Dry Texturizing Spray: Everything You Need to Know [The Ultimate Guide]

Dry texturizing spray is the key to perfectly messy, Instagram-ready hair. This hardworking product adds volume, absorbs excess oil, and gives you grit and texture for long-lasting styles.

If you’re craving that tousled, model-off-duty texture that celebs wear so well, read on to discover everything you need to know about dry texturizing spray.

liciebaby textured ponytail using dry texture spray

Textured Ponytail by @liciebaby using TEXTURE AIIR Dry Texture Spray

What is a Dry Texturizing Spray?

Dry texturizing spray is a weightless yet dry matte volumizing spray that adds volume, grit and texture. Think of it as a blend of a dry shampoo and a sea salt spray. Texturizing sprays work on all hair types, making it the perfect product for anyone who wants more volume and fullness.

What Is The Difference Between Dry Texturizing Spray and Dry Shampoo?

It’s easy to confuse dry texturizing spray and dry shampoo. Both products absorb excess oil and product build-up in dry hair. However, dry texturizing spray also adds volume and texture. While dry shampoo is great for freshening dirty or oily hair, it doesn’t add much volume…and using too much dry shampoo can leave a powdery residue on the scalp.

Unlike dry shampoo, which works to extend blowouts and other styles, a dry texture spray is like a primer that prepares your hair for styling. It’s a bit heavier than a dry shampoo spray and creates gorgeous volume for that lived-in, messy texture you love.

While dry shampoos are used mainly on oily hair, dry texturizing spray works wonderfully on all hair types and textures. And unlike dry shampoo, dry texturizing spray is completely invisible and leaves no residue in the hair.

Here’s an easy way to remember the difference: Use dry shampoo in between washes to keep your locks clean and fresh. Use dry texturizing spray before styling to add texture and grip, or spray it on right after styling for light and airy volume.

What is The Difference Between Dry Texturizing Spray and Hairspray?

Both dry texturizing spray and hairspray help your hair hold a style for longer. The difference is that hairspray creates a more crisp, polished look, while texture spray gives you an undone, effortless finish. Hairspray is great for smoothing flyaways and keeping your style perfectly in place. However, applying too much hairspray (or using a low-quality product) may leave hair sticky and crunchy. Many fine-haired people don’t like hairspray because it tends to weigh down their hair and make clean hair greasy.

Dry texturizing spray is lighter than hairspray and gives the hair a more carefree, airy look and feel. Instead of the heavy oils and solvents found in most hairsprays, dry texturizing spray uses an invisible powder that adds grit to the hair. Rather than simply “freezing” your style in place like hairspray does, a texture spray creates volume and messy, undone texture.

After using dry texturizing spray, your hair will feel light and breezy with lots of natural movement. Texture spray keeps your style in place without making your hair look overly styled. (Think of an off-duty celeb walking to her fave SoHo coffee shop on a Tuesday morning.)

Unlike hairspray, dry texturizing spray absorbs excess oil from the roots and leaves your hair touchably soft. Spray it on all over after curling or blow drying your hair for a perfectly effortless look that lasts all day and night.

What Does Texture Spray Do For Your Hair?


A texture spray gives you casually messy, model-off duty hair that moves naturally and feels touchably soft. It adds undone texture, absorbs oil from the roots, and creates long-lasting hold without leaving hair stiff or crunchy.

If you’ve ever tried styling freshly-washed hair, you know that it can be too soft and sleek to work with. Hair texturizing spray gives your hair some grit and texture for long-lasting hold. It helps your braids, updos and other styles stay in place all day or night. A dry texture spray is also great as a finishing spray to give curls extra volume and help them last longer.

This ultra-versatile texturizer helps you create any look you want… without weighing down the hair or leaving residue.

How Do I Use a Dry Texturizing Spray?

allhailthehair shows how to use a dry texturizing spray

@allhailthehair using TEXTURE AIIR to create buildable & touchable texture

To use a dry texturizing spray, simply hold the can 6-8 inches away from your hair and spray in a circular motion for even distribution. For all-over volume, lift large sections of hair and spray underneath. You can also add structure and hold by using the texturizing spray in a concentrated area before styling.

Here are some of the best ways to use a dry texturizing spray:

Rock that messy bedhead

If you’re after a careless-yet-chic hairstyle that’s perfect for Sunday brunch in Hollywood, dry texturizing spray is the styling sidekick you’ve been waiting for! Simply spray it all over for messy, piece-y texture. Hair texturizing spray adds grit and volume to limp hair so it’s easy to achieve that effortless, dirtied-up look.

Finish off any look with airy, textured volume

Dry texturizing spray is the perfect finishing touch for every hairstyle! It adds light and airy volume to freshly curled or blow-dried hair, and the extra texture gives you a more deconstructed, carefree finish. A texturizing spray also includes holding elements that keeps your look just right for longer. Unlike hairspray or other finishing sprays, it doesn’t weigh down the hair or leave a greasy product film.

