Your styling-product arsenal could seem more than sufficient, but if you still haven't achieved the perfectly piecey, defined, model-off-duty hair you've been desiring, you may be missing one key element: texture spray.
"A dry texture spray is a spray that provides grit to the hair to aid in styling," explains stylist and owner of New Jersey salon Bella Rococo, Stefanie Savino, who says texture sprays can aid in adding volume, providing support for updos styles, and prepping the hair for curls.
Stylist Ryan Trygstad, owner of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City, says texture sprays are fantastic for all hair types — especially for creating lift at the root of fine to medium hair. "They are perfect to create that lived-in texture," he says. "Dry texture sprays are great for second-day hair, when you need to revive it."
But not all formulas are the same — some texturize while adding shine; others are intended for a matte effect. You've gotta have options, after all. Still, there is one commonality: It turns hair that would otherwise appear slightly disheveled into a full-on look. Pure hair magic.
A helpful tip to keep in mind when you're using texture spray: "It's best to apply to the roots to create volume and separation, as the separation will achieve the desired texture," says New York City stylist Carly Quist. "The sprays can also be applied to mid-lengths and ends to give a more sexy, slept-in look." But either way, apply as a finishing product.
Read on for our 19 favorite dry texture sprays and make some room on your shelf because you'll definitely be adding to it.
Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Surfrider Dry Texture Spray
There's a lot about Sexy Hair's Healthy Sexy Hair Surfrider Dry Texture Spray that makes it special. Aside from winning an ishonest Best of Beauty Award because of its wave-enhancing ways, the unique formula features actual moonstone. And luckily, because it's so light, you never have to worry about it defeating its purpose by weighing hair down if you feel the need to apply more.
R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray
Made to essentially inflate hair, R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray makes fine hair look anything but. However, there's virtually no evidence of it because of its lack of residue. "This is a great spray because it is less gritty than other dry texture sprays," says New York City stylist Vanessa Alcala. The only evidence, in fact — aside from long-last bigness — is its amazing fragrance with notes of cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, bamboo, and blonde woods.
Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray
Kristin Ess's Dry Finish Working Texture Spray might as well be called an all-in-one miracle spray. Its lightweight formula is made to create lived- in, effortless waves for all types of hair. Just spray onto your roots to boost texture, let it dry, and repeat (if you prefer more drama, that is). The end result is an ultra-romantic, soft, matte finish. Plus, it has a special strengthening complex that promises to improve the look of split ends and damaged cuticles. It even protects hair from environmental stressors and color fade.
Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray
"This spray is good on any hair type and will give you instant texture, body, and a matte finish," says Savino of Amika Un.done Volume and Matte Texture Spray, which promises controlled-messy hair that turns heads. Flat hair gets a big boost from this vegan formula, all without a lot of unwanted ingredients. "It does not contain any salts, and it has the signature Amika fragrance, which everyone loves."
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Goldwell Creative Texture Dry Boost Dry Texture Spray
Just because you're adding definition, texture, and volume to your hair doesn't mean it has to sit there like a helmet. Goldwell Creative Texture Dry Boost Dry Texture Spray is made to support movement while enhancing and lightly holding the emphasized shape you create with it. Tousel away and watch your designed- to-be-disheveled look hold its big, beautiful style. And don't be afraid to give that style its moment in the sun — this spray has UV protection.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wata Wave Texturizing Spray
Don't be fooled by the name of Shu Uemura's Wata Wave Texturizing Spray; this product is for every hair texture and type. It promises to provide serious volume to fine hair and extend the life of a blowout in medium to thick hair, all the while imparting a matte finish. "I love using this spray because it offers buildable texture," says Quist, who is also impressed by its long-lasting hold.
Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray
Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray earned an ishonest Best of Beauty Award because it's light-as-air formula delivers intense and instant lift and volume. It silk powder ensures that the grit helping to shape your hair doesn't look like grime. Instead hair looks beautifully fluffed up, health, and gently held in place.
IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray
"IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray is the perfect finishing spray for doing any kind of waves," Savino says. "The smell is incredible, and your hair will be left looking effortless and with lots of volume." Twist a small section of your hair, spritz on the product, release and repeat all around for an instant back-from-the-beach look (think windswept, voluminous waves without the heaviness). The salt-free formula also has UV protection, so it's safe for color-treated hair. And with notes of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla, who could resist?
