In my mind, I tend to categorise texturising sprays and dry shampoos in terms of strength – is it fluffy first day hair in need of texture? Or is the hair an oil slick after a four day bender?
Whatever the situation, I have a texturising spray/dry shampoo solution for you. Let’s start at the weakest option and slowly make our way to the hard stuff.
Kerastase – Powder Bluff
The mildest of my recommendations, Powder Bluff is more for oompft and body than it is for oil elimination. My pick for first day hair – it doesn’t weigh down fine locks or make the hair feel gritty (dude I just washed it).
Impossible to overapply, equally suitable for roots and ends and invisible even on my dark hair, Powder Bluff defrizzes a little and imparts a bit of memory into the hair so that it seems to hold a style for longer
than a hot minute.
My feelings toward all Kerastase products seems to be consistent: nice but mild. Hair always feels touchable but don’t expect massive volume or texture.
Oribe – Dry Texturizing Spray
Similar to Powder Bluff but a touch stronger. Essentially, Oribe is second day hair in a bottle. Used on first day hair it tames static, gives some volume at the roots and imparts a slight tousled texture that never looks matted or dirty. On the third day, it reverses the clock 24 hours to refresh style and omit pillow hair. Fourth day and you’re out of luck, Oribe is on the lighter spectrum so oil absorbing properties are minimal (move on to next recommendation).
According to my interwebs research, people rave and rah rah about the scent, personally I’m indifferent towards the (fruity?) fragrance.
Totally invisible so ideal for rushed mornings or as a pick me up before evening drinks (they do make a handbag friendly size). I’m in a panic because my bottle has run dry and I can’t seem to find a stockist in Australia – HALP ANYONE? My favourite hair discovery yet.
Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
We’re progressing to the stronger, more oil absorbing products here. Klorane is a medium strength dry shampoo, ideal for stretching out a hairstyle for one more day (okay… maybe two). While not as gritty as some alternatives, Klorane isn’t entirely weightless like the prior two recommendations – you can feel a bit of grit (warmly welcomed on my ultra fine, flat here but if you’re sensitive to a rubbery texture, be wary).
If sprayed a solid distance from the roots, I find the white cast to be minimal and the texture is not excessively sticky, a comb can make its way through the locks without much resistance.
Two things to note: I’d confine this one to the roots because the slight stickiness can read messy in the midlengths (unlike the Oribe and Kerastase, which can be taken all over) AND THE SMELL! Kinda like… play dough? I’ve gone through three cans so clearly it doesn’t bother me a great deal.
Sachajuan – Dark Volume Powder
Again, slightly stronger grit and texture than the Klorane but the element unique to the Sachajuan offering is that the powder is coloured; given a decent shade match (I have the dark shade) you can spray very liberally without fear of white cast. I imagine it would also work well at concealing grey hairs, although I can’t personally vouch for that benefit.
Lots of volume, a matte finish and a decent amount of grit, the Sachajuan seems to hold volume better than the Klorane. I tend to reserve this one for the day I plan to wash my hair because white sheets and coloured hair products do not mix well, although a towel over the pillow is a suitable workaround.
Batiste – Dry Shampoo XXL Volume
So you need to take out the big guns? Meet Batiste XXL, equal parts texturising powder and dry shampoo, this is no joke and I can only use it sparingly. Perfect for very oily tresses or embarrassingly slick 5th day hair (cmon it was exam week), be prepared for some serious volume.
Funnily enough, I notice less white cast with the Batiste XXL than I do with the Klorane, but I do apply far less.
As to be expected with such a strong texturising product, the rubbery finish is hard to ignore – it’s best used in minute quantities at the roots then massaged in with fingers, comb your hair prior to application because believe me, that comb will stick and it’s a nightmare to coax out.
I imagine it might be drying on some and washing any matted areas can be tricky but I will always keep a can in my beauty arsenal – it’s a lifesaver when life intervenes and nothing else can stand up to the job.
What are your favourite texturising sprays? I go through this stuff like water and I’d love to try something new!