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Sex: unisex
Type of clothing: super hold hairspray
When it was popular: 80-89
Description: All you needed was a 1/2 can of aqua-net, and you could achieve any style, any height! Perfect for a tight perm to blow out bangs to the ceiling. Required 2 shampooings to remove and still left white "glue-like" substance in hair, the build-up made it easier to get skyscraper bangs next styling!
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H. Stowe - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Aqua Net hairspray has been around forever! It was my mom's brand of choice in the 60s and continued until "Final Net" pump spray hairspray came out. We used the blue can of Aqua Net to hold our Farrah flips and feathered hair in the 70s and even had a can in the file room to spray on our nylon slips when the static electricity in the office I worked at got too bad in the very late 70s.
Trey Leech - May 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I was just reading about the old aqua net. Is there any place that I could find the old aqua net,the one that took 2 shampoos to get out? I have been using V05 and tresemme,but I miss the old aqua net,especially the fragrance.
Tracie L. - May 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember when I would spray my hair with a 1/2of the can of aqua net,I would spend the next two days with a rock hard style. I miss the old formula, is there any old style aqua net still around??
Tara - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Ah, yes. I used the extra-super hold Aqua Net in the silver and pink can. good stuff!
Lee - May 16, 2008 - Report this comment
Have linked this great site in a 'recalling-the-80s' blog for a uni assignment. Mentioned my Aqua Netted hair to attend a Duran Duran gig in 1982!
Megan - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Do remember how much this stuff costed?? i need to know for a school project!!!
CB - July 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I was just watching Judge Judy and there was a woman on there whose name was Aquanetta! I guess her mom must of really loved the stuff!
Suzanne - July 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Trying to find a can of Aqua Net with the net on it - my mom always had one on her make-up table. I would love to find a vintage can like that. Let me know if you have any ideas at
SCFC - September 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm doing a school report on this, and all this information is really helpful. Thanks!
Greg - November 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been using Aquanet everyday since 1986!
Lori - November 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I love it! All the comments about this hairspray. It really brings back happy memories. Now in my 40's, I still am looking for the same hold that Aqua Net gave me.
Hollie - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where to buy the vinatge bottle ones? x
Morganne - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Aqua Net is still manufactured, and honestly, the can hasn't changed much, either. Still available in the pink can, and now in an "unscented" version in purple. It's about the cheapest hairspray on the market- a huge can is under $3 at any mass retailer. It's still out there, ladies, and it still works!
Christie P - January 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Holy Cow! This stuff made my higher than high 80's do last for days. Once my friend and I did an experiment and sprayed our hair about every 5 minutes to see what would happen - it was like have a shellacked plastic football helmet on! So cool. lol!
Shannon - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
The white and pink can is the best! It works every time. Nothing else does for me. It's getting harder to find lately. I ordered a bunch online in case stores stop selling it. You will NOT find a better holding hairspray.
Julie - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
My new trailer (TAB Teardrop) has just been named AQUA NET. It is teal & Grey. I'm a vintage junkie.
seattle d - April 06, 2009 - Report this comment
there was an aqua net shampoo and hair gel around the fall of 1986. everything from the 1980s that smelled good was either discontinued or they changed the product so it smells bad. their marketing research(probably comprised of their friends and families opinions)is wrong when they say new fragrances are wanted and that no one wants these old products that smell exactly as they did.
alyssa - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
haha. i just finished watching a tv show about the 80s rockers and the women that supported them. like the sunset strip stuff. haha. you should watch it. it has commentary about hair and how they used aqua net. i guess this stuff really must have worked!
