Remember when shampoo and conditioner were all you needed? These days, especially with the growing trend to color our hair in extravagant ways (ombré, balayage, babylights...who can keep up?), hair care is becoming a bit more detail-oriented. If you've ever visited the beauty supply store and thought to yourself, What the heck is the difference between dry shampoo and texturizing spray, anyway? you're not the first.
Don't get me wrong: Every type of hair spray has a purpose—but not every type of spray is for you. To help you clear up any confusion you might have, celeb hairstylist Suzie Kim explained (and shared her approved picks!) below.
How to Use It: Can be used as a "working" spray to set curls or as a finishing spray to set any hairstyle.
Best Bets: R+CO Flexible Hairspray, $29 (for a "working" spray); Joico Joimist Finishing Spray, $16.99 (to set the finished style)
How to Use It: Spray evenly on damp hair to coat strands and help style and lift hair from blowouts.
Best Bets: Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, $24; Davines Blow Dry Primer, $34
How to Use It: Spray at the root of the hair from a distance, blast all over and gently tease into hair with a brush or your fingers.
Best Bets: Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $17.95 (which is ideal for super-clean hair or fine hair because it adds bulk and grit.)
How to Use It: For the beach wave look, curl your hair all over with a wand and then spray in product to break up the curls and add texture for the perfect undone finish.
Best Bet: Oribe Texturizing Spray, $44
How to Use It: Apply to freshly shampooed, towel-dried hair as a base for creating your style. You can also reapply to dry hair to refresh and redefine the texture.
Best Bet: Aquage Sea Salt Spray, $20 (This is a non-drying formula that is great for naturally oily hair.)
How to Use It: Spray all over day-old hair, avoiding the roots. Use after a texturizer to nourish and condition fried ends.
Best Bet: Amika Silken Up Spray, $24; Kenra Platinum Silkening Mist, $21