Landing somewhere between a hairspray and dry shampoo, texturizing sprays have become a popular way to give hair added volume and mermaidlike waves.
Leading the way and earning a cult following among the beauty elite (fans include Jessica Chastain, Lily Aldridge and Blake Lively), Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray has long been the standard for this type of styling product.
It costs $44 a can, however, and many non-celebrities balk at the hefty price tag. Fortunately, a growing number of drugstore brands have been adding texturizing sprays to their hair-care lines, so I decided it was a good time to give one a try. After reviewing the options, I settled on Garnier Fructis’ De-constructed Texture Tease (available for $4.49 at Walgreens).
For those not familiar with texturizing products, they come in three forms: paste, spray and powder. Garnier Fructis’ De-constructed Texture Tease falls in the spray category and comes in an aerosol can, just like hairspray or dry shampoo.
Described as a micro-mineral powder formula, the spray is not sticky and it didn’t leave my hair stiff when I applied it directly to a small section to test. The spray was fragrant, but not in an obnoxious way that might bother someone with a sensitive nose.
Usage instructions were fairly straightforward: Divide your hair into 2-inch sections and spray the product from the roots down to the mid-length portion of your hair.
Once applied, use your fingers to rustle and scrunch hair until you’ve achieved the desired look.
Fab or flub?
Flub. After trying to style my hair multiple times with Garnier Fructis’ De-constructed Texture Tease, I came to the conclusion that this product just wasn’t for me.
While it did add volume to my hair, it did not produce the tousled, windblown look that was promised. In fact, my hair ended up looking almost exactly as it had before I applied the product — albeit a little bit frizzy from all the scrunching.
It also left my hair feeling grimy, like it needed a good washing.
Overall, this was a disappointing purchase and not one that I would repeat.