hair spray


Definition of hair spray

: a liquid sprayed on the hair to keep it in place after styling

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Essentially hair spray for your face (but like, not horrible for your skin), a setting spray creates a shield to keep your makeup locked into place, even on the sweatiest days. Glamour, "7 Setting Sprays That Actually Hold Up in 80 Degree Weather," 18 June 2019 Townsend likes to spray a tiny bit of hair spray on a (clean, obviously) natural-bristle toothbrush and use it to smooth down flyaways. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "The 16 Best Hair Sprays on the Market, From Flexible to Strong Hold," 24 Sep. 2018 Taking her pregnancy glow to new heights, Markle emerged from The Mark Hotel with a flushed complexion and lightly curled lengths set in place with a spritz of medium hold hair spray. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Lets Her Hair Down for Her New York Baby Shower," 19 Feb. 2019 Got hair spray from pound shop right with all Halloween stuff ....Spray it on thought yeah looks ace that. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "One Mother Accidentally Applied Spray Paint Instead of Hair Dye to Her Child’s Hair," 2 Nov. 2018 The glitter showed up as tiny sparkles in my hair, and my hair texture remained relatively the same, despite the product's consistency, which is similar to hair spray. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "I Tested Bumble and Bumble’s Glimmer Finishing Spray," 9 Nov. 2018 To keep your 'do from looking like 'work hair,' spray it with light hold hair spray while tousling it with your fingers before the holiday party! Devin Toth, Redbook, "Easy Holiday Hairstyles," 8 Dec. 2011 The consumer-price index, which measures what Americans pay for everything from hair spray to hotel room service, rose 0.1% in September after rising a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Consumer Prices Rise 0.1%, Less Than Forecast," 11 Oct. 2018 Traditional hair sprays revolve around the promise of keeping your style in place, yet that goes against the flow and movement that make curls so much fun. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Humidity Killed My Curls Every Summer, Until I Tried These Sprays," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of hair spray

1958, in the meaning defined above

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