used more for adding workable texture with a satin finish into your look. It can be sprayed onto wet or dry hair, and it’s great for taming baby-hairs and flyaways.
Wax Blast 10- This wax spray offers medium control that will finish your look with a tousled and texturized touch. This spray provides your hair with body and dimension while giving a bit of a hold as well. Even though it is a wax spray, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling waxy, and it leaves you with a satin, matte finish.
Wind Blown 05- This is the mildest holding spray that Redken has and it will give your look a wispy, light, full-bodied finish. Your hair will stay flexible and movable while having a wind-swept, matte look. This award winning spray is only five times stronger than using water alone so you won’t feel it in or on your hair at all, but you’ll still get to enjoy the benefits.
Quick Tease 15- Quick Tease is a finishing spray that gives volume and texture with a bit of control too. The best way to use this is to use as a root boost by spraying some on your roots and then backcombing for extra volume. This spray can be used as a finishing product for any hairstyle.