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6 New Uses For Hair Spray

And You Thought Hair Spray Was Just For Hair

I ran across this interesting tidbit in Real Simple magazine and really thought it interesting all of the uses for hair spray that most of us wouldn’t think of. I just had to pass it along.

Lipstick Remover

Kiss that smudge of Really Red good-bye. If the fabric is machine washable, saturate the spot with hair spray, let it sit for 10 minutes, then dab with a damp cloth or sponge to remove. Launder as usual to wash out any residual stain and spray.

Stocking Saver

The polymers that hold up an updo can also reinforce the toes of your hose. Spray after each wash to help prevent nylons from running.

Artwork Protector

Hanging kids’ art in a high-traffic area, like the refrigerator door? A light coating of hair spray will keep chalk or dried, flaky paint from brushing off.

Petal Preserver

Spray fragile dried flowers to help them stay put on their stems. (Here’s hopin your wedding bouquet sees its silver anniversary.)

Gum Unsticker

Free chewed Juicy Fruit from the carpet without wasting a wad of time. Douse the gum with hair spray to harden it quickly, then scrape it off with a knife.

Shoeshine Fix

A light spritz of hair spray gives newly polished loafers a longer-lasting patina. Test on a small area first before spraying the whole shoe.



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Hair Spray Reviews: Which Hair Spray is Best?

Spraying Hair Spray From a Can

Real Simple Testers Pick Top Hair Sprays

Winter has a way of doing a number on a hairstyle. Wind and snowy weather will flatten or frizz even the most carefully arranged hairstyle. Hair spray can help. Real Simple staffers in December tried hair sprays with three levels of holding power. Flexible hold keeps curls defined but allows hair to move; medium hold works best to tame fly-a-ways and frizz; and maximum hold gives updos staying power. The Real Simple testers were stuck on these winners and runners-up:

Flexible Hold Winner ~~ Frederic Fekkai Coiff Fini Sheer hold Hair spray

  • Flexible Hold Runner Up ~~Goldwell Styling Light Kiss Fleixble Hair Spray.

Medium Hold Winner~~ Philip B. Jet Set Precision Control Hair Spray.

  • Medium Hold Runner Up~~L’Oreal Professionel Infinium Level 2.

Maximum Hold Winner~~ Phyto Pro Instant Hold Hair Spray.

  • Maximum Hold Runner Up~~Garnier Fructis Full Control Ultra Strong Hair Spray.

Five Other Things Hair Spray Can Do

  • Safeguard a child’s chalk drawing~~ Mist it with hair spray and allow to dry. The spray acts as a fixative and keeps the colors from smudging.
  • Zap insects~~ One blast causes wings to stiffen, immobilizing bugs in midair. (Unfortunately, you’ll still have to sweep them up.)
  • Create wrapping paper ~~Spray the Sunday comics to add a sheen to the newsprint and seal in the ink.
  • Deslick the soles of new shoes~~ The tacky texture of hair spray helps you avoid slips until the soles get scuffed with wear.
  • Stop static cling~~ in a pinch by lightly misting a slip or a skirt.

  



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