Dafne dares to ask…The other day I bought Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion by John Frieda. It works, but it feels just like hair spray, looks just like hair spray, and makes your hair sticky like hair spray. Might it actually be hair spray? And if so, can I use just any type of hair spray for this purpose, or this one is actually better than a normal one if it’s used during blow drying?
The Right Brain responds:
As Dafne pointed out in her original question in our Forum, the product contains the following ingredients:
Alcohol Denat., Aqua, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, PEG- 75 Lanolin, Polysorbate 20, Parfum, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Linalool.
(BTW, we LOVE when our readers do their own ingredient research; it gives us more time to sit around watching YouTube videos of Sicu the Polar Bear.)
Blow dry lotion = hairspray
Anyway, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer are all hairspray ingredients used to hold the hair in place. This is a hairspray that’s designed to be used during blow drying. Can you use any hairspray as a blow dry lotion? It’s tough to say without seeing the concentration of each ingredient. It’s possible that the water and alcohol levels (as well as the resins themselves) could be optimized to give you more “play time” during blow drying. But you could certainly TRY any old hairspray and see if it works for you. The worst that can happen is that your hair will end up a tangled mess.
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