Ever since tousled, sexy, model-off-duty hair ousted the sleek, bouncy blowout as the default hairstyle of choice, we’ve been hoarding every single texturizing spray we can get our hands on. How else are we supposed to score that effortless, bedhead-y vibe?
We’re not about to give up our favorites any time soon—but there is one thing that all texturizing-spray junkies should be very aware of. Like salt sprays, texturizing products frequently contain drying alcohols and salts, which are kind of necessary to achieve that mussed-up look and feel. You see where this is going: If your hair is already prone to dryness and damage, frequent use of texturizing sprays could be sapping the moisture from your strands.
“With hair that falls into any of these [overprocessed, damaged, or dry] categories, the cuticle, or outside layer, is already compromised, exposing the inner layers of the hair,” explains Cutler Senior Stylist Heather Packer. “Ingredients such as alcohol, salt, and other drying/texturizing ingredients penetrate the protective cuticle and further damage the inner layers.” So the very same ingredients that are responsible for giving your hair such covetable texture could be ruining it, too.
If you live and die by your bottle of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42), this revelation may seem pretty bleak, but all is not lost. “If you’re concerned about [damage], you can create your own texturizing spray by filling an eight-ounce spray bottle with water, a few tablespoons of sea salt, and a drop of your favorite conditioner,” says Riawna Capri, CLEAR Scalp & Hair celebrity stylist. And if you really, really can’t part with your personal fave (after all, we’re no longer afraid of a little damage here and there), just take extra care to stick to an intensive deep-conditioning routine.