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It's hard to remember life before texture spray (not that we would want to). These magical sprays transform our actual bedhead into a model-off-duty bedhead. Even those among us blessed with plenty of natural texture have a soft spot for texturizing sprays.
Texturizing sprays add volume to limp strands and gives a much-needed boost to your style, whether your hair is fine, curly, or somewhere in between. And some mists also work overtime to add moisture, protect from the sun, and absorb oil. They're basically a pick-me-up in a can—and we can't live without them.
Read on for the best texturizing sprays.
Best Overall: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
The Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is truly the OG of texturizing sprays, which is why it’s a desert island beauty essential for so many celebrity hairstylists. The universal spray truly works on all hair types, and it’s even safe for those with colored or keratin-treated hair. Mist it on and you’ll see for yourself—it delivers shine, definition, volume, and silky strands, yet it never zaps moisture.
It’s infused with antioxidants to boost hydration and protect color, as well as aloe vera to condition and smooth. It also works as a dry shampoo, since the formula has patented polymers to absorb oil at the roots, so it’ll bring life back to your style for days. Oh, and we can't forget about its intoxicating scent.
Best Drugstore: Kristen Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray
With a soft matte finish and workable texture, this product is a really, really good all-rounder. You can work a little through mid-lengths and ends for a touch of hold, or layer at the roots for a full, voluminous aesthetic. It also boasts what’s called “Zip-Up” technology, a proprietary blend of hair strengthening ingredients designed to reduce the look of broken, split ends. The jury is out on just how effective it is in the long term, but it certainly doesn’t feel crunchy or drying like other styling products.
Best for Colored Hair: Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray
This triple threat is a dry shampoo, volumizer, and texturizer, all in one. It soaks it up to oil at the roots for a non-greasy finish, translating to major volume, and leaving hair matte all over with texture. The formula is also infused with UV filters to protect against the dulling effects of sun damage—an especially great trait for colored hair types. Bonus: It smells delish, with notes of coconut, amber, and vanilla.
Best Foam: Ouai Dry Texture Foam
Another award-winner, Ouai’s Dry Texture Foam is the secret to undone texture. You can thank its polymers and rice protein for that, which visibly thicken and freshen up hair. In addition to adding dry texture, it controls frizz and has an impressive hold. It works for all hair types, from pin straight to tight curls. Don't be surprised if you're quickly addicted to the scent; the beautiful floral North Bondi fragrance features notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de Mai, violet, and white musk.
Best Scent: R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray
R+Co has some of the best-smelling hair care around, and this is no exception. It’s slightly sweet but mostly clean and fresh and expensive. It gives soft, touchable volume too, so works well for softer styles or those who don’t want to feel as if their hair is full of product. The finish is also slightly glossy, not matte like other mists.
Best for Natural Hair: Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Volumizing Spray
Briogeo is a brand that does natural and textured hair care well, so you can feel confident this volumizing spray won’t dry your curls out or leave them feeling chalky. Instead, it’s infused with biotin, ginseng, ginger, lemon, and witch hazel for a fresh-hair feeling sans washing. Mist it lightly all over, and you’ll be met with a fresh scent, clean volume, and subtle texture.
Best for Fine Hair: Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist
If there’s anyone we want to buy a texturizing spray from, it’s the man responsible for Kate Moss’s tousled style over the years. Sam McKnight’s version is pretty close to perfect, adding substantial but wearable movement to even the finest of hair types. Described as his signature look in a can, expect slight grit, subtle volume, and an incredible, lingering fragrance (green, fresh and herbaceous).
Best for Thick Hair: Playa Endless Summer Spray
Thick hair types want some subtle volume that won’t dry out the hair or encourage frizz and tangles, so this Playa option couldn’t be more perfect. Think of it as the halfway point between a texturizer and a salt spray. It gives a slight lift, ample hold, and a light wave without any crunch. The mist makes for easy application, and the smell is heaven, too (think salty, sweet, and marine).
Best for Damaged Hair: Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Perfect Texture Spray
If you want some movement but don’t want to further dry your hair out, this Alterna option is the answer to your prayers. Unlike traditional formulas, it contains a cocktail of hair-strengthening proteins, caviar extract, and vitamins to nourish the hair (to some extent) whilst still delivering on the promise of fullness and texture. Work through roots and mid-lengths to give your style longevity and hold.
Best for Curls: Virtue Create Texture Spray Virtue Create Texture Spray
This hard-working spray works to add shine, define curls and add texture, all whilst smelling delicious and protecting the hair. It’s not too matte, making it a nice middle-ground for curly hair types that might be prone to frizz or dryness. It contains a UV filter too, to help lessen the effects of sun damage on the hair shaft.
The texturizing mist you go with will ultimately depend on your hair type, but the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is definitely a unanimous Byrdie favorite. It smells incredible, works on all hair types, and delivers incredible texture without compromising on clean, healthy-looking hair. If you have colored hair, the Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Texturizing Finishing Spray is a must-have. And the Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist will give fine hair perfectly tousled volume.
What To Look For When Buying A Texturizing Spray
Your hair type
All hair types can obviously use a texturizing mist, but hairstylist, salon owner, and fashion week veteran Anthony Nader has some advice when it comes to tailoring the application to deliver the best results.“Fine to medium hair types will definitely benefit, as will shorter styles," says Nader. "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 great, just don't go overboard.”
One other thing to keep in mind is the scent. Some texturizing sprays come with a fragrance that’s beautiful, but often strong—if you’re sensitive to perfume, be sure to do some research ahead of buying.
What does texturizing spray do?
According to Nader, a texturizing mist is like the opposite of baby-soft hair. “Some hair types are naturally very fine or smooth, and will often underperform style-wise because it has no hold or body," he says. “Texturizing sprays give the hair grit and work to accentuate natural volume so that your shape can last the distance,”
How do you apply texturizing spray?
When it comes to application, Nader’s golden rule is that less is more. “Always start on the lighter side, adding more if you need it. No one wants to waste the product necessarily.” For best results, Nader advises adding texture spray initially to clean, damp hair before towel drying, adding more to the dry style as needed.
“If you’re using a blow dryer, you’ll have a good indication of how much product you’ve applied based on the tension of your brush as you pull the hair through," explains Nader. "If you’re not experiencing a slight grab or tug, I’d suggest adding a little more.” You can also use a texturizing spray to refresh hair throughout the day or to give dirty hair a boost.
When in your routine should you use texturizing spray?
Following on from the above, you can tweak your routine to suit your personal preference, but try working a little into clean, damp hair to really build in some hold, and finish by misting through your dry style as the last step. When in doubt, follow the product instructions.
How we test texturizing sprays
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Why trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Emily Algar is a beauty expert who has worked with a variety of clients in the beauty industry. She has a finely-textured, virgin-colored bob (and would give her mascara collection for a thicker, gritter hair type)—texturizing spray is a lifesaver.