Cassie Sheets
Updated on June 30, 2021

If hair texturizer isn’t already a part of your hair care routine-it should be. You may be asking yourself: “Do I really need yet another product?” The answer is: Yes! Especially if we’re talking about hair texturizer. The right texturizer can give your hair volume and body without extensions, improve your hair’s natural texture and help you eliminate heat tools all together. This will save your hair from damage  and may also save you money in the long run because hair extensions are costly and can cause damage and breakage to your hair. Before we get into which products are the best on the market-let’s take a look at the five main types of hair texturizers.

The Five Main Types of Texturizers

1. Salt Spray

Are you ready for beachy waves just in time for summer? A salt spray may just be the perfect texturizer for you. One downside of salt sprays is that they’re so gentle that they don’t drastically alter the texture of your hair, so this type of hair texturizer works best on naturally wavy hair. For those with stick-straight hair, spray the salt spray on wet hair and then rope braid two sections and let air dry.

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2. Gel and Pomade

Gel and pomade can be the perfect texturizer for those who want more hold. Use pomade to create a windswept texture on pixie cuts, or use gel to tame and mold perfect curls. Special curl defining pomades are the best texturizer on natural hair.

3. Mousse

This staple product that you might find in your grandma’s bathroom has traditionally been used to create more volume, but modern mousse also boasts some texturizing properties and can be used as a texturizer for hair by thrifty shoppers. Thickening mouse can give more texture to fine locks, while curly-haired gals can get texturized hold without sacrificing softness by applying styling foam to wet hair. Beware over application of mousse, especially on dry hair or you’ll end up with crunchy locks.

4. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo doesn’t just save you from oily locks on busy mornings. Some dry shampoos can also add a rock star look to all hair textures by leaving a gritty finish with added volume near the roots. Tease your hair after applying rather than brushing it straight through.

5. Finishing Sprays

Finishing sprays might be the most fun kind of texturizing spray. The best finishing sprays turn your hair into a moldable substance that you can transform into any imaginable or desired style. You can go from finger wave hair to a chic mohawk to beachy waves in an instant. For gravity defying locks, apply it on dry hair near the roots and style.

The Best Hair Texturizers

Now that you have a handle on the variety of hair texturizer types we’ll take a look at some of the best texturizing sprays on the market for your hair texture and price range.

Your Gateway Texturizer

For hair texturizer novices, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is the perfect gateway product. This texturizer has built up a cult following for its ability to separate curls, give limp strands life and add the perfect amount of grit to fine hair. It works with almost every hair type, and although it’s not the cheapest product on the market, you definitely get your money’s worth.

Oribe Texturizing Spray

Photo: @oribe

Beach Waves on a Budget

What’s a girl to do when she’s spent all her cash on a beach vacation but still craves that relaxed style? Go out and purchase a bottle of Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray – that’s what. The product’s reviews are just as positive as more expensive brands and at just over 7 dollars for an 8-ounce bottle, it comes at a price that can’t be beat. If you’re wondering how to texturize hair with this product, it couldn’t be simpler. Just apply it on damp hair for laid-back, beachy waves all summer long.

Finishing Spray for Fine Hair

For super fine hair that needs a serious volume boost, Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray comes to the rescue. Flip your head upside down and spray on dry hair, then mold even the finest straight strands into voluminous waves.

Defined Curls

Curly-haired girls should reach for Ouai’s Texturizing Hair Spray, which feels like a combination of dry shampoo and hairspray. This product provides defined curls without the crunch and helps you make the most of your natural volume.

Ouai Texturizing Spray

Photo: @theouai

Va-Va-Voom Volume

If you need to add volume to any hair texture, you might want to turn to Sachajuan Volume Powder. This Swedish brand has developed a following around the world — and for good reason. Their volume powder gives a fresh feel between washes, a matte finish and of course, plenty of volume while building strength with proteins and minerals from algae extracts.

Body and Movement

This Lightweight Defining Cream Paste from Redken is the perfect product for short to mid-length hair. The affordable price is also a draw. Give your pixie cut a carefree, windswept texture or add a little oomph to your lob. The lightweight product feels like a paste but spreads like a cream and gives short hair added texture while providing a light hold.

Lightweight Defining Cream Paste

Photo: @redken

Thicker Locks

This is not your grandma’s crunchy, stiff mousse! Living Proof’s Full Thickening Mousse provides volume to limp locks and light hold. Apply when your hair is damp before styling for a fantastic blowout. The mousse deposits a micro pattern of thickening dots on each strand of your hair and helps even the finest locks look fuller.

With so many products on the market, it can be hard to sort through and find the best texturizing products. The products on the list above may be some of the best on the market. They seem to carry cult-followings and hair stylists sing their praises but don’t be afraid to branch out and play around to find the best fit for your needs-your perfect texturizer is out there.

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