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.
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