Ladies if you are ever under attack and cannot physically defend yourself, use those small cans of hairspray in your bag as pepper spray! Gives you time to promptly get away.
Obviously men can use this too but it's more likely for women to have some hairspray in their bags!
You can buy inexpensively some small travel sized cans which I've seen for as little as £1.00 for a pack of 3.
Just thought I'd share, knowing that hairspray is killer when accidentally sprayed into eyes, I can only think that deliberately sprayed into an attackers eyes would have the same effect as pepper spray (hurts, watery eyes, distraction).
Anyway, thanks folks if you read this. Please pass it on!