Who knew that a can of hairspray could be so much more useful than just making your hair stay put!

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1. Bug spray

If you want to keep the mosquitos at bay this summer, try using hairspray as a bug spray. It’s less toxic but just as effective at stopping creepy crawlies in their tracks.

2. Shoe polish protector

Spray a light coat over shoes after polishing to set the colour and make the shine last.

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3. Set make up

If you want your make up to last for a big night out, spritz hairspray directly above you then tilt your head back and let the spray fall onto your face. Eyes closed, of course!

4. Cut flower life extender

To make your bouquet live for longer, spray the underside of cut stems with hairspray. It seals in the moisture to keep blooms fresh for days.

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5. Remove static

There’s no point to getting your hairstyle in place for it to be ruined by static clothes. To avoid this, spray the garment with hairspray to neutralise the electric charge.

6. Laddering in tights

We’ve all been there when you’ve walked out the door and already there’s a ladder in your tights. Instead of letting it get worse as the day goes on, spritz some hairspray on them; they’ll last until you can get a new pair.

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7. Stop dresses and skirts from riding up

To keep everything in place when wearing a short skirt or dress, put a thin layer of hairspray over your legs and the top of your thighs. It’s the same trick used by gymnasts to keep their leotards in shape.

 

Thanks to be people at hairtrade.com for these clever tips. Do you have any other surprising uses for hairspray?