The Battle of the Volume Sprays

Given that they are a product that I spritz on every day, I have no idea why they haven’t cropped up in a whole post of their own until now. Volume sprays – the cans of backcombing in a bottle that you can apply anytime, anywhere on an ad-hoc basis. I love ’em. They keep things from looking too shinny and primped, adding a matte finish and tousled texture; second day hair without the grease if you will. Many make a whole host of promises: volume, texture, oil-ridding. But which one rules the roost? Let me tell you…

For a matte mopOribe Dry Texturising SpraySpace NK. Oh hello you. You knew this one would be the headliner before you even clicked on the title, right? The main thing this delivers on is texture, dispersing a matte mist at the roots and lengths; but texture and volume go hand in hand and there’s no denying that my hair gets a lift whenever this is applied. I currently have four bottles (I know, *weeps into a tin of cold baked beans*) dotted around the flat.

For cleaning things upBumble and Bumble Pret Ò PowderBumble and Bumble (coming soon). This one differs from the others in its set-up; instead it’s a white powder that has to be shaken on hair and blended in. A volume powder going back to its roots. Get it? Though this does deliver on oomph I find it best to mop up grease on ‘damn I really need to wash my hair but CBA’ days. Here’s a tip: after some trial and error (and pouring powder all over my completed face of makeup), I realised it’s best to put a bit into your hands and dust on with your fingertips.

For big hair with holdSerge Normant Volumising Dry ShampooSpace NK. I spoke about the tress-setting properties of this last week; it really is a volume spray/dry shampoo/hairspray hybrid. There is a touch of a grey tint left behind, but it’s nothing that a quick juzch can’t fix and afterwards my hair is huge and stays huge. For like the whole day, seriously.

For a bit of everythingOscar Blandi Pronto Volume and Texture SpraySephora. Currently unavailable in the UK, this is one to pick up on your next US adventure (or stock up, I’ve got two bottles of the stuff). It’s a bit like the Oribe, but creates a more piecey texture; perfect for wannabe beach babe locks. Plus, I’m pretty into the citrus scent (though it’s a bit of a marmite thing so I’ve heard).

For a budget bout of volumeCharles Worthington Salon at Home Volume and Bounce Texturising SprayBoots. Volume? Check. Texture? Check. Big hair? Oh yes. Finding a dry volume spray in the aisles of Boots is harder than you think, but this one is spot on…well kinda. It can become a little hairspray-like for my tastes, though for the price you can’t go wrong. Like a slightly more tacky-in-finish Oribe.

In an unsurprising conclusion, the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray really is d’bomb all-round. But there’s an unexpected formula from Charles Worthington coming in a close second. Bank balances of volume-loving gals around the world can (sort of) breathe a sigh of relief.


  • Evelyn Morales

    Great post. I think I will try out the charles worthington one, or maybe the mini oribe. The big one is kind of out of my budget!

  • adorkablez

    I keep hearing amazing things about this Oribe one. Think I found a place in Canada that carries it, dying to try!


  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    LOVE the salon at home range, never tried this product in particular!

  • Embellished

    The Oribe dry texturising spray sounds perfect.

  • Deirdre

    I’m so glad I have thick, full hair sometimes! Although sometimes not cause I often wake up looking like a cavewoman where brushes haven’t been invented yet. Yes try NOT to imagine this… πŸ™‚

  • The Beauty Spot

    Definitely need to get me some of these! Like the sound of the Charles Worthington one and the Serge Normant one!

    Nina x

  • Neverwithoutmylipstick

    Serge Normant is so interressant πŸ˜‰ Now i want get it ^^

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    My biggest issue with these is that they are quite expensive so I’m so happy to see that there’s a good one at a more purse friendly price too! I will definitely try the CW :o). Xx

  • Jen Ny

    does the bumble and bumble powder leave a white residue on your hair? BTW I love this post soooo much and cannot wait coming to london soon and buying a whole lot of the things you recomment πŸ˜€

  • Anna Blush

    Great to see a more purse friendly offering available x

  • Eleri Roberts

    Dying to try Orbie xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • roshkud

    I’m on the hunt for a volumising hair product so this post is great! I’l be trying the Oribe one soon


  • jen

    why don’t you mark PR samples anymore? Shady much? One of the reasons I really liked your blog was because of the transparency you provided, now I don’t know if I could trust any of your recommendations.

  • Erika Ivanova

    I’m generally obsessed with hair sprays but found that it really dries my hair out so I’m trying to refrain from them for a whileÒ€¦but I’m really liking the sound of the Bumble and Bumble powder, definitely going to give it a try!

  • I use Four Reasons hair sprays and I think they are the best for me πŸ™‚ x

  • I’ll definitely be picking up the Charles Worthington one, sounds great. I love volume in my hair, hate it when a hairspray doesn’t give it that.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  • Jenny

    Vo5 does an amazing one Anna, you should definitely check it out! I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s in a pink can. It’s so affordable and so good! Love your blog and YouTube channel by the way, been here since the beginning! <3 xxx

  • Aoife Mc Fall

    Hi, lovely post as always, could I ask where your make up organisers are from? (The boxes you use to store everything in? πŸ™‚

  • Maddy Cane

    I’m going to try the Charles Worthington one I think, hopefully it is good! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Simone Lykke

    Thanks for this!! πŸ˜€

    Simone Lykke x

  • DB

    For those looking for a budget option – VO5 does a great texturising spray that makes your hair a bit like candy floss with a lot if volume! I think it’s a bit like the dryspun finish spray. I have a review –

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    UNITE Boosta is a must try – amazing stuff! Best used on damp hair when styling for serious oomph!

    Nic x

  • Laura Lives Life

    Oribe Dry Texturising Spray is one of the BEST things that ever happened to my hair, seriously want to try the Oscar Blandi one, shame it’s not available in the UK yet! xo

  • Rachel

    Love this post! Especially want to try the bumble and bumble powder!

  • I have yet to try a true volume spray and I don’t know why, I usually stick to batiste dry shampoo. You’ve made me very curious though… I feel a bit of a new addiction coming on!

  • I’m not that much of a hair product person, but I need that Oribe texturising spray in my life!

    xx Nicole

  • Lauren Hamster

    Naturally my hair is very thick, but dead straight. I need some funky volumising products in my life to give it a bit of life, think I start with Mr Charles W and work my way up the price bracket πŸ™‚ Thank you x

  • I don’t really use Volume Sprays because I have very voluminous hair already but I do like Oscar Blandi products