Take a beach break

City living got you down? Give your hair a sun-soaked vacation with cool-girl beachy waves. Braid your hair in small sections, spray each section with dry texture spray, and go over each braid with your flat iron. Let your braids cool, then shake out your hair and finish with an all-over blast of dry texturizing spray to give you extra texture and hold.

Alternately, curl your hair with a one-inch curling iron, then follow up with dry texturizing spray for surfer-hair-don’t-care texture that lasts all day. Unlike a sea salt spray, a dry texturizing spray doesn’t leave your hair dry or damaged.

Add grip to your braids and updos

Fine, straight hair (or just-washed hair) often slips out of braids and updos. Using a texturizing spray for fine hair will add some grit to the hair, helping it stay in place for long-lasting styles. Spray it all over clean hair before braiding or styling, and enjoy your gorgeous tresses all night long.

Create HUGE volume by teasing your hair

Get 80’s-level volume by using your hair texture spray prior to backcombing. Apply it to your scalp area in horizontal sections, then tease and backcomb the hair for additional support and unreal volume. Grab some neon leg warmers and you’re good to go!

Rough up a blowout

Embrace your inner rebel by spraying dry texturizing spray all over while blow drying your hair. (Make sure to start with dry hair, not wet hair). You’ll love the eye-catching volume and effortless texture. No one needs to know that you didn’t really roll out of bed with those perfectly tousled rockstar tresses.

Look unstyled-yet-chic with a messy ponytail

Hunting for a super-quick hairstyle that looks like you’re not trying too hard? Use dry texturizing spray to create a voluminous, textured ponytail. Just lift horizontal sections of hair at the crown of your head and spray a dry texture spray underneath to add structure and hold. For even more volume, gently backcomb the hair with a fine-tooth comb. Secure your hair in a high ponytail and spray texturizing spray all over for light, carefree volume. No more flat, scraped-back ponies for you!

Is It Good For All Hair Types?

Dry texturizing spray is perfect for all hair types and textures! It amplifies the volume of fine or flat hair and adds definition to waves and curls. Whatever your hair type, a dry texture spray will quickly become your go-to styling product!

Read on to discover the benefits of dry texturizing spray for your hair type.

Fine, Straight Hair

Dry texturizing spray is a dream come true for hair that is thin, fine or pin-straight. It adds light, airy volume that looks and feels natural. For even more lift, spray the texturizing spray in horizontal sections to the scalp area, then backcomb the hair. Another easy trick for massive volume is to spray it all over the hair while blow drying (make sure to start with already-dry hair).

If your hair lacks natural texture, dry texturizing spray adds grit and roughs up the hair a bit without harming the cuticle. Use it as a finishing spray after styling, or skip the heat tools and simply spray it on dry hair for effortless, undone texture. A texturizing spray is the best product to add texture to fine hair and can also be used to give fine hair some grip for braids and updos.

Fine hair tends to be oily, so it’s important to steer clear of heavy styling products like pomades or waxes. Dry texturizing spray is ultra-light and completely matte. It never leaves fine hair greasy or weighed down. Try it in place of hairspray (no stiffness!) and dry shampoo (no powdery residue!).

Wavy Hair

If your waves tend to frizz up or stick together, a texturizing spray is your new styling best friend! Pump up the body and give your waves more definition by spraying it all over dry hair. Dry texturizing spray is more moisturizing than a sea salt spray, making it a hair-friendly way to get those beachy waves. The invisible gritty powder absorbs any excess oil to keep your waves freshly styled for longer.

Curly Hair

Keep your curls separated and defined with a dry texture spray. This lightweight product enhances your natural volume and creates soft texture without weighing down your beautiful curls. Unlike many hair styling products, dry texturizing spray doesn’t leave your hair stiff or heavy. Instead, it brings out the best in your natural curls and keeps them frizz-free.

Will It Weigh My Hair Down?

allhailthehair shows how to use a dry texturizing spray

Use AIIR Dry Texturizing Spray to create long lasting hold with texture. Color by @christinamshaffer, style by @theconfessionsofahairstylist

Dry texturizing spray adds volume without weighing down the hair. Unlike hairsprays and other hair products, it doesn’t leave hair stiff, heavy or crunchy. Dry texture spray pumps up the hair’s volume and adds natural bounce and movement. This makes texturizing spray the perfect styling product for fine or limp hair. No matter how straight your hair is naturally, the right dry texturizing spray can give you those beachy waves you want (and keep them from falling flat two hours later). The added grit and texture lets you create styles you might not believe are possible for your hair type. Use a hair texturizing spray before or after styling for light, airy volume.

Can I Use a Texturizing Spray Every Day?

Texturizing spray is safe to use on your hair every day. This gentle product gives your hair light, airy volume and effortless texture. Use it as a prep spray to add structure and hold to your braids, buns and ponytails. Or spray it all over for undone, messy-on-purpose hair, and get ready to say, “I woke up like this”.

