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 mop – Oribe Dry Texturising Spray – Space 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 up – Bumble and Bumble Pret Ã¢ Powder – Bumble 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 hold – Serge Normant Volumising Dry Shampoo – Space 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 everything – Oscar Blandi Pronto Volume and Texture Spray – Sephora. 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 volume – Charles Worthington Salon at Home Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray – Boots. 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.