The Chemistry of Hair Spray


I chose hairspray because I love it and it helps cute hairstyles stay in place. And, it also has a very nice smell depending on the kind.

Without hairspray, hair would never stay where you want it and it would fall out of place.

Composition of ...

  • Elastesse is chemical form of liquid elastic.
  • plastics in hairspray place invisible film over hair once the elastesse dries
  • polyvinylpyrrolidine one of the polymers which is used to glue the layers of plywood together
  • polydimethylsiloxane added for extra hold
  • pytocalcious chemicals enhance minerals in the roots of hair for additional stiffness
  • ethanol or more commonly water make up the rest of the composition
  • active polymers are dissolved
  • additive chemicals keep the inside of the can from rusting
  • one popular ingredient is gum arabic which is made from the sap of trees in Sudan

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

Chemistry's Role

Background Research


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