If the assignment is amplified body, a good texturizing spray is a must, especially for fine-haired people. The right formula builds volume, creates movement, and gives hair some grit to support a long-lasting style. On the flip side, the wrong product can derail your style. Formulas that are sticky, tacky, and leave a heavy residue can weigh hair down, or leave it stiff and crunchy. “I often say to my clients, finding the right texturizing mist is like striking gold—it can transform your strands,” says hairstylist and salon owner Anthony Nader.
Byrdie Tested & Approved
Our best overall pick is Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, which creates incredible volume and cuts grease leaving hair smooth and bouncy. This product earned perfect scores across the board from our testers and smells amazing.
After consulting experts for their top picks, we spent hours in The Lab testing texturizing sprays. Our product testers had a range of hair types, textures, and concerns, and evaluated each product on its ease of use, texture, volume, and overall look.
Ahead, find the results of our tests plus picks for the best texturizing sprays for all hair types.
Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray
Holds curls well
Easy to grip bottle
Left sticky residue on hands
Earning perfect ratings across the board, this texturizing spray not only builds incredible volume but also adds texture without weighing hair down. Its nourishing formula contains volcanic minerals to absorb oil, and our testers noted that it works like a dry shampoo to cut grease. Also nice: It features the brand’s signature North Bondi scent (a blend of sandalwood, musk, and floral notes) that earned rave reviews from our tester. We do suggest applying near a sink, as after working through hair, the spray did leave a sticky residue on our tester’s fingers.
Size: 4.6 | Scent: Sandalwood, musk, floral | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“It made my semi-greasy hair look less greasy and feel less greasy too.” —Caitlyn Martyn, Product Tester
Best for All Hair Types
Ceremonia Açai Style Refresher
Ergonomic handle makes it easy to dispense
Scent could be stronger
A light and refreshing mist, this spray works extremely well to make hair more manageable. Our testers love the “lived-in” look this texturizing spray creates, adding that it’s ideal for refreshing styles. They also were impressed with the amount of volume it created adding “oomph” to a day-old ‘do.
Size: 6.7 ounces | Scent: Fruity | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“As someone with natural, kinky coily hair, this was great for in between styling and just adding a roller to redefine the hair.” —Pia Velasco, Product Tester
Amika Un.done Volume & Texture Spray
Superior hold, without stiffness
Easy to dispense
Those with thin hair may need more volume
This lightweight spray created texture and added volume without leaving hair crunchy or stiff. Our testers noted that combing through post-spray was a cinch and didn’t result in any breakage (score). Known for their intoxicating aromatic properties, Amika does natural scents like few hair care brands.
Our testers wished this product didn’t have such a high price point, but ultimately think it’s worth the spend, especially considering its clean formula.
Size: 1 ounce / 5.3 ounces | Scent: Vanilla, citrus, amber | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“It has given my flat, medium hair tons of volume and texture.” —Leslie Kelly, Product Tester
Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
Leaves hair touchable
Easy to grip bottle
This cult classic is known for boosting grittiness, and our tester confirmed her hair felt more texturized upon use. She loved how the look lasted throughout the day without stiffness, although she did notice some dry ends. She also wished the formula was a little less sticky, but overall was pleased with the volume, hold, and texture. The scent is pleasant, but not overpowering and the spray dries quickly as the style sets.
Size: 5.4 ounces | Scent: Original | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
Best for Curls
Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Volumizing Spray
Easy to spray
This lightweight spray is ideal for holding curls without weighing hair down. Our tester noted it delivered, adding bounce while leaving her curls defined, but not crunchy. The formula is designed to extend the time between shampooing, and our tester did notice a slightly tacky feeling, but overall, it helped to settle her curls well.
Size: 5 ounces | Scent: Original | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
Best for Fine Hair
R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray
Nozzle might be a little challenging
This spray is another lightweight option that doesn’t just add volume and texture, but according to our tester, also helps hair “perk up.” Our tester also was pleasantly surprised with how much shine the spray added without weighing her hair down.
Size: 2 ounces | Scent: Floral | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“The touch and look overall is a winner.” —Allison Widmer, Product Tester
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray
Gives curls bounce
Creates natural-looking waves
Easy to spray
This wildly popular brand delivers an amazing finishing spray that earned perfect scores with our tester across the board. In particular, she loved how naturally her hair fell post-spray, noting that volume started at the roots but never felt weighed down.
