Pantene Hair Spray Review: A Safe Solution For Hair?

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When it comes to a good hair spray there’s always the backlash of dealing with sticky, heavy hair. The struggle looks something like this: do I want soft locks that will drop out by the end of the night? Or rock-hard ones that will be a hot mess in six hours’ time? It doesn’t sound like a fair bet to me. But internal conflicts aside, let’s talk facts.

Hairsprays in and of themselves are probably at the bottom of the list when it comes to ‘Products That Will Help My Hair.’ They’re only on that list, to begin with, because they ‘help hair’ to stay, not because they nourish the hair in any way.

Pantene is a great drugstore hair care brand. Their products contain Pro-V technology, which in a nutshell means that they use premium ingredients formulated by Pantene scientists. Micro-targeting ingredients create a light texture without weighing down the hair. There’s honestly nothing worse than feeling like you have hairspray in your hair. The formulas used in Pantene’s Hair Spray series are among the best in the business. This is according to cosmetic sciences. They leave hair feeling soft and smooth without the dreaded crunch.

Pantene Hair Spray Series Explained

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Hairsprays work by keeping the shafts of the hair stiff. Put simply, your hair isn’t made to hold for 24 hours, so there’s a lot of chemicals packed together to help that happen. Which is why I feel the need to explain Pantene’s Hair Spray Series. Ingredients you expect to see in hair sprays include things like alcohol and polymers (which I normally try to stay as far away from as possible). Let’s just say they’re similar substances to what you’d expect to find in your glue – making your hair shafts stick together.

They’re a drying hair product thanks to the main ingredient – alcohol. That’s why it was revolutionary when Pantene came out with something called an Airspray. Say goodbye to alcohol and hello to smooth, staying hair. Another interesting product in Pantene’s hairspray range is their Non-Aerosol hairspray. Mainly used for texture rather than hold, this hairspray remains environmentally conscious as opposed to its regular aerosol siblings.

In terms of providing quality hairsprays, Pantene has an extensive range. They provide quality hair products for reasonable prices and it’s no different when it comes to their hairsprays. Whether it’s the revolutionary Airspray or a Non-Aerosol hairspray, they’re pushing boundaries when it comes to your hair. And if you’re looking for a more traditional hold for a style that just won’t budge they’ve got you covered in that department too.

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Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

Pantene’s Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

Pantene’s Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

If you’re looking for a classic hairspray to keep your bouffant in place, then Pantene’s Extra Strong Hold Hairspray is the one for you. It’s 24-hour humidity resistant and holds your hair rock-hard in place. Rock hard being the operative words – this is your fly-aways worst nightmare.

This hairspray has Level 4 hold which, contrary to popular belief, is based off your hair type not spray strength. When it comes to using this hairspray, I’d say it’s all about the application. As a rule of thumb count to three while spraying and move the can evenly around your head. The Extra Hold Hairspray won’t leave your hair too sticky or greasy if used correctly.

Alcohol Denat is the main ingredient in this hairspray which honestly for me is a no-go. Your hair might be dry in mere seconds, but alcohol has a tendency to strip the skin and hair of its natural oils. It builds up on the scalp and leads to hair breakage. The next ingredient on the label was another unsavory one – Hydrofluorocarbon 152a which is used as a propellant.

Let me just say this: it’s a hydrocarbon that’s also used in plasticizers and solvents. This explains why your hair is left feeling tacky, sticky and dry. The only redeeming factor to this hairspray was the presence of Histidine. This is an amino acid interestingly used as a conditioning agent.

In a nutshell, if you’re looking for the King of Hold in hairsprays then Pantene Extra Strong Hairspray is top of the list, but it comes at a price.

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Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray

Pantene’s Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray

Pantene’s Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray

Have you noticed that your hair is particularly brittle or frizzy after using your favorite hairspray?  The alcohol in it is probably not doing you any favors. Airsprays are a bit of a buzzword nowadays but Pantene was actually the first to produce these alcohol-free hairspray formulas.

Alcohol-infused products suck the hydration out of your hair. Pantene’s Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray gives your hair a smooth finish that won’t feel heavy on your hair. It’s got a 2 out of 5 strength hold so it’s best for thinner or straighter hair and it doesn’t give a stiff hold. The Airspray is soft enough that your hair doesn’t get crispy.

It’s lightweight and leaves hair relatively healthy. This can be partly attributed to the fact that it comes from the Pantene Gold Series which boasts “the gold standard in moisture”.

I will say that this formula tends to separate the hair strands giving curls a stringier look. Nevertheless, this is redeemed by the fact that it definitely retains the shine in your hair. You’ll probably need to use less Airspray than your regular hairspray. Weirdly there is still a faint alcohol smell but not nearly as strong as you get with the regular hairsprays.

This can be blamed on the Dimethyl Ether which is the active ingredient. It’s used as the propellant in this formula but it’s essentially a compound that can lead to skin irritations and is slightly toxic when inhaled.

Volume Texturizing Non-Aerosol Hairspray

Texturizing Hairspray

Volume Texturizing Non- Aerosol Hairspray

‘Non-Aerosol’ is what caught my attention in this hairspray. This Volume Texturizing Non- Aerosol Hairspray is the perfect way to get that frizz control and volume without harming the environment. Regular aerosol hairsprays contain compounds called fluorocarbons as propellants. These are linked with damage to the ozone layer. Being environmentally conscious is a responsibility that large companies should be shouldering to create positive impacts on society as a whole. If you had the power to reduce the damage to the ozone layer wouldn’t you do something about it? Non-aerosol hairsprays do not contain propellants, as well as adding texture to hairstyles beyond the hold itself.

That being said, the first ingredient on this list is once again Alcohol Denat. This is added so that your hair dries quicker but it’s not the best substance to be applying to your hair. In general, I wouldn’t rush to buy anything containing alcohols but in the scheme of things, this probably isn’t the worst alcohol on the list.

The best way to use this product is not in the same way you would apply the regular hairsprays. You need to work it into damp hair with your fingertips and then give it a quick blow dry for maximum volume. The low polymer concentration gives you flexible hair without leaving it feeling heavy. It does the job and reduces your carbon footprint.


If you want a reasonably priced but effective hairspray, Pantene is the way to go. Although I have to say that finding a hairspray with more natural-based ingredients can go a long way in maintaining your hairs overall health. Alcohols in your hairspray are not innately harmful but they’re definitely not great for your hairs moisture levels.

In spite of this, Pantene’s extensive range of hair styling products gets the job done – with over a hundred hair care products in the US alone. The best part is that their parent company, Procter & Gamble, commit themselves to sustainability through a three-footed approach of product, production and social responsibility.

This for me is already a step in the right direction. When cosmetic companies have an awareness of their environmental footprint it causes a chain effect in which other companies are also called to action.

Despite this, Pantene is not cruelty-free in the sense that although they don’t necessarily conduct animal testing themselves they allow it in countries where regulation requires it. I guess you can only ask for one small step at a time. All in all, hairsprays are not inherently harmful to your hair, but I definitely wouldn’t put them on the nourishing side either.

My advice is if you’re resorting to applying a hairspray be sure to use a hair cleanser regularly. Removing product build-up by using a clarifying shampoo once a week means you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Your hair can stay put, as well as nourished!

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