Texturizing sprays can do wonders for your hair when it comes to styling! However, many people either don’t use them in their daily routines, don’t know how to apply a texturizing spray, or are using the wrong product for their specific hair type and goals. So, I have decided to take a moment and address all things texturizing sprays:
First things first: what is a texturizing spray?
A texturizing spray is what stylists use to create that piecey/separated or defined look. Essentially, it adds a little grit for extra hold and, well, texture! Texturizing sprays come in many different forms from liquids (i.e. salt sprays) to the more commonly known dry aerosol sprays ( i.e. dry texturizing sprays).
Are texturizing sprays one-size-fits-all?
Unfortunately, I don’t think many hair products follow the one-size-fits-all rule! And texturizing sprays are no exception. (Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray is as close as it gets to a “one-size-fits-all” product—but more on that later.) It takes time to find the perfect product, because someone with fine hair will need a product that gives them more hold and control to prevent their hair from falling flat; where as people with thicker hair will want a product that gives them that defined look—without all the volume. As professional hairdresser and artist Drew Schaefering puts it:
“The thing to remember is that texturizing sprays add polymers to the hair which thicken the head of hair as a whole, giving it less of a soft movement and more of a softer more natural structure than say hairspray.”
Now, here’s how to use a texturizing spray.
Short, quick bursts are key when it comes to applying a texturizing spray. This is the best way to slowly build in and add texture to the style—because if you add too much spray, it can be hard to achieve the look you’re going for. When using a dry texturizing spray, I will place my fingers at my crown, and lift at my roots; then, I will spray from the mid-section of my hair to the ends in those short, quick bursts. After this, I will spot treat certain sections until I have a perfectly piecey look. But, it’s important to remember, a little goes a long way!
Product recommendations: try these out yourself!
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray is the one product I would recommend for almost anyone, because it works with most hair types and textures—plus, it smells a-maz-ing. This invisible dry hair spray builds incredible volume and sexy texture; and, according to Oribe’s official site, this spray is filled with “patented polymers [that] absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days.” While this product is a little on the pricier side, it is well worth the investment (in my opinion). After all, a little of this spray goes a long way!
Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Undone Texture Hairspray
This is another amazing product—with a little lower price point! Paul Mitchell’s InvisibleWear Undone Texture Hairspray provides a good mix between adding texture and creating effortless hold, because this product is a combination of a texture spray and a hairspray. At the end of the day, if you’re looking to add a little volume, hold, and texture to your look (but don’t want to spend too much on a product) this is the product for you.
Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray
This is a product for all my ladies with thick hair! The Awaphui Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray goes on wet hair to provide that piecey texture, without all the volume. I recommend this product to women with thicker hair because the polymers in a dry texturizing spray can sometimes create too much volume, since they work to thicken your already thick hair. Plus, this product is perfect for those who love to air dry: just spray a little on, and you’ve got effortless tousled hair, with just the right amount of volume and tons of shine!