I'll Give Up These Texturizing Products When You Pry Them from My Cold, Dead Hands

I never leave the house with flat hair.

I absolutely cannot stand having flat, lifeless hair. I think I get that from my mom. She has the best hair, always curled to perfection and volumous. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been getting stopped by women in stores, restaurants, and on vacations asking if she's a hair dresser or who does her hair. When I was younger and needed to find my mom in a crowd I just looked for her hair. It was the most prominent thing I could see from far away. She's all about volume and texture.

Since I ditched my long hair, I've come to appreciate those same things. I never leave the house with flat hair. It's always blown-out with plenty of mousse, but still I always need some grit to amp up my look. I love to feel that slightly dirty texture throughout my hair so I know it isn't just laying on top of my head.

Even when I do my friends' hair or if I'm on set for a photo shoot, I always have a texturizing spray. It takes a typical look to the next level.

I've started a great collection of some pretty amazing texturizing products that I know will never let me down. Depending on the day, I'll use up to three of these products at once, especially if I'm going out in the evening. They're so easy to use and always the last step in my beauty routine. I add a little texturing spray, powder, or creme and I'm out the door feeling sexy and edgy.

My most-used texturizing spray is definitely L'Anza Healing Style Dry Texture Spray. This stuff works wonders for lifting my hair and making sure it's got volume. It has a strong enough hold so my hair doesn't fall flat, but it's flexible enough so I don't feel like I'm wearing a helmet. It dries fast, too, so my hair is never crispy like hairspray can tend to feel.

There's a reason this one is a cult classic. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is absolutely amazing for flexible texture. I don't use it every day because I'm afraid of running out of it (it's not super-affordable), but I love spraying it on the ends of my hair to give it a little wild texture, and then I'll add something with a bit of a grittier feel at my roots. It smells amazing, and it's the perfect finishing touch for days when I want to feel a little luxurious.

I love a good texturizing powder on my roots. The Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder is part dry shampoo and part volumizer, so I like to lift my hair's layers and sprinkle some of this near my scalp to soak up oil and add some height to my hair. Only a little bit comes out at a time so I never worry that I'll overdo it. It's just enough for days when I still have other texturizing products in my hair but need a little extra something in the morning.

For days when I want a ton of hold, I grab my CHI Texturizing Spray. This one is the most hairspray-like texturizing product I own. It's best for long days when I really don't want my hair to get flat. With this, I never need a touch-up. I spray it under my layers to keep them volumized. It's not super-flexible, so I love it for special events when I want to look totally done-up rather than times when I'm just chilling at home and want a messier look.

I'm a huge advocate of going a few days between shampoos, so it's no surprise I've gone through dozens of cans of the Batiste Dry Shampoo. It's a classic. I've been using it longer than any of these products and I know it'll always help me out in a pinch.

If my hair is greasy, it goes right on at my roots, but I don't only use it when I need to soak up oil. I use it to clean my hair, but I also use it when my hair is just a little too clean. Sometimes after I use a clarifying shampoo or I forget to use mousse before I blow out my hair, I know adding this is my roots will pump everything up.

My White Sands Smudge Texture Creme is the newest addition to my texturizing product collection. I love that it's a different formula than the typical spray or powder. I take a little on my fingers and rub them together to warm it up so it's easy to use then I add it to my ends, focusing mostly on the shorter pieces of my hair since I usually don't use texturizing spray on that part of my head. It gives me a piecier, edgier look rather than a ton of volume like I get with a spray.

  • What's your favorite texturizing product?
  • Do you use more than one at a time?