I've never seen any hairspray without nasty alcohols in them. The big one to look out for is "alcohol denat." It's the wickedly drying one. There are some fatty alcohols that are moisturizing rather than drying. Cetyl, stearyl, and behenyl alcohols are some that turn up in hair products rather frequently.
If you wanted to use hairspray for added volume, you might consider using either a mousse or a spray gel. I get better results from a spray gel, but I haven't done a whole lot of playing around with mousses. I'm loving the L'Oreal Tightly Wound spray gel now. And lots of the curlies around here really like JoiWhip mousse, from Joico.
modified CG since July 2004.
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I, too, would recommend trying a spray gel. I can't get myself to jump on the mousse bandwagon just yet, but I really like Herbal Essences Set Me Up spray gel.
embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
2b/3a (I think?)
color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS