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In Beauty on
October 30, 2017

My New Favorite Dry Texturizing Spray

Best Dry Texturizing Spray for Fine Hair

I’m always on the hunt for products to add volume and texture to my fine hair. I’ve tried plenty of volumizing shampoo and conditioners, mousses, hairsprays, you name it! However, the product that really changed the game for me was dry texturizing spray.

I discovered dry texturizing spray for the first time a few years ago and fell in love! It’s super simple to use and is great for adding volume, texture, and hold to your style. Just like with anything, though, there are a ton of different brands and variations of dry texturizing spray out there. I’ve definitely tried some that I love and some that I don’t love so much.

I think a big factor to consider when looking for a texturizing spray is your specific hair type. For me, I need something that doesn’t weigh my hair down and at the same time adds body, and I recently found a product that does just that!

Kristen Ess Dry Texturizing Spray

I am the biggest fan of Kristen Ess. She’s a hairstylist who has done hair for celebs like Lauren Conrad, Lucy Hale, and Ashley Tisdale, and this year she launched her own line of hair products at Target! I love her style and all of the tips she shares.

Ever since her product line launched, I’ve been itching to give it a try. So, one day when I was walking through Target (supposed to be getting things other than beauty products haha), I spotted her collection! I was immediately drawn to the Dry Finish Working Texture Spray so I decided to give it a go.

My Thoughts

I can honestly say I love this product! Aside from the cute packaging of her products, they smell amazing and really work. Unlike most sprays I’ve tried, this one holds all day and has immediate results which I love. Plus, it smells amazing! My only word of caution would be that if you don’t like hair products with strong scents, this one might not be for you. Definitely smell it in the store before purchasing to make sure you like it!

How I Use It

I’ve tried using this product a few different ways. I find that they all pretty much have the same effect, but you can play with different methods depending on your hair type and the look/intensity you’re going for. Here are a few tricks you can try at home:

  1. Lightly spray the product all over your head after you’ve styled it. Just be careful right around the roots because you don’t want it to get too stiff!
  2. Lightly spray the product over your hear before styling. This will give your hair extra hold before going in with a curling wand.
  3. Flip your head over and spray the product on. This is for days you want extra volume!
  4. Lift up sections of hair around your crown and spray underneath for a boost.

The great thing about this product is that it’s flexible. Once you spray it on, you can play with your hair and style it just how you want (no helmet head here!).

Have you guys tried dry texturizing spray? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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In Beauty on
June 18, 2017

Everyday Loose Waves

Everyday Loose Waves

When it comes to hair, I like to keep it simple. If you know what products and styling methods work best for your hair, it makes getting ready in the mornings a whole lot easier! While I do like to experiment every now and then, for the most part, I stick to the same hairstyle from day to day.

I’m all about the loose, lightly tousled wave look. So today, I’ll be showing you how I achieve this look on my own!

The best part? This style only takes me around 10 minutes to achieve in the morning…10 minutes!! I’ve done this routine so many times, I feel like I have it down to a science. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Everyday Loose Waves

Step 1

To achieve this look, I start by prepping the night before. I’m someone who always showers at night, but if you shower in the morning, no worries. You’ll just start this routine and skip the overnight part. 😉

After I get out of the shower, I add a few products to my hair. Remember that less is more here, though, as adding too much product can weigh your hair down and ruin the effect we’re going for–loose, bouncy waves!

The main 2 products I stick to are a leave-in conditioner (I LOVE It’s a 10) and some kind of hair oil (Moroccan Oil is my favorite). I spritz some leave-in conditioner and run it through the bottom half of my hair, and then I’ll repeat this with a teeny tiny bit of hair oil, just enough to smooth down the ends!

Step 2

Once I’ve added product to my hair, I brush it out with my Wet brush. I highly recommend these brushes because they won’t snag your hair, which is very fragile when wet! Once I’ve done this, I try to let my hair air dry for as long as possible. When it’s mostly dry, I’ll blow dry it for just a few minutes to add volume and shine. Sometimes, I’ll use my brush to run through my hair as I blow dry to smooth it out.

Step 3

After I’ve blow dried and made sure my hair is parted where I want (I like to part pretty close to the middle, but this look works with any part), I go to bed for the night! One of my favorite tips is to sleep on a silk pillowcase, as this keeps your hair nice and smooth and helps to avoid frizz!

Step 4

When I wake up the next morning, my hair is all ready to be curled! I brush through it one more time and start curling with my 1.5 inch curling wand from Hot Tools. This is my all-time favorite hair tool, and I find that the barrel size works perfectly for this look. If you want tighter curls, use a smaller barrel, and if you want bigger, looser curls, use a larger barrel.

I start by grabbing about 1-inch sections of hair (the bigger the section, the looser the curl) and curling them away from my face. I find that this is the most flattering! You can definitely alternate the way you curl for a different look, but I usually stick to curling my hair away from my face.

Now, the number one tip I have here is to leave out the ends!! This is what’s going to give you a more casual, beachy wave vs. beauty pageant curls. I like to leave an inch or two of my ends out and away from the curling iron.

Everyday Loose Waves

Step 5

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, let it cool. Once my hair has cooled, I like to add a light spritz of hairspray (my favorite is this one from CHI) all over to keep the curls from falling too much throughout the day. I then use my fingers to comb through my hair and break up the curls. Again, this is what’s going to give you that beachy, laid-back look. Once I’ve done this, it’s time for my favorite part…dry texture spray!

Everyday Loose Waves

My hair is pretty fine, so I find dry texture spray to be a life-saver. This product will add body and volume to your hair and some extra texture to break up your curls even more! I spray a generous amount of this all over my hair once my hair spray has dried. If I need a pick-me-up later in the day, I’ll repeat this step to freshen up my hair and add more volume!

And just like that, you’re done! You’ll be left with beachy waves that are perfect for summertime. Have fun rockin’ this simple, easy to achieve look!

Everyday Loose Waves

What’s your go-to hairstyle? Let me know in the comments!

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