Is Your Texture Spray Damaging Your Hair?

Texture sprays are touted as the fast route to beachy, tousled waves but yours could be secretly damaging or drying out your locks. To find out which texture sprays are harmful to hair, we went straight to cosmetic chemist and founder of The Green Chemist Consultancy, Barbara Olioso. Keep reading to learn more about the ingredients you should watch out for when choosing a texture spray, with tips from Barbara.

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Ingredients That Dry And Damage

The most common texture spray (sometimes called salt primers, salt sprays or the like) is a simple water-based spray that leaves some kind of residue on the hair giving some support for soft styling. These sprays usually contain salts like Sodium Chloride and Magnesium Sulfate that form crystals on the hair shaft, making it “thicker” and more styling friendly. These salts are all-natural and environmentally friendly, however they tend to absorb moisture. If the hair fibre is already depleted in water content, this may have an impact on the hair making it brittle. Some sprays also contain alcohol which if present above 5%, may lead to further dehydration.

Ingredients Your Texture Spray Should Have

I believe in a balanced approach to texture sprays, in other words getting to use texture sprays that have the hair physiology in mind, not just the styling. For example, when I formulated the Oceanic Spray for Windle & Moodie, I added amino acids (for example, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine…) that replicated the amino acids composition in the hair shaft for a moisturizing, conditioning and even have a colour protection effect to make the hair more resilient.

Hair Types That Should Avoid Texture Sprays

People with very dry hair, such as African or bleached hair, need to take extra care of their hair and make sure they have a healthy haircare routine (good conditioner and gentle shampoo) before they use a texture spray.

Shopping For Texture Spray

Don’t just look at the pretty packaging and scent, also check the ingredients list and make sure there are hydrating and strengthening ingredients, from plant proteins, amino acids to panthenol.

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