Kenra Volumizing Spray Clay 15
Kenra Volumizing Spray Clay 15 is unique in that it utilizes kaolin — yes, the clay you find in so many of your favorite face masks — to deliver triple the fullness. The body and texture it creates is malleable, not stiff, and the formula is ideal for bulking up non-sleek braids.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
So many hairstylists count Oribe's Dry Texturizing spray among their all-time faves. Among them is Savino, who says, "It's not sticky, there's no residue, and you can spray the whole can on your head and still be able to brush through your hair." Ted Gibson says he uses it after creating waves, and Lisa Weller, stylist and owner of Twirl Salon in San Antonio, also adores it, calling it the "gold standard for dry texture." A quick mist over finished hair delivers the perfect amount of shine and definition, it works without zapping moisture, and ishonest editors have ranked it among the best-smelling hair products ever.
Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher
The Joico Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher uses beeswax to create airy waves and coconut oil for hydrating shine, all without the crunchy feel. The 2018 Best of Beauty Award winner works like a charm for naturally curly textures and can really amp up the definition on second- or third-day hair.
Miriam Quevedo Platinum and Diamonds Luxurious Texturizing Spray
You can't go wrong with platinum and diamonds, which is why this gem from Miriam Quevedo is such a keeper. With Platinum and Diamonds Luxurious Texturizing Spray's mix of precious powders, diamond elixir peptide, and memory hold micro- polymer, prepare your hair for some serious volume. "It's expensive but works really well," says New York City colorist Stephanie Brown. "It's buildable, meaning it's very light and you can always add more to get more texture. Plus, it gives great volume, absorbs oil like dry shampoo does, and helps eliminate frizz." There's also thermal water and a trace-element complex to strengthen each strand from the roots.
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Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray
Cutesy name aside, Drybar's Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray means business. It functions as a dry shampoo, volumizer, and texturizer, so you can spray it from roots to ends, work it through with your fingers, and you're done. It blots away oil for a matte, non-greasy finish and also contains UV filters to help shield your hair from the dulling effects of sun damage. "The scent is incredible and [the formula] is lightweight enough to keep building the product without it weighing the hair down," says Wynter DePriest, hairstylist and owner of Monarch Hair Co. salon in Virginia Beach.
Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray
A standout from hairstylist Jen Atkin's popular (and beautifully packaged) hair line, Ouai's floral-scented Texturizing Hair Spray is like a cross between a light-hold hair spray and a texturizer. So along with movable hold, you get plenty of definition and shine. And it's so lightweight, you couldn't use too much if you tried.
David Mallett Gold Dust Volume Powder
The David Mallett Gold Dust Volume Powder does double duty by volumizing hair while accessorizing it with a sprinkle of eye-catching gold particles (it's inspired by bubbles of champagne). One more thing: It's even scented with green tea. Win-win-win. "It creates a great workable texture, and the fine gold dust makes blonde hair glisten," says Weller.
Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
This product's name couldn’t ring truer: Expect your hair to be amped up to full volume. Gibson ranks this one among his favorites, noting that the spray gives the volume and texture to thin hair. Surprisingly lightweight, Living Proof's Full Dry Volume Blast brings life to flat hair sans stiffness. It's also free of silicones and phthalates, has UV protection, and is safe for chemically treated and colored hair.
Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
Moroccanoil's Dry Texture Spray formula contains zeolite, a mineral clay, to absorb oil and odors. It also creates grip to help hold any style — be it beachy waves, an updo, or a pretty braid. As with the rest of the brand's products, it's also infused with argan oil to condition and moisturize strands without turning them limp. And it does all of that without getting remotely stiff, sticky, or crunchy.
Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist
What's inside this gorgeous lilac bottle is a formula so brilliant it'll leave people wondering if you woke up with hair looking that good. And it should come as no surprise since it's from the product line of legendary hairstylist Sam McKnight. As for the fragrance, imagine the scent of a garden mixed with frankincense, cedar, and juniper wood. Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist is among a list of favorites from Weller, who recommends it for those with finer- textured hair.