Size: 4.2 ounces | Scent: Blanc | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes
What Our Testers Say
“When curls were finger-combed, it created waves in hair that looked natural but ‘done.’" —Maria Irigoyen, Product Tester
Best for Natural Hair
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel
Could be more volumizing
Seeking soft, touchable hair? This foam delivers. Our tester loved the natural curl definition that felt moisturizing rather than dry on her thick density, type 4 hair. She also noted that a little goes a long way and did not report any stickiness or a tacky feeling.
Size: 5.7 ounces | Scent: Herbal | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes
Our best overall pick is Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, which gives full body with the perfect amount of grit and doubles as a dry shampoo in between washes. This product earned perfect scores across the board from our testers and smells amazing. If you have fine hair, consider R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray, which also scored high with our testers. This formula adds body, amplifies texture, and leaves hair shiny.
Meet the Expert
Anthony Nader is an international stylist and the owner of a Sydney-based hair salon, Raw. With years of experience under his belt—including magazine editorials in Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia, and Elle, plus countless international fashion weeks—Nader is best known for his cool, edgy cuts, and lived-in texture.
How We Tested
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours testing the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ingredients, results, or design—in addition to reviews from customers and stylists. Our team also incorporated their own experiences testing products in their own lives. We then used these insights from our research and testing to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.
Other Options We Tested
Garnier Hair Care Fructis Style Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray
This popular drugstore pick did a good job at creating texture, but our tester had to spray several times to get the desired volume. With repeated sprays, the product ended up feeling sticky in her hair.
Gisou Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray
Gisou Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray This Wave Spray added volume and texture, but our tester noted her freshly washed hair felt greasy and tacky after use. She also was disappointed that the spray didn’t hold her curls or smooth frizz.
Playa Endless Summer Spray
Our tester liked how naturally bouncy and effortless Playa Endless Summer Spray made her hair look but felt it didn’t provide the volume expected from a more traditional texturizing formula. She classified it as more of a salt spray for its consistency and performance.
Ouidad Going Up! Volumizing Texture Spray
There were many things our tester liked about Ouidad Going Up! Volumizing Texture Spray, like how it helped shape her hair and tamp frizziness. It also provided impressive volume, but left hair feeling stiff and uncomfortable—and not as lustrous as competitors.
What to Look for in a Texturizing Spray
All hair types can use a texturizing mist, but Nader has some advice for tailoring the application to deliver the best results. “Fine to medium hair types will benefit, as will shorter hair cuts," Nader says. "In the course of 30 years spent doing hair, I've found that texturizing mist works especially well on uncolored hair, as it will plump up the strand and add dimension without the heaviness of a chalky dry shampoo.”
He advises those with thick or coarse hair textures to go easy. "Be mindful that too much of a good thing can make your strands appear more dry and unruly. A little spray is best—don't go overboard."
If you happen to have thick, coarse, dry, or color-treated hair, Nader suggests you look out for the inclusion of nourishing ingredients like proteins, vitamins, and natural oils to prevent excess frizz. “The goal is movement and body, not fluffy frizz, so if your strands are on the drier side, be sure to seek out a product with some added hydration.”
On the other side of the spectrum, fine and oily hair types would be wise to pick a formula packed with oil-absorbing ingredients like clay, starch, and certain polymers. This will ensure the hair stays bouncy and light (not limp or greasy).
One other thing to keep in mind is the scent. Some texturizing sprays come with a fragrance that’s beautiful but often very strong—if you’re sensitive to perfume, do some research before buying.
What does texturizing spray do?
“Some hair is naturally very fine or smooth and will often underperform style-wise because it has no hold or body," Nader says. “Texturizing sprays give the hair grit and work to accentuate natural volume so that your style can last.”
How do you apply texturizing spray?
“Always start on the lighter side, adding more if you need it,” Nader says. For best results, he advises adding texture spray initially to clean, damp hair before towel drying to build in some hold, and finish by misting through your dry style as the last step. When in doubt, follow the product instructions.
What Is Byrdie Verified?
Did you notice the Byrdie Verified seal of approval at the top of this story? This seal means that our team has researched and tested every product on this list using a unique methodology that’s designed to focus on what our readers really want to know—and to deliver insights that you can’t find anywhere else. Occasionally, beauty brands and PR agencies will send us samples for coverage consideration, but our thoughts and opinions are fully our own. If you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. In short, the Byrdie Verified seal stands for product recommendations you can trust.
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Jill Di Donato is a Senior Commerce Editor for Byrdie and has over a decade of experience as a beauty editor, where she’s contributed to some of the best beauty and lifestyle magazines out there. When it comes to texturizing sprays, she’s tried R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray, Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray. When she wants to add some scent to her tresses, she reaches for the Ouai and Amika formulas featured in this roundup.