Hairspray: It’s a word that conjures up so many images—most of them outdated.

Consider gravity-defying styles like the beehive, pompadour, über-teased bangs, and big 80's hair; all impossible without this sticky aerosol fixative.  Hairsprays of the past did the job of holding hair in its place—perhaps too well—making these spritzes synonymous with helmet head, hard-to-wash-out lacquers, a crunchy, gummy texture and alcohol-based formulas.

But those days are over.  There are so many tricks today’s hairsprays can do—from hold to height and humidity protection—that this ‘80s staple is back in rotation.

Is hairspray back?