Searching for a new hairspray can send a girl straight into Goldilocks mode… this one’s too stiff, that one’s too sticky, and this one’s too light. But when you do find one that’s just right, you feel like shouting it from the rooftops (and hiding it from roommates who are perpetually lacking styling product). We’ve done the whole fairytale search for perfection, and frankly–no offense to Goldilocks–but we’d rather go with a pick recommended by a pro. So we called up five of our hairstyling gurus to give us the lowdown on the very best hairsprays out there.

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The Weather-Proof Pick: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

The Pro: Tommy Buckett

The Praise: “I love Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray because it give a nice flexible hold and tames hair in even the worst weather conditions.” This pick also happens to be a Team MDC favorite for fixing flyaways.

 

The Natural Hold Pick: L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold

The Pro: Megan Lanoux

The Praise: “My favorite hairspray hands down would be, Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray. It never gets too sticky or unmanageable. No matter what the hairstyle may be, I always rely on this finishing spray to keep it looking natural and staying in place.”

 

The Textured Finish Pick: Bumble and bumble Dry Spun Finish Spray

The Pro: Dallin James

The Praise: “My latest obsession is Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun Finish Spray…not exactly a spray for hold like your mom uses, but the best I’ve seen to date for that sexy/beachy/dirty/effortless texture we all want to have these days.”

 

The Added Shine Pick: Redken Control Addict 28

The Pro: Isabella Vazquez

The Praise: “There is something sexy about shine luminescent hair that has control, yet is completely touchable and brushable. Control Addict 28 holds my heart because it’s a hairspray that commands shine reflection and holds the memory of a finish whether it’s blow-dried or air-dried.”

 

The Fine Hair Pick: Alterna Working Hairspray

The Pro: Elyse Reneau

The Praise: “I use Alterna Working Hairspray-ultra dry control. This hairspray works great for my fine hair because the mist is ultra light and dry so it never weighs my hair down or leaves that crunchy feeling. It also smells fantastic!”

 

What hairspray do you swear by? Tell us your top pick in the comments.

Photos: Redken, L’Oréal, Garnier, Bumble and bumble, Alterna