Some would consider having naturally straight hair a blessing, but to me it's a curse. I have a vivid memory of being 16, in my best friend's room, curling my straight hair whilst she straightened her curly hair. The grass is always greener, right?
Since those days I have always struggled with keeping a curl or wave in my sleek hair, which is where texturising sprays became my best friend. Whereas a hairspray always felt like it was setting my hair quite rigidly, a texture spray gave my hair some grit and hold while still looking natural. My go-to product for years was the Toni & Guy Dry Texturising Spray, I always had more than one on the go as well as backups in a drawer.
Sadly, they discontinued it - I was so bereft I actually wrote to them asking if I could buy any they had left0ver- such was my reliance. It made my hair look less 'done' in that cool, effortless way French girls seem to be born with. Twenty minutes spent curling and waving my hair made it look a bit rigid- but a spritz of this made it look as though I put hardly any effort in at all, and took the curls down a notch by adding that messy, beachy texture.
So began my search for a replacement. For anyone who has loved a product only to have it discontinued will know that everything else pales in comparison, so it's a real struggle to find the perfect substitute. Many that I tried had a glossy finish, made my hair feel crispy or look greasy. What I wanted was that dry texture that has a matte finish, nothing with sheen or too much hold. Eventually, after lots of searching, I found a few that made the cut. Lets just hope none of these get discontinued...
Label M Texturising Volume Spray
The closest I've ever come to my first texture spray love. A little goes a long way, and it's also great to spray into hair before an upstyle as it gives it extra grip. Available online, or you can buy in any Toni & Guy salons.
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray
Ok, we know how outrageously priced this is but it is a really great product. It has excellent hold whilst also feeling light and still easy to run your fingers through your hair. Great as a bouji, treat-yourself purchase, but definitely a pricier choice.
Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray
If you're just dipping your toe into the world of texturisers this is a great budget option. Available in Boots, it won't break the bank but does the job nicely.
Ouai Texturising Hairspray
Described as if dry shampoo and hairspray had a baby' this is a great 'do everything' product. It will soak up excess oil, give volume at the roots, as well as adding texture and life to straight hair.
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