Texture Sprays That Will Give Every Hair Type That Extra Oomph
If your great hair wish list includes volume, definition, shape, styling, or grit, you may want to consider adding a texture spray to your routine. And if you were #blessed with texture, you can still cash in on the curl-enhancing benefits of these stylers, too.
So what's the purpose of a texture spray anyway? "Texturizing sprays were designed to add a coarseness to strands, making them less slippery and more likely to hold a style. They are a type of styling spray that provides hair with added volume and grip," says Chaz Dean, Founder and CEO of Wen Hair and Body Care.
All hair types can benefit from texture sprays because they can add lift and thickness to every style. "Decide where you want to see volume in your style and then you can determine where it should be applied," notes Oribe Educator, Dan Nguyen. If adding another product to your regimen has you all types of confused, here's a quick primer.
First, choose a spray based on the type of hair that you have. For straight to slightly wavy hair, start with a product to provide structure, like a sculpting cream or mousse. If the ends are dry, there's no need for structure products. Instead, apply a moisturizing product first, dry the hair, then use the desired texturizing spray to complete the look.
Read on to find out which texture sprays work best with your hair type.
If your hair is short, a texture spray will give more of a wet look. "Those with short hair can also take advantage of the extra hold texture sprays provide," says Dean. Spray from root to ends, and shape with your fingers.
IGK Beach Club Texture Spray
Instead of salt, this gives hair windswept beachy grit using glycerin and gluten-free hydrolyzed wheat protein. It can be used for all-over texture and volume, for more defined waves, or for hold and shine.
Buy it: IGK Beach Club Texture Spray ($29)
Those with straight hair require a bit more effort to achieve a texturized, gritty look, but with enough product, strands can go from pin straight to tousled. If you already have a bit of a wave, turn it up with a texturizing spray, which will help define and add shape.
Wen Restorative Texturizing Treatment Spray
Hair that already has a lot of texture from repeated chemical treatments, commonly on the ends, should avoid texture sprays targeted to those areas. Spritz on the roots and midshaft only, and stick with a hydrating formula like this one with bamboo water and orange oil extract.
Buy it: Wen Restorative Texturizing Treatment Spray ($40)
For those with curly or tightly coiled hair, use a lightweight texturizing spray that will help define individual curls and keep frizz at bay. A texturizing spray that is too heavy could weigh down the curls and look flat.
One And Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray
Typically, a dry texture spray works similarly to a dry shampoo by dispersing powder throughout the hair to soak up oil and add a boost of volume to otherwise deflated locks. This one does just that, without making hair look dull.
As a general rule of thumb (particularly if your curls are fine but dense) follow your heavier products, like oils and serums, with a texture spray as your last step. This enhances the look of bouncy, weightless curls.
Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Try this to get wavy without the salty stiffness. It contains oils to add moisture and shine, and a beach wave complex (Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pro-Vitamin B5, Amber Extract, and a unique copolymer) to swell the hair shaft to create texture and light hold.
Buy it: Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($42)
Enhance the Coil
"Someone with tight curls should avoid heavy, thick texturizing sprays that will weigh curls down. Instead, using a lightweight version will keep curls snappy, separated, and defined, while holding a style in place," says Dean.
L'Anza Healing Style Dry Texture Spray
If your scalp tends to get oily, the mineral clay powder in this dry formula will help absorb excess oil. There's also a Copaiba Tree Resin to keep your style lasting longer without the stiffness of a finishing spray.
Buy it: L'Anza Healing Style Dry Texture Spray ($22, originally $30)