Everyone knows the feeling of standing in the aisle of your local beauty supply store, trying to decide which beauty products to buy. While it may have been difficult to find products to solve all of your hair woes 20 years ago, these days, there’s no shortage of hair products. Whether you have dark brown or ash blonde hair, thick or fine hair, straight strands or curls, a texturizing spray can be a real game changer.
If you’re unsure of how and when to use a texture spray, you’ve come to the right place. We sat down with Chad Wood, Redken brand ambassador and artist, to get the scoop on the benefits of having a hair texture spray at your side, how to use texturizing spray for hair, and how this dry styling product differs from regular hair spray and dry shampoo. Once you read his expert tips, you’ll be able to create the texturized styles of your dreams.
What Is Texturizing Spray Used For?
Texturizing spray is a styling product that can be applied to dry or wet hair to add more texture, volume, and lift—a major plus for anyone with fine hair or strands that tend to fall flat. Texturizing spray for hair can also help create more grip when creating updos or braids, and to keep accessories in place.
What Does Texturizing Spray Do For Your Hair?
Texturizing spray is a versatile product to keep on hand. As mentioned above, it can add lift and volume to your strands, infuse tousled texture, and help your hair stay in place when styling. If you’ve given texturizing products a try and feel like your style is still not quite right, fear not—Wood is here to help!
“The most common mistake people make is spraying it too close and using too much,” the stylist explains. “You should really spray like an arm's length away, and you want to spray and mist and shuffle, brush out your hair, pull it out as you’re misting. Do it ever so slightly and build it.”
Is Texturizing Spray The Same As Hairspray?
While hair texture spray is similar to hairspray, the two products aren't quite the same. The primary goal of a texturizing product—spray or otherwise—is to infuse touchable texture, volume, and lift. A hairspray’s primary purpose is to create hold so that your style lasts longer. The two can be layered together to help perfect your style.
While we’re comparing products, let’s take a second to address the texturizing spray vs. dry shampoo debate. Dry shampoos can certainly add a bit of texture to your strands and can even create lift at the root (particularly if you’re zapping up the excess oil that’s weighing your strands down.) However, it doesn’t offer the same texturizing oomph that a texture product consistently delivers.
Do I Use Texturizing Spray Before Or After Curling?
Wood says you should only use your texturizing products near the end of your styling routine. If you apply the dry styling products to wet or damp hair, you may end up with more texture than you originally planned. Applying the products as the last step allows you to control what you want your style to look like.
“Really make sure it’s in the style you want before you spray them,” Wood says. “You need to make sure the curls are set exactly how you want them, the shape is there, and then you can go from there and explode the shape or pull out the hair, brush it out.”
Does Texturizing Spray Help Hold Curls?
Texture spray and powders can definitely give your curls some longevity—not to mention help them look great—but this product category isn’t a replacement for bonafide hairspray. If you want to prolong your curls, we recommend layering a fine mist of hairspray over your texturizing product.
Do Texturizing Products Come In Other Formulas?
Yes, texturizing products come in a variety of different formulas, including liquid texture spray, dry texture spray, paste, and powder. Depending on the formula, texturizing products can be applied to wet or dry hair.
“If you have really fine hair, you can use a lighter powder or you can use paste just on the root,” Wood advises. “If you have thicker hair, you can double up and really make these products your own without weighing down your hair.”
Whatever product you choose for your needs, know that the best texture sprays and products won’t leave your hair feeling crispy, sticky, or stiff.
Our Best Texturizing Sprays And Products
Ready to equip yourself with some texturizing products? These are our best options.
Matrix Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray
To achieve that gorgeous "perfectly messy" aesthetic, reach for Matrix Miss Mess Dry Texturizing Spray. In addition to adding texture to your mane, this dry finishing spray prolongs your style and smells like jasmine and vanilla.
Redken Rough Paste 12 Working Material Medium Control Hair Paste
If you’re after that super rough texture aesthetic, look no further than Redken’s Rough Paste 12 Working Material Medium Control Hair Paste. It delivers instant texture while still offering flexible, medium-control.
Pureology Style + Protect Beach Waves Sugar Spray
Pureology’s Style + Protect Beach Waves Sugar Spray is a non-drying texturizing spray that creates covetable beach waves in mere seconds—without any of the crunchiness or stickiness. It's a great option for color-treated hair, too, since it’s formulated with the brand’s exclusive Antifade Complex®.
Shu Uemura Nendo Definer Matte Clay
Not all texturizing products are sprays or powders! Shu Uemura’s Nendo Definer Matte Clay is a perfect example of a clay formulation that offers buildable texturizer and workable definition without making your hair feel rigid or overstyled.
Pureology Style + Protect Mess It Up Texture Paste
We love a good texturizing paste, and Pureology’s Style + Protect Mess It Up Texture Paste delivers in so many ways. In addition to helping you create that perfectly imperfect 'do, it also protects your hair from fading and shields against environmental stressors.
L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Architexture Paste
L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Architexture Paste
Kérastase Soleil Beach Bi-Phase Oil Mist
Calling all beach babes. Kérastase Soleil Beach Bi-Phase Oil Mist protects your tresses from the elements while also adding the perfect dose of definition and texture to your mane. The result is luminous beach waves, soft strands, and healthy hair.
Matrix Style Link Matte Definer Beach Clay
Speaking of beach babes, the Matrix Style Link Matte Definer Beach Clay will help you create those beachy waves in a jiffy. It's a non-sticky, light-hold hair clay that infuses choppy, wind-blown texture into your strands. No seashore required!
Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Volume Powder
If you prefer a texturizing powder, look no further than Redken’s Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Volume Powder. It makes updos a breeze, offers targeted volume at the root, and provides a gorgeous matte finish.
Shu Uemura Wata Wave Texture Spray
Shu Uemura’s Wata Wave Texture Spray will help you achieve that gorgeous lived in look. Plus, this buildable finishing spray offers long-lasting flexible hold and a matte finish while still allowing for plenty of movement.
Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray
For that windswept aesthetic, reach for the Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finishing Spray. This aerosol spray allows for precise application so you can apply texture and volume where you want. Plus, it helps tame flyaways, offers grip, and creates natural-looking beach waves.
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