Lynn - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I just finished my can of UNSCENTED Aqua Net. I purchased another, and the UNSCENTED now has the new PEUTRID (SP?) scent. I knew something was wrong, when they changed the shape of the can. Why must they mess with something that is so good. Now I can't use the stuff, because of my Chemical Sensitive Severe Asthma. It was the last of the hair sprays out there, of the UNSCENTED, that I could use. To the person who loved the old scent of Aqua Net_it's gone_not there anymore :o( I am hoping that someone from the company is reading these remarks, and brings back the old UNSCENTED_it's not that old_it's just a month ago that I purchased the REALLY UNSCENTED can of the product. They messed up with another good product. Sad to see it go down the tubes. Anyone know of a really, and truly unscented hair spray, please email me at Thanks! Lynn
guy - April 19, 2009 - Report this comment
big aqua net fan - April 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I have used aqua net hairspray since 1985 and i love it! I have alot of hair and it is very curly nothing hold my crazy hair down but the can of pink and white aqua net! But since changing the can about two months ago it doesn't work quite the same. :( I still love it and I hope is around for another 20 more years!
Gringo - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
found it online. Just Google and then add this to the address... /Shop/Brands/index.cfm?b=13909&rfr=ggl&kid=112175&gclid=CM3Wveryq5oCFQcTzAod1Vcsbw
erin m. - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
i love aqua net i did a science expirement on aqua net and hairsray and suave hairspray and the suave smelled so bad
Claudia - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I've used Aqua Net #3 unscented extra super hold for years and years (the purple can). They recently changed the can style, and apparently the formula was changed, too, because now it's not nearly as strong. It just makes my hair wet without much holding power. I emailed the company (Lornamead) May 9th but haven't heard anything from them. I've been buying up all the old style cans I can find in town!
Lynn - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Hi Claudia and all !!! I called them, and they claim they didn't change their formula, but they are not telling the truth about the matter. They did change their formula, because, as I said back in April, it stinks! and like Claudia said, it just makes your hair wet and floppy. I tried to go without it, for the little bit I need to hold the hair from blowing in my face with the slightest bit of wind, I figured it that maybe it wouldn't make a difference. Well, after a day of misery with my hair, I decided to do a GOOGLE search. I found many homemade recipes for hair spray!!! Here is what I came up with through reading many of them: Reconstituted Lemon Juice (you know what this is, from one of those little plastic lemons you find near the realy thing) A Few Drops of Rubbing Alcohol A spray bottle *I put about an inch of the juice in the bottle, and add about 6 or more drops of alcohol. WALA!!!!!!!!!!! You have a very health friendly hair spray! And, rather cheap, too. Guess what!!! It doesn't stink! My hair doesn't fall out anymore, and my brush is clean as a whistle!!!! Hope it works for you. It's cheap enough_try it. It works for me. :o) Lynn PS If you have purchased the NEW formula_it's in the NEW can_they will refund your money, if you have your receipt and send it to them. May I suggest everyone who doesn't like the new stuff, call their toll-free number on the can, and report it. If enough of us do that, maybe they will change it back to what it has been for MANY, MANY years in the past. Thanks for your post, Claudia_I was hoping others found it repulsive, as I did. Thanks Mary for your email asking for me if I found anything new to use, it reminded me to post what I am doing now. Next, I will try the Lemon Juice Concentrate, to see if that works. If it does, it is even cheaper than reconstituted lemon juice! I'm all for cheaper products! Have a GREAT day everyone! :o) Lynn
ta - June 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Tracy, was it Pert? That smelled fruity. Or Prell?
Marie - June 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I know they changed their formula. My hair started falling out and turned to straw. I'm 63 but I've always had healthy hair and always used Aquanet. Suddenly, it wouldn't hold. My hair would be a mess and limp before I got to work. When I visited my daughter and used a can I left at her house, it held. I threw all my cans away. I bought Treseme Super Hold ($3+) at Walmart and love it. It holds better and doesn't damage my hair. Thank God it was the hairspray and not just getting old.
Nancy - June 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been using Freeze It hairspray since Aqua Net changed,now it is heavy duty hairspray,keeps my hair up all week. But I would go back to Aqua Net ,if they would go back..i used it for 40 years.
