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There are numerous of 'new' styling products on the market targeted to those with curly and natural hair. It becomes overwhelming to choose which is for you, or if you need to use one at all. NaturallyCurly/TextureMedia founder Michelle Breyer swears by a finishing spray to style and hold her 3b curls. Will it work for you? Here, I'll break it down for you.

What is a finishing spray?

Finishing spray--often known as hairspray--is used to set and maintain a style and/or to add shine. It’s the cherry on top that bumps your hair to the next level. However, not all finishing sprays are alike. There are finishing sprays that provide a soft yet firm hold, yet others that feature nutrients to add that extra shine and volume. Some curlies use finishing sprays to block humidity from the atmosphere from entering their hair shaft, similar to a gel. At the same time, it lets them keep their hair's light, bounce, and flexibility.

How to use a finishing spray responsibly

Finishing sprays often feature alcohols and other parabens that aren’t considered "natural hair regimen" friendly. Be sure to wash with a cleansing shampoo to remove all build-up and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.

Try to use finishing sprays specifically for firm hold and anti-frizz on special occasions or days where you’ll be required in a humid place. Don’t add a finishing spray to your everyday styling routine, as it causes product build-up and creates a sticky white film on the hair, requiring frequent washing. Instead, save it for straightened styles, for a roller set, or a perm rod set to maintain the style.

On that note, limit your use of finishing sprays in dry, winter months. This styling product can strip your hair of its natural moisture and oils, causing scalp and hair dryness. Don’t use finishing sprays in excess, as it has the potential to flake.

1. Limit your use of finishing spray if you have oily hair. Too much can weigh down your hair and leave it looking flat.

2. Lightly spray 12 inches away from your hair.

3. Do not spray directly on your scalp.

4. Use the spray in constant motion throughout your hair

5. For volume, tilt your head upside down and spray upwards

6. Lift your roots with your fingertips before setting it with a finishing spray.

These finishing sprays are ideal for naturally curly hair

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir, $9.99 in CurlMart

Ouidad Curl Last Flexible Hold Hairspray, $20 at CurlMart

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray, $11.99 in most drugstores

Hair Rules Volumizing Hair Spray, $18 in beauty supply stores

How have you used a finishing spray? Tell us in the comments below.