How to Pick the Right Hairspray for Your Wedding Season and Venue

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Hours spent scrolling through Instagram, consulting pals who previously walked down the aisle, and multiple hair trials—tons of time and effort goes into your wedding-day ‘do. So, when the big day arrives, you want to make sure your coif stays flawless from the first look to the after-party. And for that, hairspray is your BFF.

But this just in: where and when you're saying "I do" affects what products will work best for you. So, the hairspray you'll need if you’re getting hitched on a breezy beach is different than what you’ll use for indoor nuptials—finding the right formula is key. Ahead, here's how to pick the perfect hairspray for your big day, according to the pros.

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For an Outdoor Summer Wedding or Tropical Destination

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Oribe Impermeable Anti‐Humidity Spray

Planning an outdoor summer ceremony? You need to bring out the big guns...and by that, we mean a hairspray that'll stand up to the heat and humidity. The same holds true for a tropical destination wedding. “Oribe Impermeable Anti‐Humidity Spray keeps styles intact and combats frizz, no matter how steamy it gets,” says Nicole Leal, Director of Education at Nine Zero One in Los Angeles. Plus, it protects against free radicals and UV rays—a must when you’re spending time in the sun.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $42

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For Beach Brides:

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L'Oréal Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray

We love coastal-chic vows—laid-back allure, ocean breezes, and sparkling waters. That said, it can get blustery. And you know what’s not cute? When your beachy waves take flight and land in your lip gloss. The solution? L'Oréal Paris Elnett Strong Hold Hairspray. Over the years, this cult-classic has earned a reputation as the gold standard for red carpets and other major events (your wedding definitely qualifies!). According to Eugene Toye, stylist at Rita Hazan, the micro-diffuser sprays an ultra-fine mist for concentrated control and a satin finish.

SHOP NOW: L'Oréal, $15.99

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For Desert I Dos:

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Unite Tricky Lite Finishing Spray

Have your heart set on an epic desert venue? First, consider what the arid climate will do to your locks. Choose a hydrating product that will infuse much-needed nourishment, preventing your ‘do from looking parched and lack-luster. “Unite Tricky Lite Finishing Spray is super light and keeps strands in place without over-drying. It also has a weightless pomade feel that adds a touch of sheen,” explains Leal.

SHOP NOW: Macy's, $30

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For a Winter Wedding:

R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray

‘Tis the season for thirsty, dull, limp locks. Lest we forget friction, static, and snarls—all of which have the potential to turn your winter wonderland wedding fantasy into a flyaway-filled nightmare. Leal recommends R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray. Powered by frizz-fighters like argan oil and Vitamin E, it smooths and restores shine while shielding from environmental damage.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $28

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For Indoor Nuptials:

Phyto Phytolaque Soie

One of the many great things about tying the knot indoors is that you don’t have to deal with weather-related factors, such as wind, wreaking havoc on your strands—which means you can skip stiff sprays. “I reach for Phyto Phytolaque Soie. This flexible, light-hold formula contains silk proteins that leave tresses lustrous and touchable,” notes Anthony Cristiano, stylist and Phyto ambassador.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $22

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