Chrissy - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG my mother still uses the classic Pink&white can of Aqua net, they sell it at kmart. its like $3.99
Claudia - July 05, 2009 - Report this comment
This is a follow-up to my comments above. I printed a copy of my email to Lornamead and mailed it to them, since I didn't get a response to my email. They sent a letter saying the formula didn't change even though the shape of the can did, and they also sent me a coupon for a free can of Aqua Net. I'm glad to hear others of you also think the formula changed and it's not just my imagination! Thanks, Lynn, for the homemade hairspray formula - I never thought of making my own! And thanks to Marie and Nancy for suggestions for other hairsprays.
Louise - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Ha! Everybody's mom used that stuff. The kids found out if you sprayed it on a hard surface and lit a match to it you would get a streak of lightening. crazy.
Nicole Southam - July 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Hi I was recently told that Aqua net hairspray is really good and holds well. As i love doing my hair big i really need some of this hairspray. Does anyone know if its available in the UK as i really must have this and ive looked for it on google but to have one shipped over will cost £48.98 which isnt worth paying for one hairspray no matter how good. Would really appreciate it if you could email me a response thankyou very much :D Thanks x
pk - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
good gawd my nasal cilia is sticking together just thinking about it. you learned quick not to breathe too much while doing your do. lol. 80s rule dude. there's nothing funnier than being 48 and saying stuff like that...
Mick C - August 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Tracey, i think u and your friend might be thinking of Bold Hold, remember that stuff, in the yellow spray bottle? Magic
Julie-Apache Junction - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh my god, a parallel universe. I have a aqua/with grey trim trailer (tab) I bought six months ago. I too am a vintage junkie, look at my website My tab is also called "AquaNet". From your twin, in Arizona
brenda potter - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to buy 1 can per week. Now that you changed your product, I am using 1 and a half cans per week. I am 40 years old and used this product since I was 14. I am looking to get the old cans back.
Jessica - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm a huge hairmetal fan and love to tease my hair up big. They stopped selling my favorite hairspray at cvs and I was browsing for a new brand when I spotted the classic pink and white can of aquanet on the bottom shelf and remembered it from some things I had read online. It was only like $3 for a giant can (much cheaper than the other I was buying) and works sooo well. My hair has held up to the Georgia humidity perfectly. I'm only 18, but I'm so glad I bought some Aquanet... It was all dirty and dusty on the top from lack of love :)
Kelly Dunn - September 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I think they just sold the rights to produce it to another company or something. It's a totally different product with the same paint job to fool us. They're lying and we just got screwed. Use something else. KD
IreneLands - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I gave up on the new Aquanet at Walmart. My hair came out in the brush and it made my hair bushy instead of the smooth hold the old Aquanet gave. I am very dissapointed with the new. Won't use it anymore. Went to Suave.
Maddie - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
My twin friends and I want to go as 80's chicks and I came across this website. Where can you find this stuff? I totally want to get some so our do's can look real! They still have it at CVS pharmacy? I'm looking later!
libby - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I want to know if anyone has ever sprayed fresh flowers with aquanet and what happend? A friend told me the flower tunrs almost glass. I need to know I have some roses I want to save for ever!!!
Claudia - October 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I've switched to Suave Freeze Hold Shaping & Finishing Spray. I stumbled upon it when trying to find an alternative to the unsatisfactory new Aqua Net formula, and like it much better. Has great holding power, no aerosol, and you can pour it into a smaller spray bottle for travel. Love it!
KATHY - October 05, 2009 - Report this comment
kathy - October 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey guys, I found some of the old aquanet spray on ebay. Of course it is expensive. $9.95 a can plus $5.00 shipping.
kas - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I think Tracy Miller (question above) might be thinking of good old Salon Selectives brand, fruity hairspray...
Jacquie - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
PLEEEEEEEASE bring back the old formula the can shape was deff not the only change it doesnt even hold anymore Ive been thru many a brand trying to find a good one and I think Ive found it Professional by Natures therapy got it at Walmart it cost alil bit more but if ur like me its worth the HOLD I just know aqua net has lost alot of valued costomers....
Claudia - November 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I was at the store this week and brought the coupon for a free can of Aqua Net that I mentioned above. Since they didn't have any of the old style cans (and old formula) left, I just left the coupon with the cans on the shelf. Someone will be delighted!
