Our Editors Tried The Best Hair Texturizing Sprays
Everyone wants to master undone beachy waves at some point. Carefree locks framing your face? It's timeless beauty.
To achieve the off-duty model classic, in addition to a curling iron, a texturizing spray is mandatory for perfect all-day hold.
We took a look at three of the top cult favorites: Ouai's Wave Spray, Hairstory's Undressed Texturizing Spray, and Bumble and bumble's Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray.
Comparing them on body, texture, beachy flavor, and possible hair damage, here's what we found:
- All three aim to give you beachy waves without damaging your hair.
- All three are free from parabens.
- All three are not tested on animals.
- All three have similar costs per fluid ounce.
- All three can be used on wet or dry hair.
- All three can be purchased online and delivered to your doorstep.
- Ouai and Hairstory come in spritz bottles and Bumble and bumble has a hairspray bottle.
- Ouai and Hairstory focus on hair-healthy ingredients, like rice or wheat protein.
- Ouai and Hairstory are meant for all types, and Bumble and bumble is meant for fine or medium hair.
Ouai's Wave Spray
Pronounced "way," this haircare brand is beloved for its sprays, shampoos, and conditioners.
Instead of the more popular sea salt, the Wave Spray uses rice protein and coconut water for hold, making it safer for color-treated hair.
The scent is love it or hate it: North Bondi is made up of Bergamot, Italian Lemon, Rose De Mai, Magnolia, Lily, Blackberry, Violet, Cedar-wood, Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and White Musk, which can be amazing, but intense for a spray.
Some of us really liked it, but some of us found that it gave a little too much of that "crispiness" associated with these types of products.
A 5 oz. bottle goes for $26.
Hairstory's Undressed Texturizing Spray
Known for their not-a-shampoo cleanser, New Wash, we were excited to try this innovative hair care company's texturizing spray.
First off, it's also salt-free. Salt adds texture, but over time, it will absolutely dry out your hair.
The natural formula has ingredients such as Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Wheat Protein, and Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and a light floral fragrance from geranium, rose, lavender, and ylang ylang.
Hairstory has the best breakdown of ingredients on their website: they list every ingredient and classify it for you in the name of full transparency.
When we tried it, we were stunned at how good it was. These were the beachy waves we'd always dreamed of, as straight-haired, wavy-haired, and curly-haired girls. And surprisingly, they held up all day! The fragrance is nice if you like florals, and not as strong as Ouai's.
An 8 oz. bottle goes for $38, but if you subscribe, it's 5% off.
Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray
Known for their professional products, this texture spray comes out of a hairspray-type bottle.
It contains PVP and VP/VA Copolymer for hold, PEG-12 Dimethicone and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein to nourish and Zeolite and Silk Powder for texture and volume.
As an award winner from such a big time brand, we expected it to live up to its promises of volume, lift, and airy texture.
We were split. Although it's recommended for fine and medium hair, if you have fine hair, it turns greasy. Our models with medium hair really loved the lightweight hold, especially for loose curls, but it also didn't hold up all day.
Finally, we don't love hair products that contain alcohol, because they can dry out hair over time.
An 8.5 oz bottle goes for $47.
Overall Winner: Hairstory
Beating out legacy brand Bumble and bumble and Instagram-favorite Ouai, Hairstory has the best scent, best hold, and best ingredients. It wasn't even close; our hair did exactly what they promised it would.
With their subscription, you get 5% off, so we're considering trying the New Wash, their replacement for shampoo and conditioner.
The Undressed Spray is a great value, and it's nice to support a smaller haircare brand that only focuses on a few things, rather than a big player like Bumble and bumble that tries to do everything.
We're happy to say that Hairstory's Undressed Spray works great, and it works for everyone.
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