What is lacquer?

So Novas word of the day for the 11th august was the word lacquer.

The british and irish use this word to mean something you put in your hair, like, we’d say, I sprayed my hair with lacquer.

Lacquer is hairspray, do you US or other European or Canadian folk use hairspray to keep your hair in place?

I use it a lot because I have a lot of little itty bitty bits of hair that are fly away and fly everywhere.

So we call that lacquer. Hair lacquer.

Strange word, isn’t it? I am only now realising how strange that is.

Hair Lacquer makes your hair all hard, so its hard to get it out once its in. You have to wash it out. Its disgusting really as your hair turns crispy lol.

Plus it also smells bad. And it is a chemical and well, those aren’t that good for you, are they?

Still even knowing that, I use it anyway. I guess I am a gluten for punishment.

So have you ever heard of hair lacquer?

#NDRW- #69

Author: Carol anne

I am 40 years young. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

8 thoughts on “What is lacquer?”

  1. Lacquer is/was made by dissolving the shells of lac beetles in alcohol. It may be synthetic nowadays. There are three uses I can think of off the top of my head. The first one is as a wood finish, like on a cabinet. Lacquer does not make a good finish for tables, if an alcoholic drink is spilled on lacquer, the finish is ruined. A thinned-down version is used as hair spray. That’s why the hair seems crispy. The third use is pretty modern, it’s used on the beds of 3D printers so that the part doesn’t slide as it’s being printed. Usually lacquer hair spray is used, not some special formulation.


  2. I guess I’m a bit more familiar with hair lacquer than hair spray, because I’ve been using and learning and hearing more British English than American English, and also because in Polish we call it lakier, so that looks and sounds pretty similar to lacquer. We call both wood lacquer and hair lacquer this, but even nail varnish/polish is lakier in Polish too. I do use hair lacquer sometimes, but mostly when I’m going out somewhere that I should look presentable, or at the hairdresser’s. I try not to use it too often as I find the smell really yucky and hard to deal with for a longer time.

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