Paige - January 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I think that the pump bottle spray that Tracey from above was thinking of was called "Stiff Stuff"- it was a white bottle with pink and purple squares of lettering on it. Classic! My friends & I were fans of that AND the tall Gold can AquaNet- ahhhhh memories!
Kathleen - February 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I just had the worst luck with agua net!! I have used it all my life, but for some reason it now smells like fish, it is grosssss!!!!!! Even my daughter noticed how stinky it was as soon as she started to spray it...yuck. if anyone has noticed this, please let me know, im wondering if we are nuts..
JEN JEN - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
YAYYYY FORRR AQUNET. love this stuff. :) i ahve giant hair and it stays giant withhhh AQUA NETT!!
Lynne - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Wal-mart has it, Kie.
Nikki - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
We just had an 80's themed event lastnight, I can't tell you how many of us 30+ year olds that were so upset about the "new aquanet!!!! It's not even close to what we used to have!! We were all "like totally bummed out dude".
Tricia - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember "Hard Rock Hairspray?" I used it to build my wall-o-bangs when I was in college ('84-'88). I googled it but could not find a mention! You could literally hold your (long) hair horizontally and spray it and it would STAY. Also turned white and gooey in your hair and took many shampoos to remove!
Chris - April 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm also of the persuasion the formula changed. I have really testy hair that waves in random directions if not controlled. Viable subs I've found are: Suave Freeze Hold (black can, purple label) Tresemme Freeze & Control (also black can, purple label) VO5 Max Hold (red can, graffiti artwork label)
Billy23 - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
For my hawk wich stands 14inches i use Got2B Blasting freeze spray. Combined with Got2b Glued gel at the end for xtra hold my hawk stands up for 3 days with about 5 mins of touch up in the morning.
cynthia - June 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Back in the early 60's my father and his brother owned beauty schools in Chicago called Capri---all of the products he used were specially labeled for his salons. Although the spelling is not in Italian, my father and his brother are both from Italy. Well, the manufacturer in Chicago developed Aqua Net for him---it is the only thing from that school---which still exists, that was such a hit it went national. Sadly he never owned the rights to Aqua Net,the manufacturer held that, but at 82 he still chuckles when he sees a can and calls it "my hairspray"...thanks for all the comments---I will show him this page, he'll love it. PS, Aquinetta was a famous actress in the 60's.
kathy held - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
At age 49 (in two weeks) I have used it since the eighties and I still love it, would not use anything else, YOUR BIGGEST FAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANY COUPONS ANYWHERE?
David - July 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Currently have a glam metal band and we use aqua net (We're trying to get that Motley Crue hair style) and it sucks. Big time. I was digging through my dad's old stuff and I found a very old bottle of aqua net, thought it wasn't gonna work but was I surprised when it did. It had an amazing hold and made me want to just use my other bottles of Aquanet for a torch.
bernadette562 - July 20, 2010 - Report this comment
i do not like the new cans..i been a big fan sinc i was 13....
Susan - August 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Billy23 - Thank you so much for recommending Got2B Blasting Freeze Spray!! A friend held her 3rd Annual 80s Party this past weekend, and because of your recommendation we were finally able to achieve the type of 80s hair of which we've always dreamed! I wish we could send you a pic of our large hair!
Rosie - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Today is september 2,2010 and I still cannot live with out this hairspray. Aquanet is the only hairspray I it
Maria - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I have used Aquanet since 1990 & it is the best hairspary I have ever used. Only the pink & white can. Old school love it.
