Listen, I’ve been trying to get I-woke-up-like-this, messy-yet-still-put-together hair for years. And nothing I’ve ever used has done the trick—until I discovered texturizing sprays. They always seemed like a messy, tangle-inducing product that had no business being in my bathroom, but a few tentative spritzes later, and I had hair that looked like Gigi Hadid’s. My only question? “Why TF didn’t I start using a texture spray earlier?”
Of course, not all texturizers are the same, and some can leave your hair feeling crunchy, sticky, and heavy. So for whatever look you want to create—whether you’re trying to pump up your flat hair or add a piecey texture to your waves—I found the 20 best texturizing sprays that’ll help you get the perfect messy hair of your dreams.
What does a texturizing spray do?
If you’re behind the hair times, lemme catch you up to speed: Not only does a texturizing spray give your hair, you know, texture, but it also boosts volume, creates definition, absorbs oil, and adds grip and hold to your hair—all things that are prerequisites to excellent hair days.
A texture spray can also absorb oil and add volume without the chalkiness that some dry shampoos can leave behind (although the best dry shampoos shouldn’t!).
What should you look for when buying a texturizing spray?
“There are many different types of texturizing sprays,” says celebrity stylist Shiori Takahashi. Choosing the best texture product for you depends on a multitude of things, she explains. In order to find the correct texture spray for your needs, “You should know what type of hair you have. This includes the thickness, the condition (dry, color-treated, etc.), and what kind of hairstyle you're trying to achieve,” says Shiori.
If you have thick, coarse, or color-treated hair, you should look for a product that boosts hydration and protects your color, versus if you have fine hair, you should look for a lighter or gentler formula so your hair is not weighed down.
How do you apply a texturizing spray?
The best times to apply a texture spray are on damp hair before styling, as a finishing spray, or if your hair needs a midday pick-me-up. Shiori suggests focusing the spray on your roots before you begin working with heat. “If the texture product is a powder, use it on dry hair. If you’re going for a beachy look, apply your texture spray from root to ends on wet hair, and again when it has been dried and styled,” she says.
The best thing to keep in mind when applying texture spray is that if you’re not careful and apply too much, texture spray can sometimes make dry hair look even drier, which defeats its purpose. To avoid this problem, build the product up. That way, you can add more slowly and gradually.
BEST HYDRATING TEXTURE SPRAY
Cuvée Beauty Champagne Texturizing Spray
Inspired by champagne, this texturizing spray is meant to be used to prep your hair for any occasion worth celebrating. Made of antioxidants, grape seed extract, panthenol B5, and proteins, you’ll have hydrated and shiny hair in no time.