How Hairstylists Deal With Spiders.

Besides the difference that it can make for your hairstyle, I learned something new about “working hairspray”:

It’s almost completely ineffective when battling bathroom spiders.

There are a generation of women who are terrified of hairspray.  These women have seen some awful, sticky, crunchy, big hair and are afraid that if they use it themselves, their hair will spiral decades out of control.  For these women, “working hairspray” is the better option.  It provides slight hold while still being flexible enough to comfortably run your fingers through your hair.

In other words, the hair still looks and act like hair, not like a wig that moves as one unit.

Typically, my manner towards uninvited house critters is to live and let live.  These little buggers just don’t bother me that much.  As long as they’re somewhere near their natural habitat and can be comfortably ushered back to it, I don’t mind opening a door and guiding them back home.

I do mind, however, being startled in the context of my bathroom.

Yesterday’s spider was:

  • the size of a dime.
  • sorta hairy.
  • the kind that looked like it might jump at me.

My regular, real hairspray was in the bedroom.  Refusing to let Mr. Spider out of my sight, I grabbed the next best thing to slow him down that I had within arms’ reach: my working hairspray.

Let’s just say that I wish I had gotten the real hairspray.

Half a can must have been emptied on that sucker just to get him to go from 60MPH to 30MPH.  My counter was covered in a thick coat of stickiness and I still had to resort to grabbing tissues and picking him up while he was still completely alive and probably only slightly high on the fumes.

I believe that I deserve a certain amount of kudos for handling this situation in complete silence.  Brian was in the other room and had no idea that I had resorted to hair product as weaponry.

Moral of the story: Hairspray wasn’t just for the 80’s; and don’t startle me in the bathroom.


  1. May 29, 2012

    Another thing that really doesn’t work is shine spray for your hair… or glass cleaner…..nope. I think each time I used it they were probably feeling pretty shiney or clean.

  2. May 29, 2012

    Kudos!! I hate those random visitors in the bathroom

  3. May 30, 2012

    Oh. And when you have a child in the house…watch that feeling turn to rage at whatever critter dares to come near your helpless newborn! You will become ninja mom and destroy them! And when the baby becomes mobile, you then fear the critter will be become an edible play toy :/ and you then start to almost feel sorry for it…well, not really…but…

  4. May 30, 2012

    Haha yeah a spider was in my shower last night. My responce was strange. Normally I would scream and ask Justin to come get it. Maybe I was just too tires but I grabbed some toilet paper (a huge bunch) and grabed it and flushed it down the toilet. He still has no idea of my intruder.

  5. May 30, 2012

    Do . NOT . like . spiders . period .

  6. May 30, 2012

    Lysol cleaning spray does work. I keep it in my bathroom for regular chores and have used it often
    for critters.

  7. July 2, 2012
    Adele Bernard

    I’ve killed many of spiders with hair spray. In the 80’s and very early 90’s it was super hold Aquanet. It came in a bright pink can. Then came the days of being able to buy Paul Mitchell. Freeze and Shine works great on killing those eight legged pests.

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