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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.

Best Dry Shampoos & Texturising Sprays

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!

xxkarima

Complete list of products mentioned

Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Powder Bluff
Powder Bluff
Dark Volume Powder
Dark Volume Powder
Dry Texturizing Spray
Dry Texturizing Spray
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. I just tried out Klorane for the first time today and I love how easily it erased the greasy look from day old bangs. The smell is mild to me, and I think Batiste’s smell is a lot stronger. This is a new fave for me.

    1. Hey Chris!
      It’s very effective! The Batiste fragrance is definitely stronger but more fruity, whereas I can’t really place the Klorane smell. Maybe oatmeal… mixed with play dough… I don’t know lol.
      x

  2. Ohh I really want to try the kerestase and oribe! Not the biggest fan of the klorane and batiste.. No matter how little I sprayed I would still come out with a white cast.. But then again my hair is extremely dark. I really like the V05 plump it up though. It’s not as harsh as the batiste but is still really good with oil slicked hair and gives nice volume. It’s the only one I use now due to the easy location (Coles and Safeway) lol.

  3. I haven’t been able to find the XXL volume from Batiste, but I am definitely going on the hunt for it! My favorite for volume is Sugar Shock by Bedhead(does nothing for oil control like the powder bluff) and Not your Mother’s Clean Freak for oil, volume, etc. It is SO lightweight yet fluffy and just gorgeous. Wholeheartedly recommend πŸ™‚

  4. I recommend Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder. A teeny bit goes a long way for mega lift and de-shining greasy roots. I don’t use it on third or fourth day hair, but for adding volume and mattifying roots on the first or second day. I do vintage wet sets and color my hair, both of which obligate me to not washing my hair very often.

    1. I have a few powder texturising products as well, actually. The application is kinda irritating to me lol, kinda like running fingers down a chalkboard. I’ll look out for the Dust It, if I don’t already own it! Thank you πŸ™‚
      x

  5. I personally love the dry shampoo from Oscar Blandi, both the spray and the powder form that you have to manually massage in yourself. I’ve tried Klorane and I believe that weighty quality of it was what turned me away, and yes… the smell. I wasn’t too impressed overall but I think you should give Oscar Blandi a go, it’s really good!

  6. Not a fan of dry shampoos, but I use Osis Dust It Powder from Schwarzkopf, only when I want that extra bit of volume though. This Batiste one seems like a very good alternative, thanks for sharing, Karima!

  7. I’ve just finished my first can of Klorane, and you’re right — it’s the perfect middle ground between a light texture and volume booster and a solid oil-absorber. In the past I’ve used the Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It, which Lily mentions above, and I think it sounds very similar to your Bastiste XXL (just in a shaker form). At the moment I’m liking the bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun spray, which has no grit and sounds similar to the Kerastase. I also really want to try Colab, the new dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) — the weightless thing has got my attention!

  8. I love Bumble and Bumble’s PrΓͺt-Γ -Powder, it really works wonders on greasy roots. Also not sure if you have this in Australia but Psssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo is the best for oil and texture on first day hair. And the $7 USD price at the drugstore is amazing since I use it like water.

  9. Love Batiste for dark hair, helps conceal grey hairs and the mattifying effect is super strength. But use with caution – shield yo face – lest you look like you’ve been down a coal mine. Ok, that should be a given, but someone I know let their guard down recently (who, me?) and paid the price.

  10. VERY off topic πŸ™‚ Karima, a while back you asked me about Keromask concealer and I’m finally home with my products so can answer your question. It is quite emollient. I am VERY pale and I wear #3 . i can go to Alcone and make swatches for you if you’d like. it is the least i can do in thanks to all you have done for me and other make up lovers!!! the company does sell a sample kit as well. i wore it yesterday so my opinions of it would be fresher for you. it covered the redness around my nose wonderfully. it does an admirable job of staying put. i wore it for about 6 hours before going to bed and my redness was really not visible at all. i also used it under eye but i’m probably not the best person to ask about this product for undereye. i don’t have much darkness there so it is hard for me to gauge performance. i use undereye concealer mainly for brightness. i would need a little lighter shade for this product to work for me for that purpose. it seemed to stay put so that is positive. and i didn’t find it accentuated my (many) lines. bottom line: i REALLY like this product for redness around my nose. it really performs like a much more expensive product. it blends well with my foundation. hth xoxo sj

    1. Hey SJ!
      Thanks for getting back to me on that πŸ™‚ I might pick up a sample kit, much better way to determine a good shade match.
      Sounds gorgeous, emollience + longevity is a hard combo to come by!
      xx

  11. Love love love the Oribe! I think it’d be tricky to find in Australia due to shipping regulations though – flammable items like sprays, candles and nail polishes always seem to get banned

    1. Hmm distributors don’t seem to have a problem with perfume so I’m curious as to why stores haven’t jumped at the exclusive distribution opportunity! Maybe Oribe themselves have opted not to distribute here.
      x

  12. Hey Karima, yay for your blog!! First time I’ve read voluntarily in a while HAHA. Anyway, Jodie from gooroobeauty loved the vo5 dry texturising spray, which I bought recently. Haven’t used it a lot but I found it really nice for volume. But it had very little oil absorbing properties.

    1. Haha welcome! The other day, my mother flat out told me “I don’t read your blog sorry. Too tedious, reading.”

      THANKS MUM.

      On another note, I love Jodi from Gooroobeauty! She’s super kind and super clever πŸ™‚ I’ll give the Vo5 a go, sounds like something I would like.

      xx