Pro tip: Give your delicate locks a break from heat styling! Let your hair air dry after washing it, then use dry texturizing spray to add volume and texture naturally.

How Do I Get Volume To Stay In My Hair?

Voluminous hair can be hard to achieve…and even harder to keep. If you’re tired of your hair going limp and flat an hour after styling, follow these tips to get volume to stay in your hair:

  • Stick to lightweight products. Avoid oils and creams formulated for thick, curly hair. Instead, use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner in the shower. Then follow up with lightweight styling products to add extra lift and body.
  • Use a dry texturizing spray. If you’re struggling to keep volume in your hair, dry texturizing spray is the secret weapon you need. It uses an invisible, slightly gritty powder to lift hair at the roots for more texture and fullness. Unlike most other sprays, dry texturizing spray leaves the hair soft and touchable with lots of natural movement.
  • Don’t skip blow drying. If your hair tends to fall flat, blow drying is a key step to getting all-day volume. Flip your head upside-down and blow dry without a brush until your hair is 70 percent dry. Then flip your hair back over and use your round brush to smooth out your strands. When your hair is completely dry, use a dry texturizing spray all over for next-level UMPH. Unlike hairsprays, texturizing sprays feel light and breezy, and helps your volume last longer.
  • Backcomb your hair. Don’t be afraid to (gently!) tease and backcomb your hair for added volume. It’s a great way to get more volume in the crown. Start by lifting horizontal sections of hair at your scalp and spray a texture spray underneath for more structure and support. Then lift small sections of hair from the crown and backcomb each section three or four times with a fine-tooth comb. Gently brush or comb the hair on top to smooth it out.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo once a week. Product buildup (even from volumizing products) can weigh down your hair, so it’s important to deep clean with a clarifying shampoo every week. Your hair will feel as light and fluffy as a cloud afterwards!

Can I Use Texture Spray Before or After Curling?

allhailthehair uses a dry texture spray before and after curling hair for hold and texture

@allhailthehair uses TEXTURE AIIR for long lasting volume

It is recommended to use a texture spray after curling hair. Dry texturizing spray contains a holding element that helps curls to keep their shape and last longer. It’s a wonderful substitute for hairspray because it adds light and breezy volume without making curls sticky or crunchy. Not only does dry texturizing spray keep your curls fuller for longer, it also maintains the hair’s natural movement for a carefree look and feel.

Pro tip: Apply more hair texture spray the day after styling to keep your gorgeous curls fresh and bouncy!

Will Dry Texturizers Leave a Film In My Hair?

Dry texturizing spray does not leave a film in the hair. This volumizing spray has a dry, matte finish that won’t make hair oily or greasy. It gives your hair a light, breezy feeling with no product residue. Texturizing spray is weightless and invisible, but you won’t miss the undone, piece-y texture and stunning volume!

Is Texture Spray Bad For Hair?

Dry texture spray is not bad for hair, but it’s important to be aware of the ingredients in your spray. Certain texturizing agents, such as drying alcohols and salts, can pull the moisture from hair. If your hair is already dry or damaged, these ingredients may penetrate the hair’s cuticle (outer layer) and damage the inner layers.

Don’t worry, you can still use a texture spray even if your hair is dry or damaged. Just make sure to select a quality product with natural, holistic ingredients that nourish your hair. AIIR Dry Texturizing Spray is infused with mica and quartz for the perfect blend of shimmer and glow. It’s also sulfate and paraben free to keep your hair smooth and healthy.

Pro tip: Remember to deep condition once a week for shiny, happy locks! If your hair is damaged or extra-dry, aim for 2-3 times a week.

What Is The Best Dry Texturizing Spray?

the first crystal infused dry texture spray

TEXTURE AIIR is the best dry texturizing spray. It transforms your hair from definitely-not-cute bedhead to tousled and textured perfection. This versatile texturizing spray works on all hair types, from fine and flat to naturally curly. AIIR Dry Texturizing Spray can handle almost any styling need—it adds shimmer and shine, defines curls, pumps up limp hair, creates edgy texture, and delivers slip-free grip for braids and upstyles. Spray it on all over for light, airy volume and touchably soft hair. It’s a great substitute for hairspray, as it keeps the hair in place without making it sticky or crunchy. It also works as a dry shampoo by absorbing oil at the roots, giving you that freshly-styled look for days.

AIIR Dry Texturizing Spray is infused with crystals and natural botanicals to nourish your hair, body and spirit from the inside out. Mica adds a beautiful sparkle and shine, while quartz clears the mind of negativity and attracts positive feelings and thoughts. The scent is natural and airy, like a gentle spring breeze. Best of all, it’s vegan, ethically sourced and free of sulfates and parabens. TEXTURE AIIR is the best dry texturizing spray for a healthier mane, body, soul, and planet.