Best Travel-Sized Texturizing Hair Products

by Stephanie Sanchez
[ Veteran Hair Coach and Stylists ]

When we talked about different kinds of hairspray in the Best Travel-Sized Hairspray, we mentioned to you that there are sprays, whose primary goal is to texturize.

We are going to talk about 4 of them.

Although some texturizing sprays say finishing, I would still classify them as working sprays and not finishing. For me, this is because they give structure to the hair and may not be the final step. 

But because the messy effect is what we are going for, you can call it what you like.

Sorry, I am my mother’s daughter, her generation had the motto “no hair out of place”. And saliva was a finishing product to smooth down those rebellious strays. 

In our modern times, we find undone styles of organized chaos. So we need the products that will give us the look. Face it you can’t get beautiful soft bouncy curls with helmet head hairspray.

In this article, we will discuss:​

  • Salt Spray vs Sugar Spray which is better?​
  • What's in them and Why do I need it?​
  • Spray wax and other texturizing sprays ​


Texture products create or enhance the texture in your hair without compromising the movement of it.  Hairsprays , on‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌hand, are to control the hair and keep it in place.

texturizing hair sprays multitask, they do everything from boosting volume, absorbing oil, give some hold for braids and updo, it also helps you preserve your blowout longer.

Texturizing spray is not like dry shampoo.  It gives just a little bit of texture and volume where you need it most. Unlike Dry shampoo, you can use it all over your hair without feeling heavy.

Dry Shampoo and Volumizing powders  focus mainly on the scalp area.

Texturizing spray focuses on the mid-length and ends of your hair.

For waves and curls, texture sprays create definition and separation.

For Fine hair it gives body and fullness.

To use texture spray; Lift the hair at the scalp and spray midway down and ends​

Pureology Style + Protect Wind-Tossed Texture Finishing Spray​
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Pureology Wind-Toss Lightweight protection from Thermal, pollution and UV rays
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Kenra Platinum Dry Texture Spray 1.5 oz​
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Absorbs oils, Ultra-lightweight, non-drying, flexible hold with a matte finish
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Amika Un.done (texture and volume ) light hold​
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Salt Spray​

What does salt spray do to hair​?

Sea Salt Spray helps you get that wet, messy, “beachy” look everyone loves. It gives your hair beautiful waves due to the salt component in the spray. Many salt products also use Epsom salt or a combination, ... Most salt sprays work on a range of hair types.

Natural Sea salt contains other vital minerals to give your hair a much better texture, volume, shine. The grit helps stimulate blood circulation of the scalp thus boosting hair growth.

The effect on oily hair is it helps regulate sebum production.

One Import factor is the abrasive action of salt, there is some debate  as to whether its good or bad. 

 If your hair is dry and tends to frizz, sea salt may not be the ideal choice for you. That means that you should use it in moderation. Sea salt sprays that contain alcohol may have a double drying effect, so consider using a leave-in conditioner to restore your hair’s moisture balance.

Epsom salt (magnesium) is a water attractor making it an ideal salt spray option for dry or damaged hair


Travel-Sized Salt Spray Can Be Applied To Dry Hair​

Rockaway Salt Spray​
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R+Co (paraben and sulfate-free) contains silicone
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Texturizing Wave Sea Salt Spray​
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Hair Dance (4oz) No Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, or alcohol
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Sugar Spray​

Offered as an alternative to salt 

Sugar is supposed to be less abrasive and a natural humectant  for your hair so better for drier hair types. And actually has more holding power than salt (depending on the quantity in the formula) smooths frizzy hair and adds a glossier finish than salt.

So while ingesting lots of sugary food is bad for your hair (since its bad for your health)

Putting it on your body is not!

I have my doubts for two reasons:

  1) Doesn’t sugar draw insects?

DIY gurus say NO.  I found out, the fragrance is what draws bugs like mosquitoes according to WedMD, and bees are most tempted by white sugar or sugar syrup 

2) How can sugar be good for your hair if it's also used for hair removal?

Well, thankfully the sugar used for texture hairspray  is different than the removal ones. The hair removal products are boiled with water and lemon till it makes a taffy-like texture (soft candy) Sugar spray is only boiled to the point that the sugar is dissolved.

So No Sugar spray won't cause hair loss.

  • Number 4 (Sulfate & Sodium Chloride,& Paraben free) give glossy texture, some protection against heat and humidity, anti-static ​
  • Pureology Beach Wave Sugar Spray no crunch or stiffness. ​


Spray Wax​

If you find gels too sticky, creams too heavy, and popular beach sprays too gritty,  spray wax may just be your thing. A flexible formula with a bit of hold.

  • Paul Mitchell bendable texture, non-oily wax, and smooth satin finish​
  • Evo Shebang-a-bang Dry Spray Wax Helpsalm frizz ​
  • Fatboy flexible spray putty the light aerosol mist is easy to apply to all hair types and lengths. ​

How Do I Use It?

Shake and spray into dry hair. Scrunch with hands to shape. You can also use a blow dryer for extra lift.

Spray on slightly damp hair for more definition

In Review ​

Texture sprays can give grip by means of a starch ingredient. They are usually an aerosol and many times also give frizz and thermal protection.

Salt & Sugar sprays work similarly. Both have grit they differ in that the salt is a matte finish whereas the sugar is glossier and a bit more holding power.

Spray wax has no grit, isn’t sticky or crunchy, give more hold and more definition.

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