As a daily wearer of a wavy bob hairstyle, I don't take my texture sprays lightly. After years of attempting to master the oops-I-didn't-know-I-was-chic undone wavy hairstyle, I've made my way through probably 50 dry texturising sprays in search of the perfect one. When I seek out a texture spray, I'm looking for a few specific qualities: an ability to instantly add a messy bedhead appearance, all-day hold (but with no stickiness or crunchiness), and a hypnotic smell that, I don't know, will trick everyone I encounter into falling in love with me?
Recently, I decided to take my search a little more seriously and went on a bit of a texture spray bender in hopes of finding one that would meet these requirements. To my hair's benefit, I ended up finding seven. Read on to discover the hands-down best texture sprays on the market, according to yours truly (plus some cute photos of our editors' hair after using them).
This chicly packaged bottle caught my eye on a shelf at Violet Grey the other week, and without thinking instantly grabbed it and sprayed it all over my head. Though the product has a lot of grip and was formulated specifically for updos (textured braids, topknots, etc.), it's non-sticky enough that you can (and should) totally use it on loose waves as well. Oh yes, and the scent. Think water lily, pepper, and juniper, like a garden in Southern California.
Associate social media editor Alyss Bowen is partial to a spritz of Bumble and bumble's Thickening Dry Spun Finish. In her words, "It doesn't weight down my short, fine hair and manages to last all day long."
I've been super into Ouai's take on texture spray for its lightweight feel and ability to provide a voluminous bedhead look while also absorbing oil like a dry shampoo. Its gardenia scent is also so hypnotic that whenever I wear it, people think it's a delicious floral perfume.
Editorial director Amy Lawrenson has got those beachy waves down pat. She swears that it's simply a combination of air-drying and a quick blast with this spray from IGK.
Byrdie U.S.'s editorial director, Faith Xue, turned me onto this so-pretty-it's-painful texture spray, which truly provides the ideal post-beach tousled aesthetic. (In fact, the product was formulated with sea salt collected in Southern California.) The formula features other good-for-you ingredients like marine collagen and a UV shield, so you can feel good about what you're putting in your hair every time you spray.
Byrdie UK's deputy editor Shannon is a massive fan of Redken's option. "It's like a blast of air that helps my curls stay afloat, without sending them in all different directions," she says.
What would a roundup of the best texture sprays be without including this iconic pick? It may be pricey, but the matchless tousled finish, all-day hold, grease-soaking action, and seductive signature Côte d'Azur scent make Oribe's dry texturiser consistently one of the best on the market.