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I discovered dry shampoos and texturizing spray a few years ago and they have seriously been a serious game changer for me. I talk about them both a lot on social media and one question I get a lot is what the difference between Dry Shampoo and Texturizing Spray is and are both necessary??
The short answer is they are similar but each do a different job and YES you do need both! I used to be an everyday hair washer but with the help of both dry shampoo and texturizing spray I can go up to three days with straight hair and 6 with curled hair without washing it! Needless to say I love me some dry shampoo and texturizing spray!!
So let’s talk about the differences between the two products!!
Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo for all intents and purposes just a shampoo in powder form that doesn’t require water for use. Some come in a straight powder form that you shake on to your hair and some come in a spray on powder form that you spray on. Both formulas work great, it’s all just a matter of preference. Dry shampoo is best used only at the roots of your hair because that is where the oil is. There is no need to spray it all over your hair unless it gets oily too.
How I use dry shampoo. So on day one of washing and staying my hair I just wash and style like usual and go about my day. Right before I go to bed I will spray a little dry shampoo right where my hair gets oiliest, at the roots right by my hair line and on the top of my head. Then I throw it up in a messy bun and go to sleep. The nest morning I take it down and rub my fingers really good through the part that I sprayed and make sure there is no residue left. Some dry shampoos are white and will turn my hair gray and that is completely fine because I make sure to rub it all in so that residue goes away. And honestly most mornings it is gone anyway.
The dry shampoo really keeps my hair smelling good and staying “fresh” throughout the day. On day three or four is the night time dry shampoo method isn’t working I will spray a little more on in the morning but I make sure that one is a clear spray so I don’t accidentally walk around all day with a gray spot! HA!
These are a few of my favorite dry shampoos…Bed Head Oh Bee Hive!, Living Proof dry shampoo, drybar Detox Dry Shampoo and BedHead Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo. I also wrote a post last year about my favorite brands of dry shampoos and you can check that out if you want!!
Now lets move on to texturizing spray!!
Texturizing Spray. Texturizing spray doesn’t soak up oil like dry shampoo does it just adds a little texture and volume to your hair where you need it the most. You can use it all over your head and hair and it doesn’t leave it feeling heavy. Basically texturizing spray is a southern girls best friend because we all know the old saying “the higher the hair, the closer to God”, HA!!
How I use texturizing spray. I actually use texturizing spray every single day. My hair is super fine and silky (I just have a lot of it so it doesn’t look fine) and won’t stay teased at all so I just spray a little texturing spray to give it a little grit and then I can usually make it do whatever I want. If it’s straight I usually focus on the top of my head so it isn’t flat all day, I don’t like a huge tease but just enough to give it some shape, and if it’s curled then I just spray it all over and fluff it up. It really makes my curls stay and I hardly ever have to use hairspray now. I love me some texturizing spray!!
Now I have several different brands of texturizing spray that I love but hands down my go-to number one favorite is Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s pretty expensive but a bottle will literally last me six months with pretty much daily use. You just can’t beat that!! I am also loving this Living Proof Dry Volume Blast and Blow Pro Texture Spray.
Did this post answer any questions you may have about dry shampoos and texturizing spray?? I really hope it did!!
Do you use a dry shampoo or texturizing spray??
What is your favorite of either??
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Oribe js seriously one of my favorite texturizing sprays ever! I think I recommend it to every single person that asks me for hair help!
robin masshole mommy says
I use dry shampoo a lot because I get keratin treatments and it helps them last longer. I had no idea there was such a thing as a texturizing spray. I will have to ask my stylist.
Gina Carr says
I recently started using a texturizing spray. I like the Kendra brand. It smells sooo good
I love texturizing spray! I can’t say the same for dry shampoo, but I have never had good luck with it. But I keep trying anyway!
This may sound really dumb on my part but I never really knew what texturizing spray did. Well now I know. Haven’t tried a dried shampoo in years and I mean years.
I have never use either one of these but I have been thinking about doing the dry shampoo. My hair for some reason is getting more oily with the new shampoo I’m trying. I need something like this that will help soak up the oil.
This is really helpful! I admit I have not used dry shampoo yet, I keep meaning to but have not gotten around to it. I have many friends that sing its praises.
Okay, so I have never heard of dry shampoo or texturing spray, but I guess if you had to wash your hair everyday, this would be a great time saver.
Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) says
I haven’t even used texturing spray, let alone heard of it. I am a huge dry shampoo fan though. That stuff saves the day!
Pam Wattenbarger says
I had no idea what the difference between texturizing spray and dry shampoo was. Guess I need to pick up some texturizing spray?
I don’t use a dry shampoo because I have super dry hair already!! I tried them once, but they just didn’t work for me with all my allergies and eczema. My SIL swears by these products and loves them though.
McKenzie Allyshia says
Thank you for breaking this down for me! I just jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon a few weeks ago and love it. I’ve been looking into texturizing sprays and I’ve heard such great things about Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray!
Sue Reddel says
I’ve never used dry shampoo or texturizing sprays. Who knew there was so much to learn.Thanks so much for the education.
Claudia Krusch says
I never knew the difference between the two products. I would love to give a dry shampoo a try. It would be great for busy days.
Let me tell you a dirty little secret…moms are obsessed with dry shampoo. I literally don’t know what I would do without it. It is such a game changer for days when I can’t shower or spend a ton of time to get myself together.
Chubskulit Rose says
This sounds like an awesome selection of hair products. I’d love to try them for my long hair.
Rebecca Swenor says
I have never used dry shampoos before but might have to try it. The Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray is something that i know my hair could use because my hair is thin but and thinning more with age. Thanks for sharing the difference between dry shampoo and texturing spray.
R U S S says
This is so timely. I kept telling myself that I’m gonna read about dry shampoos to give my hair extra care – I just dunno if it’s gonna work here in our little tropical country. I also recently saw dry conditioner. The texturizer is something that I super need because my hair is so fine and well, can’t hold curls too.
Dawn Gibson-Thigpen says
thanks so much for the break down. i never really knew how dry shampoo works.
Omg I would be lost without dry shampoo!!!! I swear that stuff saves my life a few mornings a week!
Kate | Life of a Ginger says
I’ve never actually tried using a texturing spray before. I’ll have to look for it the next time I’m at the store.
I have tried Dry shampoo but don’t really need it because I wash my hair everyday :( I need to try the other products!
The Hair Central says
Hi Ricci, Is it recommended to just apply texturizing spray after shower instead of using dry shampoo then applying texturizing spray next? My scalp is kind of sensitive and thinking of the dry shampoo and texturizing spray together being applied to my hair could damage my scalp. It would be great to read a response from you since you have been using them for quite some time. Thank you!