I was a hairspray addict

They say the first step to conquering a problem is admitting that you have a problem. I have a problem, not a usual problem, but a hairspray problem. I don’t inhale it or misuse it, I just use a lot of it. A LOT. I’ve always had fine hair with next to no body that lays close to my head if I don’t use any product in it. No amount of blow drying or curling with a curling iron will give my hair any fluff. That is, until I spray it with lots and lots of hair spray. I’ve tried the perm route and the teasing route, but nothing works as well as hairspray.

I was a teen in the 80’s when big hair was queen! My college friends will attest to my ever-present quest for big hair. I look back at those pictures and laugh, because the perms and all of that hairspray really did no more than give me the illusion that I had big hair.

I was even under the impression as I got older that the more you spent on hairspray, the better your hair would look. No more AquaNet for me. I’d moved on to the big guns like Hard Head Hair Spray by Bed Head. If it could lacquer up my hair and make it stay in place from the time I got a shower in the morning to the time I went to bed, then it was the product for me. I had hairspray stashed in my desk drawer and in my locker at work. No carry-on luggage for me because I couldn’t take my prized hairspray with me.

Then, my Vespa entered the picture. I live in a state that requires you to wear helmets when riding a scooter or motorcycle. I can tell you that lacquered up hair shoved into a motorcycle helmet for any period of time looks like crap. No amount of fluffing or applying additional hairspray will help the helmet hair. I was desperate, so I asked my hairstylist for a new do that would stand up to the challenge of the helmet. She said it was a challenge but that she’d do her best.

I’m happy to say that I am now hairspray-free. I have been for 30 days. Not a spritz. Not a spray. Nothing. Not that I haven’t been tempted. No, I have been tempted a lot. A LOT. But I stuck to my guns and haven’t sprayed a drop in 30 days! Can you believe it?

So, for all of you hairspray addicts out there, there’s hope! There really is. Get a great cut and go cold turkey. If I can do it, you can too!

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