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The first widely popular aerosol hairsprays—sold in the 1950s—contained hard-to-wash-out lacquers and damaging alcohol. Previously, stylists used homemade blends containing beer, animal fat, or a sticky mix of sugar and water.


The new Matrix Total Results Amplify Proforma Hairspray ($15, for salons) protects hair from color-fading and heat, and contains panthenol, a lightweight humectant, to enhance shine and condition without making hair flat.