Roxy Blaze - November 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Im in A "big hair" band in the SF Bay area called AQUA NETT and believe me,we use our fare share of the super hold every time we play.... Cant be real without it
William S - December 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I work with a lady name Barbara F, and she can not get enough Aquanet, she is the typical 1980's Big Hair version, she would buy it buy the truck load if she could, she loves spraying and getting that big hair look
Robyn M - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I have used aqua net for years. Seems lately though, it just doesn't hold like it used to. Higher price though.
max hold hairspray - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
When I think of max hold, I generally think of a hair spray that glues every piece of hair into a stiff structure. The Shielo Volume Hair Spray is not typically what I think of as max hold because my hair still has movement after spraying. This spray has a lot of oomph without gluing everything down! I am fan because it's allowing me to spray exactly where I need it. It doesn't clog and sprays just the right amount.
cx420ns - February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
the Got2B freeze is the closest you can get to the old net now i think
Kerrie - February 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Chi Helmet Head is expensive and kinda smells bad but holds like you wouldn't believe.
matt - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Aqua Net is the only propellant that I use in my potato gun. Works great since its like 50% ether. :)
jarsmom - August 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Who knew there was so much interest in Aqua Net. I love it too but haven't been able to find it anywhere. Anyone out there know who carries it? I miss it!
Suzy - October 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I bought a can of aqua net extra super strength unscented, in the purple can at Rite-Aid just a few weeks ago. it holds like it did from in the 80's. Something i really miss is the 2 or 3 oz. cans they use to sell as trial size. It was great for vacations.
TeeJay - January 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I've been using Aqua Net - extra super hold pink & white can for many years. My friends laugh at me, but I'm happy with the stuff! With airline restrictions I can't lug a giant can with me, but I can't find a travel size hair spray that compares. Other hairsprays are either WAY TOO STIFF or no hold at all. Rather frustrating. Any suggestions on a brand in travel size that offers the same "feel" as the pink can? Thanks!
80slvr - January 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I have been using Aquanet for a few months now, I've been wanting to use it for ages, but the Unscented purple can doesn't really make my hair hold, unless they watered it down from the 80s vesion.
pat - February 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Does anyone know what company owns aqua-net hairspray
chris - February 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm trying to find where I can buy the old pink aqua net?
Deja F - February 16, 2012 - Report this comment
im trying to help my boyfriend find a bottle of the AquaNet level 4 hold....and its been impossible to find one!! ne ideas?
Jaci - May 02, 2012 - Report this comment
We found the old Aqua Net in Cozumel!! It was the stuff my mother used in the 70's. Next year going to bring it back by the case!!
Randi - May 08, 2012 - Report this comment
All hairsprays had to change their formula a few years back to conform to the new environmental ozone protection laws which, as you all have discovered, ruined the "hold" factor. When I knew this was going to happen, I went out and bought all the "old formula" while it was still on the shelves that I could get. I haven't found anything that works as good. The other day, I found a can of the old formula in my closet and Wow, I really can tell the difference. I wish someone would develop a new eco-friendly version.
cynthia - September 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Lazy80'sBaby - April 16, 2013 - Report this comment
Hehehe... that's some powerful stuff right there. In the late 80's I was a pre-teen so I would curl & tease my bangs then spray them with Aqua Net. The 1st time I used this I remember thinking well dang... never knew my hair could feel so stiff! Lol.
david - May 22, 2013 - Report this comment
bring back the aqua new hair gel and aqua net shampoo that was out in 1986 amd MAKE IT SMELL EXACTLY THE SAME and bring back the aquanet hairspray that SMELLS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT DID IN THE late 70s to mid 1980s.
kayla - February 27, 2014 - Report this comment
you can get aqua net hairspray from this link
Roiz - February 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Louise used her purse size aqua net to spray LL Cool J.
cinnamon susan - March 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I concur with all the true Aqua Net lovers and esp Kayla who wrote:bring back the aqua new hair gel and aqua net shampoo that was out in 1986 amd MAKE IT SMELL EXACTLY THE SAME and bring back the aquanet hairspray that SMELLS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT DID IN THE late 70s to mid 1980s. I have a post on experience project which covers my history with Aqua Net. Back in 1992 when they changed the formula, and did away the the original nice scent, I went to many stores and bought up dozens of cans of the original.
josephine - June 13, 2014 - Report this comment
"Ditto" ;-D Bring the old formula back AND MAKE IT SMELL THE SAME!!!

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